Mistake #1: Choosing a martial arts school based on equipment alone. No question your martial arts school needs ﬁrst rate equipment, but it also needs highly qualiﬁed instruction. Many schools have great equipment but they don’t have the expertise of a highly qualiﬁed instructor. Make sure to ask for their Black Belt certiﬁcate and who gave them their Black Belt rank. A lot of schools will use a nice facility to disguise the low quality instruction.
Mistake #2: Choosing a martial arts school based on low price. Lowest price without good instruction is a recipe for disaster. Qualiﬁed instruction isn’t usually the cheapest option. You are looking for the best instruction you can get for the best price of course.
Mistake #3: Choosing a school based on a single telephone call. A lot of people will call up just price shopping and try to pick a school over the phone. Instead you want to tour the facility take a tour and see all that they have to offer. Most times the cheapest option is not the best option.
Mistake #4: Choosing a school without a Money Back Offer. In my view every school should be fully accountable for their instruction and if you don’t feel that you improved you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Not all schools offer a guarantee. Make sure to ask the school if they offer a money back guarantee offer. I like performance base guarantees, that way your guaranteed of reaching your goal.
Mistake #5: Choosing a school without getting testimonials from their students. Any school can say how great they are, but it matters most what their students think about them and the results that they get from training at that facility. A good way to get testimonial is to stop in at the gym and just ask the student what they think about it and how their experience have been.
Mistake #6: Choosing a Martial Arts school that doesn’t have a certiﬁed Black Belt Instructor. This one really drives me crazy, people look for the cheapest option and choose a blue belt or purple belt unqualified instructor. With the popularity of martial arts and mma, you have schools popping up everywhere. This is one of the worst ways to get started in martial arts. In the beginning if you learn a bunch of bad habits then its going to take years to correct them. Make sure you always look for a school that is run by a certiﬁed Black Belt under the IBJJF for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Muay Thai under MTIA or for MMA under the MMAIA.
Mistake #7: Choosing a Martial Arts School that doesn’t use the most up to date cleaning methods. Most schools don’t even know how to properly clean their mats and training equipment. Make sure they are at least using the top of the line anti-bacterial and anti-fungal methods. Most schools are too cheap to buy the really good cleaning products. If they even clean it all they just buy the basic cleaning stuff from Walmart and use that. You want a gym that uses the best cleaning supplies available.
There are the seven mistakes to avoid when choosing a martial arts school. Give us a call at 817-614-9325 and check out Peak Performance MMA® in Keller.
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