Changing Martial Arts Studios
There are many different scenarios that can occur to
make a student of the martial arts look for a new studio.
Usually it is a case of moving to a new area, and your
old club is now too far away. Sometimes, your instructor
may change and so has the atmosphere. There is also
the chance that your studio just closes. These are just
some of the many different reasons that a student may
change studios. The bottom line is you still want to
learn martial arts, however, you’re not going back
to your current studio. I hope I can be of help with
this sometimes awkward transition.
Let’s start with the Student’s role:
Don’t try and look for the exact same studio, you’ll
never find it. A martial arts studio’s atmosphere
is directly linked to the personalities of the instructors,
and since everyone is different, the environments will
Do not get hung up on the terminology. For instance,
a high block, head block and rising block are all the
same block, there may be a slight difference to the
chamber and name but it’s all the same stuff.
Most importantly, never let anyone tell you that you’ve
wasted your time in your previous studio. You’ve
invested time and resources to learn what you know,
and this knowledge will help you become a well-rounded
martial artist. Practice on your own the techniques
you wish to remember and enhance. Also, try and be realistic
about your belt level, this will help the transition
into regular classes.
Watch a class or two. This will let you see how the
instructor interacts with the
students and help to calm any nerves you might have
about what will be
expected of the you in class. Ask to try a class, if
you feel great afterwards then you’re on the right
Now your Potential Instructor’s role:
First, and foremost, your instructor should be proud
of you for being a martial artist. A quality, professional
teacher will not put down other studios or styles.
A good instructor will not be threatened by any knowledge
or techniques that you know that they do not. (This
happens often when switching styles, your instructor
may be absolutely excellent in one style and one style
A professional studio will let you take part in a class
to allow you get a good feel for what is to come.
A great teacher will also tell you if you’re in
the wrong studio (you’ve found a wonderful person
and study of the martial arts, they’re just not
right for you).
Be excited about searching for a new instructor and
studio. You should have an idea of what you want and
don’t want. You also are an experienced buyer of
martial arts lessons, use your experience. You are completely
in charge of the studio and instructor you pick. By
the way, there’s no rush to make a decision. Enjoy
The Karate Guy