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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. Buying all supplies from the Dojo/Gym. No possibility to try out a lesson before signing up. People with little or no experience are promised to achieve black ...


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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 or see" that require special training, usually costing more money. Obtaining a higher rank costs lots of money This is the accepted answer because the canonical ...


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First, about children's ranks vs. adult's ranks... Child black-belts are not uncommon in the world of Karate and Taekwondo. But when there are child black-belts, they are generally awarded that rank in the "children's" rankings. This rank is not generally the same as an adult black-belt. At least in most schools. In some schools, there's no distinction ...


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How do I determine which kind of martial art will suit me best? Unless you are willing to relocate to be nearer to the right teacher teaching the right martial art for you, you must look at schools which are within an hour or so commute from where you live/work. Because otherwise, you will not make it to the training session(s). All the martial arts that ...


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I think rather than going into it with all these ideas about what you want to get out of it, just go and try some martial arts. Try multiple before you choose one, most allow a week or two of free training. I'll re-emphasize that, try multiple before choosing one. I suggest trying ( if available ) kicky punchy ones, karate, tkd, kickboxing a grapply one,...


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Nope, you have no obligation, legal or otherwise, to stay where you are. Go and do whatever you want. Go join another school. Be happy. Explore. Life is too short. I don't even know how old you are, but I can tell you that when you get to be a certain age, attending college, having relationships, starting a family, starting a career, etc. takes over your ...


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Martial Arts Traditions Vary First, there's no universal structure for all martial arts. Different styles, different schools, different teachers within the same style, might have different ranks, or no ranking system at all. (Wikipedia on martial arts grandmasters) Common Traditions Many styles (but not all, maybe not most, when you look at things ...


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First and foremost, I would bring it up with your new instructor. Do it in an assertive way, making sure she understands that you are not criticising her but looking for a way to help her teach you. Do not talk during a session but afterwards in the pub/bar/coffee shop. She might be scared of teaching (since you say that she has not done it before) so a lot ...


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Judo is about liveness Judo's success is due to its free-play (randori) training model, where partners practice with each other in a non-prearranged manner with varying levels of resistance up to full force. Judo dominated the contemporary jujutsu because randori was more effective than the prearranged form (kata) exercises that were then common. Judo's ...


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Yeah, don't be that guy. You don't want to show up at a school asking for a fight. Even if you make it perfectly clear it's "just sparring", many people will see it as a challenge, and you're going to get a lot of angry looks and possibly get hurt. As I understand it, you're interested in an exchange of knowledge. You're not looking for a fight. You're ...


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What you're looking for is martial arts demographics. And you want world-wide demographics. Both of which seem kind of hard to come by. The demographics you're looking for might be along the lines of: how many people are there doing martial arts, what percentage of the population is currently practicing one or has ever practiced one, average time spent per ...


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I'm going to be repetitive, because some things are worth repeating. @Sardathrion pointed you at two answers to prior questions that you'll cheat yourself if you don't go back and read. I might also recommend Eric Raymond's shopping series (even if you don't share Eric's politics or limitations, the series is a good one; he talks about how to evaluate a ...


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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 try out at least one class for free, and all of them allow you to observe general sessions with very little hassle. We are not in the era of "secret dojo ...


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Learn to love Grappling. You want to get in shape. You think you have low motivation, but once you start to love grappling you'll want to pick up a better diet and life regime because you know that's going to help you grapple better. Once you start to love grappling, you'll want to get into a better shape, and you'll have people who can help you, and you'll ...


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I was going to enter this as a comment, but I think it will be too long for that. First, the other answers as a collective are all excellent, and taken as a unit could almost be a FAQ on how to select a school/art. However, the one statement that you put in your question that concerns me is: I want to get in shape but need external "guilt factors" to ...


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If anyone was to ask me that question without supplying any context, my answer would be: What do you expect to get out of it? To answer that, you need to consider things like: do you want to train long term, or are you looking for quick results? do you want to learn skills that will see you through lots of different scenarios, or do you just want ...


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I do not believe so. I know of no such data being available world wide, nor would I trust any such. Mostly because even something as "number of people insured" is not precise enough. Also, some schools/styles would heavily object being lumped together because ego. There is some hope… You could look per style/school and country by looking and trawling ...


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Not a definitive answer, but for historical context: Kano (founder of Judo) states in Kodokan Judo, published by Kodansha International Ltd., 1986, p. 19: Eventually judo displaced jujutsu in Japan, and no one speaks of jujutsu as a contemporary art in Japan, although the word has survived overseas. Kano died in 1938. I think you can safely interpret ...


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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. You will feel worst mentally. You will be more prone to diseases. You will get fat and gain associated health problems. Taking good care of your body will serve ...


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In the era of COVID-19, partner training is a bad idea. You do not want to spend extended periods of time breathing heavily in the same space, and especially not indoors. Grappling is particularly risky. Many martial arts already include social-distancing-ready methods in their standard training that can fill your social-distancing training hours. Many of ...


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First and foremost, you should look after #1 - which is you. You are only bound to a particular school/gym for as long as the relationship is mutually beneficial. As a black belt you need to consider whether: your new immediate senior has anything to teach you why you're at that particular gym do you want to spend the time and effort to "get the ...


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I ended up taking over the Taekwondo club I was training at after our instructor wanted to dissolve it so he can go join an MMA club. I told him he didn't need to do it because I'd like to step up. I was a red/black tip at that point, but until the previous year I had been training at the headquarters of TKD South Africa, so I basically knew the entire ...


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I had a similar situation couple of years back. Long story short, I am glad that I decided to stay. I would say its not really about the Style or instructor, but definitely about the art and how passionate you are for it. I would encourage you to continue to participate and train with the people there, getting to know each and everyone, both new and ...


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In my job I have travelled a lot both in Britain and Overseas and I have found 2 things which run through Martial Arts schools when I have visited; welcoming and competitive. I always present myself to the Instructor, give my credentials and ask if they mind if I join their class. They have always said yes. Welcoming - I have been made feel very welcome ...


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There are some schools that pride themselves on keeping alive the original, pre-Meiji restoration martial arts of Japan. (From what I gathered from heated discussions on various boards, these claims and the documents supporting them are not always undisputed, and authentic schools may be hard to come by especially for non-Japanese, but that's another matter.)...


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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 Jitsu" (due to a legal suit within the family) are trademarked terms, so I could run a "BJJ" school with whatever testing requirements I want. In actuality, I'...


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The only martial arts training that makes sense if social distancing is a priority is getting strong and fit in your home gym. Make of your body the strongest, fittest, fastest, most agile, flexible, and powerful version of itself it can be. When we have coronavirus treatments and vaccines so we can do contact training again, do that.


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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing? I will talk about the striking arts (e.g., boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, etc.). Working with non-humans: Heavy bags are your best option now (from your YouTube channel, it seems you have some decent experience in striking). Most gyms where I am have opened with the policy that students ...


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Just because somebody comes from a certain lineage does not mean he is a good teacher or has certain skills. Lineage charts are pointless as they encourage people to believe that an instructor is a good one just because of his lineage. What about the guys who don't have this fancy lineage? Are they bad teachers? Are they lesser martial artists? It doesn't ...


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