Joslin's Martial Arts
How to find a "Good" Martial Arts School.
Some people may think that all martial arts schools (dojo) are the same. Nothing could be further from the truth. At Joslin's martial arts we believe joining a Martial arts school for your child or yourself is a decision that must be taken very seriously. When putting yourself or a child in the hands of a teacher (sensei) remember that person will have a great influence, possible for a very long time." All martial arts dojos are not created equal."
It's easy for someone to tell you they teach great self defenses, life skills and fitness. Words are cheap. It doesn't matter if they have won numerous tournaments, are world champions or if they can break blocks of ice ten stories tall. History proves that just because a person is talented doesn't mean they will be a good teacher. Think back to when you were in school. There were teachers that motivated, others that de-motivated, and still others that put you to sleep. Every occupation has good, not so good and bad.
With all the different styles and types of martial arts, how does one know which one to join?
Within each style there are many schools taught by different teachers with different personalities. One school may focus on tournaments, another on self defenses, the next on being hardcore and yet another on passing down the positive attributes of the martial arts. So style may not be the most important consideration.
How do you know if a martial arts teacher or a school is good?
We have had many students relocate to different places through the years and they asked that question numerous times. You need to visit different schools and watch their classes closely.
5 Things to consider in a martial arts Instructor:
- 1. How are teachers interacting with the students. Is he teacher barking orders or dealing with individuals according to their personalities. It can be pretty devastating if a person lacking confidence is talked down to. At Joslin's martial arts we believe people are unique and this factor must be taken into consideration when teaching. Things said today can affect the rest of a person's life.
- 2. Is the teacher/school passing down the etiquette and traditions of the martial arts? True martial arts are more than kicking, punching or wrestling around on the floor. There should be a mutual respect between student and teacher.
- 3. Are the students being taught in a structured environment? What would you think of a public school that was without a structure or organized curriculum? Would one learn much?
- 4. Do the class and the curriculum seem organized? Is the teacher's ego such that he or she is always talking about themselves? An apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Students often emulate the teacher. Is being an egomaniac a quality you want for you or your child?
- 5. What kind of martial art is taught at the school? Beware; some people that make up their own style after a short time in the martial arts.
Three more additional important martial arts related questions to consider asking a prospective teacher:
- 1. Who is your martial arts instructor?
- 2. Which Martial arts associations do you belong to?
- 3. You can also ask if they mind if you call their instructor to learn more about them? You can learn a lot about someone from ones sensei.
- 4. How long has the chief instructor been teaching? Becoming a "high level" teacher requires many years of experience.
Remember when talking to someone about a good martial arts school they will often claim their style is the best, that's human nature. You won't hear someone say "I train at the 6th best style of Karate" or "My dojo is the 3rd best in town".
A final word with regard to your choice of a martial arts instructor or school.
In choosing a martial arts school look for the final results. The bottom line is "Do the advanced students have the qualities you want in your child or yourself as a result of their martial arts training"? So shop around for the benefits you wish to obtain.
Good luck and happy hunting,
Kyoshi Dave Joslin
Joslin's Martial Arts Center
Kyoshi Joslin is a 8th degree black belt (Master Instructor) in Isshinryu Karate a traditional martial art from Okinawa Japan. He has been training and teaching martial arts since 1973. Visitors are always welcome.