Inquire and Compare

Over the years it amazes how assuming we can be. Are you aware, there are virtually NO government qualifications required to open a martial arts studio in many countries, including Canada... and most schools have few if any! Even a business license is only a registration for local taxation purposes, requiring just an applicant's signature!


The Internet is an incredible source of information. Unfortunately it can also be an incredible source of dis-information, illusions are easily generated. Like a physical business, some websites will have an attractive, legitimate appearing, 'virtual storefront', yet may have little basis in fact. The difference is risk. It takes significant moneys, time, commitment, and hard work to establish a credible martial art school or organization. Almost anyone, in a few days, with today's easily acquired equipment, can generate realistic appearing certificates, publish 'web literature' online very cheaply or even create a complete virtual martial arts organization, making themselves the Supreme Grand Master. I urge you to cross reference any data you acquire. Although the vast majority of business's are of good character, "If it seems too good, too cheap, too easy to be is probably 'sucker bait"

It is common these days for instructors to add material from other martial arts or sources to compliment and broaden the school format as a benefit for students. This can add interest for advancing members or options for the range of students ages and abilities who wish to take up martial arts......BUT the school must be based on a solid, quality, core style from which legitimate technique, skills, and certification can be issued. Ask the same in-depth questions and expect the same quality of response you would anticipate from any reputable business. Disclosure not evasiveness should be forefront. If you are suspicious or unsatisfied with your inquiry or school, remember there is tremendous competition for your membership dollars. TRUST is everything, do not take chances with the health or education of yourself or your child.