1What are Considerations for our Family?
As a new student, you and your family should look at our program and evaluate if Ripple Effect Martial Arts provides something that, as a family, fits into your philosophical values. Is it something that is supportive of what you are trying to accomplish as a family?
2When should we consider Black Belt?
As a new student, it’s very important to be thinking about training to Black Belt NOW. You need to get acquainted with the school— learn all you can about the environment and the philosophy of the school. And, get acquainted with the process of classes and curriculum. Frankly, whether as an adult or child, every time you are in class you’re going to have a lot of fun but the most important thing is that this is a school, just like any other school. If you go to Harvard, it is important to determine early on whether you’re going to be going from midterm to midterm, or whether you’re going to follow through and get your bachelor’s degree or your master’s degree. As you enter a school, it’s very important to determine why you are there and what the outcome will be. At Ripple Effect Martial Arts, the program goal is to become a black belt.
Black Belt is in many ways a metaphor for the outcome; the outcome is confidence and discipline and focus. The outcome is a high level of physical athletic skill, a high level of physical fitness, as well as having the ability to defend yourself if you ever need to.
3How can I be sure my child will stay motivated?
The nice thing about martial arts, unlike a team activity, is that you are not trying to keep up to any one else’s standards. Each student’s ability and growth is evaluated individually. We provide incentives and rewards on an incremental basis, so that each student stays motivated in class. Our curriculum unfolds gradually. There’s a high level of physical accomplishment that comes with becoming a black belt, but that physical accomplishment comes over 9, 12, 18, 24 months.
4How is martial arts different than other sports?
It’s so important to realize this is a school, and it’s not a recreational activity. Training to black belt is a developmental process.
It’s fun! The kids are going to have a great deal of fun. They’re going to get very excited about this and they’re most likely going to maintain their excitement level over 3, 4, and 5 years.
However it’s not like a soccer league or baseball league. It’s more like elementary school.
The parents make a commitment to bring their child to class at least twice a week. The child has a regular class. They’re going to have a lot of fun in that class by a very well-trained, professionally- developed instructor. And through the processes, they’re going to earn a black belt.
For a 5- or 6- year old, it’s no more difficult to get to black belt than it is to go from second to sixth grade.
5Does martial arts make kids violent?
Martial arts is about peace, harmony and diplomacy. It teaches children how to AVOID fights - not pick them. Our training will help your child with the confidence they need to handle hard situations.
6What do you do to prevent kids from getting injured during martial arts?
We take safety very seriously. Injuries can happen in any sport. We do everything in our power to prevent them. We start our classes with stretches and exercises and learn new content in a controlled environment. Classes are taught by expert instructors as students are shown techniques in a step-by-step manner at their own pace. A thorough stretching routine, matted flooring, and protective safety equipment are all part of our commitment to ensuring student safety. Martial arts is safe and fun for students of all ages and physical abilities.
7Is martial arts a good fit for a child who isn’t athletic?
Martial arts is a great sport and activity for any type of child. Martial arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don’t naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities develop them even more. Stretching and calisthenics will improve flexibility and balance. Kicking drills and partner work will improve endurance as well as timing, and the different forms and curriculum requirements will improve strength and muscle tone.
8Does martial arts help with children’s confidence & self-esteem?
Absolutely! We have seen kids with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. We also have a training program where kids can help with lower belts. They feel valued and are looked up to by their peers. Martial arts helps build a confidence, pride, and teamwork.
9What’s a good age to start martial arts?
Our Little Ripples can start as soon as they are 3 (and potty trained) Our children’s program starts at age 6, we also have teen and adult classes! No matter what age you are, you’ll fit in here! We have lots of families who enjoy taking classes together.
10Is martial arts for both boys and girls?
You better believe it! If you have any questions, just ask Mrs. Macy. She started her training in Martial Arts at the age of 12 and went on to receive her 1st Degree Black Belt from Mile High Karate at the age of 15. She is currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt, and is working toward her 3rd degree black belt. We have a good mix of both boys and girls in our class, and sometimes it is the girls who are the stronger ones!
11What is the atmosphere like at Ripple Effect Martial Arts?
We are serious about what we teach. We also have a lot of fun! Ripple Effect is a great place to be around positive people and good role models. Our students have fun and progress at an exciting rate. We also offer Rip-Kick, a fun high energy kick boxing class for adults!