When making a decision to join any martial arts organisation, you should first look to find out the governing affiliations for accreditation.
Throughout the Martial Arts industry, there are unfortunately, many unaccredited instructors. By training with such people, you are not only risking the development of bad techniques and habits but you also risk being injured and mentally scarred.
Many organisations may claim to be “Internationally Affiliated” with a larger organisation of their style eg. for Hapkido, The Korea Hapkido Federation. Verify this by asking to view their certifications. Ensure to contact the governing organisation to verify the school’s membership, use an interpreter if need be.
Fortunately, in Australia we have the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA), they are a non-profit, government funded organisation who supervise the industry and trace international affiliations for verification. The MAIA has formed regulations and guidelines that all instructors must adhere to for remaining status with the MAIA.
Do your homework and ensure your Instructor is Accredited!