Does this look like a bad dojo?
From what I understand from the websites, the same address and from calling the phone number these two places are the same dojo.
It seems very McDojo-y, especially the Karate section. However the BJJ/grappling section seems less bad. It still seems to have made-up martial arts and seemingly unverifyable belt rankings. However the BJJ group also seems to participate in tournaments organized by Brazilian Top Team (which has a base here in Montreal) despite the outdated look of the sites. And even though it looks crappy (Karate FAQ in particular) I get the impression they believe in alive training.
I'm getting really mixed signals from this place and I'm wondering if I should chance going here. I originally wanted to go to a reputable school led by a Dog Brother and a Canadian professional fighter but due to family problems it seems unlikely I will be able to go there.
If I do go to a free lesson or try a month, how can I tell if the grappling is good? I won't know the difference between good BJJ and bad BJJ, having never done it before.
If Sensei Jocelyn is a kyokushin BB you should be able to call and see which organization he belongs to (iko1,iko2,iko3,etc.). There are a kyokushin videos (in case you haven't heard of it) in the video section or on youtube.
sorry my bad ... both the JJ guy and the Karate guy do kyokushin
YOUR MOM IS A BAD DOJO OHH SNAP.
You could try asking the owner if you can have a friend film the trial lesson, or use a tripod if you're going alone. Then post the video. It's probably a good idea anyway, just so we have a record of it beyond your word.
Hey, that's not a bad idea. I could probably get my girlfriend to do it.
Originally Posted by kwoww
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