FAQ
Power Martial Arts
(Korean Karate)
 
What is Power Martial Arts?
The word “karate” is Japanese.  It is translated to mean “the art of kicking and punching.”  Lori and Matt have combined 3 of the finest traditional art forms with a realistic and modern approach to training.  This program teaches body experience and is a successful program for all ages.  With a combined of 58 years of experience they started Power Martial Arts in the spring of 2006.
 
When do I get to wear a belt?
The white belt is provided with the first uniform.  The white belt signifies a beginning student.  New belts are awarded as the student progresses.  Each color represents the knowledge level of the student.
 
When should I get a uniform?
The “KARATE” uniform is an important part of the students training.  Uniforms at local stores and flea markets are made as sleep wear or novelty use.  Often uniforms purchased from local sources last a very short period of time.  We do require a student to have a uniform.  Our uniforms are made of the finest materials and are designed for training usage.  A good uniform allows for full freedom of movement due to it's unique construction.  The material breathes and absorbs, most importantly it doesn’t itch.
 
How long does it take to get a Black Belt?
The student’s main goal is to progress to the next belt level.  The black belt is a long way off for beginning students and often an unrealistic goal.  One of the benefits in training with Power Martial Arts is that goals are set and both student and instructor work together to reach those goals.  The student, with hard work, achieves his short term goals and advances up the ladder of succession with his Black Belt always in focus.
 
When should I get Sparring Gear?
When a student reaches the 1st belt (orange belt), they are eligible to get sparring gear.  However, the student must have their sparring gear by yellow belt in-order for the student to continue advancing.
 
Can I make up any classes that I miss?
Yes, however; makeup classes must be made up within a month.  And can only makeup no more then two classes per a month.  Power Martial Arts offer two makeup classes, by scheduling your makeup with us.
 
How often should I attend class?
Students are encouraged to participate two times per week.  It is still easy to learn on a once a week schedule, but the student retains material and improves faster with additional classes.  Self-confidence is improved as the student becomes more comfortable with new skills.
 
How often should I practice?
Students should always reinforce what they learn in class by reviewing the material often.  Most beginning students have difficulty practicing because of a limited amount of knowledge.  Students are expected to practice and learn to enjoy improvement by repetition.  When learning to play a musical instrument, the student spends months practicing, but still not even able to play a comfortable tune.  After constant repetition and determination, finally a song emerges.  In karate, the mind and body is the instrument.
 
What if I learn slower than other students...   Or faster?
Each student learns at his/her own speed.  Students do not compete with each other, only themselves.  All classes cover the skills, and proper attendance will make learning easier.  All higher ranking students are eager for you to ask their assistance. 
 
How long before I get in shape?
You can expect the fastest results by participating twice a week, if you are interested in getting in shape.  By following our program, you will use all muscle groups and get an excellent aerobic workout.  The workout also includes practical techniques and interesting principles of movement and students appreciate learning while exercising.
 
What is a promotional exam?
The white belt signifies a beginning student.  Students perform skills in front of a large audience to receive the next higher belt promotion.  This excellent experience is fun to watch and is full of action.  New belts are awarded along with certificates to all students participating.  Each color belt represents the knowledge level of the student.  Students are permitted to participate if they meet the requirements of each level and attend classes through the exam training period.  Unlimited guests of the students may attend free.
 
How safe is Karate?
Insurance industry statistics place Martial Arts training below all contact sports, aerobics, and golf in injuries.  Modern safety equipment (sparring gear) and the respect students gain from partner relationships contributes to the safety record in Martial Art.  Mouth guards are used to protect the lips, and a cup and supporter is required for male students.
 
When will I be able to defend myself?
Students learn self-defense skills and fundamentals from the first few lessons.  Students must learn to relax and think in a realistic situation.  Most students say they feel confident in a self-defense confrontation after a year of training, or at green belt level.
 
Are there any rules for students?
Students learn to respect the abilities of upper belt levels.  Upper belts are the models for the lower belt students.  This relationship requires courtesy, not rules.
 
Does Karate cause aggressive behavior?
Karate teaches discipline and self-control.  Aggressive behavior is a symptom of low self-esteem.  Karate builds character by providing a release of tension and stress.  The karate workout becomes an important part of the students lifestyle due to the unique sense of well being generated by the release of tension.  The bully personality cannot maintain the training regimen for many reasons.  Recent medical research has shown that aggressiveness is actually reduced significantly through Martial Arts Training when the instructor emphasizes the control of the mind and the body.  Many Karate styles fail to recognize the importance of properly focused discipline and positive benefits of learning to respect advanced skills.
 
What style of Karate should I learn?
Power Martial Arts is a blend of Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate), Ju-Jitsu, and Aikido.  Tang Soo Do is a Korean form of hand and foot control using strikes and blocks.  Ju-Jitsu is a Japanese art form that uses manipulation and throws to disarm or defend against a grabbing assailant.  Ju-Jitsu also uses blocks and strikes.  Aikido is a Japanese art form using techniques that twist, bend, and controlling the opponent without strikes.  Few schools teach these forms of Martial Arts.  In Power Martial Arts we teach the principals and philosophies of the physically traditional art forms, while using modern applications and fighting strategies.  Power Martial Arts has added two more styles, Arnis and Kali.  Modern Arnis is a Filipino art form of stick fighting and defensive disarming techniques.  Kali is a Filipino art form and another type of stick fighting with knife defensive disarming techniques.
 
Do I have to enter tournaments?
Tournament competition is not recommended for most students.  Competition is an optional phase of training available by special arrangements through instructors Lori and Matt.  There are several advantages in competition training.  Tournament training helps build confidence but can also be devastating to the student who is not prepared emotionally.
 
How will training benefit me?
When studying with Power Martial Arts, the student first begins to develop coordination and the ability  to develop eye, hand, and foot control.  Soon breathing improves and muscles used in karate becomes more flexible.  Karate also develops discipline, self-control, self-confidence, and the ability to work with others.  Most children are able to extend their concentration immediately.  Parents report a dramatic improvement in school grades and interest in learning proper instruction.  Students learn at a fast pace and are motivated by the desire to improve thru structured positive reinforcement.
 
Please explain class fees and other expenses.
Due to different programs and how many classes the student is signed up for, fees may vary.  To get the full understanding of the student’s goal, it is recommended that the student and parent sit down with the instructor to go over their options.  Power Martial Arts wants to be involved with the student.  A good relationship between the student (child and parent) and instructor will help develop positive reinforcement and understanding of each other.