Get Your List
In the last article on this series we discussed how to go about making a list of possible martial arts school in your area. If you have not read the article yet, go back and read it so that you can get your list together of potential schools in the area. Now that we have a big list of potential schools, we are going to go through and remove some that won’t work for you.
Schools all have different schedules. Cheaper schools tend to have less classes a month, where as more expensive schools sometimes are open as often as 8-5 every weekday. You need to figure out what your schedule is and when you are able to attend classes. Once you have done that, go through and eliminate any schools that are only open during times that you can not attend class.
Some schools are going to be open sometimes that you can attend and sometimes you can’t. Next you need to eliminate any schools that are not open as much as you want. I enjoy going to class 2-3 times a week for 1 1/2 hours at a time. That is me, everyone is different. If you want to go daily, you can cross out schools that are only open weekly.
The next thing to recognize is your own physical limitations. I am a 22 year old, in the military, who works out regularly. I enjoy very physical martial arts, but I am also able to enjoy them because I am in great shape for my age. If you are 85 with weak bones, you are not too old for martial arts, but you may want to rule out Krav Maga. If you aren’t sure if you are going to be able to do a martial art, ask our readers in the comments section.
Every school is slightly different, but there are some basic limitations of a style and you need to be aware of your own medical conditions and physical ability.
View a Class
The next part is to actually go start viewing some classes. You need to figure out which teaching styles you like and which classes actually get your interest. Just as martial arts are all different, schools are all different. I guest teach at my instructor’s school every summer and while he is the one who taught me, I do things very different from him. Neither is better or worse, we just have very different class dynamics and therefor adapt what we teach to best suit our students and our own personalities.
By now you should have a manageable list of options in your area that you actually want to do. In the final part of this series, we will figure out how to make a final decision. If you are struggling right now, leave us a comment and we can do our best to give you some direction. This is a big decision, don’t feel like you can’t get some help.