If you have been interested in taking Krav Maga classes, choosing the right school is crucial. Not all schools and classes are the same, so before you sign up make sure you do your research. When you’re researching classes and Krav Maga schools, consider the following to help you make the right decision:
Define Your Goals
The most crucial part of choosing a Krav Maga school starts with you. What are your goals? Think about this critically before you choose a class or school. Answer the following questions:
- - Are you looking to lose weight?
- - Are you looking for a unique workout class?
- - Are you looking to learn self defense skills?
- - Are you doing pre-training for the military?
- - What am I looking for from Krav Maga?
Answering those 5 questions should help you make a decision. For example, if you answered the fourth question with “yes,” then you will want to consider a school that specializes in military training to make sure you get the most out of your classes. When you begin to research schools, find out what their specialties are and what programs are offered and see how that aligns with your goals.
Ask About Certifications
When you are trying to choose between Krav Maga schools you may want to research certifications that have been obtained by both the school and the school’s instructors. You want to make sure you are going to receive a quality education so certifications are a good indicator that the school and instructors have been properly trained to teach you Krav Maga.
Location, Location, Location
Do you have a tight schedule including spending long days at work? Are you intending to go straight from work to class or perhaps from class to work? Should you find yourself in this type of situation, you may want to choose a school that is close to work. One of the keys to success for most students is making classes a part of a daily routine. If you were to choose a school that was out of the way, you may be more apt to skip classes. Finding a school that is more in your general direction will help ensure you stay in class. Skipping classes won’t get you results!
If you think you’ve found the perfect class and Krav Maga school to attend, you may first want to start by sitting in on a class. You could start by asking an instructor if it would be okay for you to sit in before signing up. Most facilities should be okay with this. When you sit in on a class, try and get the best feel for its pace, the instructor, and the general knowledge being obtained by students. Does it feel like the type of class you have been looking for?
Recommendations by Friends and Family
Do you have any family or friends currently taking Krav Maga classes? If you do, you may want to start by asking them for a recommendation. Perhaps they are currently attending a Krav Maga school that is truly top-notch. That extra vote of confidence might be one of your best indicators that a class or school is worth looking into.
Choosing a Krav Maga school can be a challenging decision, but with some careful consideration and research, you’re sure to choose the best school for you.