Ruffing Martial Arts FAQ

When it comes down to learning martial arts, the Master is the single most important issue to consider. His or her experience, who the learned from, where they trained, how long they trained, were they in the military or law enforcement? The style of martial arts they teach. Is it a generic martial art or highly skilled? Traditional vs modern? There are many questions to consider please review our guide here. Note: Not all schools are the same please research prior or you could be wasting your money.
We accept new students anytime and you can enroll online. However when our new student limit(white belts) is reached for the month we stop enrollment. We need to keep our student to teacher ratio small to ensure quality instruction. Note: enrollment will not be available online if our class limit is full.

You can enroll online for 1 month or you can schedule a FREE consultation. If you’re shopping around for martial arts schools, It is best to compare schools before you join, martial art schools do vary in quality from poor to highly competent.

Beginners are not required to wear uniforms during the first month of practice. Any kind of light clothing that you can stretch and move easily in is OK. Beginning students do have the option of purchasing uniforms at our school once they officially join and are a member of the school. We do not sell our uniforms to non members, the uniform must be earned through practice and commitment.

No, most of our new members have no previous experience. If you have experience in karate, taekwondo or some other martial art, of course you’re also welcome.
Beginners (and advanced students for that matter) should establish a regular and consistent training schedule in order to learn techniques efficiently and not develop too many bad habits. In general, the more you train the faster you’ll learn. Three times a week is a reasonable target for beginners to aspire to. Two times a week is OK, but learning is slower. Progress is very slow and bad habits become rampant at practice levels below two times per week.
It is important that beginners not expect instant results! Martial Arts takes patience and perseverance – it takes years to become proficient no matter how often you train. We offer plenty of training opportunities during the week and we do not charge extra like some schools if a student wants to practice more than 2 times per week. This is the secret to why our students are so good and perform at the top of tournaments and perform great demonstrations because many of them practice every day.
We start training at 3.5 for kids who are ready to learn. They must be able to take instruction and follow directions. We can determine this during a FREE consultation if you are not sure if they are ready.
Karate can be practiced at any age as long as a person is relatively healthy. A physical exam and doctor’s OK is a good idea for anyone older than age 50 or so. Older people may not be as strong, fast or flexible as someone in their 20’s, but they can still practice karate at their own pace and derive great physical and emotional benefit from it.
Martial Arts training is can be rigorous. Bumps, bruises and sore muscles are not uncommon. Serious injuries are extremely uncommon; however, because martial arts emphasizes physical and mental control as well as respect for your training partner. No contact is allowed during our sparring exercises or during competitions. The result is that karate practice is considerably safer than many other popular sports such as basketball and soccer. For intermediate and advanced students we have contact sparring, but is controlled due to the students technical progress.
The ability to defend oneself from attack is dependent on many factors. Certainly, the longer you train, the more able you will become. The probability of success is relative to the strength and ability of the defender vs. that of the attacker(s). It is important to realize; however, that there are no guarantees! It is possible for a beginner to get lucky or an advanced martial artist to be caught during an inattentive moment. This uncertainty is one of the practical reasons why strategies that reduce the chance of conflict are more important to self-defense than physical prowess.
Beyond all that, a beginner should think on the order of years (as opposed to weeks or months) before he/she begins to be proficient at Martial Arts. Herein lies the danger of the many so called “self defense courses” that typically run from 6 to 8 weeks. Nothing of great lasting value comes easily or quickly. The most important thing a short course can teach you about self-defense is how vulnerable you really are if attacked and that you should be extremely cautious about dangerous environments. The value of any physical techniques taught in such a course is questionable.
Again this depends on the ability of the individual martial arts student. The most adept technicians in the world, who train constantly and have devoted their lives to mastering the art, are certainly able to vanquish multiple, variously armed attackers under most circumstances. The key to this is highly developed timing, reflexes, and accuracy as well as developing sufficient power to disable an attacker with a single blow. The average martial arts student with only a few years of experience may not be able to do the all the things you see on TV, but martial arts knowledge could nonetheless save his life. I have personally trained thousands of students and I have had many students use their martial art successfully in self defense. Our style does work because it has been proven to work for thousands of years.. It is highly effective when compared to your average Karate or Tae Kwon Do school. We teach ALL aspects of martial arts , not just kicking. We also have our students learn how spar realistically and not just point sparring.
Basic sparring is emphasized during the first year or so of practice. Free sparring becomes more important for advanced students. The main reason for this is that good basic technique is a prerequisite to effective free sparring and too much free sparring tends to create bad habits in basic technique. Beginners occasionally free spar, but typically it is with senior students as partners. This is primarily for safety reasons – the senior students won’t hurt you because they have learned to control their techniques, and no matter how unpredictable your technique is, you probably won’t be able to hurt them.
If you want to. We participate in a number of regular competitions as a supplemental form of training and a means to test skills. Competition is stressed as an important, but optional, training opportunity. Tournament prowess is not a goal in traditional karate. More important is development of body, mind and a non-violent philosophy. Having said that our students excel at tournaments and it is quite enjoyable to win after you have worked so hard. Note: We can compete in any martial arts tournament. Some schools will not compete in or against certain styles or they will only compete against their own style( like Taekwondo only tournaments), they do not want their students to realize their training has been sub par.
Traditional martial arts emphasize a holistic view to training both the body and the mind. Philosophy and ideals are just as important to traditional martial arts as physical prowess. Traditional martial arts are based on time-honored techniques and systems. Classes are more disciplined and place more emphasis on etiquette than the typical street-corner karate school.

All professional Martial Arts schools charge monthly. Our Average price is anywhere from $75 to $169 per month. Prices vary depending on your commitment level. We do not have up sell or have bait and switch tactics, no gimmicks or tricks. Warning some schools in the area are too business focused and one is on ripoff report. The key is to find a good martial arts school with fair reasonable prices, good instruction, good students, and a nice school. We have a A+ rating on BBB, we are the only martial arts school in Delaware County to be a member in good standing with the BBB. A good question to ask is how often can I practice and what are the times. We have unlimited practice up to 7 days per week and the most training opportunities when compared to our competition and all classes are taught by Master Ruffing who lived and trained in Korea, the US Army and at Police Academy.

We typically find the opposite to be true, for a number of reasons. Our school helps them by teaching:

  • Improving self-discipline to help them make better choices and try to avoid conflicts
  • Developing the self-control to resolve problems as peacefully as possible
  • Increasing their self-confidence
  • Understanding and living the values of the Tenets of our Martial Art & Student Rules
Yes, your child will learn effective self defense skills. More importantly, we will teach your child how to avoid physical conflicts and give him/her the confidence that makes him/her an undesirable target of bullies.

Still have questions? Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation and we’ll make sure to answer all the questions you can think of.

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