The biggest concern amongst most parents is whether or not their child will be safe when practicing with other students. That is a very valid concern, because many of the martial arts require some contact with other students when practicing self-defense techniques, throws, or sparring. However, most instructors request help from assistant instructors during kids classes to try to prevent accidents from occurring. In addition, most schools enforce a minimum age requirement for sparring and other techniques that require contact between students. The best advice I can give you would be to watch your child take at least one introductory class prior to joining any martial arts school. You will be able to tell very quickly whether your child is comfortable in the dojo by his or her body language when interacting with other students and the instructors. In most towns, there are multiple schools to choose from, so you will probably want to visit a few prior to joining any dojo.
On August 18, 1995, “Mortal Kombat” was released in theatres throughout the United States. The movie was a film adaptation of the popular and controversial video game known for its intense game-play and gory fatalities. As a martial artist and video game fanatic, I was a huge fan of the video game series and was really looking forward to the film's release.
On opening night, I sat shoulder to shoulder with other “Mortal Kombat” fans in one of the most crowded and energized movie releases I’ve ever experienced. As the movie began and the techno-sounding theme song started playing, the crowd around me literally erupted into a roar of excitement. One hour and 40 minutes later, the movie ended and I found myself wishing for more.
One of my favorite things about working for KarateMart.com is all the interesting people I get to meet. Over the years, while attending tournaments and talking with customers on the phone, I’ve been lucky enough to meet thousands of martial arts students and instructors; many of whom have become very close friends. Now, with all the great social networking websites available online, we are hoping to develop a more personal relationship with all of our customers.