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Choosing the right Martial Arts program for yourself, your child or your family is an important decision and we want to help you make the best decision and choose a program that is the right match for you. 


We often get asked the same questions from parents interested in starting their child in Martial Arts and adults looking for alternatives to the same old gym workout routines. This list of questions may answer some of your questions and please feel free to contact us for further information or details about our Martial Arts programs.

How old does my child have to be to start martial arts?

We have children in our Leopard Cubs program that started when they were 3 years old. Children develop at different speeds and some children are ready at 3 while others are ready at 4 years of age or a little older.

Can I take Martial Arts classes if I am not in good shape, not very athletic and have no experience?

Yes!  Karate is a great way to improve your health and overall physical fitness, no matter what your starting point is. Our personalized curriculum allows students to progress at their own pace, making our programs ideal for people of all ages and skill levels as well as those in less than ideal physical shape.

My child has never been good at traditional sports, why is this any different?

Every child has what it takes to be good at martial arts because in martial arts they are not trying to beat or compare themselves with anyone else. The character development aspects of martial arts is just as important if not more important than the physical aspects. We build Black Belts from the inside out and children can achieve anything they set their minds to when they are confident.

Can my child get hurt doing martial arts?

Children have a much greater chance of getting hurt playing football than martial arts. Many students train for years without ever receiving a single injury. Injuries can and do occur on rare occasions, but your child’s safety is always our #1 concern. We use a thick padded floor, safety gear and follow a strict set of rule and regulations for students as well as instructors. 

Will martial arts training make my child overly aggressive?

Not a chance. From day one, we teach our students to use common sense and how to avoid conflict with peaceful, non-aggressive solutions. Should your child be confronted with an aggressive situation that can’t be resolved peacefully, he or she will at least have the basic martial arts skills to defend themselves. 

I know my children will have fun, but they have quit other activities before. What can parents do?

The key to a child’s success in any activity is consistency, progress and parent participation. In many cases we’ve found that children don’t quit martial arts training, parents do! As long as parents maintain their commitment of their child attending classes twice per week, children will learn and excel in their training. Kids that training consistently, continue to progress in the martial arts and should have no problem reaching the life changing goal of Black Belt.

Is martial arts training a good way to help lose weight?

Martial Arts are a great form of exercise and a great way for kids to get in shape. Martial arts training, in combination with a healthy diet, can transform a child’s physical appearance and improve overall health. Kids that feel good about themselves are kids that develop strong confidence and self-esteem, which will carry over in all aspects of their lives in the future.

How often should students attend class?

As much as possible! Two days a week with a qualified instructor is often enough to ensure a good consistent education. It’s hard to gain a martial arts education or sustain proper development with anything less than two classes per week.

Should students practice between classes?

Absolutely! Daily practice is the best way to retain and perfect what you have learned in class. Daily practice will also help make your movements more fluid and feel more natural. As little as 10-15 minutes of practice per day will pay great dividends.

Is one Martial Arts style or discipline better than another?

No one martial art is better than another. Karate, Aikido, Judo, Kendo and Taekwondo are all martial arts, but they are neither good nor bad on their own. They only exist when they are practiced and it is the artist that makes the art. It’s not about style.

How long does it take to become proficient in Karate and how long does it take to attain Black Belt?

The time it takes to become proficient varies upon the consistency of training and your own abilities.  Most students feel fairly comfortable with with the movements after six months to a year. There are quite a few variables when it comes to reaching Black Belt, but it takes an average student somewhere between three to five years.

Can I try a class for free to see if I like it?

Absolutely. We encourage you to come visit our facilities, meet our instructors and watch one of our classes before taking your free class or signing-up.

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