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where do you go to learn karate or something else?

I get a lot of questions and request from people wanting to join and train in the martial arts for the first time and are clueless on what to do or which art to take. Its only natural to ask friends and even martial forums. Here’s a standard response for you.

Finding the right school, style and instructor can be a very discouraging and perplexing endeavor.

I can easily say “oh, take Shorin ryu because….” but I won’t. Why ? Well for one, I don’t know you. Second, telling you about my art is like telling you how Baskin and Robins new Ice cream flavor of the month taste like, You may like and decided to buy it in a one gallon container, because I am telling you what it tasted like without you sampling it first.

Then later you are going to end up like many people who are moaning and crying about how they cannot get out of some contract because some “relative” told them how the “Ice Cream” tasted like without them sampling it at first.

However, I can suggest the following steps to assist you in your search:

First thing first, Ask yourself .

– Am I willing to spend the time and money to venture into this “new” lifestyle ? Or Am I just having a Jet Li / Jackie Chan / Power Rangers / The Last Samurai moment ?

You really need to seriously think about this.

What style is good for me ?

Get a phone book ( Available FREE from your local phone company ) , Take it home and start looking for the listing under “ Martial Arts Instruction” or “ Martial Arts”. You should find about 2-3 pages of Schools currently doing business in your area. Some schools have big ads that grabs your attention the moment you opened the phone. Don’t neglect schools that are simply on the basic two lines listing. You will never know what hidden “treasure” you might stumble upon.

Next step is to list the schools and their styles that appeals to you. Since you are new to the Martial Arts it is also a wise idea to check out a style or system that you have never heard off, as I am sure you have never heard of arts like Matsubayashi Ryu , Kobayashi Ryu, Shito Ryu..etc. List them as well and find out more about them.

Then click on this link: type in the styles that you listed. I am 100 percent sure that google will give you detailed information of the type of martial art styles that are being offered in your area.

Do not read one website as the only source of that style. Read as many as you can. It pays to do your homework before you do your legwork.

Finding the Dojo

Once you narrowed down your martial arts style search and still feeling enthusiastic about training. Now comes the hard part. To begin with, return to the primary source ( the phone book). Now that you have a clear fundamental understanding of what style of martial arts maybe good for you. List all the available dojo with their address and phone numbers.

Now don’t rely of the phone books alone as the only source of locating dojos in your area. Utilized the power of the information superhighway (AKA the internet). Click on and type in keywords such as Karate ( type in city) or wushu (type in city)..etc

There are dojos that do not advertised or used phone books and the internet to acquire new students. Often these little schools rely of words of mouth or basically are non-commercialized schools.

Just because they are small does not mean that they aren’t any good. Funakoshi’s ( Founder of Shotokan) first dojo was his backyard.

So by now you probably have list that are now 2-3 pages long. The next course of action is to give the Dojo that appealed to you a call and see if they give out try-outs for free or pay the minimal tryout fee’s.

I would strongly suggest to try out these schools for a least a month before you make a commitment. Trying out for one day training session is not enough. If you have to pay for a monthly fee ( Hopefully very small indeed) Just do it ! It is worth the investment.

Calling in and Making Appointments Etiquette

So after all the hassles of researching for the “perfect “ Dojo. You have finally decided that you now vowed to the gods and dedicate your entire lifetime to the art (just kidding).

You stare at the phone and as your finger nervously pressed the school’s number , you may be doubting and asking yourself “ What the heck am I getting myself into”.

Don’t worry its normal. But there are certain things you need to understand before you call. That is basic calling etiquette or in layman‘s terms “Common Courtesy“. You want to make a good first impression as to avoid sounding like an uncivilized primate.

– Phone calls should be limited only to basic information and setting up appointments. It is not a chat line for martial arts talk.

– If you are using your cell phone. check the battery in your cell phone before calling -if there only one bar left on your battery indicator, for the love of Miyagi’s mom, don’t call.

-When calling in don’t start with “yah, how much for training ?” have a little courtesy . Say something like “Hello my name is “Somebody” and I am interested in your school. Schools do not need arrogant prospective students and chances are they may not even care to give you an appointment to visit and try out.

– Just because you made an extended research on the style, Do not act like you know everything there is to know about the school. Learn to be a good listener. There is nothing more annoying than a student who gets preachy about martial arts to an experienced instructor.

I remembered a prospective student who trained in Aikido for 2 weeks come in for an appointment and just literally interrupts me with “Aikido does this and that” and “How come Karate does not do what Aikido does“. I told him that last time I checked the signs in front of our dojo. It says karate !

– When setting up appointments, make sure you really desire to show up. 80 percent of callers that seeks appointments to come to the dojo to try or even just to visit never shows. Don’t be a flake ! Even if you are not sure about enrolling in that dojo, just show up !. Bottom Line: Don’t be a FLAKE !

– When ending the call, learn to say “thank you“, trust me it isn’t that hard. The person took the time to assist you. Don’t act like they owe you the world.

At the Interviewers Office

It takes a lot of courage to get into your car , turn the engine on and drive towards the unknown territory. Perhaps during your drive, you may be having a mental battle of nagging doubts and trying to come up with gazillions of lame excuses to not show up. You are constantly wishing for some divine interventions to stop from going.

Unfortunately , nothing bad happened and you finally made it to the Dojo’s parking lot safe and sound. Whew ! The hard part is over ! Hold on buddy ! It isn’t over ! In Martial arts its only over when you are dead.

As you walked in you may think that the dojos has the attitude of “Mi Casa, Tu Casa” ~ Not quiet. Sorry, that is reality. You may be a guest, but this ain’t a workout gym where you are free to do as you please. Here’s a basic courtesy that may help you.

– When entering the dojo for the first time, greet everyone you see. Just because not everyone is wearing a black belt does not mean they don’t deserved any courtesy from you. I always teach my students to show courtesy when new people are walking in the dojo. We try to make it comfortable for them.

– Don’t walk around the dojo while waiting. Dojos are not museums, liquor stores or malls. Wait for someone to show you around. I remember one person who came down while I was at my office on phone call. He simply walked in and started walking around the Tatami with his shoes on. Yup ! oil stains and tar were forever etched in our tatami.

– When introduced to the head instructor , Try to offer your hand or bow first and then introduce yourself. Unless you’re the pope, we can bend the rules a bit.

– Wait to be seated ! And for crying out loud Sit up straight ! You are sitting on a chair not a lazy boy recliner.

– Turn off you cell phone during interview ! In case you forgot to turn off your cell phone, don’t answer it , just mute it as it is really considered very rude and distracting while in the middle of the interview.

If any of the above is too much work for you, chances are you aren’t that serious in the first place.

Hopefully this small suggestions helps and let us know of the outcome.

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How do you inexpensively advertise and increase traffic to a mom site?

I am trying to cheaply increase traffic to my site

What works? I have tried a lot of free advertising. Pop unders etc. What has worked for other small internet business builders?


Several criteria determine the amount of traffic your website gets but by far the most important are to have a good search engine ranking and good links to your site.

Search engines use a complicated and secret algorithm to determine which sites are placed where in the rankings but there are several tricks you can employ to boost you ranking.

There’s lots of articles on the net to do with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) but I ignore all of them and do things my way. This seems to work as every site I’ve created ranks within the top 6 on Google even when there’s millions of results found. A site I created less than a week ago is already ranked number 1 by Yahoo and Google.

These are some of my tips…

One of the first things a search engine looks at is the title tag of the page. When writing the tag use the same words people are likely to key in when using a search engine. For example, if your page is about space travel then a title such as “Space Travel – Be a Shuttle Rocket Tourist and Journey to the Moon” is much better than “All about flying to the moon and back”. Why? Because the first tag includes words people are likely to use in a search engine such as space, travel, shuttle, rocket, tourist, journey and moon.

Search engines look at page names. If your domain was then a page name such as will do much better than

Some search engines including Google support this tag – others don’t.

Compare a Yahoo search for ‘Black Eyed Peas’ to a Google Search. Both of them find but Yahoo describe it as “… Multi-platinum 2-time Grammy-winners The Black Eyed Peas cross an historic threshold as their hit … The Black Eyed Peas, Sergio Mendes, John Legend, Justin Timberlake and others …”. Google uses the description tag and describes it as “Official site includes videos, message boards, tour dates, and photo gallery. Additional content is available to members.”

Some search engines ignore the alt tag, others include it when spidering your site. Not only that but some visually impaired users and power-surfers who turn off images rely on alt tags.

Spiders are unable to follow these linking systems. If all your pages are linked using Flash, DHTML or scripts then the spider won’t follow the links and your pages won’t get indexed. If you’re designing your site this way the least you can do it to include conventional text links to the main pages of your site and ideally to a Site Map that contains text links to every page.

These are the animated front pages to a site, usually nothing there other than an animation and a ‘Skip Intro’ link. Spiders don’t like Splash and as this is the doorway to your site think carefully before creating one.

These are pages that exist on a site but are not accessible to the visitor, if someone tries to access the page they are redirected elsewhere. Historically webmasters created such pages and stuffed them full of popular keywords and phrases.

Spiders have wised up to Doorways and there’s nothing better for getting yourself pushed right down in the rankings or kicked out altogether than use of Doorway Pages.

Some web pages hide text by printing white text on a white background for example. Often such text has nothing at all to do with the site but is just a list of popular words and phrases used to draw people to the site. Spiders can spot tricks like these and will penalise sites that employ such tactics.

The heading should closely match the page title. You need to format the heading as a Heading Style and not simply use bold and underlined text.

Include in the text of your page several instances of keywords and phrases people may use in a search engine. Using the space travel example your page should include words such as space, travel, fly, moon, space-tourist and so on. Repeat them frequently but don’t overdo it.

This is something that’s falling out of favour with search engines. Originally this was a useful tag for ensuring your page contained variants of words, particularly those that are often mis-spelled (e.g. Britney, Britany, Brittany, Spears, Spiers etc). I haven’t used this tag for some time and I’ve heard people say it can be detrimental to search engine rankings.

Spiders hate these and after finding one or two on your site will leave it. Don’t rely on an E404 page to take visitors to a designated page when the target page is missing.

You can add your site to appropriate categories in online directories. There’s hundreds of them altogether but the 4 main ones are…

There’s an extensive list here…

This is the most important factor of all. You need lots of relevant and ‘respected’ pages linking back to yours as each link scores bonus points in the rankings algorithm. The best links are those from trusted sites that are themselves established. For example, if the space travel site has links from NASA, the European Space Agency, ABC News and the like it will give it a serious boost in the rankings. One link from NASA would be worth more than a whole bunch of links from less relevant sites.

It’s worth taking the time and effort to get links from as many sites as possible. Visit relevant sites and e-mail the webmaster with details of your site.

Because links are vitally important your site has to be make people want to link to it. I make it a policy to never link to sites that have pop-ups and I’m sure many other people do too.

When creating your site think how it’s going to appear to visitors. Bear in mind different people use different browsers and have different connection speeds. A large page might look fantastic to someone with a fast connection will be a real pain to someone with a slow connection. If you need to put advertising on your site then make it relevant and discreet – one thing guaranteed to get someone off your site is to have pop-ups and ‘in yer face’ advertising, can you think of any successful site that employs these tactics?

If your site is an informative one then make it so visitors can get the information they want quickly – don’t go for Flash intros and complicated menus and use only common fonts, if the font isn’t on a visitors computer their browser will use the default font instead.

Navigation must be easy with every page having a link back to the homepage and don’t use frames, they’re seriously outdated, users don’t like them and spiders ignore them.

Avoid cluttering your site, spread it out or onto more pages. Keep the text brief, unless it’s something the visitor wants to read they’ll soon get bored and go off to another site.

Ignoring porn and all that stuff, the primary use of the internet is for information so make your pages informative. The space travel website could include information about the universe, each of the planets in the solar system, a history of space flight and so on. This will generate a lot more traffic which in turn is likely to lead to more links and ultimately a higher ranking.

You probably receive e-mails from companies offering to get you higher rankings in the search engines. Their number one concern isn’t your site but their balance sheet, treat them the same as you would with an e-mail for Viagra and hit delete. They do work to an extent but not by doing anything you can’t do for free. Google get e-mails from companies offering to help rank their own site, see what else Google have to say about these companies…

You pay for these, how much you pay is up to you. If someone enters a search phrase that matches your adwords then your ad is displayed on the results page. If more than one ad matches then they’re displayed in the order of who pays most for their adwords.

Just tell people about your site and add posts in relevant forums, blogs etc.

In general the longer a site is around the better it does in the search engine rankings, largely because as time passes more and more sites will link to it. If your site relates to a popular subject you may find it ranks low down to start with then climbs steadily in the rankings, it could take years before you have a good ranking.

Hope this gives you something to go on and you get the traffic you want.

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Where can i find info on the haunted hospital in Atlanta Ga?

I know that its advertised on radio but i can’t find any websites or info on it. I know that there’s a prize if you make it all the way through.

Maybe the one you are referring to is the Georgia Retardation Center or Brooks Run located in Dunwoody, an Atlanta suburb. Possibly it could be Milledgeville Sanatorium or Hospital located slightly south of Atlanta in Milledgeville Ga. It has been used as a tuberuloucus hospital and a VA hospital, but has been abandoned for years now. Also, it would not surprise me if it was Grady Hospital. It is a high patient charity center. St. Joseph’s has/had the best burn center in the state. St. Joe at one time took many last stage cancer patients also. Many not ready to go may have lingered behind. Both of these were Atlanta proper.

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I’m interested in a career in Investment Banking, where can I find more information?

I’m a college student, ready to apply for internships. I would like to have further knowledge on investment banking, is there a good website, or preferably a good book I can read? Thanks for your help!

I work for a Wall St firm, and getting a job as an investment banker is quite challenging. Suggestions:

— For more info, read the websites of key players in the field — Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, etc
— Most firms will only look at your resume if your GPA is 3.5 or higher. So keep your grades up.
— You need to be able to comfortably discuss the basics of financial statements and discounted cash flow analysis, so be sure to keep your mind fresh on those topics — sounds like you’ve got the right academic background.
— Getting an internship, especially between junior and senior year, is very helpful. Internships act as interviews for full time jobs, and can help you see what an i-banking role is really like. Note: many Wall St firms have really early resume drop deadlines (could be January for summertime), so be careful.
— Quality is better than quantity on your resume. Pick 1-2 interesting clubs or activities and work on a leadership position, win an award, or something to advertise on your resume. People will want to discuss something during interviews. Study abroad, sports team captain, investment club (know your performance), etc. are all good examples, but you are better off focusing your energies on 1 or 2 items only.
— Network, network, network. Your school should have a career center with an alumni contact list. Find alumni who joined i-banks and email them for advice. Knowing someone and being able to talk specifics about the lifestyle, deal accomplishments, etc can be really helpful.
— Be aware of the lifestyle. It’s daunting. You literally might work 48 hours straight. If you can handle that, proceed. If not, then research other areas of banking — there are certainly areas that have a much more reasonable lifestyle.

If you want to read a good book, try Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis. It’s not exactly i-banking, it’s more sales and trading, but it’s good color. You could also try Monkey Business by John Rolfe and Peter Troob, which may be closer to banking. Or perhaps When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein, which is a Wall St classic.

Good luck!!

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