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Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do make my kid violent?”

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.

Q: “Can my child get injured with martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”

As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible.

Q: “Can my child do martial arts, karate, tae kwon do if he/she is not the athletic type?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is often a “home” for kids who don't excel at team sports. Kids who have trouble in baseball, basketball, etc. often come to martial arts and do extremely well. And it's okay if your child is not athletic right now. Through our classes, they'll get in great shape and become very athletic.

Q: “Are these martial arts, karate, tae kwon classes fun?”

Yes! After all, these are children we're dealing with here. And kids love their fun. We do a variety of games and activities that have kids balling with laughter, and constantly smiling. We work hard here - but we play just as hard.

Q: “Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do a skill / talent that will give my child pride and confidence?”

Yes! A lot of kids perform their martial arts moves in talent shows and other things. Their friends are always blown away. The positive feedback children receive helps build their self-esteem and confidence. Kids feel good knowing they can do something that's "cool and special.

Q: “What's a good age for a child to start martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”

Honestly, practically every age is a good age to start! We have children as young as 3 years old, as well as teenagers. We also have specific programs for adults. So no matter where you or your child is on the age spectrum - we've got you covered.

Q: “Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do for boys AND girls? Or just boys?”

Martial arts are for boys and girls. Our classes have a good mix of both, too. So if you're worried about your girl being alone in a group of boys, wipe that worry from your mind!

Adult Martial Arts

Q: “Can martial arts cause injury?”

Every form of physical exercise, from running to walking to martial arts, comes with a risk for injury. However, our program is run by trained experts who place a tremendous focus on injury prevention.

Because martial arts makes you more balanced, limber & flexible - it generally leads to LESS injury in people's lives. Not the other way around!

Q: “What level of fitness is required for martial arts?”

People come to us of all fitness levels. We get natural-born athletes, and we get people who have a harder time with athletic endeavors. However, everyone gets the same focus and attention.

If you're not in great shape, don't worry. Go at your own pace, and we'll do everything we can to help you learn each and every technique. Soon enough, your physical fitness will improve, and you'll be in better shape than ever!

Q: “I've heard martial arts is violent. Is this true?”

Absolutely not! Martial arts is about peace, balance & harmony. It's about becoming in touch with your body and all of life. It's about happiness and fulfillment.

The self-defense techniques you learn help you become flexible and strong. They help you become confident and proud.

The guiding principles of martial arts help you diffuse situations before violence becomes a part of them. However, if a hostile situation does ever come about, you'll have the tools you need to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Kickboxing

Q: “Do you guys offer only group classes? Or private classes too?”

We offer both for your convenience and learning style. While most of our members enjoy the group setting, you're welcome to speak to our instructors about private classes.

Q: “How many people are generally in a group class?”

Normally around 15-30, with more instructors added as class size grows.

Q: “Are there other beginners in the classes?”

Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.

Q: “Do you offer any kind of help / guidance with nutrition and eating?”

We've researched deeply into nutrition to give all of our members powerful guidance - without making them start impossible-to-stick-to diets or anything of the sort.

Q: “Is this similar to “cardio kickboxing”?”

No, our classes are extremely interactive, and involve real-life boxing equipment like punching bags & gloves. This is nothing like cardio kickboxing!

Q: “ Will I get toned in these classes?”

Absolutely. We've designed our program to lean & tone your muscles, helping you burn fat fast.

Q: “How many kickboxing sessions per week should I come to?”

We advise 2-3 times for maximum results. However, some members come fewer times a week and see great results, and others come even more. It's all up to you.

Q: “What's the difference between these classes and doing cardio on my own?”

Our classes combine cardio with resistance & interval training to give you an ever-changing, always-new workout. Cardio by itself is actually pretty ineffective for weight loss. Your body eventually adapts to it, and results plateau. That's why we involve a variety of exercises and conditioning - so your body continues to see results every time you come.

Krav Maga

Q: “Do I have to be in good shape to start?”

Absolutely not! Come in whatever shape you're in. If you're not in great shape - our classes will greatly improve your physical condition. If you are, then we'll help you stay in shape, and probably get in even better shape, too.

Q: “Can I participate in these Krav Maga classes if I have a medical condition?”

If you have a medical condition, or past / present injury, we advise speaking to your doctor before starting our Cheltenham Krav Maga classes.

The good news is you can adjust your pace to match your physical ability. If you have to go a bit slower than the rest of the class, that's just fine. And no one will judge you. You'll have tremendous support.

Q: “Are these classes violent? Can I get hurt?”

People often associate martial arts with violence. After all, you're learning self-defense techniques. However, there's a big difference between self-defense and violence.

Self-defense means you seek a peaceful way of life, only defending yourself is you absolutely have to. Violence means seeking out hostile situations.

While injury is possible with any form of exercise - we're proud to say that injuries are very rare here. We go to extreme lengths to make sure you learn Krav Maga in a safe, effective way.

Q: “What kind of atmosphere are these classes? (fun? serious? etc.?)”

Every one of our Krav Maga classes goes through a range of atmospheres. At times, it's highly focused and serious. At other times it's goofy and fun. We try to create a good mixture of both so you learn a lot while having fun.