How can I evaluate a martial arts instructor?
Martial arts instruction in the United States is very much a personality driven enterprise, and the content of training can vary widely.
You should seek to find the martial arts instructor that meets your needs, but there are some things to be cautious of. Most importantly; listen to what your own brain, body, and mind are telling you about the person. If they feel like a salesperson when you talk with them, it might not be the best place to train. If there is a heavy emphasis upfront on the names with whom they trained or their pedigree, they may not be confident in their own skills or art and are compensating. If their martial arts goals, martial arts style, and educational approach do not match with your needs or the needs of the person for whom you are seeking martial arts training, keep looking!
The most important source of review for any dojo is the un-filtered, un-monitored, and un-rehearsed opinion of the students.
I hope this can be useful for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to connect you to answers!