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McDojo is a term used by some martial artists to describe a martial arts school where image or profit is of a higher importance than technical standards. A McDojo of Korean martial arts is usually called a McDojang. McDojos are often part of a franchise. Although not exclusive to the West, such schools tend to prey on people relatively unfamiliar with Asian (especially Confucian) culture.
Indications that a school may well be a McDojo include:
- Binding contracts when you join, with high up front training fees, high testing fees and the use of collection agencies to collect any remaining fees if a student quits before the contract term is up.
- Promises of obtaining a black belt within a given timeframe.
- Large numbers of very young (i.e. 6 or 7 year old) black belts.
- Flashy advertising, laden with boasts about the art's effectiveness.
- Questionable credentials of instructor:
A McDojo falls under the category of disreputable/dishonorable martial arts described by some as Bullshido.
- Bullshido.com: Exposing Fraud in the Martial Arts A site devoted to identifying frauds and scams in the Martial Arts community.
- Are You in A Martial Arts Cult? by Wayne Muromoto
- Real or Fake? Is Your Martial Arts School Legitimate? by Wayne Muromoto
- The Whole Legitimacy Thing by Karl Friday
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