Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost?
A: That’s a loaded question! At YMATC we offer a FREE trial week to all new students in each of our many programs. That way, you can try out each one of our classes before making your informed decision. Prices range from $49/month to $136/month depending on age and number of programs that a student is enrolled. We also offer multiple DISCOUNTS to offset the cost of training for families, post-secondary students, executive students, and even those commuting from out of town.
Q: What programs/styles do you offer?
A: We are always evolving at YMATC. We have programs for pre-school through adult and beyond. Styles we offer: Kickboxing, Haidong Gumdo (Korean Sword), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, TaeKwon-Do, Wrestling, Kung Fu & Tai Chi. We also hold Women’s Self Defense seminars and FREE Bullyproof sessions throughout the year.
Q: What age can they start at?
A: Our Little Ninjas program starts with pre-schoolers aged 3-5. This is an introductory program that builds skill sets not just for future training but also important for everyday life. We accept students of every age and those that are grade 4 and older have many more options to the different styles we offer.
Q: Am I too old to start?
A: NO! The oldest student to walk in and start training at YMATC was 87! Training in any of our programs can be tailored to each individual if needed. You are never too old to start learning. We have a broad spectrum of ages and abilities across our programs and no one is judged, only helped. If you have a concern about starting martial arts, give us a call and talk to your doctor and we’ll help you find the best answer to your training needs. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”
Q: What do I need to bring/wear?
A: Wear something comfy. Usually sweat pants or shorts and a t-shirt do just fine. Bring a towel if you think you may break a sweat and a cup or water bottle. We offer free water, but you’ll need something to drink it out of.
Q: Where are you located?
A: YMATC is currently located at 295 Broadway St. W. in Yorkton, SK. We are directly across from Trifon's Pizza, or if you’re new to town, we’re right beside Co-Op gas west.
Q: What are your class times?
A: Classes are held Monday to Friday in the evenings. Our class schedule changes periodically to accommodate new styles/classes. A current class schedule can always be found on our website and Facebook page. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us at 306-621-1555
Q: How long is a class?
A: Most of our classes run for a full hour. For the younger students (with a shorter attention span) we cut the time down to a half hour or 45 minutes. The shorter class times are reflected in the cost per month.
Q: Can I take more than 1 class? How much extra does that cost?
A: Yes! We have many students training in multiple classes to better round out their martial knowledge and self defense training. You will only pay $15/month for each additional class AND our discounts still apply.
Q: Will martial arts make my child violent?
A: Absolutely not! We don't teach kids how to kick and punch so they can go down the street and beat up the neighbor's kid. Instead, we teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development. Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. They learn to respect all living things – from their parents to pets. Often, kids who were violent before they joined our class changed, and became non-violent. So no, martial arts won't make your child violent!
Q: What if my child is not athletic? Will he/she have a hard time?
A: Often children who don't find success in team sports come to martial arts. And they love it. That's because with martial arts you go at your own pace.See, team sports actually harm the self-esteem of children who aren't very athletic. When they don't perform well, the other kids can be pretty nasty. And this can leave some serious scars on their self-esteem. But with martial arts, they can't let anyone down. Everyone goes at their own pace. Some kids learn quicker than others – but the children who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly. Everyone is greatly encouraged – regardless of his or her athletic level.
Q: Will my child learn a talent that they can be proud of?
A: Many children find pride in being able to do “cool” things like dancing, juggling, singing, playing an instrument, etc., etc., etc. I've seen many kids enter talent shows, and show off their martial arts skills. The crowd is blown away every time! There's simply something fascinating and exciting about watching martial arts. And your child will take great pride in his/her abilities.
Q: Will my child get hurt?
A: I've had children come to my program for years without ever obtaining a single injury. This is actually the case with most children. Have children gotten injured in my martial arts class? Yes, some have. But the injuries were no different than those which kids who play baseball and other sports get. In the words of a parent I recently spoke with, “The instructors pay attention to detail when it comes to safety.” From padded, sprung floors, to proper gear, to step-by- step instruction – we do everything in our power to insure your child's safety. I can't guarantee your child won't be injured – but I can tell you that almost no children receive injuries in our programs. And that's because we take everyone's safety very seriously.
Q: Will my child have fun? Will he want to stick with the program?
A: When parents take their kids to appointments – normally the parent has to run around and do everything in their power to get their children to the appointment on time. “Hurry up!” they shout, “We'll be late!” (How many times have you said this?) But with martial arts, something fascinating happens… Often the children are the ones yelling these things! They don't want to be late, and they never want to miss a class. In fact, I know of many parents who use martial arts as an incentive to get chores done. If the kids are good, do their chores, and do their homework – they get martial arts as a reward.That's because your child will have a ton of fun. They'll be laughing and smiling throughout the entire class. And because they'll constantly be setting and reaching goals – they'll want to stick with the program. It will become a part of their life as if it was always there.
Q: Are martial arts just for boys or can my girl take classes too?
A: On this page I've said “he” a lot. But the truth is, there are just as many girls in many of our classes as there are boys. Girls love martial arts just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do. Also, if I've learned anything in my years of teaching, its that girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher! So you don't have to worry about your little girl getting hurt, or feeling scared because she'll be practicing with boys. In fact, the boys may even be the ones who are scared.
Q: Who is the instructor? What qualifications does he have?
A: YMATC’s Head Instructor is Mr. Michael Forster. Mr. Forster is certified as a 6th Degree Black Belt - Master Instructor in TaeKwon-Do (UTI), a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Haidong Gumdo (World HG Federation), and a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Infight BJJ). He also has other instructors, black belts and senior belt assistants who help with almost every class. This ensures a higher student to instructor ratio for assistance with learning and quality instruction that is YMATC’s standard. For more information, please don’t hesitate to chat with Mr. Forster about his background, world championship experiences and affiliations with the top organizations in the province, country and world!
Q: When can I start?
A: Besides our Little Ninjas, the programs we offer don’t have a “set in stone” start or end date, so when you’re ready to start, we’re ready to help you on your path. We realize that there are many other activities that students take part in throughout the year. Our programs and price structures are flexible to work around your other commitments. One of the best things about martial arts is that it’s available year round. Rain or shine, hot or cold, the weather doesn’t get in the way of our training.
Q: Do classes run through the summer?
A: YES! Although because of summer holidays, our schedule is condensed to reflect a vacation for everyone (including our instructors). Our prices are also reduced so that students taking only part of the summer to travel can come back anytime to continue their training. We encourage summer training to stay active in class which makes for an easier start up in the fall. Students training through the summer will also advance through ranks more readily because the curriculum stays fresh in their mind.
Q: Will I be with other beginners?
A: YES! New students are starting almost every week, so you are not behind on anything. We realize that starting a new activity, especially one such as martial arts, can sometimes be overwhelming. The fear of the unknown is a powerful thing. Please rest assured that we will do everything to make you feel at home, like you’re one of the family. Training is constantly supervised by professional instructors and SAFETY is always number one. If you’re still apprehensive or unsure about any class we encourage coming in to gather more information, brochures, schedules and even just to watch a class. If you’re not sure you’ll know anyone at class, feel free to bring a friend along! Everyone gets a FREE trial week, so there’s nothing to lose!
Q: How big are the classes?
A: We’ve made it a policy to have a limit on each and every class size so that we can keep the student to instructor ratio low so the quality of instruction stays high. For the younger classes the limit is 10-15 students and for youth and adults we have no more than 20 at a time. This limit has a downside though, because once a class is filled up, unfortunately we must create a waiting list. It’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure we have a spot for you and reserve it ASAP. 306-621-1555
Q: How does the belt system work?
A: Well, that’s another loaded question! We have multiple belt systems to reflect the multiple styles that we offer. All systems start at white and end with black, but the colors in between will vary. All of our styles offer a curriculum that can be tailored to any ability (or disability) and allows each student to progress at their own rate. Everyone learns differently, so we offer exams and promotions multiple times per year to encourage students to climb the martial arts ladder. Once a student reaches black belt, the journey doesn’t end, it’s merely the first chapter.
Q: When do I get my Black Belt?
A: When do you want to get it? Anyone can buy a black belt. It’s just a belt. It’s the knowledge behind a black belt that gets complicated. Every style has different standards and curriculum that students need to fully comprehend before getting to black. The time to learn everything required for a black belt will be different for everyone, but on average a TaeKwon-Do black belt takes 4 years, a Haidong Gumdo black belt will take 2-3 years, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt will take 10 years or more! You may ask why there is such a difference in time, and again it comes down to the amount of curriculum a student has to learn, their desire to learn it, their commitment to attend classes and their overall understanding of the material they learn. The averages outlined above are just that, averages. Students may take less time or more time depending how they learn and retain knowledge, and how often they practice.
Q: Do I have to be a certain age to get my Black Belt?
A: YES. We are not a McDojo. We don’t hand out black belts to kids. Just like driving and voting, we believe there are certain responsibilities that come with achieving a black belt. Again the different styles have different standards, but the beliefs stay the same. The rank of Black Belt should be a respected achievement and should represent the wearer’s superior and intimate knowledge of the art they are wearing it for. Not to mention the countless hours of training invested. Anything worth doing is worth doing properly. Not, “well, you put in the time and paid the money, here’s a black belt.” Remember that a black belt is only a white belt that didn’t quit.
Q: Is that a real sword?
A: YES. If you can see it and touch it, it is probably real. What you meant to ask is “Is that a sharp sword?” NO. Our sharp swords are put away so little hands stay uninjured. The swords you see at class are all training swords and are dull to help keep everyone safe.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: If you have a question that we didn’t answer above, please feel free to email, call, text message, message us on facebook, or just drop by when classes are in session. We will answer any question you have and if we don’t have the answer, we will find it and get it to you ASAP.
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