The best answers to all your Pittsburgh karate school questions

Q: “Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do, etc. make my kid violent?”
Absolutely not! In fact, it's what your child will learn with us that will keep them OUT of fights. But should the time ever arise where they need to defend themselves, they will be able and ready.

Q: “My child has never been interested in sports. Will they still be able to do well in a martial arts class?
Yes. Kids will be delighted when they discover how quickly they can make gains in coordination, speed, balance, and even agility. Often, they find they are good at something for the first time in their lives. And there is no competing for spots on a team. Everyone participates and everyone benefits.

Q: “Are your martial arts classes fun?”
Certainly! We believe martial arts classes don't have to look like the army. We know that if kids aren't interested, they aren't learning. We MUST keep the kids engaged and having fun in class, or they won't want to keep coming back. We have just the right mix of discipline and FUN in our classes.

Q: “How will your kids karate classes improve my child's confidence?”
By giving them small, achievable goals, we build the kids' confidence one class at a time, and later one belt at a time. As they advance, they fill with pride, and look forward to moving onto bigger and more difficult goals.

Q: “How old should my child be to start in your martial arts programs?”
Our Kinder Karate® programs accept children at age 3, with an approved evaluation by the instructor. Our kids martial arts classes accept kids starting at age 7.

Q: “Are your kids martial arts classes girl-friendly?”
Martial arts are for boys and girls. Our girls are some of the most confident, strong individuals you'll find anywhere. We take care to make sure that the girls are given all the opportunities the boys are given, including leadership opportunities.

Q: "How many students do you have in each class?"
We cap our Kinder Karate® classes at 10. Our kids and adults classes average 10-15 in each class.

Q: What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do, Kinder Karate® and Kali?
Our Kinder Karate® classes are based on traditional Tae Kwon Do techniques, as are our kids martial arts classes. Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicking techniques. It is also full-contact (except in the Kinder Karate® classes) which means that the students will make contact with each other when sparring. Students at our school in their advanced belts will also experience grappling and throwing in their self-defense curriculum. We believe that contact, grappling and throwing are important components to self-defense, because in a majority of fights, one or both persons will end up on the ground.

Our Kali classes are based on the Filipino art of self-defense. The classes practice patterns that are based around defense with both empty hands and while holding something that can be used as a weapon. While Tae Kwon Do is divided into 3 parts (forms, sparring, and self-defense), Kali does not focus on the art aspect of the martial arts, instead spending all time on learning real, practical self-defense. Because of this, the muscle memory comes quicker and you are able to advance more quickly, not having to spend years learning the art to become effective.