Stroud's School of Martial Arts, Kinston NC
I am trying to determine if Stroud's School of Martial Arts in Kinston, NC is a quality school. Based on my preliminary research, I have my doubts, but would welcome the opinion of those better equipped to make an assessment.
(1) On the Blackbelt gallery page, they list Lemuel Stroud as a 10th Dan, but they don't list in what art. I found a reference on a separate site stating:
He holds a 10th degree black belt in jujitsu by the board of the National Martial Arts Association...
(See Point 3 Below)
(2) Also on the Blackbelt page, Richy and Barry list themselves has co-instructors (not sure I'm wording this correctly)...Richy is a student of Barry and Barry is a student of Richy. Is this legit?
(3) Lemuel Stroud was a founding member (and current board member) of the NMAA
In his bio on the NMAA site, his 10th Dan in jujitsu was awarded by the NMAA. Some of his former teachers are listed, but I am new to MA and cannot properly evaluate these claims. For an organization calling itself a National Association, however, it seems to me to not have a lot of member dojos.
(4) Along with being a founding member of the NMAA, Stroud (along with the other Stroud's Martial Arts Academy instructors) is also on the board of KBK, Inc
which seems to serve somewhat of a similar purpose to the NMAA.
I'm looking for a Judo school in my area and wonder if I should be seriously considering this school. Nearly two weeks ago, I sent them an email asking several questions to help me assess if their school is a good fit for my goals and I have yet to receive a reply.