Not All Martial Arts Schools Are Alike
Shopping around to see which Martial Arts programme and which Martial Arts School is best for you is an important step. Anyone can claim anything over the telephone or just as easily write anything on a website. It is therefore, highly recommended that you go into the School and try the Class for yourself.
Points to remember:
- The first class should be FREE of charge.
- Ask if there are Testing fees or any other significant hidden costs. Charging Testing and Grading fees is an unscrupulous practice and such fees are NEVER charged by true professionals in the industry.
- Is participation in tournaments required as part of your study? Some Clubs require tournament participation in order to promote or as part of their Ranking process. Such practices should be avoided at all costs! Fighting and competing for a plastic trophy or even a cash prize is the epitome of ego gratification and does little to foster good character traits.
- Are the kids and adult classes separate? It might sound like fun to work out with your child, but remember that both kids and adults have very different training needs. You could be working out with 20 other little kids!
- Be sure the person who teaches your child is qualified and uses age appropriate curriculum. Some Instructors teach great adult classes but are very challenged by teaching kids. Some Instructors teach so many kids classes that they teach adults as if they were children!
- How many days a week can you attend Classes?
- And finally, and most importantly, do they really and actually teach Character Development?
Traditional Martial Arts are famous for the character building benefits of training. Some of it will happen anyway. Some of it comes from the Student’s own innate abilities. But let’s face it, most of it happens by sheer accident unless the School has a formal plan and a written curriculum devoted specifically to Character Development. If they don’t teach the STAR Programme or Lessons in Mindfulness, they might not be teaching the deeper more philosophical aspects of Martial Arts practice – they are just teaching punching and kicking.If you are in the Wollongong area, we invite you to experience our programme and judge the quality of the Instruction for yourself. Our Students, come from every imaginable walk of life and in any given class, you will meet someone just like you!
Sifu Robert Brown is based in Detroit, Michigan USA and is a world renowned Instructor and author of Lessons In Mindfulness.
Master Mark Walker is based in Wollongong, NSW Australia and is a world renowned Instructor and author of the STAR Programme.
Both Sifu Brown and Master Walker are passionate advocates in the Martial Arts Industry for teaching the deeper and meaningful philosophical benefits of Martial Arts.