Franchise martial arts school’s private lessons are only thirty minutes in duration. This is a huge deal. Thirty minutes is ABSOLUTELY NOT enough time for a proper lesson at all. That is an obvious ploy for money. School trips, banquet dinners, yearly sales, the list goes on. This just shows that franchise martial arts schools are leeching for money by any means necessary. Franchise schools are plagued with short private lessons, cultish behavior, and there is nothing about them that supports all of you as the community. Everything in a franchise martial arts school is deceptively crafted to make you feel good and keep your children occupied, not teach you self-defense. In attempts to “cookie cut” good quality, they cut corners and grossly overcharge the community. So if you think that franchise martial arts schools are the Farmers Market, don’t be fooled. They are the McDonald’s of martial arts, known to the martial arts community as McDojos. Most of what they teach and how they teach it will barely help you in the street.
I get students every year who found out the hard way that the stuff they learned at franchise McDojos didn’t work. At a franchise it is either: adapt or become stagnant. Here is where it becomes more interesting. “Stagnant” is the term franchises like ATA, White Dragon, and United use for students who don’t learn at the franchise desired pace. Over fifty percent of franchise students are “stagnant”. San Diego’s largest franchise school actually conducted studies to learn that “stagnant” students are over fifty percent more likely to quit. Therefore, franchises rush the student past his/her learning speed. This is, both, dangerous and foolish.
Red Phoenix has been talking with all the other martial arts schools in the San Diego community and, frankly, we are fed up with franchise McDojo bs. The properly run martial arts schools are continuously cleaning up franchise McDojo mistakes. McDojos are hurting our children and are taking advantage of people’s weaknesses when they are only asking for help and it all needs to stop. We as the martial arts community are trying to look for ways to help the community and help protect it. I personally have invested a lot of time and a lot of money into the Phoenix Program, which is helping a lot of people. All the long while, franchise McDojos are doing nothing accept creating false senses of confidence that are masked by polite manors. As well as overcharging for thirty minute lessons; like that’s going to help anyone.
Always remember that franchise McDojos like UFC, Undisputed, White Dragon, ATA, and United are like McDonald’s. Going there every once and a while won’t hurt you too much. However, going there five times a week for five to six years just might kill you. My message to all the franchises McDojos in San Diego is to get out of the martial arts community or shape up!