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The following is a list of the most common questions we get asked. Please feel free to look over this list for the answers to your questions. If you do not find the answer listed please click here to contact us with any other questions.

  • How long will it take me to get a black belt?
    • ISMAís philosophy is that if your focus is only on a belt color it will take forever to achieve. If your focus is on the knowledge and technical proficiency of skills within the martial arts, the progression of belt ranks will come in due time in respect to your level of proficiency, attitude, knowledge, and dedication to training. Martial Arts is a life long journey and black belt is just the beginning, not the end. Every belt up to black belt builds your martial arts foundation. Anyone can buy a fancy colored belt... true knowledge must be studied and learned.

  • How long before I get invited to test?
    • That depends on an individualís attitude, practice, knowledge, and dedication to training. With most everything, one who puts in more effort to study will develop skills quicker than those who donít. ISMA students are invited to test when the head instructor believes they have the potential to pass the test. It is up to the individual to earn their new rank. As on any test, if you donít have the right answers, you canít receive credit. RememberÖ Practice doesnít always make Perfect, it makes Permanent. Students should focus on quality practice to develop quality skills. Our ranks are not given based on tenure (number of classes participated in), but must be respectfully earned through achievement of skills and performance.

  • What if I have an injury or disability that wonít allow me to meet all the rank requirements?
    • ISMA believes everyone has obstacles in their training path, some are small and easy to overcome and some are larger and harder to move than others or permanent. Rank requirements must be met at the proficiency level required to earn that rank. If you canít meet a rank requirement, it doesnít mean you canít learn or train at ISMAÖ it simply means you wonít be able to progress in rank color. Higher level skills may be taught to individuals at the head instructorís discretion. Knowledge and skills that you are able to execute stay with you every where, a colored rank is only worn during class time.

  • What if I already train with someone else, but Iím looking to cross train?
    • Students at ISMA are not permitted to cross train in any other martial art, boxing, or even aerobic kickboxing. While these all have advantages and disadvantages, ISMA is designed for a student to continuously progress meaning each technique builds upon the next while training body, mind, and muscles to move fluently within the style. Trying to learn multiple martial arts styles or from multiple schools concurrently is counter productive to training and never allows the student to become fluent. It is for this reason that it is our policy that students remain constant with one school. Aerobic kickboxing classes are great for advanced aerobics enthusiast who wishes for a hard cardio workout, but we feel they destroy a serious martial artists timing, technique, and speed.

  • If I already have a green belt from another school, do I still get to wear it at ISMA?
    • The belt you earned is yours forever, as long as you donít show dishonor to the instructor who presented it to you, and the knowledge you learned to achieve that belt is yours for as long as you wish to hold it in your thoughts. However, due to the rank structure of ISMA being different school, you will be asked to ďempty your cupĒ and start as a white belt to learn new skills and knowledge. Depending on your previous training you might be able to learn new skills faster or have habits not productive to your training at ISMA that will take some time to remove from muscle memory.

  • Is a uniform required?
    • Yes. Uniforms are pertinent to the history of martial arts, the camaraderie of students, and a sense of ďbelongingĒ in the school. It has been observed that students who wear a uniform are more focused and have an increased sense of pride and self esteem. Preschoolers and younger youth students wearing uniforms tend to associate their attire with the proper conduct in and outside the class. This is very important because it is against ISMA philosophy to teach kicking and punching skills to individuals, especially younger students, without their understanding they are in a martial art and the proper conduct of a martial artist. Adult students tend to focus better and take their training more seriously while in a uniform.

  • Why is the preschool uniform different?
    • The preschool uniform, consisting of our school-logo shirt and shorter size belt, is designed for the comfort of the preschool student, convenience of the parent, and a more productive use of class time. Most preschoolerís find the white traditional uniform jacket too binding and hot. The full length belt is restrictive around little waists and, unless really tight, tends to come untied easily. With this occurrence, classes are often paused to re-assemble uniforms on students too young to tie these clothing items themselves. With the shorter size belt, 4 year olds can learn to tie their own belt making class time more productive and increasing their own sense of accomplishment. Parentís find keeping the white traditional uniform a challenge and prefer the preschool uniform for on-the-go daily activities. Since preschool students are permitted to wear any loose long pants, simple remove the belt and the preschooler is ready for the rest of the dayís activities.


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