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What benefits will my children get out of karate training?
At MCMA, your children will learn self-descipline, respect for others, and will gain self-esteem, physical strength, and coordination. As they progress through the ranks they will also learn to be leaders and role models for new students. In addition to all of that, our karate program is just plain fun!
Is karate dangerous? Can my child get hurt?
Like any other sport, karate carries an element of risk. However, at MCMA we pay a great deal of attention to safety. Beginning children practice techniques on a bag or in the air, but never on each other.
Will karate turn my child into a bully?
Bullies are insecure children who feel the need to dominate weaker children. Karate training is meant to give your child the self-confidence needed to avoid such trouble. The kids at MCMA are told that if they use martial arts to pick on others, they may be asked to leave our school.
What if my child is getting picked on at school? When should karate be used to defend himself/herself?
The children at MCMA are taught that karate is to be used as a last-ditch means of self-defense when all other methods have failed. Please let us know if your child is having problems with bullies. We ask that you work with us and their teachers at school in helping them learn how to avoid trouble before it starts.
Is karate practiced as a religion?
Not at MCMA. Although certain Asian religions influenced the development of martial arts, we do not practice those religions nor do we teach them. MCMA students are free to practice the religion of their choice.
What type of karate do you teach at MCMA?
The children learn Tae Kwon Do, a Korean style of Karate that is a synthesis of Kung Fu, Karate, and an ancient Korean martial art called Tae Kyon. Tae Kwon Do is the world's most popular martial art, with an estimated 15 million practitioners around the world. Children age 9 and up may also study Jeet Kune Do.
Isn't karate training mostly for boys?
Absolutely not! Girls can excel at martial arts and enjoy it just as much as boys. Martial Arts is a wonderful way for your daughter to learn the assertiveness she'll need when she is an adult. It is also an effective method of unarmed self-defense.
How long does it take to earn a black belt?
Various schools and styles have different standards of promotion. At MCMA, an adult or older child can expect to earn a black belt in about 4 years with hard, consistent work. A younger child might take longer-anywhere from 6 to 8 years depending on age and maturity.
What do you have that other karate programs don't have?
We have the best children's program in the county. That isn't bragging, just a simple fact. We offer more children's classes than any other karate program. Our instructors are professional. We truly love what we're doing at MCMA.
What if you raise your prices?
Like everyone else, prices increase over time. However, once you join MCMA, your tuition will never increase.
Will I have to sign a contract or commit to a long period of time?
No! Some studios will make you sign a year or even a 5 year contract that commits you to pay a monthly fee whether your child attends classes or not. We do not do that. After your child completes the introductory lessons, you can pay month to month and stop at any time. We will even put your account on hold if you are on vacation or taking a break. Just be sure to let us know ahead of time.
Is there a sign up fee?
No. Again, some studios charge an annual $15.00-$25.00 registration fee. What do you get for this fee? Usually nothing more than a membership card. We at MCMA do not believe it is fair and honest to charge a fee for which you get nothing.