Posted on February 03 2018


Are You About to Join a Mc Dojo? 4 Warning Signs!

The term Mc Dojo has come to be quite popular in the various martial arts business and trade journals and is a derogatory term used to describe certain types of martial arts schools. What are these types of schools and why is this term relevant to you as someone looking to get started in the martial arts?

As the martial arts have grown in popularity, martial artists across the country have begun to understand the potential of the martial arts as a money-making opportunity and a viable business.

A Mc Dojo quite frankly represents the worst example of a martial arts school. It is one that has lost touch with what the true values of the martial arts are, such as honesty and integrity.

Part of the problem, however, lies with the consumer because for the most part, the consumer does not know what to look for or what a good school is and what a good instructor looks like.

Here are the four warning signs that a school is a Mc Dojo.

  1. Hard-Sell Tactics

From the moment you walk into the door you are met by hard-sell tactics that are focused primarily on you opening up your wallet or surrendering your visa card before anything about the martial arts or programs have been discussed.

  1. Multiplicity

Multiple colored belts, multiple stripes, multiple uniforms with multiple patches, multiple high kicks, multiple high-fives, multiple black belts with multiple degrees, multiple reasons to join and multiple upgrade programs for the same curriculum.

  1. Contracts Lengths and Clauses

Yes, you guessed it. You have to sign up for a year minimum, then three years, then five years or longer. However, life is such that things happen beyond your control and despite the fact that you wanted to get your black belt and had every intention of sticking with it, you lost your job, you got a promotion in another city or state, there was a death in your family or a sick relative who needed taking care of. A reputable martial arts school will give you a way out either through an agreement that provides an escape clause for legitimate reasons.

  1. False promises

Are you being told that you will be able to defend yourself against a crazed knife-wielding attacker within just three months in their program? Are you being told that it is possible to get your black belt in just over a year? Or even in two years?

You must educate yourself and do your research. Check on line reviews and look up the main instructor to see if they are what they represent themselves as. Check out their linage!

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