How to Choose a Martial Arts School
It’s hard to know which Martial Art school is the right one for you. It is especially difficult if you are not an experienced martial artist yourself. It is VERY important that consumers shop around because finding the right school can make the difference between an incredible journey and life changing experience that can last for many years OR something that turns out to be a disappointment and a dream unfulfilled.
Poor reasons to pick a particular Martial Arts club:
...it was the first school you heard about.
Don’t experience buyers’ remorse, there are hundreds of options. Martial arts incorporates flexibility, strength training, aerobic, anaerobic, agility training and more…Finding QUALIFIED instructors is vital to a safe and positive experience. Having a Black Belt does not make somebody an instructor.
...it was the closest.
People travel across the city for quality gymnastics, ballet, music and golf instruction: be prepared to do the same for martial arts. Once you start with the school next door, it is almost impossible to move your child to another facility if you discover problems (Instructional/Financial etc), as they have already bonded with the instructors, or have already been turned off of martial arts.
...because my friends go there.
This is a BONUS, but if the friends quit…will you? You are going for yourself, not for someone else.
...it seemed the cheapest.
As in all things, you get what you pay for…. cheap ice skates that don’t fit and HURT your feet will not encourage you or your kids to want to take up skating. In addition, some schools will lure you in with low initial rates then fees increase when they have you or your child hooked, or “penny” you to death with extra fees, etc.
What you SHOULD consider when looking into a martial art school:
What to look for when you visit a Martial Arts school:
They can tell you all kinds of great things about their school but they may or may not be true. We recommend you drop in and watch a class. Don’t try to tell good from bad technique because most people can’t.
Instead, look for:
One final thing to watch for in martial arts schools are the instructors. Remember they will have a profound affect on you/your children for possibly many years.
Are the instructors in control of the classroom?
Are they teaching in a manner that you like?
Are they fit and do they demonstrate the moves?
Do they interact with the students or stand with arms crossed at the front of the class?
Do they seem like the role models you want your children to emulate?