following article was originally published in the Fall of 1994 in
"Fighting Woman News", and later used without permission by
"The Karate Voice". It remains COPYRIGHT
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How to Chose a Martial Arts School
Peter M. Hiltz
who has ever journeyed into the martial arts has faced the challenge of
finding a good school and instructor.
take college courses with some confidence that the material will be as
promised in the catalog, but martial arts classes do not come with the
same guarantee. As beginners, we don't know the difference between
styles. Is one school's punch better than another's? Will I walk around
bruised and battered? While some would consider a child's karate an
activity like little league, fun for the child but eventually to be left
behind, the adult student looks at the choices from a
different viewpoint. The first questions I would ask are 'Why are you
going to study the martial arts?' and 'What do you want to learn?'
a survey in the school where I teach karatedo asking the students why they
were studying. The answers were surprising: the men wanted to learn to
fight, the kids wanted to get blackbelts, and the women wanted to learn
self-defense and get some exercise. Wanting to learn self-defense is very
different from wanting to learn to fight or get a black belt.