Category Archives for "Common Questions"

Feb 16

Which Martial Art Should My Child Learn At Home?

By Joel Williams | Common Questions

Participation in martial arts can be a very positive experience for kids. However, with so many options, it can be difficult to know how to choose the right one for your child. Each type of martial art is unique. You will be better able to make an informed decision on how to find the right match if you are aware of the differences between your available options. In this post, I will provide some background information on common martial arts styles (or systems) including “pros” and “cons” of each.

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Jan 24

Shotokan Karate vs. Taekwondo … Which Should I Do?

By Joel Williams | Common Questions , Shotokan Karate , Taekwondo

A common question submitted to GMAU is: Should I do Shotokan or Taekwondo? On the surface, what sounds like a simple question is actually difficult to answer. The best answer is highly individualized, and ultimately, can only be determined by the potential student themselves. Our hope is that this article will shed some light on the similarities and differences and give the reader some insights into how to go about making this decision.

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Feb 22

Can You Learn Martial Arts at Home Without a Partner?

By Michael Hodge | Common Questions

I feel like I just opened up a can of worms. Well, let’s let them all out, then. To properly answer this question, I would like for you to take into account two variables: the martial art style being learned, and the goal for learning this martial art. These answers can range from a stay-at-home mom wanting to finally reach black belt in shotokan karate (because she had to stop at blue in college), to a police officer wanting to increase his personal knowledge of self-defense for true on-the-job application with krav maga. And everything in-between.

So, let’s break this down. Many critics would immediately claim that all martial arts are combative in nature, and thus need hands-on sparring practice in order for the style to be properly learned and mastered. This is not entirely true, with some martial arts teetering more on the “arts” side, or even “movement arts” side of the spectrum. We can see this with the rise in martial arts demonstrations, tricking, tournament competitions, and movement arts like tai chi or qi gong for health revitalization.

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