If you are considering starting a martial art we suggest you sample several different styles before you commit to one. The most important criteria to consider when choosing a martial art are:
- Convenience – if it is hard to get to classes you will find it hard to continue in your training.
- Friendships – you may join because of a particular style or a particular instructor – but you will continue because of the friends you make in that club.
- Quality and Expertise – you want to learn quality techniques that are effective in the real world.
- Affordability – if the costs are too high then you will not be able to sustain your involvement, learning a martial art takes years, not months.
Think carefully, look around, then once you make a choice, commit fully.