Though sparring is a great way to hone your skills, martial arts competitions are where you can really test everything you’ve learned in class thus far. They provide students with new challenges, as they are forced to be in combat with new competitors and potentially daunting atmospheres, while getting their skills tested. Competitions can also help build a student’s confidence.
Martial arts tournaments aren’t only for fun – hosting one on behalf of your school can create many benefits for it as well. Tournaments bring the schools in your area together, helping your dojo establish its name in the local martial arts community, while also encouraging your students to stay engaged. Beyond that, your students will also be tested on their skill level as they compete with those whom they’ve never sparred with.
For those who do not practice martial arts, kung fu and karate may seem like interchangeable terms. But these two martial styles could not be more different from one another, from their origins to their philosophies.
Summer is a great time to attract new students. You can take advantage of the fact that parents will need some extra help with their children, while they’re home from school, and show why martial arts is a great way for them to spend their time and money. Retaining a summer program student beyond September, though, can be a bit more challenging, once school picks up again.