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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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Should I sign up for my school if I notice inexperience black belts?

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 ...
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Style vs instructor

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, ...
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The Grandmaster's Rank

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 ...
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Style vs instructor

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. ...
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Are there martial arts known to synergize with Judo?

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 ...
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What Etiquette Should be Followed When Sparring at Another School?

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 ...
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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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Reliable Statistics About Martial Arts

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:...
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Reliable Statistics About Martial Arts

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 ...
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Are there any still surviving schools of Jujutsu?

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 ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

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 ...
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Are there any still surviving schools of Jujutsu?

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 ...
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What Etiquette Should be Followed When Sparring at Another School?

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 ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

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 ...
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Which martial arts styles work best with social distancing?

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, ...
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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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Style vs instructor

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 ...
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Style vs instructor

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 ...
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Style vs instructor

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 ...
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Do all schools of BJJ come from the same root?

Roberto Pedreira's Choque: The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil 1856-1949: Volume 1 in one of its appendices contains a reconstructed hypothetical tree of the distinct lineages of judo/jiu-jitsu ...
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The Grandmaster's Rank

First, I just want to discuss the meaning of the term, "grandmaster", because I think some clarification is needed, since there's no universally accepted definition for it. Later I'll get to how ...
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The Grandmaster's Rank

In judo 10th dan is the highest rank anyone can receive. Wikipedia attributes the following quotation to the founder of Judo, Jigaro Kano: There is no limit...on the grade one can receive. ...
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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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Are there martial arts known to synergize with Judo?

Olympic Judo is very throw-centric. Ground fighting is almost an afterthought and not nearly as developed as their throws are. And many of the most useful throws (for fighting) have been gradually ...
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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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