Will martial arts make my child violent?
No. Our program raises highly disciplined individuals who exhibit self-restrain and self-control. That being said, violence exists, and there are violent threats on our youth. Our students know that only in times real threats on one's safety should physical engagement be used. The core principles of Valor & Virtue Martial Arts Academy LLC is solving problems by peaceful resolution and having the self-confidence to not rely on violent behavior.
What's the difference between the Karate & MMA programs?
Think of differences (and similarities) between two languages like English and Japanese being taught at a single language institute, for example. Students of Japanese would need to have certain drills to build the particular skills needed to be literate in Japanese since there are four writing systems: hiragana, katakana, roomaji, and kanji. Learning to read and write in English will require other drills to build the particular skills needed to master the spelling system and understand the breadth of borrowed words in English. The overall goal of the language institute is to raise well-rounded and literate students regardless of which language they are studying. Our goal is to foster 'Survival Competence' in our students regardless of whether they are in the karate or MMA program. One clear difference between our Karate and MMA programs is the platforms in which our students compete: karate students compete in karate tournaments, MMA students compete in no-gi grappling/jiu-jitsu tournaments.
My child is not very athletic. Can they still benefit from martial arts?
Certainly. We teach them skills that will help with their coordination, flexibility and strength. We make sure that the activities we assign are appropriate for the child's athletic level.
Will my child be injured if they practice martial arts?
There is a chance of physical injury with any form of exercise. We take very special care to supervise all exercises to see that the students are performing them correctly. Sparring is only performed at higher levels by those who wish to participate and we feel have the skills to spar in a safe manner.
How fit do I have to be to take an adult martial arts class?
We have people of almost all levels of fitness attend our classes. Your level of fitness is not that important a factor because we work on improving your level, no matter where you are in terms of physical fitness.
I have a past injury or medical condition. Can I still train in martial arts?
You will need to talk to your doctor about the risks you may incur by performing rigorous exercise. They will know best about what your body can safely handle.
How much do your classes cost?
We need to fully understand what our students' goals and needs are in order to provide the most appropriate programming package. This is why our enrollment process begins with a class observation, and is followed by a one-on-one consultation and the New Student Meeting.