How to Choose a Martial Arts School in Miami

Martial arts schools (Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu) are everywhere in Miami! Karate has become the universal word for all martial arts so we’ll use karate for the rest of the article. If you live in Doral there are over 20 Karate schools within a 5-mile radius of your home and that’s excluding the elementary schools that offer Martial Arts. Other parts of Miami have even more of this schools within a 5 mile radius. There are estimated to be more than six million martial arts practitioners in North America, about 70% of those are children.

There are so many karate schools in Miami and so little time to look around! How does one choose the right school for you or your child or for yourself? All martial arts schools in Miami are not created equal. Here are three useful tips to help you to pick the right karate school.

The Karate Instructor:
The instructor must be fit and successful. We believe that karate and fitness are one! How can an unfit or overweight Karate instructor teach you or your children discipline if he/she isn’t fit? A karate instructor must lead by example. If he doesn’t have many students how can he teach you to succeed in life if he is un-successful in his martial arts business? Remember, success attracts success. He/she must be at least a black belt. Yet, a black belt of any level (first degree to tenth), is not a sign that the wearer is a good teacher or that he or she knows how to run a business. In some styles a black belt can be earned in 3 1/2 years and in others up to 12 years.
Be careful if the instructor brags about being a national or world champion. You can find a karate, kung fu or tae kwon do national or world championship every weekend in the Florida alone. Let’s say that there was one national and one world champion, just because someone is a good athlete, doesn’t mean they are a good teacher. Does the instructor believes in continual education and is certified in other styles of martial arts, self defense, fitness, anti-bullying and child safety? If the instructor tells you that his hands are a deadly weapon and is registered with the FBI ran out of there you are talking to a self centered nut case. The FBI has never register anyones hands.
Our head instructor Julio Anta is a retired law enforcement officer, honorably discharged United States Marine Corps Sergeant. In the martial arts he is certified in Hung Gar Kung Fu as a Master, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, Haganah, ACMA (American Council of Martial Arts), Bully Busters and Kids Safety instructor. In fitness he is certified as a personal trainer, kettlebells, Indian clubs, Battling Ropes, Youth Fitness Specialist, Kardio Karate, Fitness Kickboxing, Burn with Kearns MMA Fitness, Action Strength and Elite Combat Fitness. Anta believes that he is a student for life.

The Martial Arts School:
Beware of the Karate Franchise Schools. Everyday more and more franchise karate schools are opening in Miami, even Walmart is now getting in the karate business. These chain school Instructors are very inexperienced. They change instructors continuously since the head instructor is opening more and more chain schools. These karate schools have very little essence and give out rank to students very easily.
A good martial arts school should teach life skills, fitness, reality based self defense and use safety equipment for sparring. When looking for a karate school look for a school that teaches a child life skills, how to project his/her voice and to walk with confidence. Tournaments and sport karate does not help the child defeat the school yard bully since it has rules and it has become a sport. It should teach adults to survive a street encounter through reality based street defense. The school should teach kids and adults how to spar using all available weapons, hands, elbows, knees, legs, takedowns, throws and ground fighting in a safe environment. This in turn will teach the student to be a complete fighter.
Just like any business, the way the facility looks and its cleanliness says a lot about the attitude and aptitude of the owner. A martial arts school should be clean and organized. It should have fresh paint on the walls and clean mats. It should not smell bad. The restrooms should be clean, organized and odorless. The school should be well equipped with training equipment. If a school doesn’t look professional, chances are it isn’t. If you go to a school that’s been in business for a year or longer and it’s still empty, something’s not right with the school. Most martial arts teachers think their classes are the best classes the same way that most restaurateurs think that their food is the best food. If the school and the parking lot are empty, it’s a sign that the customers have a different opinion.

At Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense we believe in Bruce Lee’s philosophy “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and make it your own. We teach functional martial arts that works in the street and changes lives.

The Attitude of the Martial Arts School:
A bad attitude = a bad school. Are the instructors and students friendly or do the instructors and students have a Cobra Kai of the original Karate Kid attitude. You know a tough guy attitude, a bunch of guys hanging out, horse playing, shirtless and cursing. The martial arts are about respect and discipline. If you get a weird feeling, or don’t feel comfortable there you shouldn’t become a customer of that school. If the attitude of the owner is superb and his or her staff exhibits a similar attitude, then you’ve found the right martial arts school.

Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense is one of the most successful martial arts school in Miami. We have been changing lives and making people fit and fearless since 1998. Give us a call at 305 599-3649 for a free introductory class.


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