NOTE: These are excerpts from my free guide “How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Martial Arts Studio. Get the inside scoop so you don’t make the wrong choice.”
Making the decision to start taking martial arts is easy.However, finding the best place for you isn’t always as easy.
Following are some recommended questions I have compiled over the years you can use to help choose the best martial arts studio for you.
Simply highlight the questions most important to you as you evaluate each studio. This will help you make sure you’re matching your needs to what the studios have to offer.
DO THEY SPECIALIZE IN TEACHING ADULTS OR CHILDREN? Does the head instructor teach in all classes? What is their background? How long have they taught martial arts? How do they treat their students? How do they answer student questions? Are they approachable?
HOW ARE ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS USED? Do any junior instructors or kids teach in the adult classes? Do they teach in place of the head instructor? How long have they taught martial arts? How do they treat the students?
ARE THERE ANY CONTRACTS? What happens if you have to stop taking lessons? Are there cancellation costs? Can you pay month to month? Are there any membership fees or association fees? Do they charge for belt tests? Do they use electronic funds transfer (EFT) for monthly lesson payments?
WHAT IS THE INSTRUCTOR TO STUDENT RATIO? Do they limit class sizes? Are kids and adults taught in the same class? Are private lessons available? Do they seem organized? What safety precautions are in place? What is their policy for heavy-handed students? How much contact is involved? Can your friends or family come by and watch a class?
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THE STUDIO: SELF-DEFENSE? Fitness? Tradition? Sport? Is it a progressive or traditional martial art? Do they teach linear or circular moves? What ranges do they teach: Kicking? Punching? Trapping? Grappling? Is it considered a hard or a soft style? Are there clearly defined requirements? Where did the curriculum originate? Do they train with partners? On a bag? In the air? What is their contact scale? None? Light? Medium? Full contact?
Use these tips to find the perfect martial arts studio for you in Salt Lake City so that you never make the wrong the choice in where you train.