Choose-a-Martial-Arts-Academy-TKO-TaekwondoHow do you choose a martial arts academy? Because there are so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the process.

Don’t let a tough decision-making process keep you from choosing an academy for either yourself or your child. Getting the right information about each option can help you narrow down your options and make your decision easier.

Check out these five tips to help you choose a martial arts academy:

1. What martial arts styles does the academy offer?

If you’re new to martial arts, you’re probably not familiar with all the martial arts styles you have to choose from. It’s helpful to do a little bit of research on your own first to help you figure out the style you want to start with. And then look for academies that offer it. Before committing to a method, give a few classes a try. See what you like the best and then start there.

2. Will the academy help you achieve your goals?

What’s motivating you to choose a martial arts academy? Is your goal to use martial arts to lose weight? Do you want to become a black belt in the future? Are you more interested in getting physically fit or learning self-defense? There is no right or wrong martial arts goal. However, certain academies may align better with your personal goals. So it’s important to find an academy that will help you be successful.

3. What are the community and culture like?

When you walk into a martial arts academy, you want to feel welcome and like you belong. No matter if you’re a beginner or more advanced student, it’s essential to feel comfortable and accepted. Again, it’s helpful to stop by a few academies and chat with both instructors and students. These visits can help you get a feel for the academy’s community and culture.

4. What value does the academy provide?

Of course, the price will be part of your decision-making process. Keep in mind that only making your decision based on price may not yield the best results. If an academy has higher rates but offers high-quality programs and gives you access to experienced instructors, it’s probably going to be worth it. Ultimately you want to find an academy that provides a great learning environment and provides value.

5. What experience do the instructors have?

It’s okay to do a little bit of homework to find out more about an academy’s instructors. Find about education, certifications, and experience. If you’re a beginner who wants to learn martial arts because every other workout seems boring, you may not be as concerned with an instructor’s competition history. However, if you’re looking to compete at a high level, working with an instructor who has that experience will probably be more relevant to you.

TKO Taekwondo in Winter Haven offers a variety of martial arts programs. To learn more about the classes we’re currently offering, contact us today.