Why we only teach three martial arts.
I’m a huge believer that less is definitely more when looking at a Martial arts clubs timetable, that’s why at Dorchester Martial Arts we only coach three martial arts and avoid anything else that takes us away from our core service such as Birthday party’s, bootcamps or pilates.
It would be easy for us to fill our schedule with lots of different martial arts, after all that might bring in a more diverse customer base and we certainly have the qualifications and talent pool to offer double the arts we currently coach.
But we won’t and never will and in this blog I’m going to explain why…
We’re Martial Arts Coaches!
All the coaches at Dorchester Martial Arts have trained for many years to hone their craft. They’ve gone through extensive training not only in their chosen martial art but in how to coach to a very high standard.
They coach amazing adult classes and fun kids classes but they’re not a poor mans “Mr Tumble”.
Birthday parties would turn them into entertainers rather then coaches and damage the child/coach boundary which would make them less effective coaches.
We only coach the best martial arts.
Muay Thai is widely regarded as the most efficient striking art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is seen as the most effective grappling art and boxing is the best punching art in the world.
So why would we coach anything else? All of the coaches at Dorchester Martial Arts have trained in different styles, some have achieved black belts in different systems but we won’t coach systems that we feel aren’t as efficient or practical.
Every Martial Arts club only has so many prime time slots available to run classes, usually these are weekdays between 6pm and 9pm. Logically the more styles you offer, the less hours you have to train in each style per week.
We only offer three different martial arts to guarantee our members have the option to train in three 90 minute classes per week.This gives our members more flexibility in their training and also enables the more serious members the chance to train more frequently.
The key to success is consistency, only having access to a single 1hr class is never going to give members the opportunity to reach their full potential as martial artists.
Some would argue that by offering so many different styles, members could learn different styles at once to top up the time spent training. This is a flawed argument as training to learn two or more martial arts at once is a recipe for failure for a beginner and often leads to frustration and ultimately giving up training. Learn one martial art first and once you become efficient in that style, then you can look at adding other styles.
We don’t believe in putting someone who’s never trained straight into a class of experienced martial artists. It’s not an effective way to learn, it slows down the rest of the class and has the potential to be dangerous.
That’s why all new members are guided through a beginners course where you learn all the movements needed for your chosen martial art. This course can be taken in a group setting or as 121 sessions with the same coach who will coach your group classes.
We have the ability to offer these courses as we have space in our timetable to give you the best possible start in your training. We haven’t tried to make a quick buck by cramming in another yoga class or birthday party, we’ve looked at the best way to introduce new members to our classes and made that our priority.
By having coaches who only coach one style of martial art, they can dedicate all their time to improving their understanding of that style. If a coach has to teach two styles he/she can only dedicate 50% to each.
This allows us to run the best classes in the area with the most experienced coaches in their chosen martial arts.
Please get in touch for more information on how to start training with Dorchester’s premier martial arts club.