We get a lot of questions here at MSW

...so we've put together some of our most common ones. Take a look around and see if you can find the things you've always wanted to know.

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Common Questions From Parents

MSW FAQ (For Kids)

1Q: Will martial arts teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?
This depends entirely on the martial arts’ school and culture. If a school only focuses on the physical aspect and not the philosophy of martial arts, a child is susceptible to be hostile and aggressive. Fortunately, here at MSW Martial Arts, we teach children that martial arts should strictly be used for self defense as well as to defend our friends and family.
2Q: Does my child face a risk for injury with martial arts?
As with any physical activity, there is always a risk for injury. Thus, we make sure our children are thoroughly warmed up and stretched before partaking in any physical drills.
3Q: Can my child still participate in martial arts if he/she is not athletic?
Of course! The major difference between martial arts and school sports is that no child is benched because of their lack of talent. No one is penalized for their lack of athleticism. Everyone is 100% active throughout the entire class.
4Q: Do kids enjoy martial arts? Do they stick with it for a while?
Kids absolutely love martial arts. It gives them an outlet to release all of their excess energy as well as let’s their imagination run wild as they imagine themselves as their favorite superhero. With the belt system in place, kids are determined to stick to martial arts training, as they all have a common goal to reach black belt.
5Q: How old should my child be to start martial arts?
We’ve noticed that starting at 4 years old seems to work well, but every child is different. Some of our kids start as early as 3 and thrive in the system.
6Q: Do boys AND girls take martial arts?
Of course! At MSW Martial Arts, it is almost 50/50. If anything, girls should be encouraged to take up martial arts training so that they are able to defend themselves from an early age.
7Q: I've read about lots of benefits from karate training for children. Are they real?
Definitely. There are so many benefits that martial arts training provides, especially for children, when starting at a young age. They are instilled with characteristics such as discipline, respect, and hard work, all traits that are essential for success.
8Q: What are the benefits of teenagers taking Martial Arts?
There are many many benefits. Teenagers are notorious for being rebellious, but with proper martial arts training, they

Common General Questions

MSW FAQ (General)

1Q: Why study martial arts?
Martial Arts is the complete package in terms of character development, physical strength and control, emotional release, and familial ties with fellow students. In essence, it is a study of healing and strengthening the mind, body, and spirit. Though everyone has different reasons for studying martial arts, everyone shares the same goal of becoming a better version of themselves.
2Q: Aren't there different styles of martial arts?
There are many different styles of martial arts as there are many different sports. Different martial arts styles usually originate from different countries, but with the information and proximity/travel no longer an issue, many styles have started to mix.
3Q: What's the difference between Karate, Tae-kwon-do, or Kung-Fu?
Karate originated in Japan, TKD originated in Korea, and Kung-Fu originated in China. Without going into too much detail, the differences are mainly in stances, forms, and technique.
4Q: What style is taught by MSW Martial Arts?
We are unique in that we teach mainly Classical Korean Kung Fu. Check out our About Us section of our website to learn more in-depth of what we teach here. Depending on the class ie kids, adults, family, we teach different techniques and lessons. For example, we wouldn’t do kids drills in the adult class and vice versa.
5Q: What about tournaments?
We like to keep tournaments in house as we’ve had negative experiences with them. Too much politics involved and bias in judging.
6Q: Are these lessons effective for self-defense?
We definitely incorporate controlled self defense drills but the reality is, there is never any controlled setting in real life. No one is going “conveniently” do something so that you can perform your technique. The best type of self defense is done reactively without thought. What we teach here is not a sport. In martial arts, there is no rules. If it comes to a matter of life or death, any technique should be used.
7Q: But I'm only interested in self-defense. Aren't all the other parts of training just a waste of time?
This is equivalent to a student saying I want to be a scientist so I only want to take science classes. You need to learn English in order to read. You need to learn math in order to quantify values and learn equations. You need to learn history in order to see if there are any patterns. Of course you can just learn self-defense, nothing wrong with that. But in order to truly protect yourself – not just from people but other factors – you need to be a well rounded person.
8Q: Why do the students bow so much?
Bowing is a sign of mutual respect and humility. The act of bowing represents the core value of martial arts. Bowing is NOT a sign of inferiority or subservience. At MSW Martial Arts, we greet each other by bowing as well as bow when we enter and leave the dojang (training facility).
9Q: What about uniforms? Do I need one?
Just like any other sport, uniforms are required in martial arts. When you start a training regimen, it is included in your beginning package. Wearing your do-bok (martial arts uniform) when training helps mentally prepare you to learn.
10Q: What do the different belts mean?
The different belts represent different positive characteristics that students must uphold as they move up the rankings. Different schools have different belt ranking systems but the majority of school’s start with white belt and end with black belt. To learn more about what the different belts represent at MSW Martial Arts, please check out our About Us page.
11Q: How do students move up the ranks?
Students are able to move up the ranks via belt testing. We hold belt tests every two months here at MSW Martial Arts. There are two qualifications for color belt testing: 1. MSW Martial Arts Student Home Rules and 2. Attendance Requirements.
12Q: Why do some students use weapons in training?
MSW Martial Arts, all of our students learn different weapons ie nunchakus, staff, sword, spear, fan, etc, based on their belt levels.
13Q: What is a typical class like?
A typical class consists of warm ups, dynamic and ballistic stretching, basic stances, forms, weapons, kicks, self defense techniques, meditation, personal development and so much more.
14Q: When I watched a class the students all seemed to be shouting. Why is that?
“Shouting” is referred to as Ki-Hap. Ki (Chi) means energy, and Hap is short for the Korean word Hap-Chuh, which means to combine. So when students “shout” they are combining energy and releasing it out. It’s a great outlet for all of us who have many pent up emotions inside us waiting to be released.
15Q: What language are the instructions in? Is it hard to understand?
Language at MSW Martial Arts is bilingual in English and Korean. We teach our classes in English but also use Korean commands as well. As a by-product, our students end up learning Korean as well.
16Q: I have some medical issues, can I still participate in class?
It will depend on the severity of the medical issue. Please consult your local physician prior to martial arts training if you have any life threatening medical conditions.
17Q: What age is too old to practice martial arts?
Our oldest student is 82 years old. We believe that age is only a number.
18Q: Is there parking available? How’s the parking situation?
As we all know, parking is a huge issue for many businesses in Los Angeles. Forutnately, we have ample parking for both our students, staff, visitors, and volunteers.
19Q: What is the most popular class at MSW Martial Arts?
Our most popular class is our Family Class! We believe that the family class is the most popular as it gives families a chance to partake in an activity together. You can see a list of all our classes here and check out our Mat Chat (blog) to read about the benefits of families taking classes together.