Putting myself in the line of fire here...
I teach for this gourp of schools. It works like this...
Someone wants to open a regional office and hires local instructors to cover areas within their state. We have no contracts but have minorly bloated prices on our merch. Per-class prices are $6/class. Sessions generally run about 13-17 weeks. This program is geared for children of all ages running as young as 4-5 years old. We do this (and the other brances of the company... Cheerleading, soccer, hip hop :5butthead, baton twirling, etc...) as an outlet to help kids focus and keep them off the streets. There are a ton of good things to this style of classes (sticking to MA) but then there are the downers too.
They try to push a regimented watered down Japanese style off on the newbie instructors and the belting is insanely accelerated. We run 2 sessions per year and each time the session is completed, they test for belting.
I guess my big question is this: Are we a McDojo in disguise? I thuroughly enjoy what I do for the kids so on an honesty level, I'd hate to be labeled as a McDojo pusher. :( Some of the stuff that I do to help make things better is make belting much more difficult to do every session after they exit green belt (completion of 3rd session) so they really need to start tightening up and perfecting their techniques.
All of this has come into play since I'm almost done completing my 1st full year with this company. I've seen a ton of bad habits from the returning students and wish to break them of these things under my wing. At the beginning of my second year (spring 06) as the session starts I will be implimenting my new expectations and info. The only returning student that is aware of these things is my highest ranking since he will drown in almost 2.5 sessions worth of catch up. So I gave him the choise to stay at his rank till we all feel that he is ready to promote.
Since becoming an instructor (real one, not just with this company) I've not used the internet too much for this profession till this year. Now I am a little paranoid about what kind of cruddy status that I may hanging out on. :( It kinda sucks. Help me out here guys. Just don't kill me with that special brand of bullshido love. LOL!