I focus on self-defense and self-improvement. Many schools are competition oriented, or focused on socialization of kids. I concentrate on adults with a few teens and teach techniques that work.
I like seeing people improve their lives and learn what they are capable of doing.
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Typically we start with a phone call where we ask questions of each other and I can learn what you are looking for in martial arts and tell you what I offer. Then we proceed to a trial group class or to an introductory private lesson. Then you decide whether to start my introductory program and train with me.
Started Hapkido training in 1983 and teaching in 1988, currently 6th Dan black belt. Started Taekwondo training in 1985, currently 4th Dan black belt. Started Arnis training in 1993, currently Lakan Isa black belt.
Have been teaching since 1985 under the auspices of my teachers, and started Beck Martial Arts with my own programs in 1993.
Base rate of $30/hour for people who want to pay as they go. 6-packs available for those who are occasional; those are prepaid sets of 6 classes where you get a small discount paying for 5, ie $150. I keep track and mark them off as you use them. But most people train using the monthly rates: for Hapkido that is $160 (typically 12 classes available), for Arnis $160 (typically 12 classes), for Taekwondo $120 (typically 8 classes).
At Iowa State University, the Hapkido club had Saturday workouts where the highest ranking person in attendence would lead class. One day a couple years into training that was me, and I found that I liked it a lot.
As young as 5, as old as 66, men, women, teens, children, many different races, religions, and cultures. Many different temperments. I've worked a couple times with blind and with wheelchair bound students. A few times with rape victims.
Watch a class. Look at the students. Regardless of the skill level of the instructor, is skill getting across to the students? is the class atmosphere one you will be comfortable in? Do your goals match up with the focus of the school? Is the school asking for a big money committment up front, or a contract?