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Frequently Asked Questions

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: “Do children's confidence & self-esteem grow with Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Absolutely. Kids with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.

Q: “What ages are the other kids in the Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do class?”

We have classes for kids as young as 3, and as old as teenagers. Martial Arts is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and advance. When they're younger, it's more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.

Q: “Do boys AND girls take Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our kids martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much “stronger and tougher,” but in reality this is not true. In fact, often girls are the stronger ones!

Q: “My child isn't athletic. Can they still participate in Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do if they're not athletic?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who couldn’t throw a ball well or run fast find that martial arts is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars. Plus...no one is left out or sits the bench at Proven Martial Arts! We make sure everyone gets personal time to work on specific needs for success!

Q: “Does Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do make kids physically aggressive?”

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

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.

Adult Martial Arts

Q: “Is there a risk for injury with Martial Arts?”

Any sport or form of exercise comes with a risk of injury. However, there are a few things that make our program very safe. It's because of these few things that we barely see any injuries with our program.

Stretching: At the beginning of every class we go through a series of stretches. These stretches get your muscles and joints ready and warmed up for exercise.

Supervision: Every class is supervised by trained, certified professionals. We watch carefully to make sure no student is doing anything in a dangerous or unsafe way.

In short, we place a tremendous amount of focus on fun and safety. It's because of this that we feel confident telling you that while there is risk for injury with our program - it's a very small risk.

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

You'll get in shape as you go. You don't have to be in great shape to start.

The great thing about martial arts is you can be at any fitness level and do great. That's because there's no rush or pressure to do anything quickly. You can learn at your own pace.

If you have a knack for it, you can speed through techniques. If it's a bit harder for you, take your time. All we care about is that you're having fun, learning and progressing, and staying safe.

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.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Q: "What level of physical fitness does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu require?"

Any. We have guys and gals who are in incredible shape - and others who aren't. Everyone has a great experience, and gets a killer workout, too.

Q: "Will a medical condition / past injury interfere with participating in BJJ?"

Probably not. But we advise speaking with your doctor first. He / she will know better than anyone - and may be able to tell us what exercises you can & can't do.

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: "Are there women in the classes?"

Yes! While the majority of our BJJ students are men, there are women who come and have an awesome experience, too.

Q: "What's the class-environment like here?"

In a nutshell: supportive, fun & focused. BJJ tends to have a "family-like" vibe. After all, you're constantly challenging yourself, and striving to be your best in every class. This creates a real sense of camaraderie & team - which is part of the awesome BJJ experience.

Q: "I have no interest in competing. Can I still take these Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes?"

Absolutely! There are just as many competitive BJJ-ers here as there are hobbyists.

Q: "I'm a competitive fighter. Will these classes help me in my matches?"

Definitely. Our expert instructors will work with you to strengthen your weak points... boost your strong points... get you in amazing shape... and prepare you mentally for your matches.