This article is from the Martial Arts FAQ, by Matthew Weigel firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Don't get impressed by the size of the place - just be sure that you
feel "ok" in there.
Also don't necessarily be impressed by huge number of trophies. They
may indicate a very successful competitive school (if that is an
aspect you are interested in) or they could be all show. Check
If you are not allowed to watch any classes, you may not want to
invest your time and money. Without seeing a class you will not be
able to get a good feel for the school.
Ask questions - don't worry about looking stupid or asking the "wrong"
question. They are going to be teaching and training you- you want
to get any concerns or considerations you have out before you commit
If you feel bullied or threatened in any manner, look somewhere else.