Q: “What kind of physical shape do I need to be in?”
Any! We have Krav Maga students who are in great shape, and others who aren't. Everyone has a great experience, and learns a ton in every class. Those who start out in not-so-great shape often get in shape very quickly. So if this is you, have no fear! Just come and enjoy Krav Maga.
Q: “Can I participate in these Krav Maga classes if I have a medical condition?”
If you have a medical condition, or past / present injury, we advise speaking to your doctor before starting our St. Johns Krav Maga classes.
The good news is you can adjust your pace to match your physical ability. If you have to go a bit slower than the rest of the class, that's just fine. And no one will judge you. You'll have tremendous support.
Q: “Are these classes violent? Can I get hurt?”
People often associate martial arts with violence. After all, you're learning self-defense techniques. However, there's a big difference between self-defense and violence.
Self-defense means you seek a peaceful way of life, only defending yourself is you absolutely have to. Violence means seeking out hostile situations.
While injury is possible with any form of exercise - we're proud to say that injuries are very rare here. We go to extreme lengths to make sure you learn Krav Maga in a safe, effective way.
Q: “What kind of atmosphere are these classes? (fun? serious? etc.?)”
Every one of our Krav Maga classes goes through a range of atmospheres. At times, it's highly focused and serious. At other times it's goofy and fun. We try to create a good mixture of both so you learn a lot while having fun.
Kids Martial Arts
Q: “Does martial arts, karate, tae kwon do make kids violent?”
No way! Martial arts is about peace, harmony and diplomacy. It teaches children how to AVOID fights - not pick them.
Q: “Do kids get injured in martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”
Sometimes. But the truth is, injuries are very, very rare here. We have a lot of measures in place to keep your child perfectly safe. In fact, safety is our #1 concern.
Q: “My child isn't athletic. Can he/she still participate in martial arts, karate, tae kwon do if he/she?”
Absolutely. Martial arts teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.
Q: “Do children's confidence & self-esteem grow with martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”
Absolutely. Kid with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.
Q: “Are both group & private classes available?”
Most of our members enjoy the group setting, but private sessions are available too depending on instructor availability.
Q: “How many other people will there be in my class?”
You can most likely expect 15-30, give or take a few depending on the day / time. We always make sure there are enough instructors no matter the class size though.
Q: “Are there other beginners like me?”
Yes! Our classes cater to people of all experience levels, and in every class there are people all over the spectrum.
Q: “Can you help me with my eating / nutrition?”
Absolutely. We offer nutritional guidance as part of your membership (at no additional cost).
Mixed Martial Arts
Q: “Is MMA training appropriate for people of all fitness levels?”
Our St. Johns MMA training program is completely accessible to anyone and everyone. MMA has a rep for being “super hardcore”. In reality, you can go whatever pace you need to in our program. As your fitness level rises, you can increase your intensity.
Q: “Is there a good chance that I'll get injured?”
No way! Injuries are very few and far between with our program. That's because no one is trying to hurt anyone else here. We all just want to get in awesome shape, have fun, and learn some killer MMA techniques.
Q: “What kind of atmosphere do these classes have?”
It's like a family here. Or a team. Everyone is extremely supportive and encouraging. Members help each other learn moves and get them down. We all push each other to go harder and longer than we could on our own. And we laugh and smile a lot together too. Come to one class and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.
Q: “What are the ages of the other students?”
Students range from 20s to late 40s. However we've had younger, and we've had older. Since you can go at your own pace with this training, there's really no age limit. Well, babies might have a bit of trouble ;-)