In the last installment of this series we talked about writing down some things you did, and did not, want from the martial art you choose. We then said to start doing some research on the internet and Yellow Pages to learn the differences between the different martial and aesthetic arts you may be interested in. We said to write down some of the martial arts schools you found during your search and make a nice list of places to call. We then said that it was time to start calling around and talking with some of the martial arts instructors to find out a little more about the martial arts school, its history, the actual martial art, the martial arts instructor, and even some of the philosophies they have about training and the art.
Before we call, however, it would be good to have a list of questions to ask so you can compare apples to apples when making your choice about which martial art and which martial arts school will best suit what you might be looking for. Below is a list of some of the questions you should probably ask when calling around. I did mention at the end of the last installment that “cost of the classes” was the least important at this point, so i want to briefly explain what i meant.
“Cost”, as you probably already know, refers to the actual “market price” of an item or service, but the cost says nothing about the “value” of that particular item or service. This is never more true than in the martial arts and self defense classes industry, especially martial arts and self defense classes in Grand Rapids. West Michigan is a very cost and value conscious community and, while cost is important, value should be at the top of the list when making a decision about which martial art and which martial arts school will best provide what you need. Value occurs at the intersection of whats expected, what’s delivered, what it costs, and what else is available in the market. While I dont intend to give a lengthy explanation of economics and market theory, when it comes to choosing something you will likely spend a good deal of time and money enjoying, you should know how to distinguish value of mere cost. We will get around to asking prices, but it will only be after all the other questions have been asked.
So, now to the questions:
Check back for the next installment when we discuss what to look for while you’re there…