CHO'S MARTIAL ARTS
Q and A
I’ve never done this before. What should I expect?
You don’t have to have experience to join martial arts. We will take the time to teach you how to stretch properly, the proper way to clench a fist to punch correctly, the proper stances and basic kicks and punches. You will learn the fundamentals in order to progress properly and with confidence. During your beginner course, all you need is comfortable workout clothing.
Will martial arts teach discipline and confidence?
The history of martial arts is based on discipline. To progress, you practice. "A black belt is simply a white belt that didn’t quit". The martial arts are a great way to improve self-discipline. Repetition is the key to advancement: coming to class regularly, continually working on techniques and building speed and accuracy. When you build self-discipline and see what you are accomplishing and what your body can do, your self-confidence rises as well. We all have rough days, but it is up to us to remind you of what you have achieved, and how much more there is to learn.
Will your program teach self-defense to deal with bullies?
Bullying has become a very big problem in our society, from young kids to older adults. Those who are picked on are usually those who are more soft-spoken, who have less self-confidence and don’t show off. One aspect of the martial arts is to build self-confidence by learning what your body can do physically, and creating a strong mind-body connection. We discuss and teach how to be more aware of your surroundings, how to avoid confrontational situations, and what to do if you do end up in a situation that warrants defending yourself physically. We offer multiple programs, from Taekwondo to Jiu-jitsu to work on standing kicks and punches and pressure points, as well as ground fighting and using an attacker’s weight against them. All of these programs are taught by qualified instructors in a safe environment.
What age is best to start my child?
Children develop at different levels. We have multiple programs for children, the youngest starting typically at 4 years of age. We suggest our trial program, for us to get a good sense of your child’s physical ability as well as the ability to follow instruction. The beginner course also gives you the chance to see what our program is about and if it is the right program for you and your child.
How will you teach my child not to be aggressive or a bully?
The code of conduct for martial arts is strict. We use our art to avoid physical confrontation, and to defend ourselves if necessary, but not to be a bully. Using our skills not in self-defense to hurt others can get you expelled from our program.
Can I start martial arts if I’m not in great shape?
Yes, please! We will help you set your goals to attain physical fitness, including flexibility, toning, strengthening and cardio fitness. Let us help you get motivated and in shape!
Do I need to be athletic to be in martial arts?
No, in fact many people who do not excel at other sports truly blossom in martial arts. You will build strength, agility, flexibility and accuracy as you learn the techniques.
How do I progress?
You will advance in belt as you show proficiency in the specific techniques, power and weapon for you belt. Children are given specific stripes on their belts to show this proficiency, and adults discuss and set goals with the instructor.
Will I or my child get hurt doing martial arts? Safety is first, but as in any sport, there is the possibility of injury. We take every precaution to assure you are learning proper stretching, technique and safety practices to stay healthy. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, please let us know so that we may plan for any adjustments to your workout.
How many people are in a class?
Are there mixed levels? Depending on level, there are anywhere from 15-25 students in class. There are multiple instructors in each class, as well, to ensure each student has some one-one-one time with an instructor.
How long does the program last?
We would hope to see you make martial arts a life-choice. With each level, you are learning new techniques that build on past techniques. In addition, there are many levels past black belt, and we have programs tailored to continue to make the journey interesting and exciting.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL
INSTRUCTORS Good instructors and their staff should be friendly, personable and considerate. The right instructor will make your martial arts experience great! During your Trial Program, you should feel comfortable asking questions and gathering information. An instructor should have their qualifications available when asked. Make sure you can verify their training. Ask what their program’s governing body is, and how long they have been affiliated.
FACILITY The school should be clean and organized. Professional people keep a professional appearance. Check to see that the equipment is in good repair and the workout area is safe.
ATTITUDE/CLIMATE Trust your initial feeling when you meet the instructors. It is not a question of whether they will push you to train hard, but more of the way they go about it. A good positive attitude travels through the school and the students. You will benefit in your training from an instructor that makes you feel warm and welcome and enjoys what he/she teaches.
STUDENTS Note how large each class is, along with how many instructors/assistants. Class size should be manageable for the instructor, so everyone has a chance to have focused instruction. Also note the number of intermediate and advanced students. If a school has good instruction and a good attitude, it is reflected in the number of advanced students who have continued to practice.
STYLE Make sure the style of martial arts the school teaches is what you are looking for. If you have health issues, such as breathing, don’t sign up for a high cardio class without your doctor’s approval. Make sure the program fits your needs.
INVESTMENT Fees range from monthly to multiple months or yearly contracts. It is really your choice as to what you are comfortable paying. Ask if there are penalty fees, however, if you have to leave or get out of the contract. Most schools offer a trial lesson or lessons so you can see if the school is right for you. Ask for their fees at the trial program. There is no reason to go through the trial if you cannot afford the fees for the regular program.