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Choosing a martial art

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Choosing a Martial Art


There is a saying….

“Pay peanuts… you get monkeys!”

While paying peanuts for a service sounds enticing nobody wants a “monkey” repairing the brakes on their car  ...and you definitely don't want a monkey teaching you or your loved ones a Fitness, Bootcamp or Martial Arts!...  you could end up injured unable to work and in need of major medical attention or worse.

As an adult this could lead lost time from work, increased expences and lost income! and who will pay the bills then?


With children-

(and this applies to all sports; soccer, football, tennis, gymnastics and other sports too)


The risks can be far greater, possibly leading to permanent joint or structural damage that may adversely affect your child later in life and rob them of their potential and future  opportunities.

When choosing a martial art for your family there is nothing like a referral from someone you know...






What does that person giving the referral really know about fitness, bootcamps or martial arts or even that  Instructor or Trainer you are being referred to?

If they are currently training, it cannot get much better than that. If they are happy and enjoying the training then you should ask them the following questions to see if their likes and dislikes match yours.

Q. What was your

 main reason for

 taking up martial



Q. What are the

 things you like most

 about the art you

 are practicing?


Q. What do you like



Failing that, say you have not received any referrals even with a referral. Then it is advisable to look for the following:-

- Look at locations that have been running for some time. Look for a martial art that has affiliations ie. professional industry associations, international recognition & certification (don't accept verbal confirmation)


 There is no Regulatory Board or Martial Arts Industry Governing Body in Australia so THIS IS VERY ADVISABLE.


Having the experience of being a Professional International Martial Artist, I ask you to trust me on this it is important


Regardless of how familiar the name of the martial art may seem...

- Don't think they are a really good choice just because they have a flash website and pay some offshore provider to post quotes regularly to their social media pages for pennies.

When you think about it then you can spot those insincere marketing tactics

 - Ask to view the Instructor Certificates.

If they are hesitant to show them off it may be because they have never sat an instructor course.


Being a Black Belt is not a licence to teach.

- If the instructor is promoting double testing or  skipping ranks, then this should be looked at with caution after all how can you pass something you have not yet learnt or been taught?  ...That would be like getting great marks in maths and because of that passing English too!


In my humble opinion, You can guarantee that a martial art studio doing this does not have a proper structure or thought out curriculum or training plan.  Its a tell tail sign to run for the hills and find someone who knows what they are doing and don't accept their excuses like "you can learn it after" because you could find yourself injured for life!



 - While following the steps above will not guarantee a good choice it does provide you with something to go on.


How am I qualified to offer this advice?                        I have over 35 years formal experience (longer if you want to count informal experience) in the martial arts both here in Australia and all over the world, running Martial Art Academies, workshops and also educating myself.

I have trained extensively in 3 styles of martial arts ranked at minimum advanced level & have earned 7 Black Belts (the hard way).

Early in the first 7 years of my career I trained as a guest with so many different styles and instructors that it hurts to even think about counting them… (but I gave at least as good as I got, if not better!!)

; )

Senior Master Bruce Cairney

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