The dark side of technology is not only about cybercrime or hacking. It’s also about the dark side of learning. There are many websites which offer free courses, but they’re all just advertisements for other sites with paid services like Skype classes, private lessons, private coaching sessions, etc… You have to pay money to get real instruction from a teacher who actually knows what he/she is doing! I’ve been there before and it was horrible experience! I learned nothing from my instructor and had to go back home frustrated and disappointed.
I’m going to share with you some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of these shady online academies.
1) Don’t do it!
You must remember that there are so many scams out there, you will never succeed if you take any action at all. Do not even think about signing up for anything online!
If you want to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu online, then go to a local academy where you can actually meet your instructor face-to-face.
2) Beware of the “Free” Classes
There are so many fake “free” classes available on the Internet that you need to be very careful when choosing one. These are usually offered by companies who try to entice you into paying for their service.
No real academy would offer a free class, so this is a sure sign of a scam.
3) Look for Bad Photos
Most online academies have photos of their instructors and students on their website. If the photos look suspicious or the students in the photos don’t actually look like students (they’re always pulled from competition photos), then this may be an indication of a scam school.
4) Use Common Sense!
Do not forget to use common sense! If an academy offers a free class but requests your credit card number for “verification” purposes, it’s probably a scam.
5) Avoid Ads on Public Transportation
There have been reports of jiu-jitsu academies advertising their services on public transportation. These are not real instructors and they are only after your money!
But, then again, you already knew that didn’t you?
6) Check BBB and Other Watchdog Sites
Check to see if the academy you are considering is listed on sites like the Better Business Bureau. You can also use Google to find information about customer reviews or complaints about the school.
7) Get it in Writing!
When you do sign up for classes, make sure that they give you all of the information in writing. This should include information about your tuition, cancellation policies, etc…
8) Ask for a Class Schedule
A real jiu-jitsu academy will have a class schedule available on their website. You can also call and ask for one if it is not posted.
If the school does not have one, then this is a sure sign of a scam.
9) Speak to Other Students
If you know anybody who has taken jiu-jitsu classes before, then ask them about their experiences. You can also speak to other students at the academy itself.
If they don’t look like martial artists or they seem shy, chances are they are newer students and they wouldn’t be able to tell you much about the school.
Sources & references used in this article:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu matches induced similar physiological and technical-tactical responses in gi and nogi conditions by VS Coswig1ABCDE, C Bartel2ABD… – 2018 – researchgate.net
Brazilian jiu-jitsu simulated competition part I: metabolic, hormonal, cellular damage, and heart rate responses by LV Andreato, UF Julio, VLG Panissa… – The Journal of …, 2015 – journals.lww.com
Implicit transfer of life skills through participation in Brazilian jiu-jitsu by AE Chinkov, NL Holt – Journal of applied sport psychology, 2016 – Taylor & Francis
Caffeine improves muscular performance in elite Brazilian Jiu-jitsu athletes by FJ Diaz-Lara, J Del Coso, JM García… – European journal of …, 2016 – Taylor & Francis