Why Martial Arts?
The martial arts offer a complete balance of life skills for everyone from ages 3 and up. It can be as competitive or non-competitive as you want. You set your own goals and work towards achieving them at your own pace and time.
For children it helps to increase their confidence and self-control so they are better able to deal with issues they face on a day to day basis, like peer pressure, bullies, and making good choices.
For adults it helps to relief stress, offers a full mind, body, and spirit workout, and teaches valuable, real-world self-defence techniques.
Will my child become more aggressive or violent?
No. The martial arts teach respect and self-control. For an already hyper or aggressive child, it helps to channel their energy into something positive and teaches them different ways to control their emotions. For a shy child, it helps to increase their self-confidence and turn their shyness into self-assurance.
How does martial arts improve self-confidence?
At DeSantos Premier Martial Arts we incorporate a reward and recognition program with our students. As you learn the curriculum you are rewarded with stripes on your belt. We set goal dates for belt promotions that we help you work towards. There is lots of positive feedback from instructors and our goal is to see our students succeed. When students receive this positive encouragement and see how well they are progressing, it makes them feel good about themselves and this transpires into other areas of their life.
How does martial arts teach self-control?
Our philosophy teaches students how to be respectful and also how to control their emotions. We teach students different skills to use when someone has upset them or made them angry. Martial arts is about inner peace and respect for one another. By teaching you how to breathe properly, having the courage to walk away, or telling people you are too angry to talk are just a few of the ways we help student gain self-control.
Why do I have to commit to two days a week?
Students need to attend classes at least twice a week as we divide our curriculum in two parts: basic techniques and applications. If you are only coming once a week you are missing out on half the curriculum.
What’s the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Karate?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean art form and Karate is Japanese. As far as the techniques that are taught, it’s not so much the styles, but the schools you go to. There are very few traditional schools that teach traditional martial arts. A lot of schools offer a blend of styles and to find one that’s right for you, depends on what you are looking for. The martial arts are based on self-defence, so whatever school you attend you will learn basic self-defence techniques. Choosing the best school for you or your child should depend on the philosophy they teach. It’s all about your comfort level and if you feel your needs are going to be met.
Some of the things you should look for are: do they offer a trial program? Can you watch classes? Do they have separate classes for children? How do the instructors interact with the students? Do they offer a monthly payment plan?
What do the belts mean?
The colour of the belts show your level of progression through the art you are studying. White is for beginners, and there are generally ten belts before you can achieve your Black Belt. In our school, we have special belt systems we use for our Tiny Champs (single-striped belts) and Little Champs (double-striped and half-colour belts) that are different than the regular belts.
The ultimate goal for a martial artist is to achieve a Black Belt, and all the belts in between help the student feel they are progressing and keeps them motivated. The colours darken as the student gets closer to their Black Belt goal.