MA club selling strategies?
So I was doing some light training last night, working over some BJJ DVD noobs, trying out sweeps and the like that I can't quite seem to get to work on the more experienced grapplers I roll with, when an old karate guy walked on to the mats wearing a black belt preparing for a lesson.
Now, I've been waiting to ask about the karate style at the uni's sports centre of which I am a member, but of course the front desk knows little apart from "its karate". So I approach this old fella and ask him the questions needed for me to do a bit of research (on here).
He tells me it is Goju-Kai and I began thinking "more like Mc-Goju- Kai" whilst holding my hand up looking for a high five where none was apparent. He tells me he is not the Sensei, but is the assistant and that the club has been operating for 30 years. He asked me if I had done anything before and I gave him an abbreviated version because by then I really had lost interest in him and the style.
The guy was volunteering too much information and from my experience as a salesman this is bad practice. He was dropping too many names of karateka, specifically Japanese, as the lineage which said to me this was common practice when people asked about the classes and it would be like a mechanic telling someone with no knowledge of engines they need an influx converter capacitor for their piston ring reduction module. It would add an air of legitimacy that may or may not be warranted and for the ignorant, excite them enough to join. Fortunately I am not ignorant, in relation to this, anyway.
So I walked away only to have him follow me. As I was talking to my friends, he asks me how long I have been training and other **** which was annoying because I was trying to organise another day of rolling. I answered over my shoulder, making it obvious I had lost interest and the next thing I know I hear this familiar sound:
Whumph! Whumph! Whumph!
(If you couldn't pick it is the sound a gi makes when...)
...This dude was showing off his punching skills right behind me! I nearly cracked up.
Anyway, Goju Kai has been done to death here I believe, so discuss it or don't I don't care. But have a look at the photo on their website, to me it looks photoshopped, but I could be wrong:
Also, what are some strange selling tactics or stories you've been told why a new school was trying to convince you to join?