Don't Be Afraid To Ask Questions
When you’re looking for a new activity for your child, martial arts lessons are certainly worth considering.
Of course, there are lots of different types of martial arts out there for your child to try - from Karate to Jiu Jitsu and from Tae-kwondo to Kickboxing.
Make sure you do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask questions about what they teach. If the instructor teaches fitness along side the martial arts, make sure they actually know what they are talking about and that all the fitness is relevant to the art, for example if in their gradings they are making students do hundreds of press ups, hundreds of star jumps and hundreds of sit ups, then they probably don’t know what they are doing.
If the instructor is teaching self defence, then make sure the things they teach is age relevant and that they will actually work in the real world. Movie style self defence can put your child's safety at risk. Again, don’t be afraid to ask questions about what sort of self defence they are teaching and the theories behind it.
Finally, are the instructors/coaches training themselves? Are they still learning?
A real martial arts/self defence coach should practice what they preach.