Frequently Asked Questions
Kids Martial Arts
Q: “Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?”
Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren't violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with behavior problems often become very respectful an calm.
Q: “Does my child face a risk for injury with martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”
Our program is extremely safe. We have measures upon measures in place to insure that your child will stay safe, and have a great time. From stretching to warmups to very close supervision - we've got your child covered. Injuries do happen sometimes - but they're quite rare.
Q: “Can my child still participate in martial arts, karate, tae kwon do if he/she is not athletic?”
Yes! In fact, martial arts is kind of a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who never could throw a ball well or run fast find that martial arts is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars.
Q: “What ages are the other kids in the martial arts, karate, tae kwon do class?”
We have classes for kids as young as 3, and as old as teenagers. Martial arts is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and advance. When they're younger, it's more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.
Q: “Do boys AND girls take martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”
Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our kids martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much "stronger and tougher," but in reality this is not true. In fact, often girls are the stronger ones!
Q: “What kind of physical shape do I need to be in?”
Any! We have Krav Maga students who are in great shape, and others who aren't. Everyone has a great experience, and learns a ton in every class. Those who start out in not-so-great shape often get in shape very quickly. So if this is you, have no fear! Just come and enjoy Krav Maga.
Q: “Can I participate in these Krav Maga classes if I have a medical condition?”
If you have a medical condition, or past / present injury, we advise speaking to your doctor before starting our Lithia Krav Maga classes.
The good news is you can adjust your pace to match your physical ability. If you have to go a bit slower than the rest of the class, that's just fine. And no one will judge you. You'll have tremendous support.
Q: “Are these classes violent? Can I get hurt?”
People often associate martial arts with violence. After all, you're learning self-defense techniques. However, there's a big difference between self-defense and violence.
Self-defense means you seek a peaceful way of life, only defending yourself is you absolutely have to. Violence means seeking out hostile situations.
While injury is possible with any form of exercise - we're proud to say that injuries are very rare here. We go to extreme lengths to make sure you learn Krav Maga in a safe, effective way.
Q: “What's the environment of these classes like? Are they fun? Serious? Etc.?”
Our classes are a good mixture of fun & focus. Every class has moments of serious concentration, blended with sheer fun & laughter. After all, all work and no play makes for boring Krav Maga classes!
Q: “Will my class be in a group or 1-on-1?”
Most likely you'll be in a group class. However we gladly offer private classes for those that are interested. Feel free to ask any of our instructors for more info on private classes!
Q: “WHow many people are generally in a group class?”
Normally around 15-30, with more instructors added as class size grows.
Q: “Are there other beginners in the classes?”
Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.
Q: “Can you help me with my eating / nutrition?”
Absolutely. We offer nutritional guidance as part of your membership (at no additional cost).
Q: “: Is this similar to “cardio kickboxing” workouts?”
Not even close! Cardio kickboxing is essentially an hour long "follow the leader" aerobics workout that uses boxing techniques. Our classes use professional boxing equipment to give you an authentic experience, and you can always go at your own pace.
Q: “Will my classes help me get toned?”
Yes! We've designed our program to help you get lean & toned - no bones about it.
Adult Martial Arts
Q: “Can martial arts cause injury?”
Every form of physical exercise, from running to walking to martial arts, comes with a risk for injury. However, our program is run by trained experts who place a tremendous focus on injury prevention.
Because martial arts makes you more balanced, limber & flexible - it generally leads to LESS injury in people's lives. Not the other way around!
Q: “Do you have to be in good shape to take martial arts?”
Not at all! In fact, many people use martial arts as a way to get in good shape. They come to us out of shape, and quickly become athletic and limber.
Q: “I've heard martial arts is violent. Is this true?”
Absolutely not! Martial arts is about peace, balance & harmony. It's about becoming in touch with your body and all of life. It's about happiness and fulfillment.
The self-defense techniques you learn help you become flexible and strong. They help you become confident and proud.
The guiding principles of martial arts help you diffuse situations before violence becomes a part of them. However, if a hostile situation does ever come about, you'll have the tools you need to keep you and your loved ones safe.