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Joined: 03 Dec 2021
Posts: 470
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Styles: Shotokan, Judo, BJJ

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2023 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nevinyrral wrote:
And I would say, offer real full contact sparring. Hard contact hard training. It could be separate class.
I myself find this what brings adults to boxing or mma. Classes that teach real fighting, not games for kids.
Yeah you might get few parents to join with their kids, but they will mostly stop training after a while, and definately when their kid stops.
And people who want to learn how to defend and fight will look for something different than just doing basic drills, sparring with no contact or doing standing joint locks on unresisting opponent.

For me it depends on the individual and the style a lot.

e.g. i relatively recently changed my bjj academy. My old one was an excellent school but was pretty hard and i eventually decided that i am in my early 40s, work a professional job and have kids so i wanted something a little less hardcode. Changed schools to another excellent one but this one has more 'hobbyists' (though still has an excellent competition team) and i feel more comfortable there. For karate i went back as taking my son. What was important to me here was the standard is decent and we can both go. he has been going for 16/17mths and still hasn't graded as he hasn't got his kata down yet - i am totally onboard with this as it shows they have standards!

As an adult who has looked for new schools relatively recently i would say that what i like most is someone approachable, who i can easily view straightforward details on on their website, and who i can contact. The ability to come along to a trial class and take part properly is important too. I then look at the other students and make my own judgement on the quality of the tuition and how i think i would fit in personality wise.

Looking at it the other way round what would put me off would be :
- no website for the school or a very very basic one. I want to see some details
- lack of detail on the instructors. I don't want a life story but i do want to see 'gained Sandan in 2009 under the (association name here) etc. Just saying has a black belt in .. is not enough
- clearly call out the style. There are a lot of karate schools that i have looked at their site and it doesn't state explicitly their style. I would either be looking for a particular style or if not i would wonder why it was hidden. If they hide something so basic, then what else will they hide
- not being allowed to attend a trial class/es without a very very good reason.
- the attitude of other students in the class being one i don't think i would fit with
- a blanket policy of watching a class rather than trying first time. I have experience in a few styles so i am confident i can survive a basic first lesson. IF there is a genuine safety reason why i can't then please spell it out. Otherwise i wonder what is being hidden

Hopefully i didn't go too off on a tangent there, I thought it would be useful to have some info on what not to do also (in my opinion)
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KF Sensei
KF Sensei

Joined: 31 Mar 2006
Posts: 29738
Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE, Police Krav Maga, SPEAR

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scohen0300 wrote:
Thanks, bushido_man!

I definitely got lucky. But what I think was most important, was I made a video of the female instructor, just showing her training and beating me up. Then, me and a couple other people shared it all over social media (particularly Facebook), across multiple groups in the area. This really got the word out and got people excited to come.

Iím already scheduled to host another at the end of February, and I think 7 women have signed up already?

Social media is key!

Our CI advertised on social media, but they didn't use any kind of demonstration videos. Nor do we have a female instructor at this time, which I'm sure doesn't help, either.
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Orange Belt
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Joined: 27 Jun 2022
Posts: 107

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2023 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yearly commitments are a huge turnoff for me; I reject them outright and move on in my search. And purely having dedicated adult classes with more than 2 days per week
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