Check your club regularly visits or is visited by the Master/s of their style

Good Martial Arts schools and Karate Schools try to regularly visit their Masters of style in their country of origin or they invite them and others to come and train with them in their home club or dojo. Many of the old Masters have great knowledge and skills that are extremely inspirational and impressive to young students and are often fantastic roll models of patience, perseverance, determination and outstanding abilities. 

The other important reason for having a connection to the Master of a particular style of Martial Art is that they bring with them the principles, standards, culture and etiquette of their particular country which makes the martial art all the more interesting and exciting.