Instructions For New Students
Welcome! By joining Yama-Kan Kajukenbo
School you will become a part of the community's most respected martial
arts school! I'm sure you have a bunch of questions and are excited to
learn more, so I welcome you to come observe any of our classes to get
an understanding of what you can expect when you sign up.
Questions & Answers
How long will it take me to become reasonably
proficient and how long will it take to attain black belt level?
The time it takes to become proficient varies upon the style and your own
abilities. In most self-defense systems, you should feel that you could
defend yourself fairly well after six months. To reach black belt, the
same variables are in play, but between five and six years is about right.
How many classes per week should I attend?
Most instructors recommend two classes per week, plus some practice time
in between classes. You should match your involvement with your fitness
Will there be other beginners in my class?
At this studio, the students are grouped by age and rank. This
means that you should be in a class with other beginners and lower ranks.
Will martial arts
training make my child too aggressive?
At this studio, children learn that the martial arts is
not an act of violence, but the art of how to handle themselves in a problematic
situation. Aggression should be channeled into assertiveness to increase
a child's self esteem and build discipline and character.
Why do people bow when they enter a studio?
The bow is a symbol of respect in Asian cultures and is just like a western
Is meditation part of some religion?
At this studio each class will begin with a period of silent meditation,
at which time you can recite the Kajukenbo Prayer or meditate. Meditation
is used to clear the mind of distractions and get ready to learn. Since
Kajukenbo was created under Christian principles, we have a prayer that
was recited by every student before and after each class since the date
of its creation.
Is sparring necessary to learn martial
Some martial arts such as Tai Chi Chuan or Aikido do no require sparring.
Most other martial arts do. Since martial arts involve dealing with an
opponent, it is necessary to practice in conditions similar to an actual
confrontation. In this way you learn about reactions, timing and speed.
What are the chances of getting injured?
The chances of getting injured are very small since the training should
be constantly supervised with safety in mind. The better equipped that
the studio is (mats, etc) and the protective gear that is required to
be worn by all students reduces the chances even further.
Should I take group or private lessons?
Private lessons will increase your progression two to three times faster
than by taking group lessons alone. The personalized attention and energy
of an instructor is a tremendous advantage. If you are interested in
taking private lessons please talk to the chief instructor. Group lessons
are good because it allows you to see how different people react to situations
and techniques. You also get to meet new people and friends.
Contact Master Morel for more details...