Jan 17 – (6-7:30 PM) Leadership Super Session
Jan 24 – (6 PM) Woman’s Personal Protection Class (Free)
Jan 31 – (6PM) Introduction To Reiki ($10 Donation)
Feb 7 – (6PM) Black Belt Review – Kicks
Feb 14 –(5-9 PM) Parent’s Night Out
($10 first child, $5 additional and guest)
Feb 17-22 – Testing Week
Feb 21 – (6-7:30 PM) Leadership Super Session
Feb 22 – (10 AM) Graduation Ceremony
Note: Please register on line at www.ILoveMRBBA.com for all events
Dec 11 – Intermediate/Advanced Class at 5:15
KB – Cancelled
Dec 11 – Black Belt Graduation (6PM)
Dec 13 – Parent’s Night Out (5-9 PM)
Please Register On-Line
($10 first child, $5 additional and guest)
Dec 20 – Leadership Super Session (6-7:30 PM)
Dec 21 – Make-up Class – All Ranks (9 AM)
- Graduation – All Ranks (10 AM)
Dec 24-26 – No Classes – Merry Christmas
Dec 28 – Saturday – Regular Class Schedule
Dec 31 – Jan 1 – No Classes – Happy New Year
Jan 2 – Regular Class Schedule
MRBBA has joined forces with MASK and our website got a facelift.
Martial Arts Success for Kids (MASK) is a network of professional martial arts academies devoted to helping parents raise strong, confident, disciplined, and respectful kids.
Check out our new website for some videos that will explain who we are and what we teach.
Call for detail or to schedule a trial lesson – 603-743-6500.
There are many misconceptions about martial arts and black belts.
Some are just silly things that come from watching too many movies, such as Black Belts spend all day meditating, practicing levitation, and catching bullets in their teeth. Of course, we do. After all, we don’t have anything else to do all day, right?
Other misconceptions about the business side of operating a martial arts school can cause people some serious confusion and misrepresent what we really do. This bears some explanation.
Misconception #1 – Martial arts schools are heavily regulated
Many people think that martial arts schools fall under lots of regulations from state and federal agencies to ensure that those people who are teaching children and families are properly qualified to do so. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, nation-wide there are few, if any, regulations for martial arts instructors. Here in the state of NH, for example, any idiot can buy a black belt through a catalog, print a certificate off their computer, call themselves any title they choose, rent a location, and open a martial arts school…all without any oversight by any agency. This can, and does, happen all the time. That is why there is a 50% failure rate for martial arts schools in the first 6 months of business! How is this allowed to happen? Because there are so many styles, so many forms of training, so many different criteria for black belt, so many classifications for instructor certification, etc…it is impossible for any agency or politician to sort it out and create a law that would establish any type of standardization. Many have tried and failed. That’s OK. Those of us, who are professionals, like to keep it that way. The public quickly figures out who is qualified to teach effectively and run a respectable business. The rest die a natural business death.
Misconception #2 – Black Belts need to be registered
This one always cracks me up. Somewhere long ago, there was this urban myth that all black belts have to register their hands and feet as lethal weapons, or something silly like that. I laugh every time I hear that. I’m sure this got started when some dingbat politician had too much time on his hands. (Remember they get paid for making laws. That is their only job, whether they make sense or not) NO! I know of nowhere in this country where a black belt needs to register anything. If that were the case, then so would boxers, wrestlers, marksmen, former military, or anyone else is trained in any art or sport where ‘combatives’ are taught. Since children can earn black belts now, I would like to see a parent bring their 8 year old into the local police department and say, “I want to register my daughter as a lethal weapon, please.” The next time some boy tries to bully her, she can pull out her permit and warn him that she is licensed to kill. Where do people get this stuff???
Misconception #3 – Everyone who teaches children needs have a criminal background check.
Go back to #1. There are no regulations for martial arts instructors. Fortunately for you, at MRBBA we go overboard to ensure our student’s safety. All our staff members are required to pass a criminal records background check upon hire. Not because I am worried about any of our instructors, but because I don’t want you to worry about anyone at our academy who is teaching your children. Just to go over-the-top so you can sleep at night, all of our staff also go through random drug testing. You will not be surprised to know that we are a Certified Drug Free Environment. Rest assured that all of our staff members have a clean record. Which leads me to #4.
Misconception #4 – All fitness instructors need to certified in CPR and Basic First Aid.
Refer back to #1 again. This, and #3, in my opinion, is the only sensible law that could be written to regulate martial arts instructors. I think it is dumb and irresponsible for anyone teaching any sort of fitness program not to be certified in CPR and Basic First Aid. While martial arts training is one of the safest activities your family can participate in, (don’t get me started about how the insurance world discriminates against us) anything could happen and an instructor who doesn’t know how to deal with a simple injury in class is just plain negligent. That is why I require all of our ITP members (all ages) to be certified annually in CPR and Basic First Aid. It takes us only 8 hours a year, but I would feel terrible if something happened to a student and our staff didn’t know how to respond properly.
Well…that covers a lot about the business side of martial arts. Stay tuned and I’ll rant more about the training side of martial arts soon.
Let me just say that we have been in business for over 25 years for a good reason. We are the most dedicated and professional martial arts academy anywhere in the area. We go far and above all industry, state, and federal expectations to ensure that your family has a safe and caring environment in which to learn martial arts discipline and leadership skills. While we are not perfect, we simply try harder than anyone else.
Thank you for entrusting us with the care and education of your family.
If you want more information about our academy, please visit our website at http://www.mrbba.com, call us at 603-743-6500, or fill out the comment form below.