Martial Arts Rip-Off #7: Poorly Designed Curriculum.
Professional trainers in any field alwaysuse a well-designed curriculum, with clearly defined goals, detailed class plans that allow thestudents to meet those goals, and standards that measure a student's knowledge of the subject. Inan academic classroom, for example, the teacher plans the course of instruction, executes thatplan, and tests you on what you learned. You would expect martial arts instructors to be nodifferent. However, many martial arts schools take a disorganized approach to teaching, with noprior planning or goal setting, and no way to set or enforce standards. Because rank advancementis often a source of extra revenue, a martial arts studio won't make money if it never promotesanyone. Therefore, a poorly-run studio typically has no standards, and will promote studentsregardless of ability to ensure cash flow. A school like this is commonly called a "belt factory," alabel that's a sure sign their number one priority is to make money. If you want legitimate martialarts training, you should look for a school with organized, well-planned classes, and standards forpromotion. If a school has none of these, you'll get better value elsewhere.
Martial Arts Rip-Off #8: A Dysfunctional Learning Environment.
In order for martial artsstudents to learn effectively, they need to function in an orderly, disciplined, positive classroomenvironment. For this to happen, the class must be led by a well-trained, well-prepared,professional martial arts instructor who makes class fun while still maintaining control of control of class activities. Some instructors who brand themselves "traditional" maintain order in class bybeing overbearing and abusive. This usually involves yelling and screaming, humiliating studentsby name, or administering difficult exercises as punishment. In extreme cases, it may involvephysical abuse. Conversely, there are martial arts instructors who seem afraid of offendingstudents (and causing them to quit) by insisting on proper, orderly behavior in class. Worse, theyengage in such unprofessional behavior as horsing around with the students, or showing disinterestin and lack of attention to class activities. These are all serious warning signs. When you choose totrain in martial arts, you should seek a school that has well-run classes with a minimum of distractions. If you visit a school and everyone is behaving as if they're afraid of getting in trouble,or if the inmates are running the asylum, so to speak, you should look elsewhere for martial artstraining.In summary, predatory marketing combined with a low-quality product leads to a ripped off consumer, and martial arts consumers are not immune to the danger of being ripped off. Further,shady martial arts schools give the martial arts industry, and the legitimate businesses in it, a badname. Take the time to become an educated consumer of martial arts instruction, and you willhave a positive experience and get value for your money.
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