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Local Karate News Choosing the Right Karate School in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake

Local Karate News Choosing the Right Karate School in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake

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) Changing Lives Martial Arts teaches Karate lessons to kids, martial arts for adults and Krav Maga in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia www.atakick.com Call Today! 757-471-9002
) Changing Lives Martial Arts teaches Karate lessons to kids, martial arts for adults and Krav Maga in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia www.atakick.com Call Today! 757-471-9002

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Local Virginia Beach Karate News
Karate News in Virginia Beach, VirginiaKarate News in Chesapeake, Virginia
Changing Lives ATA ³KARATE´ and Master Instructor, SeniorMaster Tracy Lee Thomas Offer¶s Karate Tips on«³How to choose the right Karate School in Virginia Beach andChesapeake´.
 
In the
KARATE business
, not all schools are created equal.
KARATE instructors
generally donot have to answer to a state agency; or even have specific training. Some schools; such as, ones belonging to
the American Taekwondo Association
require all
Karate instructors
to becomecertified prior to owning or operating a martial arts school. ATA Instructors are required to be acertified Instructor and must keep their National certifications and qualifications up to date.Certifications such as the following are a few of the ones required by ATA Karate:
y
 
CPR 
y
 
State and Federal background check 
y
 
Class management skills certification
y
 
Physical skills certification
y
 
ATA Certification Camp
y
 
Child Safety Skills and Drills
y
 
Kidz-N-Power Course
Senior Master Tracy Thomas
suggests you do your research prior to enrolling at a school.Seeing what the school has to offer will give parents and potential students a better understanding of the commitment and guide you in making your decision for the right
Karateacademy
.Below are some key steps, questions to ask and tips when
choosing a Karate School:
 1.
 
Research on the internet.
Read Martial Art Articles, stories, testimonials, and learn asmuch as you can about your 
local Karate schools.
 2.
 
Make an appointment.
The school should offer a
free introductory class
, take it andexperience the class, academy and instructors. This should be a positive experience withclass structure and a personal rapport with you and your family.3.
 
Overall positive attitude of the instructor and the students.
This can serve as anaccurate indicator of school spirit. Respect goes both ways, you should see both theinstructor and students showing it at all times.4.
 
D
oes the class have structure and self control?
A
Karate class
should include a warmup, specific training material and cool down. Many schools encourage the students toarrive early to their 
Karateclass
so they can stretch before the class to prevent injuries.
 
5
.
 
KARATELocation.
The school¶s proximity to your home or work should seriously betaken into consideration prior to enrolling into a program.6.
 
Equipment/Facility.
Martial arts schools vary in the type of equipment and amenitiesthey offer.
D
oes the school appear clean
? Are the
Karatestudents
required to wear safety gear?7.
 
Class Sizes and Schedule.
Many new students prefer to be part of a larger class, rather than a small class as the energy levels of the class are higher; however, the benefits of asmaller class should not be overlooked. You will also want to ask when classes areoffered, how long are the classes, and can your class schedule be
flexible if needed
?8.
 
Q
uality of KarateInstruction.
Is the instructor certified? What rank do they hold? Howlong have they been in
Karate
? Who is their senior instructor and how often do theytrain with him/her? Are they certified by a
National Martial Arts Organization
?9.
 
Class Ages/Groups.
What age can my child start? Are the classes separated by ageand/or belt level? Are you looking for a family class?10.
 
Ranking.
How often do you test for rank? What are the requirements? Is my rank nationally recognized? Can I transfer out of the area to another academy with the same
Karate style and curriculum
?11.
 
P
rice of Instruction.
Prices vary depending on the program. Ask about paid in fulloptions, many times this will not only save you money, but it will also include free gear or a considerable discount. Be sure to ask questions, the instructor should be receptive toyour questions and answer in a clear matter. Is everything discussed, well documentedwithin the membership agreement?12.
 
Variety of KARATE programs.
Search for a school that offers multiple programs for the entire family from pre-school to adults.
Changing Lives ATA KARATE have a 3 day Free Trial Offer to new students. For moreinformation visitwww.atakick.com. Call today for a free introductory class.
After visitingwww.ATAONLINE.comwe noticed there were over 1,
5
00 ATA schools in theUnited States, five of them are owned and operated locally in
Virginia Beach and Chesapeakeby Tracy Lee Thomas.
Many of his schools were or are still in the
Top Ten KARATEAcademies in the nation
. Master Tracy Thomas has been an outstanding member of the ATAsince 1980 where he began his training in
Racine, Wisconsin
. At age 17, he owned and operatedhis first
ATA Karate
academy in Racine for several years before moving to
Valdosta, Georgia
 where he ran and operated one ATA school and two ATA clubs.
Senior Master 
Tracy LeeThomas
owns both the
ATA Karate and Krav Maga licenses
for the regional ATA area.
ATA Karate Academies
Offers the following programs:
P
re- School Students: Teaching ATA Starter Life Skills
Tiny Tigers: ages 3-6 years old
School Age Students: Teaching ATA Reality Based Life Skills
Better Grades-Self Discipline-Respect-Enhanced Focus skills
 
Karate For Kids: ages 6-12 years old
Teens & Adult Students: Teaching Karate for Adults
Teens & Adults
Krav Maga For Kids:
Reality Based Life Skills and Conditioning Programs
The only certified Krav Maga Worldwide school in Hampton Roads
Krav Maga For Adults:
http://kravmagavirginiabeach.com 
 
Virginia Beach KARATE Training Facility:
 
3809
P
rincess Anne Road Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
 Princess Anne Shoppes (next to Fitness One)Phone: 7
5
7-471-9002Email:Inquiry@atakick.com 
 
Virginia Beach KARATE Training Facility:
 
1169 Nimmo
P
arkway Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
 Parkway Red Mill Commons Shopping Center (next to Pier One Imports) Phone: 7
5
7-
5
63-9022Email: inquiry@atakick.com 
 
Chesapeake KARATE Training Facility:
 
236 Carmichael Way Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
 Edinburgh Commons Shopping Center (off route 168)Phone:7
5
7-432-9022Email:Inquiry@atakick.com 
 
Chesapeake KARATE Training Facility:501F Kempsville Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
 Greenbrier Shoppes Shopping Center (corner of Kempsville Road and Greenbrier Parkway)Phone: 7
5
7-382-9022Email:Inquiry@atakick.com 
 
Chesapeake KARATE Training Facility:Western Branch Opening Soon !Chesapeake, Virginia 23320CLMA Karate
P.O. Box 68820

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