The Most Important Questions To Ask When Choosing a Martial Arts School
If you’re a busy Mom you know how time consuming and confusing it is trying to pick the right activity, not to mention the right martial arts school for your kids.
I totally get it. You want to save time, weed-out the “definitely nots” and still make the right decision that will be best for your kids.
Makes perfect sense. But… Are you asking the right questions?
You see, of all the inquiries I get, most parents leave out the MOST IMPORTANT questions that you MUST ask…
The most important things to know BEFORE you spend your time and money, and BEFORE you entrust your child’s safety, development and well-being with a coach, instructor, or activity director.
I just go off a call with bust Mom who’s “shopping around” for a karate school for her kids.
I could tell by the stress in her voice that the “back to school” pressures have started, and that she wanted to “cut to the chase” and make our conversation as quick as possible.
She had only 2 questions:
How much is it?
When are the class?
Sure, these are important questions to ask, but in actuality, there’s going to be very little difference there between schools when it comes to these.
Schedule-wise, all kids activities are pretty much limited to between 4-7:30 pm, so schedules are going to be similar, and when it comes to pricing all professional schools all charge within $10-20 of each other.
Also, be forewarned that often the price they quote you doesn’t include additional “hidden” fees like belts, testings, expensive gear you must purchase, “mandatory” clinics, association fees, etc’.
So what SHOULD you ask?
First, ask YOURSELF what you want your child to gain from martial arts.
A good program can do wonders for your kids’ focus, self-control and self-discipline.
The best schools also teach powerful life-skills like setting and achieving goals, or showing respect to self and others.
Once you decide on your goals for you child, look at the school’s website. You should be able to tell whether their philosophy is inline with yours.
For example, if you’re looking for your 5 year old to gain confidence, enrolling her in a “full contact no holds barred tough guys” school is probably the wrong choice.
You’ll want to choose a school that specializes in serving kids. This is why you don’t see any pictures of bare-chested, bloodied “champions” on this site. It’s simply not what we do.
NEXT… Who is the instructor that will be teaching my child?
This is a person your child will look up to as a role model, so make sure the values taught are aligned with yours.
What is this instructor’s background? What’s their reputation like?
Look their personal profile up on social media… Are they cursing up a storm and posting photos of their weekend bender?
Finally, after you’ve narrowed down your choice to the school that seems to be most aligned with what you want for your child, the next step is to have your child try a lesson.
I know you’re busy, but this is super-important. You want to SEE for yourself how the instructor interacts with the kids. You want to see how your child responds to the instructor. You want to see what the culture of the school is.
The right martial arts program can change and improve your kids’ lives.
The wrong program can leave them discouraged and even hurt, physically and emotionally.
If you’ve read this far it probably means you and I are on the same page, so fill in your information on this website and schedule a free trial class 🙂
See you soon…