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A place for training in martial arts. This may be a hall, building, room, natural environment, or any established place for the practice of one or more martial arts.

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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

McDojo is a portmanteau of the words McDonald's, a famous American fast food chain dojo This conveys a emphasis on commercialism and an assembly line approach to the detriment of martial arts. ...
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How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?

I was doing some surfing today and noticed a few mentions of lineage when considering a given school/dojo. The people asking about lineage of a given school seemed to feel that if the instructor(s) ...
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When moving to a new city, what considerations need to be taken into account finding a new teacher?

I took Shidokan for several years, and was very happy with my dojo and my sensei. I recently had to move for work, and I know from experience that these are two of the most important parts of your ...
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How can I respectful​ly raise concerns about class difficulty level/teac​hing style at my club?

I practice Taekwondo regularly with the club at my university. There are three main instructors, one 3rd dan and two 1st dan (my belt level). The club has a lot of black belts of varying degrees who ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

The common interpretation of the phrase according to the New York Times and urban dictionary and dictionary.com is about living up to a stereotypical image of masculinity. There are other meanings ...
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Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo

What are the benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within the cadre of a western (aka based in the UK) Aikido dojo? I am interested in personal experience (not opinions) as to whether ...
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How can I judge the competency of a teacher?

Say I went to a dojo (or gym or whatever the place where you train is called) and watched a class. How would I objectively judge whether or not the teacher was proficient at his martial art? What do ...
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