5 Essential Questions to Ask Before Beginning A Martial Arts Journey…
Having been established as a Martial Arts Academy since 1988, we are very passionate about running Martial Arts lessons in the best way possible. Below are the questions we feel are necessary to ask any establishment when considering starting your Martial Arts journey:
1. What are my or my child’s goals and objectives for starting martial arts?
To get tough? To defeat a bully? Maybe to gain confidence?
Correct Martial Arts will teach self discipline, which leads to increased self confidence, leading to better self control, therefore leading to self achievement- resulting in hitting goals!
2. What commitment am I willing to make?
Martial Arts is a dedicated and rewarding way of life. Are you willing to commit to regular training, to set goals and believe in yourself? Can you agree to the Code of Conduct of a Martial Arts school that has values and good moral grounding. There are many Martial Arts schools and clubs in operation today, but not all have the same values, often omitting any moral or philosophical basis underlying their instruction. No responsible Martial Arts teacher should train students without making certain that the students have the proper moral grounding to know when it is appropriate to use the training they are receiving.
3. What will I or my child learn?
Will I be learning mind, body and spiritual development in my programme? Will my curriculum be appropriate and easy to follow, whilst at the same time challenging? Will I receive regular feedback on my development and progress? Does the programme fulfil my needs in self defence, fitness, forms, weapons and sparring skills? How does it implement character building and self esteem development? Once I become a Black Belt does the school or club have a comprehensive curriculum to keep my interest going?
4. Who will be teaching me?
Being taught in any skill correctly is essential. Is the person you are considering being taught by accredited with teaching? Either with certification or by reputation? Have they been taught by well known Masters of the Martial Art world? Or is there some obscurity in finding out? Do they have a criminal past? Have they a professional and moral background with students and associates?
Certification needs to have credibility and value by a recognised authority or body. Ask to see the instructors qualifications and also the certification that you will receive once graded. Please remember that being a Black Belt doesn’t automatically make someone an Instructor.
5. What environment will I be taught in?
It’s worth considering the environment that you are considering training in. Does it have a first aid kit, qualification or policy in operation? Public liability insurance is also a necessity, along with CRB checks.
Gone are the days when people trained on dangerous floors. Many places have other distractions going on, such as other sports activities; remember, Martial Arts requires focus and attention to succeed.Is there enough safety mats? Is the equipment in good order? Are the instructors wearing the correct attire? Does the establishment have good figure heads from where their philosophies are directed from? Is good etiquette, modesty and common courtesy, evident with students and their associates?