Both Yelp.com and Bullshido.net are sites where reviews for martial arts schools are commonly found. The reviews are informal and written by customers of each establishment. However, the reviews provide a starting point for people considering a martial arts school, and frequently include contact information.
Yelp typically provides the school's name, address, phone number and operating hours. The site allows users to rate a martial arts school from one star to five stars. Reviewers can then write a brief or extensive summary about their experiences at the martial arts school. There is no specific criteria for what they have to write about or address. The reviews can be useful, but there is also a risk of fraudulent reviews, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Bullshido is a martial arts focused website that consists of a series of forums tailored to different subjects surrounding the martial arts. One cluster of forums is specifically dedicated to reviewing martial arts schools in criteria from one to 10, with these reviews divided by martial arts style. Like Yelp, Bullshido's reviews are arbitrary, but Bullshido requests that reviewers follow a particular structure and provide ratings off of very specific criteria, such as the school's square footage, teacher-to-student ratio, amount of sparring and amount of training equipment. Moderators check all reviews.