Martial arts and boxing gyms are very popular these days and it seems like more and more dojos and gyms are springing up all over the place. When choosing a trainer, many people turn to the instructor bios to find out their background. Many will make great claims about their experience, but how do you know if it’s all legit? Here are 2 things you should do a little research before considering training under that instructor:

1. Training Background. 

Most instructors will list their training backgrounds on their websites. It is a good sign if they list their past instructors, dojos and gyms at which they have trained, as well as organizations with which they’re affiliated. If so, do a Google search of all of these items, looking for references of the instructor or their dojo or gym in relation to them. If the instructor doesn’t make any reference to any of these things in their bios, ask them specifically about them so you can look them up. Anyone can list a bunch of arts they have trained in, people they’ve trained under or claim a certain rank or experience, but if you can find no evidence to support their claims whatsoever, you should question the instructor’s legitimacy.

2. Competitive Record.

If an instructor claims to have won competitions or ring fights of any kind or to have coached or represented fighters, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding evidence online. A quick search of their name and history should yield a number of results related to their competitive background. If you’re specifically questioning a boxer’s professional record, you can look it up at This site lists all the details you can imagine about professional fighters, managers, specific fights, etc. in the International boxing world.

There are a lot of hacks out there who don’t have the expertise or backgrounds they claim. Protect yourself by doing a bit of research before choosing a trainer.