If you haven’t read my previous post on selecting the right school for adult students, please take a moment to do that, as it will provide context for this information.
As a martial arts instructor, I evaluate potential students by asking myself: Will this child be able to learn successfully in my class, without hampering the learning of my other students?
Very young children should not be in a standard martial arts class with all ranks and all ages. We all believe our children to be prodigies…far more coordinated, talented and brilliant than other kids. It’s very important, however, that your child is old enough/sufficiently mature to communicate effectively (I need to go to the bathroom/my foot hurts/I don’t understand) and participate fully (listen, understand, and follow instructions) so he or she has a safe, positive experience. Continue reading
Finding the right martial arts school doesn’t have to be hard, if you ask the right questions.
A lot goes into choosing the right martial arts school, so start by asking the right questions. Those questions differ somewhat by age. Younger students do not have their own funds or transportation, and must depend on parents or guardians for guidance. This post will deal with choosing the best martial arts school for adult students, with a follow-up post for finding the right studio for kids, or helping young students participate in selecting a good martial arts school for themselves.
How far are you willing to travel to take a martial arts class? Be honest and practical; if you’re time-crunched and will be hurrying across town after work to train, that may not be a viable long-term solution. Convenience is a plus, and certainly increases your ability to participate in special events, arrive early, or stay late if need be.
How much can you afford to spend on a class? Note that “more expensive” doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be receiving more value. Continue reading