Every Martial Arts School is different; in the martial art they teach and how they teach it. This means it’s important to find not just the right Martial Arts, but also the right Martial Arts School. In the end, the most important aspect of a martial arts school is the training it offers.

Within the wide array of martial arts schools out there and the numerous styles they teach, finding the school that is the right fit can be daunting. When exploring the numerous options, it comes down to this: does the Martial Arts School put the training first, or the money.

Martial Arts Schools are Still a Business

Make no mistake, a martial arts school that takes money in exchange for training is a business. That in and of itself is not a negative; most of our interactions with the outside world is done through business – exchanging money for products and services. However, like all businesses, it’s important that money isn’t the deciding factor when it comes to the product.

The Dangerous Credo of a Martial Arts School

There are those Martial Arts Schools that follow the credo “you’re in business to make money”. This can be akin to saying “you’re alive to consume air”; having air is important to live – but it’s not the reason. This can be a dangerous line of thought for any business because it takes focus away from the product. And you can see the results: we often refer to them as “McDojos” – Schools that focus on how to get student’s money, rather than focusing on the training they offer. They miss this important fact “you have a Martial Arts school to teach martial arts, and if what you teach is valuable – you’ll make money.”

Good Training = Successful Martial Arts Schools

This doesn’t mean the only true martial arts school is a struggling one – in fact just the opposite. The more a business focuses on improving and maintaining the integrity their product – such as martial arts classes – the longer lasting success the business will enjoy. If a martial arts school is willing to sacrifice the integrity of their training to get more money, both the student and the school loses in the long run.

The most important thing a martial arts school has is the training it offers, and it’s important that the training is the focus – not the money in your bank account. You’ll find that the martial arts schools that do this tend to have longer lasting success and loyal students regardless of their focus or what martial art they teach. This is how Todai Dojo is able to balance our responsibility as a business and a martial arts school: putting the training and the student first.

Shidoshi Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is an 8th degree black belt in the Bujinkan, and travels regularly to Japan to train. In addition to being the owner and head instructor of Todai Dojo, Scott is also the CEO of a national manufacturing company. He has also received training in other martial arts, and in-depth modern weapons training.

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