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What to Look for when chosing a Martial Arts school for Children

When parents are looking for karate lessons in Central Pennsylvania for kids, they typically have many questions and unsure how to make the proper decision.  This will help answer many questions I have been asked when looking for karate lessons for kids.

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

I have been training in martial artist for nearly 20 years; 18 years as an amateur boxer, 15 year as a hand to hand close combat instructor in the Marine Corps combined with my time as an instructor with Tiger Rock.  Over the years, I have answered many questions about children training in martial arts finding a good place to train.  I believe these questions are a lot easier to answer and want 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.  In this multi-part series, I am going to pose some questions and discussions to help parents decide in finding  a quality martial arts studio for their child:

How does the instructor look (clothes, appearance, etc)?  Would you be proud to introduce this instructor to your child’s grandparents, co-workers, employers, or other friends and family?  When people say that first-impressions last, they are not kidding.  When you meet the instructor, make an evaluation on their basic appearance.  Pay close attention to how the instructor speaks.  Are they positive, negative, arrogant, shy, or professional and competent? Remember, this is the person who will be teaching and influencing your child.  Many instructors will tell you “how great they are” or “all their great accomplishments” which is an attempt to hide their limitations as a business owner and instructor.  Look for instructors who are truly concerned and able to meet the needs of your child.  If they are dressed in some sort of business or uniform attire, then that should let you know they are serious inside their business.  Kids who run a lemonade stand do not exactly get dressed up to sell drinks; they will commonly wear “play clothes”.  You do not want your friends or family to confuse your child’s martial arts instructor as a thug, henchmen, bully, or simply embarrassed by their appearance.  Most parents want their child to be taught by a professional who dresses and acts accordingly.

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

Call 910-320-0537 today about our $2o introductory offer!

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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.