Why take adult karate classes?
There are many reasons to try out an adult karate class. Number one - it's fun! But also, more importantly, martial arts is a fantastic way to relieve stress from home and work life, get in shape, lose weight, build muscle, learn self defense, and make new friends.
Many people, at some point in their lives, have thought about doing martial arts. They know someone who has taken karate classes, they've seen it in movies, or they've even just thought, "that would be so cool!" Most people don't realize just how easy it is to start taking classes in a martial arts program. There are so many great programs available now. So how do you decide where to start?
How do I figure out what style of martial arts to take?
Many people sit and stew over what style of martial arts they should be looking for. There is karate, kung fu, taekwondo, hapkido, aikido, jiu jitsu, krav maga, kempo karate, and the list just goes on and on. It really doesn't matter what style of martial arts you do though. It's more important to find a karate school that is close to home, affordable, and that has trainers who genuinely care about your goals and progress in the program. Any well-run karate program can help you burn fat, learn self defense, and relieve stress. So you just need to find a facility that matches your values and is in a convenient location. You're probably thinking that this is easier said than done right? Well here are some tips on how you can find exactly what you are looking for without wasting time and money.
How do I find the right program for me?
Tip #1: Ask your friends: If you have any friends who have tried out a martial arts program, ask them about it. If they had a great experience at a karate school then chances are you will too. They can tell you about their experience, and if it sounds like something you want to look into then you can narrow your search down dramatically. If you don't know anyone who has taken karate classes don't worry, the next tips will help you find a program to try.
Tip #2: Use google or another map service: You want to start with programs that are in a convenient location for you. So just type in the phrase "karate programs near me," "karate classes Sandy, UT," or something similar in google maps (or another online mapping service) and you will be able to look at just the studios that are near your home or work.
Tip #3: Check out their website: After you have found a spot near you, check out their website. Most karate schools have their own website with basic information about their program. This a great way for you to learn more about the history of the school, the philosophy and values of their program, and you can see what most people go to them for. If you want a program that will help you reach specific goals, like losing weight or learning to defend yourself, then you can look for that on their page.
Tip #4: Look for online reviews: Every martial arts school is going to toot their own horn on their website, so if you don't know someone who has trained at a facility it's a good idea to look for online reviews. This will give you a chance to hear from other people about their experience in the program. As always with online reviews, be careful about how far you take them to be pure truth. But if a program has several positive reviews then it is probably worth checking out.
Tip #5: Look at their Facebook page / Youtube channel, etc.: Most karate schools have Facebook pages, Youtube channels, Twitter pages, and lots of other accounts on social media sites where they like to post things about their program, their students, and other things going on in their school. See how they interact with their clients online and you will have a better idea of how they interact with their clients in person.
Tip #6: Go check out the facility: You can't spend your whole search just at the computer - go check a school out! You are never going to know for sure if a program is right for you until you actually go to the facility. Drop in during their normal hours and see if an instructor or an assistant can give you more information about the program.
Tip #7: Ask for an introductory or trial program: If you like everything you see online and in person at their facility, then ask if they have an introductory special. Most karate schools have a special for new students to try their classes out for a week or two to make sure that the program is something they want to do. The best way to know if you are going to be happy training in a martial arts program is by simply taking some of their classes.
Brett Lechtenberg is Utah's top expert on safety. He has trained thousands of people to empower themselves physically and mentally with his karate program at Personal Mastery Martial Arts. Learn more at Brett's websites Adult Karate Classes
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