Wushu is the Chinese term for martial arts. All styles regardless of origin are considered wushu. The literal translation is “War Arts”. Over the years wushu has become a competitive sport as well as ancient form of self defense. Wushu is also associated with the sport style of Chinese Martial Arts.
Kung-fu is a word made popular by the late great Bruce Lee. Kung-fu means “Acquired skill through Hard Work”. In order to have good wushu or martial arts you must have good kung fu. Many people in the United States refer to Kung-fu as traditional Chinese martial arts and Wushu as modern Chinese sport kung-fu.
Unlike Karate schools that focus on only one method or “style” to draw it’s self defense from, there are many different styles in kung-fu. These styles each have their own methods for defending yourself that are unique to that style. Some of the styles you will learn on your journey with the American Martial Arts Institute are: Shaolin, Tiger, Snake, Crane, Leopard, Dragon, Eagle, Mantis, Hsing-I, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, Chang Quan and Nan Quan.
Research shows that a complex physical activity, such as martial arts, strengthens neural networks in the brain and enables kids with ADHD to practice self-control. If you’ve tried other sport where the coaching is directed more at the team as a whole, a child with ADHD may have a harder time paying attention. This is why Martial Arts make for better options for hyperactive children.
There are different benefits at every age to start training. Where youth tends to bring the benefit of energy and often a “No Fear” approach, as we begin to lose energy of youth and as life experiences develop fears to try new things, with age brings a wisdom and intellectual presence to training that is often absent in younger students. Every age has its benefits and challenges. We encourage you to embrace the phase of life you are in and understand your learning strengths and weaknesses so that you can maximize the benefits of your training experience.
Students usually take classes 2-3x a week and that frequency keeps them well-practiced. We recommend 2x a week, however, our curriculum is designed so that if a student can only fit one class into their schedule per week, you will still learn everything needed to advance.
AMAI is not what we consider a competitive school. Many of our students and teachers go through phases on their journey where they want to and do compete. When the desire for competition comes up, coaching and mentor-ship is available to pursue this goal for as long as the student wants to stay on a competition path.
NO. AMAI does not use contracts. We understand that life takes us in many different directions and with kids, interests change. We keep our memberships simple. You have the ability to add classes, drop classes and even cancel your membership at any time with at least 10 days notice from your next tuition payment due date. When life throws a curve ball at you, we want to be a place that is a stress relief and doesn’t add to it, which is why many of our students return to us when they have cleared those obstacles.
Yes, for family members living in the same household, we offer 25% off the 2nd family member, 50% off the third and 75% off each person after that. We also have UNLIMITED FAMILY PLAN memberships that give everyone in your household, UNLIMITED classes to all of our programs.
Since many of our programs are curriculum based that requires regular weekly attendance, just like school, if you miss a week or even two weeks of classes, that’s material missed that you will want to make up. We encourage students to attend extra group classes to make up the ones missed. There is no extra charge for these make up classes. We can also offer complimentary private lessons to help you or your child get caught up on any missed material. We also have private lesson packages available for anyone that desires additional training outside of the group classes.
We present our program very similarly to school. Our students test every three months. Testing is typically held in March, June, August and November. These tests includes physical endurance, techniques, form, and self-defense. All of the material student will be tested on are presented over the course of our 11-13 week marking periods or what we call “Quarters”. Students are scored on these skills and just like school, must earn at least a 70% or higher to pass. So our tests are not the “Show up, Perform and Get a New Belt” test. The scoring helps to maintain a standard and allows students and parents to track progress. We recognize that everyone has different goals and motivations for training. Testing is part of the method used to teach Goal Setting. By grading the tests, it teaches accountability and allows for more opportunities for our students to grow as individuals.
Our goal is to never bring a student to test that we are not confident that they can pass. Every four weeks we do “Stripe Testing” which is a progress check for the teachers. Stripe testing helps the teachers see if students are on track for testing. Stripe Testing allows us to identify students that may need extra help as well as material in the lesson plans that they may need to give more attention to.
Testing is not mandatory to learning new skills. Testing is necessary in order to successfully accomplishing the long term goal of earning a black belt. The material we teach changes every three months. If at the end of the quarter a student does not test, they will begin learning the new quarter’s material with everyone else, however, they will not go into the next quarter with a new rank. Not testing will only extend the amount of time it takes for the student to test and earn his or her black belt.
The whole purpose of belts in martial arts is to teach goal setting. Traditionally, colored belts were not a part of martial arts training. What most would agree, in American culture, people do better at most things with clearly defined goals. Colored belt teach both short term and long term goal setting. For most, earning a Black Belt in martial arts is a long term goal. The colored belts along the way are breaking down that long term goal into shorter goals to make progress for the student easier to see.
Everything in our curriculum can be modified to help meet our students at their current abilities. When you do your trial lessons, in addition to you “checking us out”, this gives us a chance to evaluate and make training recommendations to help you get the most out of your sessions. Most of the time participation in the group classes will not be an issue, however, it may be determined that private lessons could present a better option.
Our goal is to provide training that is most beneficial to our students. We currently have several special needs students and have always had training options for them. Many of these students take group classes and have a lot of success. Students with more severe special needs are taught in one on one sessions with an instructor. All of our teachers have experience working with special needs kids and adults. After the student’s trial program, we will be able to make the best training recommendations.
Tiny Tigers are promoted every 12 weeks however they are not tested. This program does not follow the same quarterly schedule as the rest of our programs, rather your child’s 12 week promotion count begins with the first week they attend class. After your child attends their 12th week of class, he/she will be presented with a new belt. We want our 3 and 4 year olds to be introduced to the concept of belt promotions and to associate belts with martial arts. This is our way of introducing Goal Setting to Tiny Tigers. The kids at AMAI begin testing for their rank once they enter into our Lil’ Dragons program at age 5.
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