I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU!! :D
Oh! Sorry, I forget sometimes that not everyone knows all of the terms. A McDojo is a school that cares more about monetary gain than anything else; at these schools, guys will change belts extraordinarily quickly, or you’ll have kids as young as 11 with black belts that they claim are on par with the adult belts. They would rather make money than be a credible school, because the more students they get the more money they make. It’s like this:
Kid A wants to do karate. Kid A’s parents take him to a McDojo, where he instantly learns flashy moves and techniques. Kid A’s parents pay maybe $50/month. Kid A’s friends see how quickly he moved up in rank. So ten of Kid A’s friends go to the same school, each paying $50/month. See what I mean now?
While Kid B also wants to learn karate. He finds a different school, a school where he actually learns good technique with solid teaching. Kid B earns belt slower, but learns better stuff.
Kid A and Kid B meet up. Kid A has black belt, Kid B still has colored belt. They spar, Kid B easily dominates. Kid A is confused.
Kid A: “but I have a black belt, and can do spinning kicks? What?”
Kid B: *shrugs, and leaves*
That’s what the rest of us have dealt with. I was Kid B. Taking five years to get my first black belt, it definitely did look odd to some. They assumed that I wasn’t as smart or talented or hard-working as Kid A.
Not true. I don’t regret those five years, or the three and a half it took me to get my second black belt. I did very well against McDojo black belts as a colored belt. And it was because my training was tough, structured, and had a clear purpose.
i think it took me 3 to earn my belt.
but i went every day at home and at the dojo, and took my black belt test in front of the masters, even training in okinawa for two weeks
93 signs that a dojo is a Mc’dojo
$50? HA! MORE LIKE $1000 a month in aus for the trophy catching mcdojo’s
Whoa, wait, did you just add an extra cero to exaggerate, or are you serious a $1000? xO
gosh darn it, i meant 100, and that is if you pay for the whole year up front, it gets worse the smaller the the amount of time you are paying for
because everyone wants to get payed, and rent in a good place in aus is crazy expensive
I can understand setting a price to pay rent and win some on the side for yourself for teaching the knowledge. If you want to live off of martial arts, and you have the rank to do it, it’s understandable. But there are way to many that do it as a business, a gym where you train to win competitions, instead of a place for knowledge and learning the way of martial arts as a way of life.
Is it wrong then for a dojo to advertise themselves for fitness and competitions, so that people come in and learn the “way of martial arts” and knowledge while they are there? I joined karate for a hobby. Once I joined I got interested in the teachings.
I’ve never gone to a place that advertised as such. I’ve gone to tournaments and I’ve gotten more fit but I’ve never gone to a place that would directly say that those were two things to gain.
Hey! I thought I would share a few things about my training in Karate.
I started when I was three in Barry Ontario learning Shotokan Karate. In this school, I practiced for 4 years, and left with my green belt ( the grading system put this as the fourth belt, where as black was the ninth).
I moved after my fourth year to Stratford Ontario, where I took up Okinawan Goju Ryu karate at a local dojo run by Shihan Chuck Hassin (Facebook [ you can see me on the left of the cover photo] and website)
I spent 9 years relearning everything I did at the old dojo, as well as going through equivalency training and gradings. My Shihan took this process very seriously, as he is well known for having one of the most reputable schools in Ontario, and possibly Canada. My Shihan was not easy on me, and put me through a four hour blue belt grading (5th belt) when I was 10 (with people in their late teens), which I walked away from crying. I passed, but it was not fun.
I thought gradings before the back belt grading were taken seriously, but my black belt grading in june of last year (after 9 years of training with my current Shihan, and 4 years of training with my previous Sensi) was absolutely grueling. To even be allowed the option of participating, I was required to write a 90 page essay on how karate has effected my life (I still have it, I wouldn’t recommend reading it though XD). The actual grading was on the 21st of June, and it was a balmy 35 degrees outside, while just eight of us were being graded in a tiny wooden dojo in Toronto (2.5 hour drive). The grading lasted four hours as well, but we were being graded by four 6th degree or higher black belts, one of which was Shihan Ron Yamanka, a ninth degree black belt who founded the YKKF (Youdansha Kobujutsu Karate-Doh) in Canada. I also passed this grading as well, and learned more amazing things than I care to write down right now.
My Shihan did push me to get my black belt at 16 because I knew what I was doing, but does not do so for others as often. You must be 16 to learn the kata’s which are required for the grading (again, I got a bit of an exception for this, and started learning them at 15), and so no one under 16 is allowed to go to the gradings.
This is the kind of push a good dojo will give. The other one in Stratford is a mixed karate kickboxing sort of thing (absolutely a Mcdojo), and I constantly get students coming up to me and saying that we should spar because we have the same belt. What I find weird is that they not only just started, but that they have the need to prove themselves which is obviously not a virtuous quality taught in the martial arts.
I have to say that I did get lucky twice though, so I’m very grateful for that. I just wish Karate was taught at the same caliber everywhere.#karate #martial arts #jujitsu #black belt
Nope! I’m in grade 11 at the moment, but I’m hoping to move on after grade 12 and start applying to Universities :)