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There are a few different phenomena that are easy to conflate here and which may or may not impact the perception of "legitimacy." Lineage and Certification One are claims of lineage. A lot of martial arts, especially eastern ones, have a variety of extraordinary claims about their lineage that are a) largely irrelevant and b) pretty grandiose. ...


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David has an excellent answer. I would just like to add that it is important to remember that styles evolve over time - this is a natural phenomena that has been going on for centuries. It is a result of students getting to a sufficient level where they start their own school, they then have their own style of teaching and will tend to emphasize the parts ...


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In my experience as both a student and an instructor, I've found that there are advantages and disadvantages to both parties from all forms: Per lesson – Instructor: Advantages: Able to demand higher rates for the convenience. More flexibility in asking students not to return. Students pay or are not taught. Disadvantages: Students feel more free to ...



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