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November 8, 2016

What to Look for in a Good Martial Arts School - Part 4 -  Main focus of the school


Fourth in a series to help you determine which martial art school is right for you or your child.


Today's blog post provides more questions to ask when you meet the instructor.


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What is the main focus of the school?


Is the training provided geared towards competing in tournaments or is the training focussed on the self defence aspect of the martial art?


The instructor's answer to these questions will provide you with information on the school's operation as well as what and how the instructor teaches.


For example, a tournament focussed martial art school may have additional costs to consider in terms of tournament fees, additional training equipment and accommodation/travel expenses.



Tournament focussed martial art school may have a different method of teaching compared to a school that has an emphasis on the self defence aspects of the martial art. Tournament martial art schools may teach techniques that are designed to score points in a sparring bout rather than the delivery of an effective technqiue designed to defend an attack from a real assailant.


At the International Taekwon-Do Federation South East Queensland (ITF SEQ) school, we focus on the self defence aspects of Taekwon-Do and have a complete structured curriculum that includes practical and realistic self defence techniques.