The final consideration is to choose an instructor whose personality and teaching style is compatible with you. A good instruction may overcome any shortcomings in the other two considerations. A poor instructor will ruin the entire experience no matter what style or school location.
Visit each school first just as a spectator. Watch the overall personalities, attitudes, and actions of the instructors and students, and even other spectators. It things don’t feel right, then the school is not for you. If you like what you see, then visit a different class at the same school and get detailed information on the school, the instructors, the certifying organization they are affiliated with, level of contact, sparring style, cost, contracts, what programs they offer, etc. If you still like what you see, then take advantage of any trial or introductory classes to sample the goods. Check with your local Better Business Bureau.
After visiting all the schools and finding one you think is right for you, only then should you sign up for classes.
Finding the right style, school, and instructor are important since, if you find you enjoy the martial arts, you will be spending a lot of your time with the instructor and at school classes and events for many years.
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