As an adult, finding the right martial arts class to suit your needs is essential.
After all, adults have differing levels of fitness and reasons for signing up for martial arts classes in the first place.
Whether you are looking for a martial arts class to help you lose weight, to get in shape, to teach you discipline or to provide you with the skills necessary to defend yourself, there are several key areas you should consider when determining which school is right for you.
Mistake #1: Not Understanding Teaching Standards
One of the first things you need to consider when choosing between schools is each school’s level of professional teaching standards. A good martial arts school will have a standardized written curriculum. In addition to making sure things are standardized, you should also ask about the system used to teach the staff and the type of training that is necessary to become an instructor. To get a better idea of the teaching style and how the students interact with the instructor, it is also a good idea to watch a class or participate in a trial program.
Mistake #2: Not Asking the Right Questions
When considering various martial arts instructors, you should also ask questions related to student success. For example, you should ask about the student retention rate as well as the graduation to black belt rate. Before signing up for classes, you should also learn more about the ranking system as well as the belt testing procedures.
Mistake #3: Not Touring the Facilities
Even if you are comfortable with the instructors, it is important for you to explore the training facility to ensure it is safe and modern. At a safe and modern facility, for example, you should not see people training on hardwood or concrete. To get a better idea of the safety of the facilities and the level of care that is put into preventing student injuries, you should ask about the injury rate, how injuries are handled when they occur and how sparring is introduced to students.
Mistake #4: Not Understanding Business Practices
Finally, you should be sure to ask the school about its business history and practices. Things you should ask include how long the school has been in business and how much classes cost. If the school requires you to sign a contract, you should learn more about the terms of the contract as well as the terms of renewal. Reading online reviews is also a good practice. It can reveal many things about how they treat previous members and can give you great insight into business practices – both positive and negative.