3 things to look for in a Martial Arts School

3 things to look for in a Martial Arts School

There are several martial arts schools to choose from nowadays, whether it be here in Las Vegas / Henderson, or wherever you may live. Here are three things to examine before deciding on a martial arts school that is right for you or your children.

Martial Arts schools should be a safe, enjoyable experience

Martial Arts schools should be a safe, enjoyable experience

Are the Staff and students friendly and welcoming?

Upon immediately entering the school, are you greeted by a staff member, or ignored? Do the staff members smile, make you feel welcomed, and are able to answer your questions thoroughly? If you try a class, do the other students help and befriend you….or ignore you totally? Nobody wants to train at a place where they feel unwelcome d or have to battle to the death every class, so if that’s the vibe you get then it’s probably not the martial arts school for you.

What are you training for?

What are you training for?

Can the martial arts school meet your goals?

Do you want to compete a lot? Or are you in it mainly for fitness aspects? If you want discipline for your children, do the classes seem well structured and under control? If you want to learn self defense, are the techniques functional in the street…or do they simply look impressive when not applied against an attacker? This goes hand in hand with the first point; if the martial arts school’s staff members cannot confidently answer your questions about meeting your goals, then maybe it’s better you continue searching.

Are they in it solely for the money?

Are they in it solely for the money?

Examine the financial matters

While martial arts schools are a business and need to pay their bills, just how stressful and aggressive are the money matters? Do you feel like you’re talking to a slimy used car salesman? Are you pressured in any way to sign a contract you are not 100% comfortable with? Do they hand out belts every few months with increasing costs as you rank up? What about equipment….are you forced to buy their branded equipment? How negotiable is the martial arts school if you get hurt, lose interest, or move? Is the facility and equipment on par with the prices they are charging (and other local martial arts schools)? While money should never be a bottom line, it is very important in choosing a martial arts school.

Choosing a martial arts school is an important decision

Choosing a martial arts school is an important decision

To sum it up

  1. Feel welcomed and surrounded by a supportive staff and classmates

  2. Ensure the martial arts school has programs that can meet your goals

  3. Do not give into pressure sales tactics and be weary of iron clad contracts and continuous ploys to make you consistently pay more than your tuition

If you find a martial arts school that goes above and beyond your expectations, then you will find that enrolling you or your child is more than worth it. The martial arts school has proven their value and at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.

Eric Umali