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Here is a convenient tool to use whenever selecting a martial art school.
|Free uniform ("gi")||First month free||The only||SWAT, SEAL or Special Forces||Recognized as|
|World champion||Contract||Soke||Private lessons||Ancient|
|Payment plan||Grandmaster||Aerobic karate, cardio kickboxing, or equivalent term||30-day money back guarantee||Personal growth|
|Black Belt Club||Practical||Credit check||Empowerment||Different color belts at every level|
|Ultimate||Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and/or other celebrity endorsers||Rapid (or guaranteed) promotion||Samurai sword||Down payment|
If the school passes this test, also check the following:
|Mannequins inside the training area that are wearing uniforms and black belts. Items sold in an attached store do not count.||Pseudo-Chinese lettering combined with lots of trophies in the window.||Posters of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and/or other film stars plastered on the school walls. Items sold in an attached store do not count.|
Three in a row should suggest a drive-by.
|Elementary school students wearing black belts.||Teenage students wearing black belts who demonstrate immature or unusually aggressive behavior.||Instructors who appear more than 100 pounds overweight.|
The Background Check
This may be the most important check. To do a background check on a school and its instructors: