What should I be looking for in a martial arts school?

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After training for 29 years in Martial Arts and 18 years teaching I have met and trained with some fantastic martial arts schools, although not all schools maintain the same standards.

It is worth noting the Martial Arts is not regulated in the uk as such and whilst most schools operate under a governing body, some don't, the rules of most governing bodies... karate for example may be similar your instructor should be a Dan/Degree (Black Belt Grade) be fully insured, DBS Enhanced police checked, first aid qualified, child protection certified, and have all of this updated and ready to display upon request.

Most Governing Bodies would only recognise a Junior Black Belt from 10 years of age with at least 5 years training, however some school nowa days claim 6 or 7 year old Black Belts something CMA would never do.

At CMA if you want to teach we would recommend you take at least 6 -10 years training first, yet some schools offer franchises for a set fee ranging up to £10,000 a great business idea yet not ideal for the students who gain an inexperienced instructor who could be causing more damage than good.

Some school offer to make you an instructor within as little as 9 months if you are willing to help with "sales" door knocking, sometimes even harassing people, time should be taken in martial arts training, many years in our opinion before considering teaching, would you go to a doctor who had for example only had one years training of course not.

Clear pricing is important too, at CMA we are very proud of our competitive pricing, we are clear on prices when you grade you pay a free that covers your examination, belt and certificate if you pass, some clubs will charge you extra for a belt and certificate.

All martial arts have many benefits but we recommend you view a class to see how the instructor engages the students, do they seem professional, are they bullying? Sounds silly but some do, through martial arts we are all trying to become the best person we can be, and discipline and respect in our opinion is important for any successful instructor, remember there is no such thing as the best martial art, but how much effort you put into a specific art will determin how good you become at that style.

We hope this helps people to get an idea of what they should be looking for in a martial arts school and whilst there are a lot of top schools and great instructors out there it's also worth noting not all cowboys ride a horse, and some schools set there standards far to low and are unable to achieve them.

What should I be looking for in a martial arts school?

After training for 29 years in Martial Arts and 18 years teaching I have met and trained with some fantastic martial arts schools, although not all schools maintain the same standards.

It is worth noting the Martial Arts is not regulated in the uk as such and whilst most schools operate under a governing body, some don't, the rules of most governing bodies... karate for example may be similar your instructor should be a Dan/Degree (Black Belt Grade) be fully insured, DBS Enhanced police checked, first aid qualified, child protection certified, and have all of this updated and ready to display upon request.

Most Governing Bodies would only recognise a Junior Black Belt from 10 years of age with at least 5 years training, however some school nowa days claim 6 or 7 year old Black Belts something CMA would never do.

At CMA if you want to teach we would recommend you take at least 6 -10 years training first, yet some schools offer franchises for a set fee ranging up to £10,000 a great business idea yet not ideal for the students who gain an inexperienced instructor who could be causing more damage than good.

Some school offer to make you an instructor within as little as 9 months if you are willing to help with "sales" door knocking, sometimes even harassing people, time should be taken in martial arts training, many years in our opinion before considering teaching, would you go to a doctor who had for example only had one years training of course not.

Clear pricing is important too, at CMA we are very proud of our competitive pricing, we are clear on prices when you grade you pay a free that covers your examination, belt and certificate if you pass, some clubs will charge you extra for a belt and certificate.

All martial arts have many benefits but we recommend you view a class to see how the instructor engages the students, do they seem professional, are they bullying? Sounds silly but some do, through martial arts we are all trying to become the best person we can be, and discipline and respect in our opinion is important for any successful instructor, remember there is no such thing as the best martial art, but how much effort you put into a specific art will determin how good you become at that style.

We hope this helps people to get an idea of what they should be looking for in a martial arts school and whilst there are a lot of top schools and great instructors out there it's also worth noting not all cowboys ride a horse, and some schools set there standards far to low and are unable to achieve them.