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Frequently Asked Questions

Kickboxing

Q: "Will my class be in a group or 1-on-1?"

Most likely you'll be in a group class. However we gladly offer private classes for those that are interested. Feel free to ask any of our instructors for more info on 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: “Will there be other beginners in my class?”

Yep! Our members come in all experience levels, shapes, ages & sizes. If you're a beginner, you'll fit right in.

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 your class a ‘Cardio Kickboxing' class?”

No! These classes are very, very different from Cardio Kickboxing. It's hard to describe how much different they are, but once you come in you'll see for yourself ;-)

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: “Is there violence involved in martial arts?”

People often mistake self-defense for violence. We teach self-defense here.

Self-defense means doing everything in your power to AVOID violence! It means being diplomatic and peaceful. In fact, people who have had problems with violence in the past often become peaceful and balanced through martial arts.

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Are these Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do 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 howling 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 only? Or can girls participate as well?”

Our martial arts classes have been, and always will be, for boys AND girls! Every class has a good blend of the two as well. In fact, girls often get the hang of it sooner than boys as they're naturally more flexible.

Q: “Can my child get injured doing Martial Arts like Karate?”

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: “My child isn't athletic. Can they still participate in Martial Arts like Karate if they're not athletic?”

Absolutely. Martial Arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.

Q: “Do Martial Arts like Karate make kids violent?”

No way! Martial arts is about peace, harmony and diplomacy. It teaches children how to AVOID fights - not pick them.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Q: "What kind of physical shape does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu require?"

You can start BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) no matter what kind of shape you're currently in. Because it's a great workout, you'll get in awesome shape in no time.

Q: "I have a past injury / medical condition. What precautions should I take before getting started?"

Just talk to your doctor, and see what they say. If you get the green light, come on in and get started. If there are conditions around your training - just let us know what your doctor says you can / can't do. We just want to make sure you're safe and sound.

Q: "BJJ seems intense. Do people get injured a lot?"

BJJ is intense! That's why we love it. But injuries are VERY rare. We've gone the extra mile to create a program that will actually help you prevent injuries rather than bring them on.

Q: "Can women take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?"

Absolutely. And even though it's a close-contact sport, there's never any awkwardness or uncomfortableness between genders. Everyone is just focused on having a great training experience. And because you'll be paired up with people of your skill level and size, gender doesn't even make a difference.

Q: "What are the instructors like? Fun? Serious? Etc.?"

In a nutshell: they're experts, extremely supportive, a lot of fun, and highly focused. They're there when you need an extra push to do your best, and there when you need a good laugh. These classes are really a great time.

Q: "Are these classes only for competitive BJJ?"

Not at all. We have a good blend of competitive guys, hobbyists, and people just looking for a kick-ass workout.

Q: "Will these classes help me get an edge for my upcoming competitive matches?"

Definitely. Our expert instructors will work with you to strengthen any weaknesses you have, exploit your strengths, improve your physical fitness and master your technique. Your opponents won't know what hit' em.

Muay Thai

Q: “What level of fitness is required for Muay Thai?”

Any! Our classes help people who aren't in shape, get in shape. And they help people who are in shape get in even greater shape, fast.

Q: “I have a past injury / medical condition. Can I still train?”

If you have a past injury / condition that could interfere with training, we just ask that you speak to your doctor first. Let us know what your doctor says - and if there's any kind of exercise you should avoid in order to not upset your condition.

Q: “Are there a lot of injuries with Muay Thai training?”

Not at all! No one here wants to hurt anyone else. It's like a big team - or family - here. We all train, work hard, sweat and grow stronger together. That, combined with the precautions we've taken to prevent injuries, means that injuries are very rare here.

Q: “I'm NOT a competitive fighter. Are these classes right for me?”

Absolutely. Many people take our Muay Thai classes as a way to get in shape. Others want to learn an awesome martial art. Some just want to get an adrenaline rush. But you don't have to compete to fit in here.

Q: “I'm a competitive fighter. Will these Muay Thai classes help me in my matches?”

Definitely. We'll help you tone & perfect your technique to give you an edge over your opponents. In addition our training will improve your physique, increase your endurance and stamina, and boost your strength.

Q: “Are these classes beginner-friendly?”

Yes! As a beginner, you'll either be paired up with other beginners for drills and exercises. This isn't like a “fight club” or anything! This is a positive, supportive training environment.