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5 Things You Should Look For In A Good Martial Arts Or Karate Studio

By Joe Stronsick

Of course you are aware that karate is wonderful for kids and that it helps give them a sense of respect, focus, discipline, and self defense. Yet you may not be aware that martial arts studios are not all equal in their ability to do this. Save time and money by learning these five pointers of what to look for in a good studio:

1. Does the instructor know anything about kids? Sure there are a lot of so-called “masters” and “experts” in karate, but how many of them received any training in working with children? It is best to find someone who has a university degree in child psychology.

2. What kind of karate are they doing? There are hundreds of forms of martial arts, from kung fu to tae kwon do. But unless the program includes ground fighting training, your daughter may still be defenseless against a rapist, or your son may still be attacked by a bully and get beat up. 90% of fights end up on the ground. Look for programs that teach grappling, ground fighting, jiu jitsu, or “mixed martial arts,” also known as MMA.

3. How safe and clean is the studio? It is upsetting to walk into a karate studio to find children training on hard floors with only carpeting on them. That is horrible for the knees and backs of growing bodies! Invest in your child’s future only with a studio that has spring-loaded floors, which consist of soft mats raised above the ground over top of hundreds of springs, like a mattress. Then make sure that the studio has a powerful industrial scrubber to clean the mats and that they are using hospital-grade cleaning solution, which kills infectious organisms like ringworm, AIDS, and MRSA.

4. Is there an emphasis on life skills outside of the studio? The best studios require a signed paper from the school teacher to prove that the child was respectful and worked hard in school, so that the child can test for the next belt. The key is that the focus and discipline of the martial arts are developing into habits everywhere, not just at the karate studio. It helps even more if the students are given to-do or chore lists to be completed and signed by the parents by the next test, because this cultivates an attitude of respect and the ability to be a team player.

5. How about you? Can you participate? Hopefully you are looking at a school that offers family packages so that the parents can train in a program there as well. That way you can get in shape and also practice moves with your kids, which forms lifelong bonds and is a great substitute for sitting in front of the TV during family time!

All in all, your goal is to enroll your child in a quality martial arts or karate studio that is centered on life skills and which fosters those skills both in the studio and in the real world. Then, your goal of having a child who is a leader and not a follower can be met!

Learn more about karate. Stop by Joe Stronsick’s Adventure Mixed Martial Arts site where you can find out all about martial arts and what it can do for your kids.

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Stronsick, Joe "5 Things You Should Look For In A Good Martial Arts Or Karate Studio." 5 Things You Should Look For In A Good Martial Arts Or Karate Studio. 9 Jul. 2010. 7 Sep 2014 <>.

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