Choosing a martial arts school can be tricky, especially if the extent of your martial arts knowledge is limited to bad action flicks. So here a quick guide to help you out.
The best thing you can before starting any new program is research, research, research. The worst mistake you can make is to pick a school just because it is the closest to you or just because it's the cheapest. We live in a great time where we can look up pretty much anything online and most martial arts schools nowadays have some kind of online presence. Here is a list of some FAQ that can help you in choosing a new school and martial art.
1. What style of martial art should you choose?
This can be tricky, and depending where you live you might not have many options. But again research is key. Generally all schools will advertise that they are of some style of some sort of martial art. Doing a
I was at a social outing a few of weeks ago. There were a bunch of people there that I didn’t know so inevitably you end up making the rounds getting introduced to various people. Among the people I met were a nice couple from out of town. Like most first encounters the conversation led to “What do you do?”. When I tell people one of the things I do is own a dojo I generally get 1 of 3 responses:
1. Self response: “I took ___________ (insert martial art here) when I was a kid for a few weeks” or “I take _____________ (insert martial art here)”
2. Relative response: “My cousin, brother, nephew, 4th removed uncle takes __________ (insert martial art here)”
3. Embarrassingly ignorant response: “Can you beat me up?”, “I better not mess with you”, “Show me a move”, “How many blackbelts do you have?”.
No matter what response I get I’m generally pretty cordial and play along. This particular couple fell into the response 1 category, for the sake of the story lets call them Jane and Jon. They both practiced (some style I’ve never heard of) karate and were very happy and excited to be doing it. While most of the conversation was a pretty typical one between martial artists there was one part in the middle that stuck with me and it went something like this:
Jane: Jon is awesome at karate. He is much better than me.
Jon: You're great too honey.
Jane: No, I’m a little good but not great.
Jon: No you're great, you won the dojo tournament last month.
Me: How often do you guys train?
Jane: We go to classes twice a week, but Jon goes on Saturdays too that's why he is so awesome!
Jon: Boy this wine is really good, I wonder what kind it is?