I can't tell if I'm at a McDojo.....
I am not "new" to martial arts and have been training Cuong Nhu for 3 years. I know from learking that some people aren't that hot on Cuung Nhu but outside of the sparring being no contact my instructors are GREAT and very knowledgeable (also they have great technique which is rare).
But recently, I have started to train at an ATA school for Krav Maga. I have to say that my instructor seems to be very profiencent with a good grasp on the Krav style. The techniques we are shown and training methods match what I would expect from Krav. We do not implement the belt system as we have people of various skill levels training in one class. I am still afraid it is a McDojo because:
1. We have contracts. I got them talked down to 5 months 100 bucks a month (200 to start....UGH) but this includes unlimted Krav classes (up to 6 a week 1 hour each) and TKD (which I do not take as I am not that flexible and will hurt myself).
I do not like the idea of contracts. If the product is good it should sell itself. If the school needs a long term committment to pay the bills then that is fine but it should be disclosed.
They did do the whole hard sell one night only crap which I feel they should be punched in the nuts for. This is the most demeaning and rude sales tactic of all time. I am going to work out at the dojo not buy a car and I should not feel pressured if I want to think things over or hand the contract to a lawyer (some of my fraternity brothers graduated law school and where more then happy to read the contract for me).
2. It is an ATA school affiliated with karate america which I have heard bad things about.....
3. We are allowed to wear what we want to wear to the krav class we are not required to by krav clothing to work out (great since I am on a poor grad student budget of <19k a year.)
4. Our head instructor seems to be very knowledgeable and a decent teacher. That being said some people who have been taking the krav classes for a few months still have very very poor basics (mine as far as punching moveing kicking etc go are decent with the Cuong Nhu background).
I am just wondering what you all thing from what I have said. Thanks for reading my long first post.