How fast will my kids/I progress?
This depends on a lot of different things. In between belts to help give a sense of accomplishment we have a stripe system for kids, but for everyone it ultimately boils down to how often you practice. This could be in or out of the dojo, however, we suggest 2-3 classes/week and 2-3 at-home sessions/week (at least 15 min). For adults getting to black belt you should expect somewhere around the 6-8 year range with this schedule. For kids you should expect a little bit longer depending on how young they start.
What style do you do?
Kempo. What is Kempo? Kempo is a sort of mixed martial art starting with Shaolin Kung Fu, the art evolved as it moved east into Japan, Hawaii, and finally the continental U.S. It is primarily a striking art (punches and kicks) but includes elements of grappling (locks and submissions), and felling (take-downs). If you want a little more in-depth history click HERE.
What should I do as a parent?
Remember that martial arts is a life long journey, you will not get black belt results in a few months. Also, a huge part of martial arts is recognizing your own mistakes and working through them, if they are practicing at home or in the dojo, we ask that you take a back seat to your kids training (no backseat driving). In addition we ask you to keep an open dialog with the instructors, if there is anything at home or at school let one of us know, we would love to work it in to a long-term plan with their regular training.
How will Martial arts help my kids in school?
We have found that martial arts mostly helps kids in two ways. The first is confidence, how they carry themselves has a profound impact on bullying (either stopping a bully or helping a kid not become one), interacting with others and even something as simple as presenting in class or asking for help. The second way is discipline. It takes a while but we want to work with your kids to give them the discipline (and confidence) to work through a problem, stick with what they are doing, and learn that sometimes you just have to put in the time, even if you don't want to. I'm not ashamed to admit either that as an adult I still have many uses for such lessons, and learn more every day through my training.
Everyone has a what if. What if this happened, or that happened, or someone has a gun?! The short answer to this is don't ask. The slightly longer answer is there are a lot of reasons why you shouldn't ask... yet! Most what if questions are answered by one of a few things: 1. We are going to get there but this is the foundation, so lets focus on this. 2. Perhaps in a few years we can start to tackle that, it is a very advanced skill set. 3. You are screwed in that situation, let's talk about what we can do to avoid that. We don't ask you to trust your instructor blindly (if one does, run!), but sometimes what we show is not all that we know. Your situation may be something different however and we want to work with you.
We do a ton of other activities, can we do martial arts as well?
Of course! Even if you only come once a week we want to figure something out that works so that they can keep training. Consistency is the most important thing when seeking any result.
I have already done some type of martial arts, do I have to start over?
Different styles, schools and instructors will have different standards. Ultimately we have to take a look and see, then we can offer a training plan that we think would work best.
How do I know if we are ready to start?
Come in and we can take a look, we offer trial periods to figure out this exact question.