In the world of martial arts, selecting the right school is crucial. It’s not just about learning the techniques; it’s about finding a community and culture that resonates with you. At Swanson’s Martial Arts, we understand the importance of this decision, and we’re here to guide you through the process.
When choosing a martial arts school, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, consider the style of martial arts that interests you. Whether it’s karate, taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or something a little less known like kali, hapkido or krav maga, or any other discipline for that matter. Each style has its own unique techniques and philosophy. Take the time to research and understand the principles behind each style to find one that aligns with your goals and values.
However, it’s important to note that even within each style, there can be variations in teaching methods and approaches. Look for a good student to instructor ratio, and consider the experience level of the instructors. This is also where the culture and community of the school come into play. A supportive and inclusive environment can make all the difference in your martial arts journey. Look for a school where students encourage and uplift each other, where instructors are knowledgeable and passionate about their craft, and where there is a sense of camaraderie among members.
At Swanson’s Martial Arts, we pride ourselves on fostering a positive and welcoming atmosphere for students of all ages and skill levels. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you reach your full potential, both on and off the mat. We believe that martial arts is not just about physical training, but also about personal growth and development.
As a martial arts veteran who has studied many different martial arts, I’ve often been asked which martial art is best. The answer is “the one that you will practice”. Martial arts can be a life long journey and the benefits can be amazing which means you should choose the path that suits you the best. To develop skill requires countless hours of practice and you’ll need to find what is right for you. For example, are you interested in learning amazingly fast and high kicks or maybe you are more interested in self-defense or just getting in shape. Bruce Lee’s words ring true here: “Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.”
Some schools may assert that they teach the “real” or “true” taekwondo or that their martial art’s way is the “right” way. This is a narrow-minded view that fails to recognize the richness and diversity of martial arts. In reality, there are numerous paths to mastery, each with its own merits, strengths and history. Any effort to claim otherwise is either dishonest or naive. It’s not about finding the “right” style, but rather finding the right fit for you. We should be open-minded and adaptable, to explore and experiment, and to ultimately forge our own path in our martial arts journey.
Ultimately, the “right” martial arts school for you will depend on your personal preferences, goals, and values. Take the time to visit different schools, observe classes, and talk to instructors and students. Speak to friends and neighbors about their experience. Trust your instincts and choose a school where you feel comfortable and supported. Remember, martial arts is a journey, and the school you choose will play a significant role in shaping your experience. We believe that Swanson’s Martial Arts is the best choice because of our awesome instructors, welcoming environment and the community of students and families that calls our school home. Choose wisely, and embrace the adventure that lies ahead!
About the Author: Master Jason Swanson is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, 5th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and 4th Degree Black Belt in Philippine Combatives or Kali. Master Swanson along with his wife Nicole own and operate Swanson’s Martial Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska.