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#319855 - 03/10/07 02:48 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: RazorFoot]
Ed_Morris Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 6768
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As many bad schools as we have come across, we should be more than willing to let people know about a few possibilities that do offer quality training.



not to point out the obvious, but since it's a public forum, what stops 'bad' schools from joining this site and listing their website?

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#319856 - 03/10/07 04:44 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: Ed_Morris]
underdog Offline
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Absolutely nothing- which is why I personally don't put too much stock in THIS kind of listing. Referring to my post above, it depends on the good will of the membership.

A better process would be to check the web site of a particular style to see if there is an affiliated school in your area or a commercial listing such as the Better Business Bureau in the area where I live. These kinds of listings can tell you if there are any business problems with the school not delivering on contracts etc.

I found my present school by interviewing schools. After having been in one martial art for a few years, I knew what kinds of questions I wanted to ask and what answers I needed. I was happy with my choice.

I think a newbie to martial arts would be well served to interview around and to attend the free class(es) that a prospective student is allowed to take and pick a school that way and preferably with a friend.

Sometimes it isn't a school style, but the age of the students, the "personality teaching style" of the instructors, location and other factors that end up being more important.
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#319857 - 03/14/07 02:02 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: underdog]
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And this post was intended to give that type of student a heads up for schools in their area. Of course you still need to do those other things but this may save you a little time and research by giving you a reference point.

I would hope that no one would blindly take someone's reference as meaning they should join today without researching the school to see if it was a good fit for them. It is simply a starting point so they do not have to start cold.

When you buy any other product, I am sure a lot of people check to see what type of ratings other users have given it. If someone has used a product and took the time to comment, I read their comments. This is no different. I would never buy something from consumer comments alone but it would give me an idea of what my experience could be like if I were to purchase.

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#319858 - 03/27/07 12:09 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: RazorFoot]
AkhilleusWeeps Offline
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Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 214
Loc: Tx
Can it be done so that the poster can be provided with a poll where he can rate such things as "Facility" "Level of Contact" "Student/Instructor Ratio" etc.. with choices of 1-10.

I don't think spam/bad school postings would be a big issue. If anything I would think, well atleast people like my self, would go to a school listed if it was near me and give info on what I saw. This would also be a good sticky. Just my 2 cents.
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#319859 - 04/23/07 01:33 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: AkhilleusWeeps]
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bump
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#319860 - 10/01/07 11:35 AM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: RazorFoot]
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ITF Tae Kwon Do
Escrima/Kali/Arnis
8120 Ritchie Highway
Pasadena, Maryland 21122

Chief Instructor - Mr. Carlos Patalinghug


Pecahan Pencak Silat
Pencak Silat Mande Muda
8120 Ritchie Highway
Pasadena, Maryland 21122

Chief Instructor - Guru Rob McKay


Pamfilis Karate
Seido Karate
Merrit Athletic Club
8757 Mylander Lane,
Towson, Md. 21204

Chief Instructor - Kyoshi Marc Pamfilis
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#319861 - 10/01/07 03:28 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: RazorFoot]
JasonM Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 2502
http://www.thelabbjj.com
The Lab Martial Arts Academy
5061 Jeff Davis Hwy (Sport & Health)
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408


http://www.kids-judo.com/
4006 Leonard Rd
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22408


http://www.kravmagadc.com/
Chinatown at
616 H Street, NW at Gallery Place
Washington, DC


http://www.sanyamabushi-goju.com/index2.html
13935 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Woodbridge, Virginia 22191


http://www.niagarashobukan.com/
The Niagara Shobukan Martial Arts Center
2621 Morse lane
Woodbridge, VA 22192
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#319862 - 10/01/07 09:33 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: JasonM]
JasonM Offline
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oopps and how could i forget..

http://www.gracieva.com/
The Capital Jiu-Jitsu™ Academy Headquarters
Jungle's Gym Second Floor
305 Hooff's Run Drive
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703-346-8828


http://www.onespiritmartialarts.com/index2.asp
Reston / Herndon
Combat Training Center
295 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, Virginia

Fairfax
George Mason University
GMU, Aquatic and Fitness Center
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
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#319863 - 06/11/08 11:35 AM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: JasonM]
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#319864 - 02/04/09 01:57 PM Re: Fighting Arts Dojo/Dojang Directory [Re: hedkikr]
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 26
Loc: Maryland, USA
Baltimore Airport area/Annapolis

Imperial Crane Karate and Kobudo
Shorin Ryu Matsumura
Paul Sabota, sensei
sabotasansensei@yahoo.com
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