I came across this school
in my search and have been reading through some of the informaion about their classes I began to notice things that I was told were 'warnings' about their legitimacy, and I was hoping the folks here could look as well and give their opinion as I've only begun to search.
A few things that set off 'flags' where:
Kenjutsu, the art of swordsmanship, is the most highly respected of all Japanese martial arts. But, due to the high initial costs (yes, you do need a real sword and that alone will cost at least several hundred dollars for the most basic, and thousands for something truly suitable for the art), this art is not for everyone.
I was under the impression that someone wouldn't even touch a real blade for at least a year or so into training, not having to buy one up front just to join the class, but I could be wrong.
Another quote I found confusing was this:
do, however, have a problem with the people who study a bujutsu as combat who have no need for such an art. The problem with this group is that they never really get into the art. Combat bujutsu is a dangerous art to practice, which is why so many of the techniques were either modified or eliminated when creating the modern budô. As a result of this danger, many students of combat arts tend to take a half-hearted approach to training. And, as a result, the ryû becomes something that has lost both its cultural heritage and its combat effectiveness. (Here's a rule of thumb: If you study a combat art and don't receive an injury serious enough to require professional medical attention at least once a year, you're just playing at it.)
how true is that last part? About knowing you're really learning the true art if you're seriously hurt at least once a year, not that I'm afraid of injury per se, but it just seems like an odd thing to say.
I'm wondering if its just 'their thing' or warning signs on Evaluating Schools
so I can be a better judge in the future [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG] Thanks
[This message has been edited by Nurb (edited 04-13-2005).]