Frequently Asked Questions
I have never taken a martial arts class before…. Do I need previous experience to train?
No, you do not need experience to start training. We offer classes that are perfect for kids and adults alike with no prior experience. Each class will focus on the basics, as well as exercises to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, flexibility, stamina, and endurance.
Do I need to be in shape to start training?
Absolutely not! In fact, Jeet Kune Do is a great way to get in shape. We’ve had students lose over 50 lbs in less than 6 months just from participating in class and being mindful of their dietary choices. Each class is as challenging as you make it. Most students report that they lose weight and feel better overall within the first few weeks of training.
What should I wear to my orientation class?
Something comfortable that will allow you to workout and move freely. We frequently recommend athletic pants or shorts and a t-shirt. Shoes are not worn on the mat (unless approved by an instructor).
What Martial Art do you Teach?
Jeet Kune Do, predominantly. Since no one art has it all, we teach Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do as well as techniques and strategies from Boxing, Wing Chun, Savate, Muay Thai, Tai Chi, and Fencing. We also utilize grappling arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, and Judo. In addition to that we teach other less known arts such as Kali, Dumog, Panantukan, Pananjakman, and Kino Mutai.
What is Jeet Kune Do?
Jeet Kune Do is both a self defense method and philosophy developed by Bruce Lee. The basis of JKD was founded on Wing Chun, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Fencing, as well as some others
Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, allowing the practitioner to change and adapt to spontaneous combat situations. It was named for the concept of interception, or attacking your opponent while he is about to attack.
What is the difference between Jeet Kune Do and Tae Kwon Do/Tang Soo Do/Chun Kuk Do/Kenpo Karate/etc?
Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Chun Kuk Do, Kenpo, Karate, and some others are Traditional Martial Arts styles. These arts typically teach students how to do forms (a form is a choreographed series of punches, kicks, blocks and movements which the practitioner performs in a particular order), how to break boards, and the use of several types of weapons. Some of them also teach basic self defense techniques such as how to get out of a choke hold or wrist grab. For some of them, a form sparring is taught as well, although it is usually restricted to light contact or no contact. Many of these arts are not found to be effective in self defense or combat sports.
In order to be effective with a martial art, the student must practice the move under duress and against a resisting opponent. Jeet Kune Do teaches students various punches, kicks, and defensive movements, as well as how to apply those moves when needed. Although the moves may look similar, the difference is in how they are applied and their ability to be useful when it counts. The moves taught in Jeet Kune Do have been pressure tested and found to be effective in a real fight, as well as in combat sports.
What is the difference between your school (Southeast JKD) and Traditional Martial Arts schools?
Our classes utilize the full class time for actual teaching and training by a qualified instructor. We do not have kids or senior students running classes while we sit back and watch from a distance. Each instructor has years of martial arts experience and is still training and learning! This means that our instructors are well-educated and fully prepared to help each individual in class, no matter their training background.
Secondly, our attention to detail is something that really sets us apart. Each student in class receives personal attention and coaching from their instructor. We focus our time on specific, student-centered instruction, rather than simply rehearsing the same moves over and over.
We understand that each individual is different so we take the time to address your individual needs, while also moving the class forward as a group. If you have a limitation, we will find a modification. Our number one goal is to keep students healthy and motivated, while progressing in a safe and controlled environment.
Thirdly, we separate our classes by age and rank. Because of our focus is on developing each person individually, we don’t cram in a bunch of kids and adults in one class together. Beginners feel more comfortable in a class of beginners because they are accompanied by others who are just starting out and there is no requirement to spar. The class separation allows us to keep the material relevant to the group being taught.
Do you Teach Reality Based Self Defense?
Yes! We teach the same systems taught to Navy Seals, CIA, DEA, DOD, FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security, US Marshalls, various Special Operation Groups and over 50 Police Departments. Our programs will help develop your ability to stay in the high performance zone and control your mental and emotional state.
Do you Include Weapons Training? What kinds?
We work with edged weapons (knives), blunt weapons (sticks, bats, etc), improvised weapons, and even firearms.
With all these things included, how do I know which class to take?
That is the best part! You can sample a few different classes and find out what is right for you!
Our classes are separated by skill level, giving beginners the ability to work at their own pace without being rushed by advanced student material. Classes are offered several times a week, giving you flexibility to attend when it is convenient for your schedule.
Do you participate in any Competitions?
Our students compete in a variety of things including – Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Traditional Martial Arts tournaments. Speak with us about any specific interests you may have.
What if I only want to do MMA and I am not Interested in Self Defense?
We are focused on the big picture and if you want to compete, we have something to offer. Our JKD Kickboxing classes will provide you with the knowledge and tools to compete in MMA. However, along with sport fighting techniques, you will learn techniques from other arts that will help you to defend yourself on the street. We believe in giving you the tools to be a well-rounded martial artist, not just a fighter or someone who knows “a little self defense.” By training both areas, you will gain confidence in your ability to handle yourself inside of a ring or out!
What if I am only interested in Self Defense and have no Interest in Competing?
Most self defense schools focus on teaching techniques and skills for people who have no formal training, but do not ever refine their skills into a daily practice that gives them the added benefit of fitness and conditioning. By focusing on what makes Jeet Kune Do so effective for self defense (namely its simplicity, directness and adaptability), you will not only learn a great method for self defense, but you will develop your ability to be physically prepared for such an encounter.
In reality, we want to prepare you to survive any encounter, including being attacked by a skilled opponent. You do not need to be a Jiu-Jitsu master but you must understand basic ground fighting to be able to get back to your feet. You do not have to be a boxing champ but you must know how to deal with punches. In light of this, we feel it is important that you cross-train with the same methods used by professional fighters, boxers, and athletes. That doesn’t mean that you will have to compete, but training this way will enhance your ability to respond to stressful situations.
What are your prices? Do I pay per class, per month, per year…?
We have a couple of different options for our members. The best way to find out more about our options for membership is to set up a time to come in or go over the options after your orientation class. We make it as simple as possible to start, but an in-person consultation will help you to better understand how our program works, how often you are able to attend, and what classes you should attend. With this, you will be able to make a better educated decision on which option works best for you.
With that in mind, here are a few options that will give you an idea of
- Monthly Membership (starting at 119/mo*): Our monthly memberships are the standard for membership, and include options for 2x classes per week or unlimited classes per week. Classes are split by age and rank so the adults and children can learn at their own pace. We offer short membership agreements that roll over to month-to-month payment plans. This gives you the flexibility to get started at a great rate, without having to sign a long-term (2+ year) contract.
- Pay Up Front: Based on the monthly membership, members can also choose to pay for 6 months to a year up front. With this option, not only will we waive your enrollment fee, but we will also give you up to 20% off*
- Pay Per Class (85 for 5 Classes*): Our Pay Per Class gives you flexibility. It is good no-contract option for those who want to pay-as-they-go. Once you have used all your classes, you will simply renew by purchasing more classes. No contracts. No strings attached. No gimmicks.
*Membership terms, discounts, and monthly fees will ultimately depend on length of membership, membership type, and number of members looking to enroll.
Do you offer personal lessons? What about private group sessions?
Yes we do! We can host or we can come to you, depending on what your individual needs are. With private instruction, you can train one-on-one (or with a friend) alongside an instructor. You will receive a personal training plan, mentorship, coaching and amazing results.
Private instruction is available at our studio, or can be taught at another location convenient for you (including, but not limited to: your own home, your office, parks, and other gyms) Rates start at $100 per lesson.**
**Cost can be split up to 4 ways, making it much more affordable to have personalized and private instruction. Discounts on personal lessons are available for members. Contact us directly for availability information.
Do you teach specialty courses or have events for groups and organizations?
Absolutely. We also offer specialty training programs that are designed specifically to meet the needs of the your group. We offer Women’s Self Defense courses, Public Safety Officer training, Military Group training, Corporate training, and more.
If you wish to set up a semi-private group class, seminar, or workshop, a minimum of 4 members are needed. These speciality training programs are available at our studio, or can be taught at another location convenient for you (including, but not limited to: your own home, your office, parks, and other gyms).
Group Training, Corporate Programs, and Self Defense Seminars can include:
- Self Defense Seminars for groups such as…
- Church Groups
- Youth Groups
- After School Programs
- Sports Teams
- Neighborhood Watch Groups
- Women’s Self Defense Seminars
- Situational Awareness
- Basic Principles of Self Defense
- Understanding Common Weapons & Self Defense Tools
- Corporate Training Programs:
- Semi-Private Classes for Wellness and Disease Prevention
- Situational Awareness
- Self Defense Seminars (great for realtors and other types of professionals)
Contact us directly about questions and to obtain a recommendation and quote specific to your interests.