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Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do make my kid violent?”

No way! In fact, martial arts makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.

Q: “Does my child face a risk for injury with Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Our program is extremely safe. We have measures upon measures in place to ensure that your child will stay safe, and have a great time. From stretching to warmups to very close supervision - we've got your child covered. Injuries do happen sometimes - but they're quite rare.

Q: “Are these Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do classes fun?”

Yes! After all, these are children we're dealing with here. And kids love their fun. We do a variety of games and activities that have kids howling with laughter, and constantly smiling. We work hard here - but we play just as hard.

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do improve my child's confidence?”

Yes! Martial Arts is a powerful source of confidence for kids. They practice hard and learn techniques in order to advance through the ranks. And as they advance, they fill with pride. After all, they're the ones doing all the work - so they feel all of the accomplishment whenever they learn a new move... achieve a new belt... or get praise from their fellow students and instructors.

Q: “What ages are the other kids in the Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do class?”

We have classes for kids as young as 3, and as old as teenagers. Martial Arts is the kind of thing that grows with you. So as kids get older, they learn new techniques, perfect old ones, and advance. When they're younger, it's more about fun and games, with learning thrown in too.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do for boys only? Or can girls participate as well?”

Our martial arts classes have been, and always will be, for boys AND girls! Every class has a good blend of the two as well. In fact, girls often get the hang of it sooner than boys as they're naturally more flexible.

Q: “My child isn't athletic. Can they still participate in Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do if they're not athletic?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is a beacon of light for kids who just don't fit into team sports. Kids who couldn’t throw a ball well or run fast find that martial arts is accessible to them. It's something they excel at, and as a result, their confidence soars. Plus...no one is left out or sits the bench at MBD Martial Arts Academy! We make sure everyone gets personal time to work on specific needs for success!

Krav Maga

Q: “Should I be in good shape to get started?”

Not at all. When people first start our Des Plaines Krav Maga classes, they're all over the spectrum of physical fitness. Some are like star athletes. Others haven't worked out in years. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, don't worry about it. Just come, have a great time, and learn the awesome art of Krav Maga.

Q: “Can I participate in these Krav Maga classes if I have a medical condition?”

If you have a medical condition, or past / present injury, we advise speaking to your doctor before starting our Des Plaines Krav Maga classes.

The good news is you can adjust your pace to match your physical ability. If you have to go a bit slower than the rest of the class, that's just fine. And no one will judge you. You'll have tremendous support.

Q: “What's the risk for injury with these classes?”

Very low, we're proud to say. We take extreme precautions with our program to insure that you stay safe and sound. As with any form of physical activity, Krav Maga comes with a risk for injury. However, because of the lengths we go to teach Krav Maga safely - injuries are very rare here.

Q: “What kind of atmosphere are these classes? (Fun? Serious? etc.?)”

Every one of our Krav Maga classes goes through a range of atmospheres. At times, it's highly focused and serious. At other times it's goofy and fun. We try to create a good mixture of both so you learn a lot while having fun.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Q: "What level of physical fitness does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu require?"

Any. We have guys and gals who are in incredible shape - and others who aren't. Everyone has a great experience, and gets a killer workout, too.

Q: "Can I still take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes if I have a medical condition / past serious injury?"

Most people with medical conditions and past injuries can take BJJ without a hitch. However, we recommend speaking to your doctor first. He / she will know what's best. We're also glad to work around your condition / injury in accordance with your doctor's advice. Just let us know what your doctor says!

Q: "BJJ seems intense. Do people get injured a lot?"

BJJ is intense! That's why we love it. But injuries are VERY rare. We've gone the extra mile to create a program that will actually help you prevent injuries rather than bring them on.

Q: "Can women take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?"

Absolutely. And even though it's a close-contact sport, there's never any awkwardness or uncomfortableness between genders. Everyone is just focused on having a great training experience. And because you'll be paired up with people of your skill level and size, gender doesn't even make a difference.

Q: "What are the instructors like? Fun? Serious? Etc.?"

In a nutshell: they're experts, extremely supportive, a lot of fun, and highly focused. They're there when you need an extra push to do your best, and there when you need a good laugh. These classes are really a great time.

Q: "Can I still participate if I don't want to be in tournaments or participate in MMA matches?"

Absolutely. For some, BJJ is a fun, kick-ass hobby. For others, it's a way of life. And for others - it's their career. Whatever your goals are, you're more than welcome as long as you're ready to have a great time, do some hard work, and learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Q: "I'm a competitive fighter. Will these classes help me in my matches?"

Definitely. Our expert instructors will work with you to strengthen your weak points... boost your strong points... get you in amazing shape... and prepare you mentally for your matches.

Kickboxing

Q: "Are both group & private classes available?"

Most of our members enjoy the group setting, but private sessions are available too depending on instructor availability.

Q: "How many people are generally in a group class?"

Normally around 15-30, with more instructors added as class size grows.

Q: “Are there other beginners in the classes?”

Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.

Q: “Do you offer any kind of help / guidance with nutrition and eating?”

We've researched deeply into nutrition to give all of our members powerful guidance - without making them start impossible-to-stick-to diets or anything of the sort.

Q: “Is your class a ‘Cardio Kickboxing' class?”

No! These classes are very, very different from Cardio Kickboxing. It's hard to describe how much different they are, but once you come in you'll see for yourself ;-)