Possibly the worst Bullshido Dojo?
Order of the Dragon in Bakersfield, California.
The "Master" is a supposed "Eighth degree black belt" in TKD and teaches a combination of TKD and karate.
He offers classes to all people 4 years old or older (first clue... 4 years old?)
The only Kata their students do are several variations of a basic kata. (Similar to taekyoku shodan in Shotokan). All of the kata are in the "I" embusen and it does not have any of the curriculum of traditional TKD or karate. They are a combination of TKD and Karate, and they list several black belt instructors ranging from shodan to hachidan, yet none of them know any black belt level kata? (second clue)
Citing "liability" concerns, students are only allowed to wear gi's and gear purchased from them, without exception. Their gear is severely over-priced. (third clue- Mcdojo)
My nephew trained with them. They have 21 different Kyu levels, testing is automatic every 2 months at $50 a pop. They have funky paying rules. You can pay $10 per lesson, or $60 per month for a pass, but if the kid does not bring the pass to class, he pays the $10, and if he loses the pass, he has to wait until the next month to buy the $60 pass, and he's required to pay the $10 per class until the next month. (more mcdojo crap).
They don't have a central location. They train at 4 different locations throughout the week at community centers and parks.
Their students are so horrible, that they have stopped going to local tournaments. Parents were seeing how substandard the kids were, and were leaving for other area dojos. To combat this problem, they only go to their own "invitational tournaments" 4 times per year where they invite other mcdojos to compete. All of the good schools have been asked not to come citing "recruiting tactics" or other BS as the reason. This is to insure that their students have a chance of winning.
When the Karate Kid movie came out, they had an expo at the local movie theater where they were trying to recruit students. My sensei was approached and asked if he wanted to learn martial arts. He asked the woman, who was wearing a Gi with the words "instructor" embroidered on it, what style she was. She said "We are a combination of TKD and karate." Then he asked "What style of karate" and she replied, "I'm not exactly sure, I'd have to check with the owner." (Busted... how can a Black Belt instructor not know the origins of their training?)
Mr. Absher is doing his students a disservice charging them $60 per lesson claiming to be an 8th degree grand master. I consider it highway robbery and it's by far the worst McDojo scenario I've ever heard of.
What say you?