1. Is this program going to encourage aggressive behavior in my child? Actually, to the contrary. Your child will have an outlet for extra energy. He or she will learn that Muay Thai is to be used to protect themselves and their family. Students are only permitted to train in their uniform so it is unacceptable to use their Muay Thai to play or train outside of the proper environment. We take your child's development seriously and work with you to ensure that your child is taught in a safe controlled environment.
2. What is the likelihood of my child being hurt? Very unlikely but with any sport it is possible. With our younger students we maintain a no contact policy. They are introduced to sparring but not in the physical sense. For those who are familiar with our Adult Program & how we train our Professional Athletes, actual sparring for them is light because we emphasize the importance of outsmarting your partner rather than wild full strength sparring that can occur in most schools.
3. What is the difference between your program and other martial arts classes? Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. It works in the academy and on the street, making it one of the most effective martial arts around. We have taken a traditional sport and created age appropriate programs that will instill confidence, self-discipline among other things. Our certified instructors will take your child through a unique curriculum that will enhance their behavior and development in a safe and positive manner. Our Head instructor, Kru Phil Nurse, is a well respected world class martial artist who has taken his vast years of knowledge and experience in fighting and coaching to create our kids program. It is completely unique to our facility.
4. My child has never done anything like this at all; can they still participate? Yes, we accept students at all skill levels. Be sure to indicate their skill level during registration.
5. My child is being bullied. Will this help him/her? Yes, Muay Thai will help your child. We find that confidence building is a key to assisting a child who is being bullied. We will work with you and your child to provide techniques and conflict resolution for specific situations. This is a topic near and dear to our head instructor, Kru Phil Nurse and he takes a personal interest in helping to cultivate an indomitable spirit within your child. We can only assist if we are aware of what is happening to your child. Please make us aware when you register.
6. Will my child receive ranking belts as they progress? Yes. Muay Thai does not have a belt system like many traditional arts. At Wat we use an armband worn by Muay Thai athletes. In the past, their use was to honor or give confidence and luck to the athletes. We use it to indicate student’s rank. Your child will progress through our programs testing and earning new armband ranks.