Q: “Will martial arts, karate, tae kwon do teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?”
Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren’t violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with behavior problems often become very respectful an calm.
Q: “Can my child get injured with martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”
As a parent, I’m sure you’ve seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child’s body limber and flexible. And we’re ALWAYS keeping a very close eye on everything going on.
Q: “Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do fun for children?”
Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to martial arts class – something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn… but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!
Q: “What’s a good age for a child to start martial arts, karate, tae kwon do?”
Honestly, practically every age is a good age to start! We have children as young as 3 years old, as well as teenagers. We also have specific programs for adults. So no matter where you or your child is on the age spectrum – we’ve got you covered.
Q: “Is martial arts, karate, tae kwon do for boys AND girls? Or just boys?”
Martial arts are for boys and girls. Our classes have a good mix of both, too. So if you’re worried about your girl being alone in a group of boys, wipe that worry from your mind!
Q: “Can martial arts cause injury?”
Because we place such a huge focus on safety and injury prevention, we’re proud to say that injuries are very few and far between with our program. In fact, because martial arts gets you in great shape, and makes you strong and flexible, people often see LESS injuries in their lives.
Q: “Do you have to be in good shape to take martial arts?”
Not at all! In fact, many people use martial arts as a way to get in good shape. They come to us out of shape, and quickly become athletic and limber.
Q: “I’ve heard martial arts is violent. Is this true?”
Absolutely not! Martial arts is about peace, balance & harmony. It’s about becoming in touch with your body and all of life. It’s about happiness and fulfillment.
The self-defense techniques you learn help you become flexible and strong. They help you become confident and proud.
The guiding principles of martial arts help you diffuse situations before violence becomes a part of them. However, if a hostile situation does ever come about, you’ll have the tools you need to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Q: “Will there be other beginners in my class?”
Yes! Our program is very beginner friendly.
Q: “Will I get toned in these classes?”
Absolutely. We’ve designed our program to lean & tone your muscles, helping you burn fat fast.
Q: “What kind of shape should I be in before getting started?”
Whatever shape you’re in right now is just fine. If you’re not in shape, we’ll help you get there. And if you’re already in shape, we’ll help you get in even better shape, fast.
Q: “How can I get started?”
Simply return to the “Home” page on this site… find the location nearest you… and sign up for the 3-class introductory offer (which includes a free pair of gloves!). Then you can come in and see the power of our program firsthand.
Q: “What styles of martial arts do you teach?”
At Goshin, we teach two arts - Okinawan Kempo Karate, andKodokan Judo. Generally speaking, our karate involves standing work – punching, striking, and kicking techniques, along with the most comprehensive self defense curriculum in the Valley.
Judo emphasizes throws, grappling and mat work similar to wrestling, and has been an Olympic sport since 1964.
One of the main areas of difference between Goshin’s program and most Tae kwon do and other karate curriculums is that Goshin’s karate programs incorporate elements of judo and grappling mat work into our karate program. Here’s why: in the movies and on TV, the good guy kicks the bad guy in the head and the bad guy falls down. In real life, most fights end up on the ground. Although we teach that you should ALWAYS avoid a fight if at all possible, we want you or your child to be prepared if an assailant or bully gets you on the ground. We also emphasize practical self defense as opposed to sport karate. The word Goshin actually means self defense.
Q: “How do I go from one belt to the next?”
Each belt rank has specific technique and class hour requirements. You will always know exactly what you need to do to advance. Also, each time you get promoted, you will receive a video which will include all of your rank requirements for the next belt, so you can practice and perfect your technique at home.
Q: “How long will it take me to get a black belt?”
At Goshin, black belts are neither handed out casually after a year or two, nor are they looked upon as a nearly unattainable goal a decade down the road. Three to four years is a realistic goal.
Q: “How long have you been here?”
With martial arts schools sprouting (and disappearing) like mushrooms after a spring rain, it’s important to know that the studio you choose will be there year after year. Goshin opened in 1991 at this location. We are family owned and operated. (Some of our competitors are national franchises, like McDonald’s.) However, we are Internationally Certified and affiliated with several of the most prestigious martial arts organizations in the nation. We will gladly give you details if you are interested - just ask!
Q: “What makes Goshin your best choice in martial arts schools?”
Superior Instruction for you and your child that will pay off in better training for you and your family.Many instructors and studio owners are “part timers”. At Goshin, Roger Boggs is a full time professional, not a part time hobbyist. He reinvests thousands of dollars every year in professional and educational materials.
Quality and quantity of training equipment - When you come to the studio, look around and count the number of bags, focus targets, kicking shields, etc. The quantity of equipment guarantees that you will get plenty of opportunity to practice your techniques without having to stand around waiting for your turn. The many different types of equipment insure that you will have plenty of variety in your training sessions to keep you excited about classes. Also, unlike most studios, we maintain fully padded floors for your safety. Compare all this with most studios which offer far less.
Q: “How big are your classes?”
Our classes fluctuate in size, depending on the time of year, belt level, etc. However, we maintain a maximum 10 to 1 Student to Instructor Ratio to be sure that each of our students gets the attention needed - (We have the best Instructor to Student ratio of any Martial Arts School in Phoenix).
Q: “When are your classes?”
As a full time professional school, we are able to offer you more classes and class times per week than our competitors. We offer classes six days per week, and we have an extremely flexible schedule is which is sure to meet your needs.
Q: “How young do you start?”
We offer a Tiny Tigers program for 3-5 years old focusing on developing large motor skills, Balance, Stranger Danger, ability to follow directions, Concentration, etc.
Q: “How much do you charge?”
Although it is not our goal to be the cheapest school in the area, our prices are competitive with other local studios that offer far less in the way of benefits, scheduling, curriculum, etc. And, we also offer you a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! We’re so sure you’ll see for yourself how Goshin Karate & Judo Academy develops: superior concentration for good grades (at school), or performance (on the job); courage and patience to handle life’s daily challenges on the playground or on the job; inner strength to do what is right and say “NO” to peer pressure; confidence and self esteem to walk proud and not be a victim; respect for self and others; if you don’t see progress within 30 days, we will give you a full refund!
Q: “How many classes per week should I attend?”
For consistent progress, we suggest that you attend two classes per week, and review what you have learned at home.
Q: “Will there be other beginners in my class?”
At Goshin, classes are grouped by age and belt rank. This means that you will be in a class with others of similar skill and age.
Q: “Will I have to do some kind of eastern religious stuff that goes against my faith?”
Absolutely not! At Goshin, we bow to no altars, flags or pictures of masters. We also practice no eastern meditation as a regular part of our curriculum.