Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are those that are the most commonly asked of us. If you have a question that you need answered and cannot find it here. Please feel free to contact us by email or by phone.
Do you have combination parent/child classes?
At this time we specifically do not, however, if a parent and child wish to study together, they are more than welcome to train together.
Are you associated or have memberships with any major international organizations?
We have been affiliated with a several organizations over the years. The current one I am associated with is Kyusho.Expert. This is an international organization of pressure point instructors with no political agenda. We are all there to learn from each other and expand our knowledge. Grandmaster Mark Kline, is the organizer of this group who is based out of New Jersey, and who also has a school in Italy. We are also a charter school with CSSD/SC which is also an international organization lead by Grandmaster Bram Frank.
Do you have a discount for family members of current members?
Yes. We extend discounted memberships to immediate family members only. This group includes; parents, siblings and grandparents or legal guardians.
Do you require contracts?
Yes and No. It depends on what you consider a “contract.”
Traditionally most martial arts schools use the word “Contract” to mean that you will be signing away 3 or so years of your life, that you must pay monthly, quarterly or whatever, regardless if you show up for class or not. We refer to a “contract” as an agreement between the student and the school; where as the student agrees to pay the school monthly for martial arts classes, the school agrees to provide the martial arts classes and if for whatever reason the student wants to leave, the student gives the school 30 days notice.
Even though you don’t teach a sport, can I still compete in martial arts competitions?
Of course. If a student wishes to compete then who are we or am I from stopping them. If a student wishes to pursue this avenue we will assist them along the way, however, if someone is looking for a sport then this art is probably not for them.
How long does it take, on average, to get a black belt in your style?
The martial arts is a lifelong study. That being said, if a student stays diligent and studies regularly, a black belt can be achieved in about 4.5 years.
There is a minimum time frame for each belt level a student must train for before they are able to promote. At that time it is up to the instructor to decide if that student is ready for promotion. At Handwerker Martial Arts we don’t promote anyone just because they show up to class on a regular basis and can pay their dues. Students have to prove they can perform the required techniques have knowledge of the required principles and fundamentals before they can test. So in some cases it is common for it to take longer.
How long is each session?
We don’t really have “sessions.” All of our classes are based on a continued learning platform and continue until the student wishes to not continue training.
Do you take Credit Cards?
We take all forms of payment; Credit Cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express), PayPal, Cash, and Checks
How do you handle promotions?
There are 6 ranks (levels) before reaching Black. This is not a school where we hand out rank just because a student shows up. Martial arts is a safety skill that needs to be practiced and participation trophies don’t fit in that model. Our expectation is for students to study at home as well as in the dojo. You can’t get a black belt by just showing up in class.