Choosing a martial arts program
Whether you're looking for self-defense classes or just a great way to keep in shape, martial arts are both educational and physically demanding.
The martial arts are as much a study in mental mastery as they are physical exercise. Whether you're looking for self-defense classes or just a great way to keep in shape, martial arts are both educational and physically demanding.
The first step to finding a martial arts program and instructor is deciding which style is best for you. While each discipline can be sub-divided into specific categories and techniques, here is a list of some of the most popular styles.
The relationship is grounded in tradition and should be one built on mutual respect and positive reinforcement. A good instructor is demanding, but never demeaning.
It's a good idea to try out different dojos and instructors. See these profiles of martial arts instructors on Kudzu.com. While it may take several tries to find the perfect chemistry, trust your instinct and you'll know when you've found the right dojo and instructor.
Colored belts show your progress
The colored belts worn by students in martial arts classes indicate levels of progression. The sequence of colors is white, yellow, orange, green, blue, red, brown and ultimately, the black belt.
Each belt requires examinations (sometimes both physical and written) for advancement; you should expect to spend at least six months studying each level before testing.
While the cost may vary from school to school, your cost will average approximately $100 per month for beginner classes that meet twice a week.
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