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Trying a FREE Class (or a mini-trial) and our Introductory special
Every student starts with a free class (or mini-trial). We always offer an introductory special, which is a one-time discounted membership for several weeks. The intro special helps you determine if you and/or family members will be able to make a more long-term commitment to our martial arts program.
What happens after the Introductory Special?
The Intro Special is a one-time-use offer that gives you several weeks beyond the free trial class to decide if this is the program for your family. Martial Arts training is a skill-building and character-building holisitc "sport" that is a year-'round program rather than a seasonal activity. Respect, confidence, focus, courtesy, integrity, self-control, learning to keep trying even when something is really challenging or if you don't succeed the first time you try ... these important lifetime skills are not learned in a season. Just like physical skills that improve with consistent practice, these important character traits develop with consistent use in our program. At the end of the introductory special you choose which of our monthly-auto-billing option memberships works best for your family.
Can we sign up without trying a class first?
The purpose of the free trial class (and the mini-trials we offer before the start of a next session) is so we can see how the potential student interacts in class with instructors, other students and our equipment as well as their ability to focus and follow instructions safely and respectfully. It also give you the opportunity to see how we work with students. Our goal is to ensure that students can participate safely in our program (for their own safety as well as that of the other students in the class), not to see how well they can do martial arts or how athletic they are. Most of our guests who try a free class ARE able to participate safely, but every once in awhile we need to acknowledge that we that we are not a good fit for this person at this time.
What is the difference between a free trial class and a mini-trial?
During the first 3-4 weeks of a new session, when new students are able to begin and participate in classes, we allow potential new students to try a class for their age group. After that first 3-4 weeks of a new session our current students have learned most of the skills for their current belt rank and have shifted to working on the details to prepare for the next belt rank testing. New students entering our program at this time feel as though they are way behind and get more easily discouraged because they want to "catch up" to everyone else. As a result we've found that it is much better for new students to start our program as close to the first date of a new session as possible. Once we are past the "new students can start" date, we offer 15-minute appointments that are either before our first class of the day starts or falls during a regular class but is not part of the class. During a mini-trial an instructor works with the guest either one-to-one or with up to 4 guests. We have our guests try a few of the types of activities we teach in class to give us an idea of how well they follow instructions and how they interact.
We are often asked if we accept students with certain diagnoses. We not accept or decline students based on any diagnosis. The purpose of the free trial class (and the mini-trials we offer before the start of a next session) is so we can see how the potential student interacts in class and it also give you the opportunity to see how we work with students. We have students who have diagnosis such as autism, ADD, ADHD, etc. Our goal is to ensure that students can participate safely in class. Potential students who are considered "typical" as well as those with a diagnosis may not be able to focus well enough to be able to participate at this time.
Little Dragons & Little Ninjas, ages 3 - 5
Ninja Juniors, age 6
Juniors Program: Ages 7 - 12
Young Teens: Ages 11 - 15
Teen/Adult: Ages 13 - Adults
Adult only: Ages 18 and up
More details about class days and times are on our Calendar and Schedule page.
Below are examples of what is okay and not okay to wear to try a class with us. We are a family-friendly program and require all students and prospective students to wear modest, appropriate clothing. We do reserve the right to not allow someone to try a class if we determine their clothing does not meet our guidelines.
We also have students with severe food allergies, especially peanut and tree nut allergies. While we do sell snacks that contain peanut products in them, we ask students and visitors to refrain from bringing nuts or peanut butter into our school, and we ask you to wash hands & faces before coming to the school.
For the expectations we have for appropriate behavior from students trying class as well as siblings, friends and parents in our lobby, please see Our Expectations.