In the past I have met different kinds of teachers.
The genuine ones are more than happy to talk about their lineage and answer my questions directly.
The ones that are suspect tend to evade questions on their lineage and give indirect answers. Sometimes they even answer my question with a question which is basically an evasion tactic to hide the fact that they don’t know the answer.
Would you learn from a teacher or school that :-
a) ….. refuse to tell you their lineage even if you ask privately?
b) ….. won’t give you a direct answer to your relevant questions?
c) ….. talk about how superior their system is and how lousy or corrupted other similar styles are yet they are unwilling, unable or dare not accept a real challenge to test their skills?
d) ….. boast about how scientific their approach is yet they do not present any real info to back up their claims?
e) ….. hold up their system as practical yet they can only post videos about other people and styles in real fights yet have no evidence to show that their own style will hold up in a real fight?
f) ….. make tons of assertions about this and that yet have no valid master of their style of martial arts to back up their claim?
Why would a genuine master / lineage / style hide behind such an elaborate facade or need to put down other styles to sell their own? As the saying goes real gold does not fear fire. Its only the fake gold that fears being melted.
If anyone asked me about learning from such a master or style I would have but one reply which is a fool and his money are soon parted.