First post. Please don't kill me if I posted this in the wrong forum. And I have searched forever on this topic. I go to a gym regularly and am looking to get into fighting/martial arts. The gym I go to offers nothing besides yoga. I live in Pahrump, NV (about 50 miles outside of Vegas.) and the only two schools here are Dragon Cloud Chu-Go-Ku Kenpo Karate and Vagabond Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. I called Dragon Cloud and here is how the conversation went: Me: Hi. I'm calling to see what your rates are and how to get started. Him: Umm... That's not how we work... Me: Okay. How do you work? Him: You have to attend a free class on Monday. After that, the class will "evaluate" you to decide if you fit in and after that we will negotiate a rate with you. Me: Oh... Okay. Now, I've never been to a school before. But that seems awful scammerific. I didn't know karate schools were so selective about someone who wants to take classes. Is that normal? The Kung Fu school doesn't answer the phone the last 3 times I called but I'm not very interested in Kung Fu to begin with. Does anybody know of any other good schools around Pahrump (or maybe even Vegas) that will take a complete noob like myself? Thanks guys.