When Choosing A Martial Arts School, it is always important to “try before you buy” With so many great schools in and around Perth there is no reason to not take a good look around. Choosing a school that is close and that offers a professional service at a time that fits into your schedule is an important ingredient in your training.
Often the thought of driving too far after a long day or getting home and having dinner then having to get ready for training is not practical for today’s busy lifestyle. So it is important to ask yourself when looking at schools, “Am I really going to be able to commit to this club?” and, “Does this time slot really suit my work hours?”
Cost should be discussed right from the beginning, how much, is there additional cost, do I have to pay extra for insurance? If you are like most who don’t know much about Martial Arts training and cost then you need to get a full picture before you commit to anything.
The style of Martial Arts is also a factor when choosing a school. All Martial Arts novices should be honest with themselves and ask, what are my goals, am I training for fun, fitness, strength, confidence, competition, self defence or maybe just looking to meet people with similar interests? Asking these questions can assist you in finding the right style for you.
For example: Tae Kwon Do or Kickboxing are well known for their strong techniques, physical workload and flexibility. So if you're wanting to keep fit and flexible while learning to defend yourself this style could be for you.
There are other styles that have a less intense cardio regime and focus on a minimalistic style of training. Great for people who just want to learn how to defend themselves but without all the sweat!!
There are styles that have a strong background in competition fighting such as Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitzu and Boxing. For the student wanting to take their training further than the Dojang these are the styles to try out.
Discipline and spiritual focus are other benefits for the Martial Arts practitioner. Most styles will boast a long lineage behind their principals, doing your own research about the style and it’s origins may help you decide which art resonates with you and your beliefs.
Finally we come to your instructor. Without a doubt, the single most important factor in choosing a school and in your ongoing training. Firstly, do you like the instructor? If you are scared or do not bond with the person that you are paying and trusting with your training then you will not get the true benefits from your training. Martial Arts is about respect, friendship and trust. A good instructor makes this the core of what they are teaching so they can get the most out of their student.
Can your instructor demonstrate proper technique? Although ability is not always paramount considering many instructors teach well into their 60’s 70’s and 80’s it is important that you see the techniques performed properly. If your instructor is competent and moves well it will help motivate you and increase your understanding of the physicality of your style.
Does your instructor train you the way you like to be trained? Some instructors will push you to your limits and beyond. Others like a gentler approach, there is no right or wrong way, just what works for you. Good schools are well aware that every person is different and should modify your training to suit your needs. You do not have to be the fittest or the strongest athlete to enjoy martial arts, just display a keen attitude and give it your best.