Martial Arts F.A.Q.s

Martial Arts Training Questions and Answers

How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient and how long will it take to attain Black Belt level?
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 to five years is about right.

How many classes per week should I attend?
Most instructors recommend a minimum of two classes per week. You should match your involvement with your fitness level.

Will there be other beginners in my class?
At this studio, the students are grouped by age and rank. This means you should be in a class with other beginners and lower ranks.

Will martial arts training make my child aggressive?
At this studio children learn that the martial arts is not an act of violence, but the art of how to handle themselves in a problematic situation. Aggression should be channeled into assertiveness to increase a child’s self esteem and build discipline and character.

Why do people bow when they go into a studio?
The bow is a symbol of respect in Asian cultures and is just like a western handshake.

Is meditation part of some religion?
At this studio each class will begin with a period of silent meditation. The meditation is used to clear the mind of distractions and get you ready to learn. It has no religious significance.

Is sparring necessary to learn martial arts?
Some martial arts such as Tai Chi Chuan or Aikdo do not require sparring. Most other martial arts do. 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.

What are the chances of getting injured?
The chances of getting injured are very small since the training should be constantly supervised with safety in mind. The better equipped that the studio is and the protective gear that is required to be worn by all students reduces the chances even further.

Should I take group or private lessons?
Private lessons will increase your progression two to three times faster than by taking group lessons alone. The personalized attention and energy of an instructor is a tremendous advantage. Group lessons are good because it allows you to see how different people react to situations and techniques. You also get to meet new people and friends. The best of both worlds is a program that lets you have both group and private lessons.

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