I disagree, I think the majority of McDojo's are run by people who really don't know any better and just kind of go along with things. It's amazing how much things can slowly change over the years, for example...Quote:
Originally Posted by Glaive
You start out with an instructor who did a lot of farily decent karate (etc.) in the '70s and '80s, no ground game, but you'd always come away with a few bruises (i.e. no soccer-moms). And he sets up shop, and teaches in much the same way he was taught, and the years go by. And as the years go by you get Karate Kid, TMNT, Power Rangers so the demand to teach the kids increases. Kid classes are added, but it's still pretty seperate to what the adults are doing. And the years go by, there's much more said about parents and kids doing activities together, and as there are kid and adult classes (as opposed to other organized sports) so naturally the number of families increases. As that happens, the standards from back in the day slowly give way to accomodate middle aged men and women. And out of that environment new students who were trained in that environment go off to start schools...forms are growing increasingly important given the American attitude that things should be easy and only give the impression of hard work (and in some cases meditation...I've tried actual zazen meditation before, and that **** is really hard, a far cry from sitting still for 2 mintues at the end of class). Fighting is less important than confidence and fitness (for both kids and adults), and a lot of back-patting is introduced more out of ignorance than a willful disregard of reality.
I think that's where most crappy MA is at the moment. If people could get past the ignorance and accept where they're at with respect to reality many would be much better off...though it's anyone's guess as to how far away that is, and my guess is 'a while'.