12/11/2004 3:57pm, #11Originally Posted by albert
12/11/2004 3:58pm, #12Originally Posted by poidog
It is important for our mission that this is not really the case.
12/11/2004 4:03pm, #13
I'm fairly sure the owner of this organization is a BJJ blue belt at the school Bizarro Root and myself train at.
12/11/2004 4:31pm, #14
12/11/2004 4:39pm, #15
Actually, if you go to your local bookstore, you can find a bunch of books sometime specifically on dojo management. Reading them gives you a lot of perspective into the world of the McDojo owner.
What I wonder is whether McDojo owners are more commonly real martial artists who decided to sell out, or if they're more commonly weak and incompetent martial artists who don't realize they're teaching crap?
I think that it is possible to make a living while teaching good MA. One guy I know, Kevin Seaman, runs a MA school in NY state as his primary source of income. He's been in business for a long time but I think that he also teaches actual good MA skills.
Personally, however, the most important things that I have learned have by and large been taught for free or for only a token fee. Pretty much never in a brick-and-mortar actual dojo establishment, come to think of it.
12/11/2004 4:43pm, #16
Actually, look at this. NAPMA actually sells you a cirriculum. So, in theory, you could not even be teaching a given MA. You could just be teaching whatever NAPMA tells you to teach.
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12/11/2004 5:11pm, #17
I've said it before and I say it yet again, a mcdojo is a mcdojo because of its teaching methods, not the business methods. Its a Mcdojo when the absolute quality of the whole school goes down in the name of making money. You can still have a kick ass teacher, teaching good MA, with sound business sense and managment. The NAPMA group emphasises guidlines toward managment.
If you want to teach a small group in a park somewhere, thats fine. It doesn't reflect on quality. But if you teach in a nice facility on main street USA you better be a sound businessman. Because you will lose your shirt otherwise.
As to this matter that an insturctor SHOULD be this humble self depricating sort who basically just gives away what cost him time, sweat, and pain; I say bollocks. This sort of hand-out mentality is lazy. Like a MA welfare state. Back in the "day", if we are going to use the term, the student had to PROVE himself worthy to study with the teacher. That doesn't seem to exist now. Now its 'gimme everything you gotsimply 'cause I paid my monthly dues.
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12/11/2004 5:11pm, #18
12/11/2004 5:13pm, #19
Originally Posted by Aesopian
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he does sell a grappling cert, complete with a video by Calos Newton.
Last edited by Bizzaro Root; 12/11/2004 5:15pm at .Eduardo "Why'd you stop."
Me "I was kicked in the head by the guys sparring next to me."
Eduardo "Ino what happened but i didnt say you could stop."
Me "Um.. I guess I keep going."
Eduardo "You dont stop until i say stop, you dont get tired until i say your tired, keep going."
Originally posted by Ralek
My cousin gave me some tapes of him doing tkd. I learned from those tapes. When I beat up an Akido instructor, and made him take rest breaks, I used TKD. I learned Bjj from watching ufc and pride and then I copied them and wrestled my cousin for practice. I choked him out and he tapped.
12/11/2004 5:23pm, #20
Originally Posted by Punisher
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