FAQs

What are the benefits of martial arts?
How do I register as a new student?
What do classes typically cost?
How many classes per week should I attend?
Where do I get my uniform?
How do I tie my belt?
Will my child become aggressive if he or she starts martial arts?
How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient, and how long will it take to attain Black Belt?
What does a black belt represent?
Is sparring necessary?
What are the chances of getting injured?
What does “Sensei” mean?
What if I refer a friend?

 

 

 

What are the benefits of martial arts?

There are so many! Martial arts students benefit from increased physical fitness and mental focus.  The focus on self-discipline, respect, self-confidence, and perseverance in the face of setbacks builds character in students young and old.  Our students also join a community of people who share an interest in martial arts, improving their own way of life, and making a positive contribution in the community.

 

As an exercise, training in the martial arts is equally suitable for the young and old, male and female.

 

 

How do I register as a new student?

Download the registration form, check out our class offerings, and come to the CMAA studio to start your martial arts experience.

 

 

What do classes typically cost?

Classes start at $139 per month.

 

 

How many classes per week should I attend?

Most instructors recommend two classes per week, plus practice time in between classes; we recommend 15 minutes at home at least 2 days per week.

 

 

Where do I get my uniform?

All class uniforms and equipment must be purchased from CMAA.

 

 

How do I tie my belt?

Very carefully! Our video teaches parents how to tie the belt on a child and students how to secure their belt on themselves.

 

 

Will my child become aggressive if he or she starts martial arts?

We stress to all students that martial arts skills require them never to be abusive or offensive and are only for self-defense. Training in the martial arts teaches how to handle oneself in challenging situations. Aggression will be channeled into assertiveness to increase a child’s self-esteem and build discipline and character.

 

 

How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient, and how long will it take to attain Black Belt?

The time it takes to become proficient varies upon the consistency of training and your own abilities. You should feel you could defend yourself fairly well after six months to a year. To reach black belt, the same variables are in play, but somewhere between three to five years is about right.

 

 

What does a black belt represent?

It is important for each child to learn to set short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. At Charlotte Martial Arts Academy every child’s long-term goal is Black Belt. Black Belt is the symbol of excellence in martial arts and an important tool for instructors and parents to use in the development of desire, tenacity, and for teaching the importance of follow-through in all activities.

 

 

All young people in the program are required to bring copies of their grades from school and/or complete parent/teacher intent to promote forms prior to testing. Charlotte Martial Arts Academy’s instructors work hand-in-hand with schoolteachers and parents to insure a well-balanced and focused development process for each child.

 

 

Is sparring necessary?

Most Martial Arts require at least some sparring. Since the martial arts involve dealing with an opponent, it is necessary to learn about reactions, timing, and speed by practicing in conditions similar to an actual confrontation.

 

At Charlotte Martial Arts Academy students usually begin training to spar at High Blue Belt. Students will not be allowed to spar before they are ready, under proper supervision, and given instructor permission.

 

 

What are the chances of getting injured?

The chances of getting injured are very small since training is constantly supervised with safety as the highest priority. Proper training, the use of the proper safety gear, in good condition, and following all instructors’ directions greatly reduces risk of injury. We are proud to say that we have an excellent track record of safety during supervised classes

 

 

What does “Sensei” mean?

Sensei literally means “one who has gone before.” For our purposes, it means “Teacher” or “Instructor.”

 

 

What if I refer a friend?

All students who refer a student should notify CMAA staff of this referral ASAP to confirm the referral bonus. Students referring a friend will receive “Dojo Dollars” redeemable for anything at the school (from equipment to tuition).