Thursday, November 1, 2012

Self Defense for Beginners: 7 Tips for Finding the Right School for You.

Your first self-defense class can be daunting. Are you fit enough?  Do you have the athleticism or coordination to perform?  Are you walking into a testosterone-filled fight club where each member has seen the movie 300 at least 10 times and secretly(or not) wish they were Spartan warriors?   

All in all, you don’t know what to expect.  Here are 7 ways to ease into your self-defense training. 

1.   Ask Questions.  Don’t forget we are here to serve you.  Ask questions to better understand what is being offered. 
2.   Try some free classes.  A phone conversation or email exchange can be informative but the best way to understand is to try a class/some classes
3.   Talk to other studentsStudents are quite receptive to talking about their experience. 
4.   Ask for testimonialsAre students raving about the classes?  If so, why?
5.   Be honestA decent instructor will address your questions and concerns.  Be honest about your needs.
6.   Don't Buy the hard sellThe school should be addressing your needs rather than bombarding you with price lists, deals, and extravagant promises.  Take your time and make an informed choice.  In fact, don’t even bring your debit or credit cards to the first meeting. 
7.   Shop AroundTry various schools to get a sense of the different offerings and pick the best one for you. 

Don’t rush into anything. Be clear about your needs and goals and what the school offers.  Make an informed choice. 

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne

Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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