Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are those that are the most commonly asked of us. If you have a question that you need answered and cannot find it here. Please feel free to contact us by email or by phone.
Are your classes taught in a traditional style
It depends on what you consider traditional. If you mean setting people up in lines doing strike after strike where everything looks uniform, then no. Classes are taught in a more relaxed format, we refer to as "Seminar Style." We feel it gives a better atmosphere so every student can learn. Regardless of the format, we do expect everyone to follow basic rules of respect towards the school, instructors, students and themselves.
Do you have parent/child classes?
At this time we specifically do not, however, if a parent and child wish to study together, the parent is more than welcome to join the class that best fits their child.
Are you associated or have memberships with any major international organizations?
I have been affiliated with a several organizations over the years. The current one I am associated with is Kyusho.Expert. This is an international organization of pressure point instructors with no political agenda. We are all there to learn from each other and expand our knowledge. My current Kempo instructor, Grandmaster Mark Kline, is also the organizer of this group who is based out of New Jersey, and who also has a school in Italy. I am also a charter school with CSSD/SC which is also an international organization lead by Grandmaster Bram Frank, my knife instructor.
Do you have a discount for family members of current members?
Yes. We extend discounted memberships to immediate family members only. This group includes; parents, siblings and grandparents or legal guardians.
Do you require contracts?
Yes and No. It depends on what you consider a "contract."
Traditionally most martial arts schools use the word "Contract" to mean that you will be signing away 3 or so years of your life, that you must pay monthly, quarterly or whatever, regardless if you show up for class or not. We refer to a "contract" as an agreement between the student and the school; where as the student agrees to pay the school for martial arts classes, the school agrees to provide the martial arts classes and if for whatever reason the student wants to leave, the student gives the school 30 days notice.
Even though you don't teach a sport, can I still compete in martial arts competitions?
Of course. If a student wishes to compete then who are we or am I from stopping them. If a student wishes to pursue this avenue we will assist them along the way, however, if someone is looking for a sport then this art is probably not for them.
How long does it take, on average, to get a black belt in your style?
The martial arts is a lifelong study. That being said, if a student stays diligent and studies regularly, a black belt can be achieved in about 4.5 years.
There is a minimum time frame for each belt level a student must train for before they are able to promote. At that time it is up to the instructor to decide if that student is ready for promotion. At Handwerker Martial Arts we don't promote anyone just because they show up to class on a regular basis and can pay their dues. Students have to prove they can perform the required techniques have knowledge of the required principles and fundamental before they can test. So in some cases it is common for it to take longer.
How long is each session?
We don't really have sessions. All of our classes are based on a continued learning platform and continue until the student wishes to not continue training.
Do you take Credit Cards?
We take all forms of payment; VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We also take PayPal, Cash, Checks and Silver.