How can I tell if a studio or dojo teaches practical martial arts?
Martial arts are not magic. They are body mechanics and movement mechanics applied to self-defense situations. Martial arts work because of neurology, physiology and physics work.
For teaching purposes, techniques may be shown or described in many different ways – some of which might sound or seem suspiciously magical. When looking at a technique being applied, however, look for physics.
If something looks like it really shouldn’t work, it might not. Don’t assume anything works until you see it — or feel it — in action. If the instructor cannot explain and/or demonstrate the mechanics of how something works in meaningful ways beyond “push harder,” you may not want to pursue studying martial arts with them.
I hope this can be useful for you. As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to connect you to answers!