Martial arts schools are easy to find. Simply pick up a device and search under “karate” or “martial arts.” Finding a school, style and instructor that is right for the student is a different story.
While the large dojo may seem the most promising place to start, don’t judge schools by their outward appearances. Basically there are two types of martial arts schools. The first is the one that is strictly a business. They look at newcomers not as students to be taught but as bank deposits walking on two legs. The other type of school is one that is there for the benefit of the students. Its primary goal is to teach the martial arts and all they encompass to the student.
You should also consider your child’s individuality. No two students are the same and no single teaching style is perfect for all students. Consider choosing a school that also incorporates a team or peer instruction approach as part of its style. If you or your child has an interest, call and observe a few classes. This way, you can get a better feel for you or your child.
Other considerations participants or parents should have are:
- Any schools or instructors that won’t allow observation of classes.
- Instructors who don’t allow parents to observe the teaching of their children.
- Schools that do not offer daily instruction.
- Schools that insist on large amounts of money or a long term contracts up front as well as insistence that uniforms and equipment be bought only through the school.
- Schools that guarantee a black belt in a set period of time for a set amount of money.
- Instructors who teach through the humiliation or pain of a student.
- Schools in which students or instructors show any signs of disrespect for each other.
- Choosing a Style: While there is an almost infinite number of different styles and sub styles of martial arts, there is actually a limit to the number of kicks and hand techniques (blocks and punches). The front kick in Tae Kwon Do may be called a snap kick in Shotokan, but the technique and application is basically the same. Our instruction offers a blended Karate program with the influence of Muay Thai.
- Take Caution With Contracts: We do not require contracts or automatic payments.