D.Alessandro.B

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Dear Martialtalk Members,
I have a Problem and maybe some of you can help me.
first Some Background Information: I used to do Karate twice a week, from age 8-12. I was very motivated and I loved the Sport, it was great Dojo aswell. (Not a "MCDojo") I had the Purple Belt. With 13, my father told me that i need to decide between continuing learning guitar or continuing with Karate. I chose the Guitar.
With 15 i got sent to a Boarding School. Now i am 18 Years old.
About a Half a year ago i had the interesst to start with a Martial Art again. I searched for different Schools and found two: Krav maga and Taekwondo(and hapkido). I signed up at the Taekwondo school and i was very excited to train again. I now have the yellow belt. But somehow lately i started to realize some things: we don't train much sparring or self defense technics. Just some things that i used to train alot in Karate. But we often do the excersize, where we hit eachother with out belts, appearantly meant as hardening. The instructor shows us moves with full force, so that even some students got injuries sometimes.He mainly focuses on Katas but doesnt explain us how these moves should be transferred into fighting. There are about 4 Students in my age group and 7 Students are between the ages 7 and 13. Sometimes training is more a run around from the younger students than serious training. I started questioning and googled the "symptoms". An there i had it: there were several signs of a Mcdojo... Now a friend of mine and I are thinking about leaving the school and changing to Krav maga.(since there is no other choice of martial art) We went to one trial training and were quite fascinated. The Trainer is Serious and everyone there is over 18 Years old. We did sparring and simulated real life situations. We would like to change but we don't know how to tell that our Instructor.
Do you guys think it would be better to change? How should we tell our Instructor? I'm just new to this Forum so please bear with me. Every kind of answer is very appreciated! Thank you :)
 

The Great Gigsy

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If you feel that the krav school offers more of what you are looking for then by all means change. As for your current instructor politely example you are deciding to move on. At the end of the day its your money and you spend it on the training that seems right for you.
 

Star Dragon

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I am not a big fan of Krav, but it really sounds like the better choice for you now. Whipping one another by the belt - I wonder where your instructor got such an idea.

Personally, I don't feel you owe him any explanation for not continuing the training, unless it's required by a contract you signed. In that case, sending him a short note without much explanation should do.
 
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D.Alessandro.B

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I am not a big fan of Krav, but it really sounds like the better choice for you now. Whipping one another by the belt - I wonder where your instructor got such an idea.

Personally, I don't feel you owe him any explanation for not continuing the training, unless it's required by a contract you signed. In that case, sending him a short note without much explanation should do.
Yeah, thats the same question i asked myself... Appearantly to get to know pain and reating better in a fight when we are already used to pain...?!
We didn't even had a contract for the whole thing. he wanted 800 CHF cash on his hand without a receipt(duration 1 year).. I'll try to get some of that money back, since i just did a half year
But thank you very much for your advice!
 

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I dont know anything about krav maga but good luck getting your money back hopefully everything goes well
 

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Personally, I don't feel you owe him any explanation for not continuing the training, unless it's required by a contract you signed. In that case, sending him a short note without much explanation should do.
Students stop going to martial arts classes all the time wi9thout explanation. For an instructor its just a regular everyday part of teaching.
 

Tony Dismukes

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Yeah, unless you have a long term personal relationship, no explanation is necessary. Just start going to the new school.

Unless you have an agreement that specifically allows for it, your odds on getting part of your money back are not good. Usually when an instructor sets a price for payment in advance like that, it's discounted compared to what they would charge for payment month-by-month or per lesson. It's a trade off which gives the instructor some buffer against students unpredictably dropping out as you are preparing to do.
 

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It's not about what art you do, it's about having a good instructor and a good environment. Someone who is not properly explaining everything or who is injuring people sounds like an instructor I wouldn't want to have. Pick the school that fits you best, and learn the style they teach there.
 

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