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    good schools vs mcdojos in chicago

    I was wondering what schools people thought were good in Chicago and which ones they thought were McDojos, or simply failed to live up to what they promise to teach. For example, Degerberg Academy, and Pow! I would call MCDojos or at best belt factories. While Tohkon Judo Academy, Gracie Barra, and Bujinkan Chicago Dojo are excellent schools from what I have seen and heard. Has anybody heard anything about The International Green Dragon Society I have heard some cultish things about them.

    PS I think it would be a great idea for these lists to exist on every major city to help martial artists spend less time wading through ****.

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    www.dragonsociety.com takes you to what looks like their main school. Definitely a McDojo, perhaps in the Temple Kung Fu vein, with lots of sub-clubs to join and extra fees everywhere. Check out the Carlson Gracie academy; they have a central school in the city proper and a satellite in Napierville.
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    The greendragon grandmaster's last name is "Moneymaker"? Holy **** thats funny!!!

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    Yeah, I didn't like Degerberg, too large. Where you at in Chicago, we can do more good if you tell us where you can travel to, and also, what you're looking for.
    Seriously, most likely grabbing somebodies crotch like that is only going to make your situation much, much worse. Unless the person doing the gullotine has no pants on, then it's okay as long as they bought you dinner first. - Kidnemo

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    Oh, and it's already been established that scuk a list(bad schools) would be very hard, if not impossibel to do(and certainly impossible to do without predjudice).
    Seriously, most likely grabbing somebodies crotch like that is only going to make your situation much, much worse. Unless the person doing the gullotine has no pants on, then it's okay as long as they bought you dinner first. - Kidnemo

    I don't know about angels, but it's fear that gives men wings - Max Payne

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    I can understand not liking Degerberg becuase it's too large, but what makes it a McDojo? The "Blend" curriculum?

    Granted that has McDojo tendencies, but my impression of the place was that if the person wanted to learn how to be a good fighter, they could do so there.

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    I've always gotten the impression that they cared more about getting paid then the students. I've been there, but never trained, cause it's $30 for a one day pass. Okay, I understand you have a large facility, but I'm not going ot join a class without trying it, and I'm not going to pay to try it. Oh, and the contracts. They love contracts.
    Seriously, most likely grabbing somebodies crotch like that is only going to make your situation much, much worse. Unless the person doing the gullotine has no pants on, then it's okay as long as they bought you dinner first. - Kidnemo

    I don't know about angels, but it's fear that gives men wings - Max Payne

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    Any legit JKD schools, or other personal recomendations (for schools) in Chicago?

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    Where you at in Chicago, we can do more good if you tell us where you can travel to, and also, what you're looking for.

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    north side but work on the near west side and school that emphasis self-defense

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