There can be many pitfalls in choosing a good martial art school as certificates and belts can be obtained very easily. For example, printing off your own certificate, purchasing your own belt and learning from many DVD’s on the market today. Therefore, it is very easy for would be instructors to set up schools in a variety of places and teach martial arts and pass on poor quality instruction.

A student needs to make sure they choose a good school in order that they are being taught a good system. So they will need to get information about the school and the instructor, and don’t be afraid to ask for proof; a good instructor will always be willing to provide this information. This will confirm that they are a bona fide instructor of the system and associated to an authentic association.  Questions to ask:

  • What are the qualifications of the instructor
  • Are they associated to a good organisation
  • How long have they been training in the system that they are teaching
  • Are they still being taught and who is their instructor
  • Have they been Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Checked
  • Are they First Aid Qualified
  • Are they willing to provide proof of the above information