Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be fit to learn martial arts?
Do I need background in martial arts?
I’ve always wanted to do martial arts, am I too old/ too inflexible to start?
I am a girl/ boy/ man/ woman, I feel old/ am not fit/ am super fit, can I learn martial arts?
What do I need to have to start training?
What will I get when I train in martial arts?
Am I going to be surrounded by kids or adults?
Are there beginners/ advanced/ adults only/ child only classes?
Are your instructors certified?
I have an injury/ physical condition, and am concerned about getting hit or hurt during class. Is there a training option for me?
I heard that Aikido has a lot of throws and falls. I am interested in Aikido, but I do not want to get thrown. Can I still take the class?
Is Jeet Kune Do that art that Bruce Lee created?
What weapons training do you offer?
What about Self Defense?
What are classes like? What Can I expect?
Sparring: That sounds scary. I don’t want to get beaten up.
Do I need to be fit to learn martial arts? Definitely not! You can learn this art regardless of your fitness condition. Let us know if you have any special health concerns. Back to the Top ↑
Do I need background in martial arts? No, not at all, that’s why we are here. Back to the Top ↑
I’ve always wanted to do martial arts, am I too old/ too inflexible to start? We train all levels of fitness, age, gender. Martial arts are about growing and challenging ourselves, our fears, and anxieties. Schedule your private intro today. Back to the Top ↑
I am a girl/ boy/ man/ woman, I feel old/ am not fit/ am super fit, can I learn martial arts? Absolutely! Our student ages include everyone from 5 to 105. We are here to push you and challenge your limits, not to break you. Everyone has their own reason for wanting to train and we can get you where you want to go. Back to the Top ↑
What do I need to have to start training? Just schedule your introductory session. Wear comfortable clothing and have the will to be the best you that you can be. Back to the Top ↑
What will I get when I train in martial arts? Martial arts has tons of benefits. Great self-defense. Good exercise. Coordination. Discipline. Respect. Stress relief. Fun and excitement! For families it is a chance to train WITH your child, spouse, or whole family and not have to be in the leadership role. Back to the Top ↑
Am I going to be surrounded by kids or adults? Yes to both, as well as a variety of skill levels from Grand Master to White belt, fitness levels from Olympic trainers to Weekend warriors, and from the picture of health to injured and rehabbing. Back to the Top ↑
Are there beginners/ advanced/ adults only/ child only classes? We have advanced only classes and some workshops that are age sensitive. We are interested in maturity level, not age, gender, etc. Come in and you will see that any concerns about being in a babysitting center or being beaten up are not an issue at KSA. Back to the Top ↑
Are your instructors certified? All of our martial arts and fitness instructors are certified by oversight associations and are required to upkeep, refresh, and add to their certifications regularly.
I have an injury/ physical condition, and am concerned about getting hit or hurt during class. Is there a training option for me? At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Absolutely! Our instructors have many years of experience teaching and managing large classes, making sure that there are no severe injuries during practice. Additionally, our Fitness Department Head has over 20 years of experience rehabilitating and conditioning clients back to health or to their optimal health potential, with a range of clients that includes Olympic and Pro athletes, weekend warriors, pregnant clients, and clients with neck, back, and other joint and muscle injuries/ inefficiencies. All classes and class materials are adaptable to your level of ability. Back to the Top ↑
I heard that Aikido has a lot of throws and falls. I am interested in Aikido, but I do not want to get thrown. Can I still take the class? We offer no-fall practice options during every Aikido class. As a matter of fact, we offer no-fall training options for every art and fitness modality we teach. Back to the Top ↑
Is Jeet Kune Do that art that Bruce Lee created? Yes. Bruce Lee created Jun Fan and it then evolved/ became a part of his Jeet Kune Do system. Sijo Bruce and his art were made famous in TV and movies, including the original Green Hornet, Enter the Dragon, and Game of Death, and is still used in many movies today, such as The Bourne Identity and the Daniel Craig James Bond films. Back to the Top ↑
What weapons training do you offer? Every martial art that we teach offers some level of weapons work. Aikido has the Bokken (training Katana — Japanese sword), Jo (mid-length staff), and Tanto (traditional Japanese dagger). TaeKwonDo can include Bo (long staff), Kama (short scythe), and Sai. Goju-Shorei Weapons uses walking canes, tactical flashlights, and practices knife work. Filipino Kali and Jeet Kune Do use knives, sticks, machetes, two-handed blunt weapons (like a bat), mid-length and long staffs, flexible weapons (like whips, purses, scarfs, and chains), and improvised weapons. We also teach NRA Firearms safety courses and will be adding Simunition force on force soon. Back to the Top ↑
What about Self Defense? We offer the ASSERT Empowerment and Self Defense program, a non-martial arts based system, to our families, social organizations, schools, and support groups. It is a practical, easy to learn, no non-sense program for people of all ages and physical abilities and is immediately applicable in any situation. Our martial arts courses are a more long term solution, used to develop the attributes that will help keep you safe. Back to the Top ↑
What are classes like, what can I expect? While the individual classes have different philosophies and movement styles, and each class also takes into consideration students goals, emotions that session, and energy levels, you can be sure that you will get some exercise, learn something new, have a more positive outlook afterwards, and be glad you came to class. Some of the actual exercises include: forms, sparring, drills, practice, aerobic exercise (appropriate to your level of fitness and goals), strengthening and muscle resiliency. Back to the Top ↑
Sparring: that sounds scary. I don’t want to be beaten up. You won’t be. I promise: Nobody takes advantage of anybody in our school. While sparring is about “combatives,” we are still doing it in a cooperative setting and working With each other, not On each other. Back to the Top ↑