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What to look for in a Martial Arts school in Central Pennsylvania

When parents are looking for karate lessons in New Cumberland, Camp Hill, Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg or Harrisburg, PA for kids, they typically have many questions and unsure how to make the proper decision.  This will help answer a few of the questions I have been asked when looking for karate lessons for kids.

I am the owner of Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Central Pennsylvania, providing the best quality martial arts and fitness training in Central, PA to children, teens, and adults.  Tiger Rock Martial Arts offers TaeKwonDo (Karate), Martial Arts, Fitness, Weight Loss, and Self Defense, with convenient class schedules.

I have been training in the combat arts for nearly 20 years; 18 years of amateur boxing and 15 years as a hand to hand combat instructor in the Marine Corps, combined with my taekwondo training.  Over the years, I have answered many questions about children training in the martial arts and finding a good place to train.  I would like to outline some things for people to consider.

All the benefits children can receive from martial arts are true.  Without a doubt, martial arts are one of the best activities for children to take in order to become a well-rounded individual.  There really is not another activity that places as much emphasis on athletic performance, personal growth, and discipline.  It has been my experience that a large majority of children, who have taken martial arts, excel in other sports and academics.  There are many reasons to show how this happens, but the end result is all that parents are truly interested in knowing.  Ultimately, parents make the decision on martial arts being an adequate program for children based on what they want in an activity.

When a parent makes the decision for their child to train in martial arts, then the multitude of questions arises.  I am going to pose some questions and discussions to help parents decide in finding  a quality martial arts studio for their child:

Where did the instructor get their certification to teach martial arts?  How often do they have to obtain their Continued Education Units?  All professionals want their credentials to be from a highly valued institution.   Additionally, most professions will require Continued Education Units (CEUs) to ensure up-to-date practices and policies are meeting current standards.  Think about it…When going to court on a legal case, do you: a) Want an attorney who graduated from Harvard or Yale? or (b) Want an attorney who received his degree online or weekend seminar?  You will find that many martial art school owners / instructors simply “decided one day” they would like to teach and opened a place to operate.  They lack any sort of training on teaching martial art classes or follow any strict guidelines from a legitimate governing body.   You will also discover that some of them, who desire to get some accreditation, will search for the “fast track” and complete a weekend seminar or fill out some forms online.  There are only a few schools that actually operate under legitimate martial art associations.  You will find these academies are required to meet high standards, follow strict guidelines, have their training and teaching monitored regularly, and complete recurring rigorous instructor seminars and examinations.  As mentioned above, there are not as many legitimate qualified instructors to teach martial arts as there are instructors teaching with limited or no qualifications.

Tiger Rock Martial Arts, providing the best quality martial arts and fitness training in Central Pennsylvania, PA to children, teens, and adults.  Tiger Rock Martial Arts offers TaeKwonDo (Karate), Martial Arts, Fitness, Weight Loss, and Self Defense, with convenient class schedules.

Call 910-320-0537 today about our $20 trial classes!

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About Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts s a National franchising company providing health, skills and fitness training through its franchisees’ Martial Arts programs for members of all ages. Our programs enrich their personal and professional lives in many ways. Tiger-Rock programs are a blend of modern sport science, the latest research, and hundreds of years of martial arts tradition to provide you with the most effective experience available.