If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the phonebook under the heading Martial Arts classes in Grand Rapids, or really anywhere in the West Michigan area, you’ve undoubtedly come across a plethora (that means “a lot!”) of choices. How does one possibly choose a martial arts school when there seem to be so may different options.
Do I choose Karate or Tae Kwon Do? .. and what’s the difference? Should I choose Yoga or Tai Chi? ..and what’s the difference? How about Aikido or Kendo?.. and what’s the…well, you get the point.
If you’ve ever been in this type of pickle you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. So many choices with so little information with which to make your decision. Hopefully, this little guide will help you as you begin the investigation process and hopefully help you avoid some of the pitfalls of choosing the right martial arts school in West Michigan along the way.
Typically, when somebody is hunting for a martial arts school, they began their hunt based on something they saw, like the Ultimate Fighting Championships or maybe a Steven Seagal movie (hopefully not the latter!). Quite possibly, the seeds were planted a while ago but something has triggered a new, or renewed, interest in finally taking that martial arts class they’ve been threatening to take for years now. Of course, that was 27 pounds (or more), 1 and 1/2 marriages, 2 dogs and 1 hamster ago and they’ve finally decided its time to do something!
The search usually begins with a Google search or a scan of the Yellow Pages under “Martial Arts”. Either way, ones choices for martial arts schools in West Michigan will be several pages long. While I would never tell anybody NOT to start their search this way, I would strongly recommend doing a little bit of research first. I recommend writing out a list of the things one is looking for from the martial art they may choose. A list might be something like: ” I Want”-physical fitness, weight loss, self defense, cardio benefits, meet new people, etc.
Now, while thats a pretty broad list that could fit pretty much any martial arts class, at least its a start. If you begin calling on martial arts schools right out of the Yellow Pages or off of an internet search, those are the questions that most schools will ask, the good ones anyway. All schools SHOULD ask those questions to see if their school will even be a good fit for what one might be looking for. If a school doesn’t ask those questions, this may be a red flag that they simply want you to come and join even if its not what you’re looking for.
Now, you’ll want to start plugging those words into further internet searches right along with the words “martial arts classes in Grand Rapids“, or whatever town one lives in, to see what kinds of information comes up. Its really important for one to do as much investigation as possible BEFORE ever leaving the house. I’m going to encourage you to eventually leave the house and actually start visiting martial arts schools, but for now, knowing what kind of class you might be looking for will be a big help in narrowing down your search and making your martial arts experience as enjoyable as possible.
Check back soon for the next steps in choosing the right martial arts classes and school for you.