Q: How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient and how long will it take to attain black belt level?
A: The time it takes to become proficient varies upon the style and your own abilities. In most self-defense systems, you should feel that you could defend yourself fairly well after six months. To reach black belt, the same variables are in play, but somewhere between three and five years is about right.
Q: How many classes per week should I attend?
A: Most instructors recommend two classes per week, plus some practice time in between classes. You should match your involvement with your fitness level.
Q: Will martial arts training make my child too aggressive?
A: At this studio children learn that the martial arts are not an act of violence, but the art of how to handle his or herself in a problematic situation. Aggression should be channeled into assertiveness to increase the children’s self-esteem and build discipline and character.
Q: Why do people bow when they go into the studio?
A: The bow is a symbol of respect in Asian cultures and is just like a western handshake.
Q: Is meditation part of some religion?
A: At this studio each class will begin with a period of silent meditation. The meditation is used to clear the mind of distractons and get ready to learn. It has no religious significance.
Q: Is sparring necessary to learn martial arts?
A: NO, but since martial arts involves dealing with an opponent, it is necessary to practice in conditions similar to an actual confrontation. In this way, you learn about reactions, timing, and speed. If you have an objection to sparring please feel free to talk to an instructor and a solution will be easily accomplished.
Q: What are the chances of getting injured?
A: The chances of getting injured are very small since the training should be constantly supervised with safety in mind. The equipment in the studio (mats, etc.) and the required protective gear that is worn by all students reduces chances even further.
Q: Should I take group or private lessons?
A: Private lessons will increase your progression two or three times faster than by taking group lessons alone. The personalized attention and energy of an instructor provides a tremendous advantage. Group lessons are good because it allows you to see how different people react to situations and techniques. Also, you get to meet new people and friends. The best of both worlds is a program that includes both group and private lessons.