FAQ

Do you have contracts?
We do not require any student to sign a contract. Our goal is to treat you like a valued customer so you will want to keep coming back to class. We do, however, offer special rates for those who are willing to make a long term commitment. We are first and foremost honest about what one will gain from our classes verses trying to get you on a contract.

How often are classes?
Classes are usually twice per week. With the hectic schedule most of us face, more than that can become a challenge. Additional classes are offered as students feel the need, but are usually kept as an open training forum. And, specific seminars are offered from time to time as well.

What style do you teach?
From day one, each student is taught the essential art of Gendai Goshin Jitsu (Modern Self-defense Art) by developing a thorough understanding of adversarial physiology and psychology using principles and techniques from a variety of martial arts such as karate, ju jitsu, judo, escrima, etc. These same principles and techniques are also scrutinized as not only to their effectiveness under real violent conditions, but also that they meet the “reasonable” force requirements of the law.

What are your classes like?
Gendai Goshin Jitsu Classes: How one trains is how one reacts. So, we teach practical principles and train under realistic street-like situations as often as is feasible. You may ask, isn’t that dangerous or at minimum rough? Some schools believe that the only way to train for the street is under full contact conditions. It probably is the most realistic, but not the safest nor the most enjoyable. As most adults must hold down jobs in order to pay their bills, we can’t miss work due to injuries. And, kids wouldn’t find such hard-core training very fun. We provide a safe and enjoyable, but realistic training environment for everyone. These training scenarios aren’t students attacking like a karate student attacking another karate student which is how most schools teach, but students taught to attack like real bad guys do. The unknown is made known, the fear eliminated, and confidence TRUELY instilled. Further, the classes are not only informative, but fun and a great workout as well.

Can’t I get similar training elsewhere?
Not according to our adult students who have spent as many as seven years training elsewhere. A typical comment is that “even after getting my black belt, I don’t feel confident that I could really defend myself or my family in a real situation.” I believe that is totally unacceptable. Most adults come to a martial arts school to learn to defend themselves or their loved ones.

Do you teach kata or forms?
NO! If you were hoping to be a great basketball player, would you expect to get great at it by standing in very un-natural stances, holding your hands in unlikely positions, and just moving in consistent predefined patterns? Or, would you drill specific movements with and without partners who are acting like a competitive player and actually play live matches? You would do the later. That’s how we train at Gendai Martial Arts. It is our belief that kata came from those who had mastered their skills and developed kata as a way to practice.

Do you teach techniques?
Yes, we have to. But, we spend enormous amounts of training on teaching the principles that govern realistic street adversarial encounters. By teaching principles, one can better adapt to the infinite possibilities that may occur when a criminal minded individual chooses to assault you.

Do you spar?
NO! Sparring as it typically applies to most martial arts training involves two students agreeing to a set of rules and a referee. While sparring does teach a certain degree of timing, distancing, etc., it does not adequately prepare a student for the likely range and angles utilized by aggressive street thugs. There are obviously no rules in the street. There are no referees. And, fighting is illegal anyway. So, training to spar will likely be viewed as training to fight in court and by law enforcement.

Do you wear gi’s?
NO! During most classes, we wear middle weight gi pants and a school t-shirt. Occasionally we ask students to wear clothing more like what they might wear to work in or shop in. Gi’s are typically very durable apparel and can lead to an unreliable dependency where many clothes are not as durable and will not be very useful as something to grab or throw someone with. Wearing our everyday attire or a t-shirt better simulates the situations likely faced in the street. I’ve never been attacked by someone wearing a gi that is easily grabbed.

Do you have belt tests?
Yes and no! Each and every student is monitored for their personal growth in our school and its curriculum. Once a student has internalized the principles and techniques taught at their current level, they are promoted by certification and belt. Should they desire to test their abilities in a formal – tribunal – environment typically referred to as a belt test, we are willing to allow them that opportunity. But, what is commonly thought of as belt tests are not required to progress in our system.

How long does it take to become proficient?
That depends on each person. Our goal is to improve a person’s ability to defend oneself better with each class taken. We offer immersion classes, lunch and learn classes, and beginner, intermediate, advanced and black belt level training programs. Each will better enable a person to handle violence when necessary.