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How to visit a school


How to visit a martial arts school during your search for a school.

Tips on visiting

  • When visiting for the first time, call ahead to make sure visitors are welcome and to make an appointment. 
  • Wear normal street clothes. Do not wear martial arts logos and such.
  • Observe proper martial arts school protocol. If you are unfamiliar with the protocol, ask about it when you call for a visit or watch the behavior of others closely when you enter the school.
  • Be polite and courteous. 
  • If you are offered a hand, shake hands. If someone bows to you, bow back. 
  • Be quiet during class; don’t do anything to draw attention to yourself while the class is in session. 
  • Get there early so you see the entire class process and stay afterward so you can ask questions. 
  • Don’t discuss other schools. If you cannot avoid the subject, do not say anything derogatory about another school. 
  • Do not try to impress the instructor with your limited knowledge of the school’s martial art or other martial arts.
  • Don’t try to use Korean terminology unless you are sure of the meaning and pronunciation.
  • Visit many schools, many times.
  • Beware of high-pressure sales pitches at some schools. If you feel pressured, leave.
  • Some schools do not have continuous enrollment, you may have to wait until next week, next month, or even next semester (if the school meets at a college) for the next beginner's class to start. Use the waiting time to do more visiting.
  • You should visit numerous schools to develop a short list of the ones you like. Then you must visit each of those schools many times to form an informed opinion on a typical class. Classes vary from one to another; instructors have good days and bad days, the head instructor may be on vacation, or different classes may have an emphasis on different subjects, such as weapons training, advanced kicks, or self-defense techniques. If you only visit one class, you will not know what a typical class is like.  

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