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A martial arts school that is run for the purposes of making money without teaching true martial arts. The most common signs of a McDojo include a lack of sparring classes, no opportunities to compete in a tournament, outrageous fees, and a promise on having a black belt in 2-3 years. Earning the black belt in 2-3 years, depending on skill, is quite alright in many systems, as there are always highly talented pupils. However, the promise from first glance is a sure-sign.

Not all Taekwondo schools are McDojos, despite popular belief. Pre-School programs, American/Korean flags, mirrors, and the lack of an Asian instructor do not equal a McDojo. I study at a school that has all of these, and nobody would even dream of accusing my school of being a McDojo. The ignorant martial artists that like to blam Taekwondo because it is a newer style and because it's popular have no clue. There are Kung Fu schools that fingers should be pointed at. There's a perfect example in DengFeng, the Chinese Martial Arts City. The monks will sign any foreigner off as a master just so they can get a good laugh. Taekwondo is not a bullshido style. We taekwondo types are just scapegoats for the ignorant martial artists of other styles.
John's sensei left his teacher when he was only a blue belt in Kokyuroshin Karate because he thought he was good enough, even though his own personal skills lacked and thus caused John to get killed while trying to defend himself. John was the product of a poorly led McDojo.
by Mar k of the Dragon October 13, 2005
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Here's even more Mcdojo examples:

- There is a sign out front that says "We are a black belt school."

- You passed the exam for your black belt, but were denied your belt because your testing fee check of 200 dollars didn't clear at the bank.

-As you walk in the front door there are trophies all over the place, but you can find no evidence of your instructor competing in anything.

-Your karate/tkd instructor claims he could beat a Gracie.

-Your instructor mixes and matches different Asian languages. For example, the instructor claims to be the head of a Tae kwon Do Dojo. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Art, but Dojo's are Japanese.

-Your instructor is nicknamed "Tiger". The most cliched nickname in all martial arts.

-Your instructor wears camouflage or an American Flag Gi.

-Your instructor claims that in order to get your Black belt you must win at least 5 trophies first.

-They have a class for 4-5 year olds called Tiny Tigers and the instructor says "Our Tiny Tigers are major ass kickers."

-If sparring is allowed it is completely one dimensional. You're taught how to score points in a tournament instead of how to defend yourself in real life.

-Your instructor claims he could defeat a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master by side stepping and Ko'ing them when they go for a take down.

-You have to sign a rediculous contract/lease agreement to train at the school and the instructor can sue you if you break any of the agreements in the contract.

-As soon as the UFC craze hit America they went from being a Karate school to a "Mixed Martial Arts" school, but you cannot verify that your instructor has ever had a single pro MMA fight.
They promised me a black belt in six months? Welcome to the Mcdojo.
by Zman333 June 10, 2008
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American Taekwondo Association with its 800 locations in the U.S. is the king of all the McDojo's. 18-24 months to blackbelt with them is ridiculous, and after that amount of time, those blackbelts perform no better than a green or blue belt elsewhere. Also, they copyright all their forms and techniques, and should after blackbelt you quit them, you can't show what they taught you to anyone else, for fear of lawsuits, making your knowledge useless. Look in this dictionary under ATA for more info.
Bill Clark's Schools, Richard Reed's schools, Robert Allemier's Schools, the list is endless of ATA multi-millionaire McDojo owners who put money and contracts before creating quality 1R's.
by Ex-ATA August 15, 2006
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A martial arts school that puts the profit motive as their highest priority. This inevitably leads to a watering-down/bastardization of the art which is the most common source of fresh (non asian-superstition derived) bullshido.

Most schools in the states are McDojos, though no school (or student of a school) will admit to being a McDojo. The exact qualifications to be a McDojo are thus highly contested. However, one thing is for certain: every Tae Kwon Do school is a McDojo (don't try to argue, you know it's true).
I learned TKD at a McDojo.
by Ashida Kim April 25, 2005
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A (non-existant) martial arts school that serves french fries with its monthly bill, but more commonly known as such:

A Martial arts school which has a Korean/asian flag and an american flag, many mirrors, teaches preschoolers, black belt status awarded in approximately 2 years.

Usually associated with Tae Kwon Do(n't) and Karate.

Usually costs egregious ammounts and says it is for 'self-defense' (but it is not useful ina street fight)
So I walked into this mcdojo and utterly owned their sensai (his name was Jeff) with my Wing Chun.

OR

"I do fry kwon do!"
by Pseudonym October 19, 2004
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