How to Choose a Martial Arts School in Orlando

How to Choose a Martial Arts School in Orlando

The martial arts is a fantastic way to gain control of your life and transform yourself into a healthy, confident person.

However, martial arts is also an unlicensed profession. There are hundreds if not thousands of various styles and interpretations. 

While earning a black belt is an honored achievement, no universal standards exist for obtaining the coveted rank. 

There are also no professional or educational requirements to open a school.

Someone could come out of college with an MBA and open a school and someone could come out of prison and open down the street. 

When it comes to choosing a martial arts school, it’s all about the instructor. A martial arts school is first and foremost a personality-driven business. 

The atmosphere, attitude, and makeup of the school reflect the owner/instructor. With that in mind, here are seven steps to choosing a good school. 

Step One: Continuing Education

Because martial arts is an unlicensed practice, you want a school that is committed to continuing education. 

For instance, schools that are members of the Martial Arts Teacher’s Association (MATA) are schools that are keeping up to date with best practices for teaching, classroom management, and safety. 

MATA is the largest organization specifically focused on instructor education and offers the MATA Instructor Certification Program. Look for MATA Certification as an indicator of the schools’ commitment to continuing education. 

What are the Major Martial Arts Styles?

What are the Major Martial Arts Styles?

What’s the Best Martial Arts Style?

A style-based school typically says that in the title. Taekwondo, wing chung, kung fu, aikido, Shotokan. Okinawan, karate etc… There are a ton of different styles. What Are the Four Major Martial Arts Styles? And all these styles were developed in pretty much the four major Asian countries China, Japan, Okinawa, and Korea. 

They all have their specialties. For instance, Koreans, tae kwon do is focused on kicking. Okinawan karate is typically a block and counter system while a Japanese style, like Shotokan, is straightforward and linear. From China, we get Kung Fu which is typically very circular and smooth. These systems were created in Asia decades, if not 100 years ago. 

Who Created the Martial Arts Styles?

We don’t really know exactly who created each style. In many cases, often it was a scholar that had no experience or credentials in dealing with violent people on a daily basis like law enforcement. 

When you join a traditional style-based school, you’re introduced to all of the legend and lore that go with it, so it’s exciting. You get indoctrinated into that style’s, traditional techniques, and in almost every case, they’re the exact opposite of what a student-centered school would teach.

The reason it takes so long to earn a black belt in a traditional school is that the curriculum is just so padded with complexity. That’s a style-centered school.

The Modern Approach to Learning Martial Arts

In contrast, a student-centered school takes the best of all the styles and brings them together to fit the student. 

We’ve adapted the martial arts now, and now we’re, we’re molding it and calibrating it to the body size, the mental state, the maturity, physically and mentally, emotionally of the student so that they can get the most out of the martial arts fast. 

We call it Empower Kickboxing, the martial art that you can master faster. And it’s true.

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Best Martial Arts for Kids to Learn

When it comes to choosing a martial arts school, here’s a key distinction. Is the school a style-based school, or is the school a student-based school?

What Style is Best for Children?

The Difference Between a Style-Centered Traditional and a Modern Student-Centered School

While all martial arts provide mental benefits, learning traditional martial arts is a slow, laborious process because so much time is spent on ancient and outdated skills. 

A style-centered school indoctrinates a student into the rituals and skills of the traditional style, no matter how impractical.

That includes imaginary fight scenes called kata which is the centerpiece of a traditional school.

Kata are complex and have no basis in reality, however, style-centered schools STILL require kata to advance in rank.

If the students don’t perform kata correctly, they will FAIL their belt exams. Because of kata, it typically takes 3 to 5 years to earn a black belt. That’s way too long.

Not only are these impractical skills, but they are much harder to learn. 

That makes learning traditional martial arts a difficult, extended, and frustrating process. 

Instructors will promise that you will “Understand this in a few years…” Try explaining that to a child being bullied now.

In contrast, a student-centric program teaches only the most modern, up-to-date skills that build confidence fast because they are easy to learn.

So instead of repeating the past, Unity Martial Arts takes the best of all the styles to fit the student in the present with a style-centered program that only teaches skills that students can Master Faster!

 

Martial Arts Life Skills–Integrity

Martial Arts Life Skills–Integrity

Orlando, FL–One of our most important Life Skills Lessons is the importance of integrity.

What is Integrity?

Integrity is saying and doing what is right. It means living up to your values.

Integrity is saying what you mean, or being honest. Integrity is also meaning what you say. This means when you say something it is the same as what you believe. Some people will say things just because they think that is what other people want to hear but that is the opposite of integrity.

How We Increase Student Integrity

Integrity is doing what is right. It’s when you give back the wallet you found, with all the money in it. Some people will say that you should have kept the money, but you know the right thing was to give the money back. Integrity is also standing up for what you believe is right.

By the end of this Life Skills Module, students should be able to answer:

  1. What is integrity? Integrity is saying and doing what is right).
  2. What does integrity have to do with what you say?
    (Integrity is being honest or saying what you mean and saying what you believe to be true).
  3. How are your actions affected by your integrity?
    (A person with integrity does what he or she says).
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