Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much are classes at your school?
Our membership fees range from $125 to $185 per month, depending on which plan you sign up for. We prefer to discuss fees with our clients, face-to-face, so please contact us to schedule your visit.
2. What kind of payment options do you offer?
Membership plans are based on month-to-month payments. However, we offer automatic payment options, such as automatic credit card payments, automatic check payments, and pay-by-phone. We offer a discount on monthly fees on three-month, six-month, and twelve-month membership sign-ups. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit/debit cards.
3. Can I take a trial class before I join?
Yes you can, but we offer something better. If you'd like, you can take a Seven Day Pass, which allows you try out all our classes for one week, completely FREE. However, you don't have to wait for one week before you join. You can join anytime.
4. Do you require long term contracts?
No we do not. Membership is month-to-month.
5. How old does my child have to be to join the children's classes?
The youngest child we'll accept is four years old. The oldest is twelve years old. We recommend you bring your child in and let him/her try out a class first. Contact us to schedule your visit.
6. Do you have ranking at your school?
Yes we do. We have twelve levels that are divided according to beginner, intermediate, advanced, and instructor phases.
7. Do you have testing fees?
Yes we do. Just like in every martial arts school, students are required to pay for the instructor's time and attention.
8. I just want to learn self defense, not martial arts. Do you teach self defense?
Yes we do. Our JKD, Filipino Martial Arts, Maphilindo Silat, and Women's Self Defense classes are all self defense, first and foremost. They are not traditional martial arts (like karate or kung fu) or sport-based arts (like taekwondo or judo). We don't separate self defense from martial arts training because we are a self defense school and everything we teach is for self defense.
9. Do you spar at your school?
Yes we do. We use a variety of sparring drills that go from light contact to full contact. We spar with Empty Hands (Boxing, Kickboxing, Grappling), Weapons (Stick, Knife, & Sword), and Mass Attack (multiple opponents at the same time).
10. Is your school appropriate for women? or young girls?
Yes it is. Our school emphasizes safety, respect, and care. Respecting your fellow students is important, so women should feel comfortable at our school. We don't tolerate disrespectful behavior of any kind.
As far as training, our "way of fighting" is to train as if our opponent is much bigger and stronger than we are. That means we can't use force against his force by blocking his strikes (we would lose). Instead you will learn to use other ways to get around his size and strength - and still beat him. Our way is ideal for women, girls, and even smaller men, whose attackers are probably
going to be bigger and stronger than they are. Bruce Lee was only 5' 7" and 135 lbs. He was a small man, but he never lost a fight in his lifetime (and he was challenged almost every day).
11. I'm a complete beginner. Do I need experience before I can join?
No you don't. As a matter of fact, we love pure beginners. Having no experience means you have no bad habits to unlearn, and therefore, you're much easier to teach.
12. Do you teach traditional martial arts? Are you another MMA gym?
No we don't teach traditional martial arts. Traditional arts, such as karate, kung fu, aikido, taekwondo etc., have their value, but we follow Bruce Lee's philosophy and non-traditional thinking. JKD is advanced, modern, scientific, and cutting-edge. JKD is a forward-thinking art, not backward thinking.
No we are not an MMA gym. We have a structured curriculum, ranking, testing, and students are required to learn and absorb knowledge. We teach respect, honor, and loyalty. We teach the philosophy and history of the arts we promote. We don't believe in mindless movement or just working up a sweat, then going home with nothing learned.
13. Can I still train even if I have injuries or limiting health conditions?
Yes you can. We encourage you to modify our training to suit your injury or health limitations. We've trained people with bad knees, bad backs, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and people who just underwent surgery - and they've all managed to improve their health just by their taking our classes on a regular basis. We'd be glad to customize your training program for you. Please consult your doctor before training.
14. I'm out of shape and need to lose weight. Do I have to wait until I'm in better shape before I join?
No you don't. You can get in shape and lose weight while training with us! What's a more fun way to get fit than by learning something new and practical like martial arts? Plus it's more enjoyable than going to a boring old gym. Our new students lose an average of ten pounds or more after their first month of training (after consistently training at least two days a week).
15. I don't want self defense. I just want to compete in MMA, Boxing, or Kickboxing. Can I still benefit from training at your school?
Yes you can. Want an edge on your competition? Try our program and you'll see the benefits immediately. Our training can be customized to suit your needs. For Boxers, we recommend our JKD and Panantukan (Filipino Boxing) classes. For Kickboxers, we recommend our JKD and STX Kickboxing classes. It includes Muay Thai and Savate (French Kickboxing). For MMA fighters, we recommend our JKD, Kali and CSW classes. We might be able to give you more than what your coach is able to, because we have a vast wealth of knowledge and training that goes beyond the limitations of your sport.