2 Possible McDojos/Lineage lies :X Help!
I'm looking into starting Bagua/Baguazhang in the Dallas Texas area. Looking around, I found two primary choices:
"Dr." John Painter's school in Arlington, Texas (about a 45 minute drive for me, so not terribly convenient, but I'm willing to deal with it). On his website (ninedragonbaguazhang .com), he states that he is the sole inheritor of a certain chinese martial art before the person who entrusted it to him moved uh...very far away. Sounds a tad sketchy. I don't know, he may be good, but I've heard amazing things, and I've heard he's a fraud. :-/
The other place looks a bit more interesting. It teaches Yin style Baguazhang, with the website being (baguakungfu .com). The pricing scheme seems a bit high, though it has possible discounts. All lessons are private, which makes me accept the pricing a tad more, and it goes like this:
1 Lesson -$60
6 Lesson Package - $300
Beginner 2 Hour intensive lesson - $90
Take 2+ classes a week--$45 per class
Military Discount-$20% off.
I respect places with military discounts, though I am not apart of the military.
However, aside from the price, there are a few red flags.
At the bottom of the pricing page, it says this "Yin style bagua's applications are banned from 99% of MMA tournaments..."
I don't really wanna do MMA, but it seems weird that it would all be banned o.o
On the page with his interview, it says he trained in China with He Jinbao (He Jinbao is the one person whose lineage can be traced back to the source of Baguazhang, and is considered the "Inheritor" at the moment. His master's master's master started it or something. It's a pretty short line). I can't really prove that, and it would be unsettling for it to be false.
The final red flag, is how he says he trains you. There are 8 different styles within Yin Style baguazhang, each with an animal on a trigram or something. He says he analyses which style would be best for your body type and movement, and he works with you on that style. Though possible, the odds that he knows all 8 styles that well that he can analyze you, deduce what is best for you, and teach you strictly that seem a bit crazy.
Maybe I'm just overly paranoid, but I don't want to waste money!