I’ve often used this term in the past but now it’s legit! So the question remains, do you belong to a McDojo? What is a McDojo you ask?
A McDojo (used as a noun) is a martial arts school of any style that uses specific business practices or principles for the purpose of generating revenue for the school. McDojo as an adjective is applied to indicate that a particular action or practice by a school is motivated primarily by financial gain.
Whew.. that’s a mouthful and just the tip of the iceberg. Just be aware there are such schools out there. While I do believe the usage of “Belts” can be a good thing in giving students motivation, it can get a little bit out of hand when there are like 20 ranks with a ton of intermediate stripes, resulting in the school being a “Belt Factory” aka “Revenue Rainbow”.
In addition to a “Belt Factory” be warned of joining a “Form Factory”. While these are not that bad if that’s your main goal, to learn as many forms as you can, but I think ultimately we need to ask ourselves, “Am I a Forms Collector?” This then leads to asking ourselves, “What is my goal in training?”. All good questions that should be answered before spending time and hard earned money on a potential McDojo.