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3 Tips To Find Karate In Ann Arbor

By Keith Copeland

It’s not difficult to find karate in Ann Arbor. The citizens here know the value of training in a good martial arts academy. But of the martial arts schools in the area, which one do you invest in? After all, your child’s future will be impacted by that choice.

Consider these three things when choosing a martial arts school in Ann Arbor:

First, what is their philosophy? What are their core beliefs? Their are many martial arts schools that mean well but the owner may be somewhat misguided or have very different beliefs than you.

Speak to the instructional staff about what they think is important. This will give you an insight into their beliefs. Make a point to talk to a few parents in the audience. Ask them questions about the martial arts academy. If you saw the original Karate Kid you will remember the “bad” martial arts school of Corbra Kai. If you want your child to learn compassion, as well as confidence then choose a martial arts academy where these beliefs are reflected in the teachers and the families there.

Ask questions like, “What’s your purpose?”, “Is self improvement at the heart of what you teach?” and “How do you teach self improvement?”

The next thing to look for is a professional staff. Ask if the staff is full time, part time or just volunteer. Volunteers in martial arts schools are a critical part of the teaching system. However, if the volunteer is a major part of the staff then the level of skill will be modest at best. Many martial arts schools in Ann Arbor have volunteers teaching the classes.

Part time instructors are better than volunteers. But would you trust your dental health to a part time dentist? Part time school owners have a lot of things pulling their attention away from learning to be the best provider of the benefits you want for your self and you child. A full time martial arts academy instructor is almost always a better choice because they are more focused on perfecting their craft.

Next ask how long have they been in business? Although a person can be an excellent martial artist, the transition to an excellent teacher is difficult.

Many martial arts academy owners around the country have the same experience. They were the best student in their former school so they thought they should be a great martial arts academy owner. They then opened a school and struggled. You see, skilled martial artists often confuse their expertise with the ability to translate that skill to others. They are not necessarily good teachers.

I was not a great martial arts when my wife and I opened Quest Martial Arts in 1998. I knew the value of the training and wanted to share that with many others. So, I brought in a professional teacher from Nebraska. He taught the classes. He also taught me how to teach and then to run my school. My students got great instruction the whole time and I learned the craft in the process.

There are a few martial arts schools in Ann Arbor that can get you the results and benefits you are looking for. Just take a little time. Consider what you want to get out of the training and use these simple tips to get the life-changing results karate in Ann Arbor can provide.

Looking to find the best karate in Ann Arbor, then visit to find the best martial arts academy for you in Ann Arbor.

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