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Choosing the Right Martial Arts Program

Choosing the Right Martial Arts Program

Martial Arts training is more than just a sport or self-defense. It's a way of life that boasts proud traditions, deep history, and a well-deserved reputation for changing people's lives. Yet, more and more, I see parents reducing their school choice to one thing, "How Much does it cost?"


We humbly submit it's the WRONG QUESTION.


Ask, "How much is it worth"? 

Enrolling in a Martial Arts school is the beginning of a long journey. A powerful journey of growth and self-discovery 

We have some students who have been with us for decades!

So before enrolling in a Martial Arts school, there are some things you should consider:


What to look for? 

  • Does the instructor teach? (Do people seem to be "acting " like a teacher rather than expanding student knowledge and ability?) 
  • Does the interaction with students seem "Scripted" instead of genuine? (you can buy those scripts on the web)
  • Do they show an interest in each student and inspire them? (Is the school all high fives and forced smiles but no real connection with students?)
  • Is there a fun, engaging curriculum that teaches physical, mental, and emotional skills? (Do they have a strategy to teach these soft skills, or is it just a mysterious "Part of the Art")
  • Do students seem eager to be in the school? Can you feel a sense of community? (Or is it just a boot camp to impress parents with discipline?)
  • Does the instructor seem skillful in the art they teach? (Fun game: Ask the instructor to show you their favorite form. Many instructors won't demonstrate more than a move or two in front of students or parents. I'll let you decide why)



How prepared is the teacher to do their job? 

Hanshi Steve is a graduate of a Teaching Fellowship taught by instructors from Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Tufts University, and MIT. He spent 14 years as a classroom teacher and has won awards for his curriculum development work. In addition, he has over 35 years of experience as a professional Martial Arts Instructor. 


Is the instructor respected and admired by their peers? 

Steve is the Uechi Ryu International Karate Association president and is highly regarded in the Martial Arts community locally and worldwide. Additionally, he is a much sought-after presenter at Martial Art Camps and Gatherings. 

Hanshi Steve is the youngest person to be awarded a 9th degree black Belt by the Uechi Ryu International Karate Association.


Is the school upfront about the actual costs? 

It's common in the Martial Arts Industry for school owners to pitch a low monthly tuition cost only to sneak in many other charges that aren't apparent when you first enroll. Belt fees, Promotion Fees, special equipment you must buy to participate in special classes that you also must buy over and above your "low" monthly tuition.

We don't do business that way. 

We charge a reasonable monthly tuition and that's it, no test fees, no mat fees, no hidden costs.


Simply, The Best

At The Dojo, we believe we have built the best environment, curriculum, and culture of any martial arts school. And we're constantly improving it.

Whatever the price tag is, no one gives you more for your tuition dollar than we do. 


So, the question is not "how much does it cost?" but "how much is it worth?" 

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