The Worst Martial Arts Instructors

Who’s the worst instructor ever?

It was with the success of Bruce Lee’s 60’s and 70’s high-flying action films that martial arts became immensely popular in the West as a form a combat sport and self-defense. It’s hardly surprising too, considering that learning to fight effectively appeals to the atavistic side of our nature: our need to be physically strong, dexterous and able to withstand attack from an opponent.

In response to the growing demand, numerous martial arts schools and academies started popping up all over the United States. Universities and secondary schools alike began offering martial arts classes as an after-school engagement or sport and more and more gyms struck up martial art-inspired workout classes. This surge of popularity began in the 1970’s but has continued to this day and it has seen the massive spread and proliferation of martial arts schools and classes across the country.

The Problem…
The martial arts – from Judo, Karate and Ninjutsu to Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu or any other form of martial art – are not easy to master. It can take decades of dedicated practice and being pitted against extremely capable opponents to reach the advanced skill levels. The ranking system used by many different forms of martial arts is typically a colored belt with the most advanced skill level being designated by the black belt.

It became tempting, too tempting, for martial art “dojos” – practice or training studios – to make it easier for students to progress through the ranks. It provided students with great reward to know that they had moved up a degree or a belt and this prevented them from losing heart. With this reward came the determination to continue with lessons, and to continue being a patron of the dojo. This is where martial arts fraud became and still is such a major problem.