Sunday, May 4, 2014

Three Steps to Picking a Martial Arts Gym

If you are most people, you are looking to get in a little better shape.  What better way to do that than to start practicing martial arts.  There are literally hundreds of different types of martial arts styles, and you want to make sure that you are getting a good deal on your lessons. Martial arts studios vary in quality, and unless you know what you are doing it might not get the best deal available.  There are hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of martial arts instructors and their quality varies widely.  Let's take a look at three different tips to keep in mind when shopping for a martial arts gym.

1.  How long.  This might not seem obvious at first, but the length of time that a martial arts gym has been in existence is more important than you would think? Why is that?  Because many martial arts studios are like restaurants.  People who open restaurants generally are good cooks, and maybe not the best business people.  Just because you're an Olympic athlete doesn't mean you are a good business person.  So what if a martial arts studio is brand new, the odds of its staying around for a long time, are fairly low.  But if the martial arts studio has been around for a little while.  You might be a lot safer, signing a long-term contract with them.

2.  Instructor.  Who is the instructor?  Is he or she a well-known name?  Is in a chain of martial arts dojos?  The instructor makes all the difference.  Finding a good instructor is like finding a nugget of gold.  The good ones are hard to find, but when you find them, you should really stick to them.  Ask the instructor or what his qualifications are and how long he's been practicing martial arts.  A little legwork goes a long way.

3. Location.  Is the martial arts studio close your house? Is it easy to access?  What are the hours?  Are the classes convenient to your schedule? Find out all this before hand.  You don't want to be driving hours just to take a martial arts lesson here and there.  While close is better, if a really good instructor is a little out-of-the-way, that might be a good way to go also.

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