How much are the classes? Please give us a call for current pricing.
Are there long term contracts? No, we don't believe in tying our students to a long term contract or, like other schools, selling a student's contract to a collection agency. We handle all billing in-house, but prefer our students to pay quarterly or longer to save on administrative costs. We wish to use our time training and teaching.
How many times a week will I train? Most of our pricing is based on a one hour class, twice a week. We do not charge for a third class.
Do you charge less for one day a week? Yes, there is a discount if you can only train one day a week, however, you must realize you will progress slower than someone who trains consistently two or three times a week.
Do you spar? Yes, in our Karate program. We feel that sparring and sparring drills are necessary for a complete Martial Artist. We do not spar in our Cardio Kickboxing program ( as a rule*), which is designed more for conditioning than fighting. * Some of the Cardio students wanted to try some sparring. This is a total voluntary option.
Do you teach forms? Yes, in our Karate program. We are traditionalists when it comes to form.
Which is it - Karate or Tae Kwon Do? Our basic style is Ji Do Kwan which is a form of Tae Kwon Do. When Master Martin opened his schools in the early nineteen sixties, he taught Isshinryu Karate. When Master Kim came in 1969, Mr. Martin switched over to a Tae Kwon Do school. At that time Tae Kwon Do wasn't in the American lexicon. Even the Korean Masters were calling it Korean Karate. So, we kept the name Martin's Karate Studio. When it comes down to it; a kick is a kick and a punch is a punch. We tend to refer to ourselves as a "Tae Kwon Do Karate School".
Do you go to Karate Tournaments? Yes, we feel it is necessary to grow in Karate. If you only spar people within your own school or style you will grow stale. We do not care if our students win or lose, but get the experience of competing. Our students, however, tend to win more than lose.
How long will it take to get a Black Belt? That a hard one. We do not promote for the sake of promoting. We believe a Black Belt is something to be earned through hard work and dedication. We don't promote just to keep a student, nor do we hold them back.
What happened to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program? We were one of the first schools in the area to introduce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It was through the help and support of Mr. Renzo Gracie that allowed us to have such a successful program for nearly twenty years. Renzo has now opened a school in Holmdel. Since Renzo supported us, we felt we must support him. We have cancelled our Jiu-Jitsu program in the hope that Renzo can establish a successful school in this area
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