1. Will martial arts make my kid violent?”
Absolutely not! We don't teach kids how to kick and punch so they can go down the street and beat up the neighbor's kid. Instead, we teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development. Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. They learn to respect all living things – from their parents to pets. Often, kids who were violent before they joined our class changed, and became non-violent. So no, martial arts won't make your child violent!
2. “What if my child's not athletic? Will he have a hard time?”
Often children who don't find success in team sports come to martial arts. And they love it. That's because with martial arts you go at your own pace. See, team sports actually harm the self-esteem of children who aren't very athletic. When they don't perform well, the other kids can be pretty nasty. And this can leave some serious scars on their self-esteem. But with martial arts, they cant let anyone down. Everyone goes at their own pace. Some kids learn quicker than others – but the children who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly. Everyone is greatly encouraged – regardless of his or her athletic level.
3. “Will my child learn a talent that they can be proud of?”
Many children find pride in being able to do “cool” things like dancing, juggling, singing, playing an instrument, etc., etc., etc. I've seen many kids enter talent shows, and show off their martial arts skills. The crowd is blown away every time! There's simply something fascinating and exciting about watching martial arts. And your child will take great pride in his abilities.
4. “What age is appropriate for martial arts?”
We have programs for kids who are 3 years old all the way to teenagers. And we even have programs for adults. So to be honest – every age is appropriate. No child is too young or too old. We have a class that fits just right.
5. “Will my child get hurt?”
At our academy, we take your child's safety very seriously. From padded floors, to proper gear, to step-by- step instruction – we do everything in our power to insure your child's safety.
6. Will my child have fun?
With 30 years of experience teaching kids, our classes are designed to be educational and exciting. Teaching kids martial arts must be fun, otherwise, a child will lose interest. We utilize different methods in our classes that keeps kids wanting to learn.
7. “Is martial arts just for boys? Or can my girl take martial arts too?”
There are just as many girls in many of our classes as there are boys. Girls love martial arts just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do. More and more girls are taking martial art classes these days. And it a good thing, they learn how to protect themselves in today's world.