Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s the best martial art or which is the best one for me?
A: There is no “perfect” martial art, and don’t let anyone tell you there is. Some styles of martial arts may work better for you than other styles.
Q: Do you have to sign a contract?
A: No. We offer month to month tuition options on all of our classes.
Q: How many people are in an average class?
A: Our average class size is 12 students. With over 30 classes offered per week we can keep the class size low. We have found that a smaller class, with lower student to teacher ratios, reduces the stress level on new and younger students, and accelerates the learning for all students.
Q: How does your belt testing work?
A: Rank testing is held each month at the dojang in North Mankato unless otherwise specified. We will only test a student when they are ready to advance. We firmly believe that the student’s ability should determine when they test, not how long they have been training. Without the ability to understand and apply the techniques, the training is useless. Train to be great, rather than for a belt.
Q: How long will it take me to get a Black Belt in Taekwondo?
A: The easy answer is “as long as it takes.” For most of our students it takes 3 to 5 years, averaging 3 classes per week and a lot of hard work. The real question is why are you taking lessons? If you are looking for something that will teach self-defense, get you in better shape, and challenge you, chances are you will do great and make it to Black Belt.
Q: Will I get in better shape by training at Southern Minnesota Martial Arts?
A: Absolutely! We have many students here that have lost weight with remarkable results. Here you will increase your flexibility, improve your cardiovascular conditioning; strengthen your core muscles and more, all while having fun.
Q: What do I get out of training at Southern Minnesota Martial Arts?
A: You will not only receive the best self-defense techniques to defend yourself on your feet and the ground, but you will receive so much more; camaraderie, discipline, a sense of belonging, increased self-esteem, improved physical condition, friends, business contacts, social events, friendly competition and more….
Q: Why should I sign my child up at Southern Minnesota Martial Arts?
A: Your child will receive the most complete and effective system of self-defense and improved physical conditioning at Southern Minnesota Martial Arts. The focus of his or her training is not only on physical strength and growth, but also on important skills that will help lead to personal successes in life. These Life Skills will benefit students inside the classroom and beyond. After all, a healthy individual is characterized by a strong body and a strong mind so that you can attack any curve ball life throws your way. Mentally your child will show major improvements in the areas of, but not limited to confidence, self-esteem, and better grades at school. Our students show a marked increase in discipline, focus, both social and motor skills and much more.
Q: How does training at Southern Minnesota Martial Arts prepare you for multiple attackers?
A: Martial Art training does not have any techniques to teach people to take on multiple attackers. Many martial arts schools mislead their students into thinking they can take on multiple attackers. Our philosophy at Southern Minnesota Martial Arts is that multiple is more than one. How can someone teach you to take on 20 people at once who are intent on beating you up? It is an unrealistic concept that many martial arts schools sell to their students. There are many theories how to deal with the situation, but no set techniques. No two people fight the same, so imagine 5 people attacking you. How can you have a specific technique if everyone attacks differently all the time?
Q: I have tried martial arts training before but was no good at it, should I give up?
A: No! There is no such thing as a good or bad student, only a good or bad instructor. This takes the responsibility off the student to learn and puts it on the instructor to teach. Let’s face it, everyone learns at a different level/pace and not everyone has the same physical abilities. It is an instructor’s obligation to figure out how to get the techniques across to the students, not the students to learn. After all, you are paying because they have the knowledge and a great instructor will be able to convey that knowledge regardless of the student’s abilities.
Q: Am I too old?
A: We have classes tailored to fit ages 4 and older, child and adults. At Southern Minnesota Martial Arts we focus a lot on teaching proper techniques and self-defense application, it is a lot easier on the body with much less chance of injuries. You are never too old to learn how to defend yourself.
Q: How young do you start children at your school?
A: The youngest age that we allow someone to start training with us is 4 years old. We feel that at 4, children have started to develop enough motor skills and coordination, and their attention span is long enough to truly maximize the benefits of learning martial arts.
Q: Do you have family classes where parents can learn with their children?
A: Classes with mixed age groups start together and train together on the same workout floor, but are not taught the same curriculum. The reason we use different curriculums is because adults and children learn at different rates and have a much different learning curve. We do not feel that you can effectively and legitimately teach people with that much of a learning differential. Parents and children don’t receive a classroom education at the same time so how can they receive a martial art education at the same time? There are techniques that are kid friendly and techniques that are applicable for adults.
Q: How do I know if martial art is the right activity for my child?
A: The first step in finding out if a martial art is right for your child is to simply ask if he or she is interested. The next step is to find a martial arts school and have your child try a few free classes.
Q: What sort of safety concerns should I be aware of?
A: One thing to be aware of is that martial arts is a contact active. Bumps and bruises do occur but every safety measure has been taken to limit injuries. However, since martial arts teach self-defense, they will in turn be less likely to get hurt in the future.
It is also important to remember that martial arts are not entirely focused on physical abilities and self-defense. Traditional Taekwondo teaches humility and respect for all people as part of their martial arts curriculum.