What You Need to Know About Martial Arts Schools
Martial arts are a popular way to gain full body fitness while at the same time training the mind. Unfortunately, as things increase in popularity so do the numbers of people waiting to take advantage of you and take your money. Black belts can be purchased without any real know-how, and a dishonest individual can set up a school without having to answer to any national or statewide regulatory organizations. So how can you make a wise decision when choosing between martial arts schools? Here are four areas to investigate before you make a commitment.
InstructorsIt is a good idea to inquire as to how many years each of the instructors have trained and who with. Keep these questions in mind as you look at martial arts schools: Do they give respect to other students or treat them poorly? Respect must be both given and received to maintain a healthy student-teacher relationship. What is the attitude of students while performing routines? Do you think the instructors will help make this a positive experience for you?
SafetyGood schools will be as invested in safety as they are in teaching martial arts.Before you sign up to practice at a school, check out certifications. Try out a class, to see how the instructors work with students. A good instructor should be concerned with student health and safety by teaching the proper way not only to perform moves but to also condition muscles to prevent injuries.
The FacilityWhile facility types of martial arts schools vary widely and are not always an indication of quality, you should take into account what you require. Basic functionality should be apparent, but past that are you looking for some place that provides lockers and showers, so you can change after work? Also consider the distance you will have to travel and the number of times per week. Cleanliness, heating, and air conditioning are also things to consider.
InstructionDifferent schools will use different methods for instruction, training techniques and style. Some schools will be devoted to one style of martial arts, other will teach a wide range. Most martial arts schools will also have a variety of class size, either large group training, small classes, or one-on-one instruction. There are pros and cons to each class type, and your selection should depend on your personal preferences.
ClassesDon’t forget to ask about the scheduling of the classes. Most schools have set days and times (unless you are receiving private instruction) and missing classes is frowned upon. Will you be able to focus particular nights depending on your work schedule and other demands on your time? Will you be in a mixed ages class? Do you prefer to be taught with other adults?
If there are multiple martial art schools in your area, you can compare privately owned schools with chain schools, as well as affordability. Choosing a martial arts school to train is just a first step in the practice, so if one school doesn’t work out, you can always try out another.