Locke's Karate Academy: Belton, Missouri
Locke’s Karate Academy
Locke’s Karate Academy is a traditional martial arts school located in Belton, Missouri. The school isn’t really all that great. The instructor is almost always there but it’s really just a martial arts themed day care center, I mean kids out number adults several times over. At least once he's had the kids play kick ball while hopping around on one foot. I'm not sure what that had Martial Arts. Another thing is the instructor is Clueless, 1/3 of the class can easily be spent warming up and then the last 1/3 can be a ‘cool down.’ One of the biggest complaint that I have about the school is that for months after I quit the school I was still getting calls from bill collectors for his school even though I quit going there. This school unquestionably falls into the category of McDojo. It’s school that just everyone should avoid.
3 - My reasoning is that the sparring is very light contact, not to mention the gloves, head gear, shin guards and chest protectors that are required (at your own expense).
1 - Other than the safety gear stated above there is weapons, nothing else. No cage, no nothing else.
6 - It's actually a good sized building, it can get crowded sometimes but it’s in a building dedicated to the school, the building is nice, clean and well kept.
1 - The instructor is there 70%, but I’ve seen him have kids play kick ball during class, no joke.
4 - Instructor is more interested in making sure we honor customs than anything else, like learning.
3 - The styles taught are nearly 100% striking, but not much time is used teaching.
1 - There are a few weapons but classes are non-contact.