DojoLocator.com introduces Style based Dojo Search

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  1. dojolocator

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    dojolocator.com recently introduced Style based Dojo Seach. This is one of the most requested features, and we are excited to have it implemented. Whether you are searching a specific address, city, zip code or county, you will have an option to choose up to 5 Martial Arts Styles from a list:

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    When one or more Style is selected, dojolocator.com attempts to find nearest schools offering those styles. If there are not enough schools offering the selected styles, dojolocator will search up to 150 Miles and try to locate at least 10 schools offering the selected styles.

    Along with the ability to search by style, we have also introduced Nearest to an address search feature. If you enter a complete address, dojolocator.com will look up the closest schools near the address and show the exact distance of the schools from that address.

    So now you can get answers like: Which is the closest Dojo offering MMA near me, and how far is it?

    This is an early stage of these features, and we are looking to improve them as we continue to study them.

    If you are not familiar with dojolocator.com, it features about 17,000 Martial Arts Schools that you can search by address, city, zip, county or state. You can also search Dojo by name, view styles statistics, see the most common Dojo Names, Top Cities, States, Counties etc.

    dojolocator.com also provides 4 pages to each school:

    1. A Detail Page
    2. A Contact Form Page
    3. A Location Map Page
    4. and A Driving Directions Page

    These Pages are grouped under an search engine friendly and easy to remember address like:

    www.dojolocator.com/rising-sun/

    In addition, links to school Websites are allowed.

    We would appreciate feedback from the Martial Talk community. Try it on dojolocator.com: www.dojolocator.com/search/


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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  2. tshadowchaser

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    I see you have Escrima listed why not just have FMA listed as there are many schools in FMA that do not use Escrima as a title
     
  3. dojolocator

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    Do you think Escrima & Kali should be brought under FMA?

    Something like: Escrima, Kali or FMA


    Thanks for the help.

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  4. ArmorOfGod

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    Spam!!!
     
  5. Flying Crane

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    You run into some troubles with the desctription of the Chinese martial arts. You might want to make a clear distinction between traditional kung fu vs. modern wushu, since wushu is technically the proper term in describing the Chinese fighting arts, yet in the West, wushu is usually understood to mean the modern, performance and competition style compiled by the Chinese communist govt. in the 1950s.

    You might simply re-label as follows:

    Traditional Kung Fu/Traditional Wushu
    and
    Modern Wushu

    also, Taiji is a method of kung fu, not something separate. It also has traditional and modern derivatives. A school coaching Modern Wushu may also teach a taiji variant that is a Modern, competition/performance approach that has little or no fighting emphasis. A traditional kung fu school may teach a traditional method of taiji that is focused on fighting. Still other teachers may teach taiji strictly as an exercise for health, tho this aspect often goes hand-in-hand with the traditional and modern approaches as well.

    sorry to confuse things for you, but it could make a real difference.
     
  6. dojolocator

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    Thanks for the explanations. There are many issues with attempting to classify Styles, both Chinese and Japanese. We have tried to keep it as 'what is in use', rather than 'what they really are'. In the end the schools may have their own interpretation of what they do. Sometimes schools are not really teaching any of these styles, but a blend/mix, but still claiming to teach the individual styles.

    We are in the process of creating a hierarchy, where select Karate will automatically encompass variations of Karate, and similarly selecting Kung Fu will encompass variations of Kung Fu. While selecting a specific variation (Shotokan Karate, for example) will try to pick Shotokan Karate only, and where not available, will suggest similar styles (siblings)

    It is pretty much on the design board right now.
     
  7. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

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    Just some of the things that legitimately fall under the label of Kung Fu

    And you are right there are some, one in my area per your page, that says Karate/Kung Fu and they do not, as far as I know, teach anything Kung Fu
     
  8. Bob Hubbard

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    Trying to quantify some of these is a full time job in itself. :) I've lost count of the number of "why don't you list x" questions with our own school listing system. For example, you list Iaido, Kenjutsu and Kendo, but no Iaijutsu or Batojutsu. Escrima and Kali, but no Kombatan, Modern Arnis, Sayoc, Pekiti Tersia, etc. But then again, a selection list that scrolls for 12 pages isn't going to be used much either. A couple people are doing similar directories and all face this issue. I wish them all the best of luck and might just look into some partnerships to offload the headache and funnel traffic.
     
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    Thanks Bob!

    It is a challenging task indeed. Specially when the resource I can allocate to it is so little! But I am determined to make it comprehensive yet usable.

    When a school registers on dojolocator.com, they are allowed to enter additional styles that do not show in the main list. Currently searching on those additional style is not an option. We will add it in the future.

    By the way, about offloading the headache, kickgen (www.kickgen.com) just did ditch its own school directory and integrated with dojolocator.com. Check the schools tab on kickgen.

    There is another content network currently working with us to distribute our Data on their content network.


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