You have Questions! We have Answers!
Making a commitment to train in the Martial Arts is not to be taken lightly. As a student, you or your child is going to have an opportunity to grow tremendously. Below are a common questions that we receive about training.
My child needs help controlling his actions. Will the Martial Arts make this worse?‹
Actually, no. I know it seems counterintuitive, but the reality is that because our Martial Arts students like the physical portion of our classes (the kicking, punching, blocking, pushups and everything else) SO much, they're willing to listen and apply the Character Development portions (patience, control, thinking before acting, etc). It really does work. Our students don't WANT to use their Martial Arts moves outside of the class, because they don't want to disappoint us as instructors. You really have to see it to believe it.
My child is painfully shy. I feel like there is no way that she would start something like this.‹
We see that day in and day out, and honestly, it can certainly be a challenge for all parties involved, but like I said, we see it day in and day out, and *It's our job* to help your child learn to overcome their fears. In other activities, shyness and hesitation is a real crutch; the coach or teacher is often frustrated, and the shy child holds the class back. But because of our focus on the individual, it doesn't hurt our class at all. When your child starts to trust that we're going to help her regardless of whether she's shy or brave, she'll open up and it'll start a chain reaction of confidence building that'll drop your jaw. We know because....we do it everyday!
You talk about Character Development and Life Skills. How do you teach that in class?‹
Just like our physical curriculum works to improve your child's fitness, flexibility and strength, our Character Development curriculum improves your child's Life Skills. We have a curriculum that rotates through really important subjects like Respect, Discipline, Focus, Patience, Acceptance, Kindess, Compassion and more. It's really cool, and all of our instructors feel lucky everyday to be able to pass these skills on to a younger generation.
Can we try it before we sign up?‹
We always start with a Trial Program. It's really important not only for you to be able to make sure our program will be beneficial, but for us to be sure we can appropriately meet your goals as parents. We'll be teaching life lessons, challenging limiting beliefs, and setting short & long terms goals, so it's important that our values are congruent before we begin that life changing journey. However, because this introductory time is so important, we limit the number of new students during each trial period. So if you want a space, please be sure to sign up for one! If there are no spaces, we'll put you on the waiting list.
Is it safe? Will my child get hurt?‹
Safety is always our number one priority. Although you risk injury anytime you choose to get out of bed, in our experience, we see far fewer injuries in our classes than in other kids activities (baseball, softball, football, etc). It's actually frustrating, because we occasionally get calls from parents that their child can't come to class because they hurt themselves in a different activity.