How will Kempo benefit me?
Everyone benefits differently, but the number of success stories we hear is a constant reminder of the positive ways Kempo effects students’ lives. Many of our students say Kempo has helped them eat healthier, lose weight, balance longer and stand taller. Some have even found that they can stop taking certain medications, or that a chronic pain has subsided. People report that they feel stronger and more flexible, and they lose stress and gain confidence. They don’t worry any more about whether they could defend themselves if they had to, and they find that the discipline they learn in the dojo carries over to other areas of their lives. They feel calmer and more at peace with challenging situations, and they often find strong friendships with other students.
I don’t know a thing about martial arts. Are you sure this is right for me?
Some of our students have past martial arts experience but most do not. We are proud to say our studios are made up of regular people who care about fitness, learning new skills and being part of what students describe as a group that feels like a family.
Am I the right age for Kempo? Am I healthy enough to start now?
Our students range in age from 4 to 60 and have a wide range of backgrounds. Some have an athletic background but many do not — many haven’t been to the gym in years. If you’re fit enough to walk up a flight of stairs comfortably and can sit down on the ground and get up again you’re fit enough to begin Kempo.
Is there sparring?
We do light contact sparring but only when you’re ready for it.
Should I study Kempo in addition to going to the gym or instead of?
It’s up to you. Some of our students go to the gym in addition to coming to the dojo but most find that their Kempo classes give them all the workout they need.
How often do you suggest I attend class?
The more important question is: What fits your schedule? If you have the time to visit the dojo a few days a week, you’ve already set the stage for success. On average, students train with us 2-3 times a week, but some come as many as 5 times a week. Come as often as you’d like; we won’t tire of seeing you.
Can you accommodate busy or complicated schedules?
Most of our students have families and careers and a number of demands outside of the dojo. We will work with you to find a schedule that fits into everything else that is going on in your life.
When and where should I start?
We offer a variety of programs with continual enrollment which means you can start today! You can attend classes at any of our four studios in the Alexandria, Virginia area and many students come to two or more studios throughout the week.
How fast can I get a black belt?
If you’re singularly concerned with “fast,” we’ll time you as you run around the block. If you’re a deeper-thinking soul and understand that everyone works at his or her own speed, and the nuances of success are different for everyone, you’ll appreciate the time it takes to earn each new belt and the amount of work involved even after you’ve achieved the black belt level. Our black belt students are fond of saying that they didn’t know how much they didn’t know until they reached that pinnacle.
Will I get hurt?
Our studios are full of real people with real jobs and responsibilities. We focus on safety so Kempo will never interfere with the rest of your life. You’re much more likely to hurt yourself on your skateboard or on the soccer field.