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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

"Harden up", "come on", "toughen up", "get it together", "just do it", and "let's go" can all be slotted into the same purpose. One could even reach for "osu". I find the gist of the phrase comes ...
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

Here is a list of warning signs Note that there exists valid reasons for all of those, this is why they are only warning signs. Monthly or yearly fee that one cannot get out of paying if one quits....
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

Here is a list of canonical signs Large and opaque fee structure. Unqualified instructors. There is a cult mentality in the Dojo. Secret techniques that are "too dangerous for the untrained to know ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

Since you are already using Japanese terms, may I suggest: 頑張れ -- ganbare! Which translates as "Do Your Best!"
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Finding out why people leave?

You have an annual meeting or a Christmas party. Ask people to fill in anonymous little forms with: Three things I really like about this dojo Three things I would change. They could also nominate ...
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Does leaving the fan switched on in the dojo reverse the effect of warm up exercises?

Yes, your assumption is correct. Your body sweats in an effort to cool itself, due to either an elevated outside temperature, elevated internal temperature, or both. If you switch on a fan, all you ...
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Is it appropriate to display the dojo kun at home?

Yes Of course it is appropriate. I am struggling to find a reason why not to do it if you are keen on it. It is a piece of nice calligraphy which would be enough to display as an art piece ...
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Finding out why people leave?

Using google forms (or equivalent) to provide an anonymous feedback mechanism is as good as you'll get, I think. Bottom line: if people don't want to tell you, then they won't. A pattern I've ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

TL;DR I'm recommending "Step Up" as a replacement phrase. The other phrases I include are contextual, and some do not have the exact intent of "Man up". I kinda got carried away with phrases that ...
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How to select a Krav Maga dojo?

Attend a class As inconvenient as it may be, your best bet is to show up and observe or participate in a class. Almost every legitimate martial arts school I've visited has allowed new students to ...
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How to select a Krav Maga dojo?

Fitness is self defence. Rule one: CARDIO is relevant even outside of a Zombie Apocalypse. By being unfit, you are lowering your survival rates. Your chances of surviving a fight are much lower. ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

How about "Fight it" or "Fight Through" something like that? It's positive and active, non gendered, and implies an opponent (their own fear etc) that can be beaten. Push Through would work too, ...
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Does leaving the fan switched on in the dojo reverse the effect of warm up exercises?

Yes, you are correct. Having fans (or air conditioning) will do nothing to either help or hinder. Although, it will make you more comfortable. A warm up is designed to stretch muscles and increase ...
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Can you make a home dojo with tatami by yourself?

Costs for materials vary wildly from one place to another, as well as depending on the size you want, so I'll mostly give you options for construction and you can check on local availability and costs ...
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Is there such thing as a BJJ McDojo?

Why couldn't it be? The question you cite has a long list of characteristics of a McDojo, only one of which is abnormally fast progression. At that, neither "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" nor even "Gracie Jiu ...
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Finding out why people leave?

As you have pointed out, it is difficult to get straight answers out of people who are unhappy or apathetic. Start collecting data when they begin training when you have access to them. You should ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

I'm not aware of a suitable term that has wide acceptance yet, but there seems to be a lot of discussion on this issue at present (in a wider context than Martial Arts). Recently, on Twitter, the ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

Gut up. I heard Alex Jones use it once.
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

Personally I like "bring it!" I think this phrase covers the intended nuance of the OPs question, because the "it" can encompass all of the qualities he's seeking to stimulate: courage, skill, ...
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Finding out why people leave?

Don't wait for people to leave. Find out if they are happy before they leave, and do what you can to ensure they are. In our school, our instructors have cultivated an atmosphere of mutual support ...
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

I found that you only can spot a proper dojo by seeing the amount of effort student exert. If a dojo is full of sweaty nearly exhausted students that is a good sign. Fancy prancers walking around in ...
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Finding out why people leave?

If the rate of people leaving isn't too great, then perhaps a personal visit might help, especially for the more blatant cases where you thought that the person was a good fit but left anyway. Be sure ...
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Is it appropriate to display the dojo kun at home?

I would say, in the spirit of the question, that it should be treated with appropriate respect. While I agree with Sardathrion that it is up to you how you decorate your home, the fact that you are ...
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What are the signs that a dojo could be classed as a McDojo?

A lot of good and bad info here. Mostly anecdotal, like "if the teacher is young yet holds a high rank in more than one martial art". That's just absurd as it requires people to make snap judgments ...
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Finding out why people leave?

This is a great question. As most sports go you will find ones who just leave no notice, no reason, and no one knows why. I mostly consider this a few ways. 1.) What did we do wrong -Well if ...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

I have the phrase in pretty much everything I do: "Always winning - never won!" To that end whenever I motivating someone to try hard I shout "Win!" and when they complete a task I would exclaim "...
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

"Fortify" is something I really like. It captures the essence of "man up", is short and inclusive.
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

Given the context, "Mean it!" might serve the purpose, but I quite like "Gut up!" suggested above. Pretty sure all peoples, genders, ages, etc. are presumed to have guts.
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Non-sexist equivalent of "Man up" within the dojo

I'd suggest encouraging perseverance/effort with a phrase like "push yourself", "keep going", "nearly there", "dig in", "last N seconds", "let's up the pace, folks", "you know what to expect now, ...
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