How do I evaluate the American Kenpo Schools Near Me?
Most of us are only able to sacrifice 1-2 hours a day (if that) for our training. So finding the best Kenpo school is very important. When you are searching for kenpo near me here are some things you should consider:
1) How many years in business?: Kenpo is an investment of both your time and your money. If you are aiming for your black belt, you will be spending 3-5 days a week at your school over a period of 4-5 years. You want to choose a school that has been in business over a decade to make increase your chances that it will not shut down while you are studying. It can be disappointing and derailing of your school goes out of business.
2) What is the heritage of the Sensei? Heritage is important in Kenpo Karate and if you have a 1st or 2nd generation Ed Parker sensei, then you are very lucky, because most likely, you are learning the art as it was intended.
3) How many Black Belts has your Sensei promoted?: This is a tricky question with a tricky answer. You want a kenpo school that produces quality Black Belts, not quantity….but you also want a school that keeps students engaged long enough to persist onto a Black Belt. This can take years. Find out if your sensei has Black Belts and if they stay on to teach within the school. Find out how skilled the Black Belts are and if they are continuing to grow and develop.
4) Does the school have fair and transparent pricing?: Some schools hide their pricing and some will try to eye-ball you to see if you are willing to pay a higher amount. As if they have a pricing list and don’t forget to ask for testing and equipment fees.
5) What curriculum does this school follow?: If you want to stay as close as possible to the Ed Parker Kenpo System, you may want to find a school near you that teaches the 24-technique system. Ed Parker’s book, Infinite Insights Book 5 lays out the curriculum.
6) Do the school’s goals match my own goals?: This will take some reflection on your part. Are you trying kenpo to learn self-defense? Are you learning to make a career for yourself? For exercise? For Focus? Exercise? Fun? For tournaments? The more honest you can be with yourself, the better able you will be to assess whether a school is a good match for you.
7) Who attends this Kenpo School?: AGE: does it include women, children and older adults—Is your demographic represented?
ETHNICITY: does this school represent the surrounding community?
ABILITY: is this school for a wide range of abilities or only for athletes?
There are many other ways to evaluate a good kenpo studio near you and we hope that these 7 questions will help you make your best choice.
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