Does the United States Have its own unique type of Bullshido?
I meant to post this a while ago and actually thought i did, but didnt get around to it. Anyway. I note that there are some specific types of BS that are referred to on a regular basis BUT seemingly only in the US. Now, this may be because the majority of our posters are from there, or could it be that there is a cultural difference in the manifestation of bullshit?
I refer here to a couple of specific things:
Firstly, the infamous mail order belt testing/distance learning. You know the one, watch a video, tape yourself doing a kick or two, send it off, get a black belt and instructors certificate in the mail etc etc. All of the threads I have seen on this subject appear to be referring to organisations within the US.
Secondly, there have been many references to McDojo's signing people on for fixed term contracts (sometime for two or three years!). All of the posts I recall reading about this are within the US also. Over here, I have never come across a school that has contracts. They all seem to charge on a monthly basis.
Thirdly, there have many accounts of incredibly ridicolous fees for gradings (or belt tests as some call them). Also a rarity over here. I only seem to recall one thread from anywhere BUT the US referring to this phenomonon.
These are the main things that I have noticed regards this subject. I am not saying that the US has a monopoly on Bullshido, simply that it seems to have its own brand. There are bound to be examples of these three points in other places in the world, but are they so widespread?
Also, are there any other general bullshido traits that are specifically prominent in other cultures that people are aware of?