FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I chose a martial arts school?
The only way to find out if a school is right for you is to try it out. The person on the other end of the phone could tell you that they are the greatest school on earth with the lowest tuition, but until you experience a class, get to know the instructor and mingle with the students, you won't know if it's the right school for you. Like everything else, it must feel good to you so you can get the most out of the experience.
What is the difference between Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts, like Karate, Tae Kwon Do or Kung Fu?
While many styles of martial arts, when taught by a competent professional, can offer physical, emotional and spiritual development, Judo and BJJ's practical nature separates them from the rest. Many other styles focus more on pre-determined forms while neglecting the real life live application of techniques. Judo emphasizes randori, or live sparring that puts what the student learns to the test during every practice. There is no need for the Judoka or BJJ player to theorize whether a move will work, it is proven in randori and competition.
Will martial arts training make my child more aggressive?
Omni's kids' program was developed with a licensed children's therapist to ensure that our students get the best instruction possible. The discipline, focus and body control taught in our classes combined with the physical exersion our students put into every class will actually make a child less aggressive off the mat. Learning that you are responsible for your own and your partner's safety makes our kids' very aware of using appropriate levels of force. Many children who display aggresion before coming to our academy only need an appropriate outlet for their energy. Through discussions about expressing one's feelings we can often help students gain a new perspective on confusing emotions that could otherwise cause angry outbursts.
What is the difference between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Japanese Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu Jitsu was once the style of the Samurai. With their demise, the art was diluted, as it became difficult to prove what worked and what didn't. Jigoro Kano, a Jiu Jitsu practioner, sought to bring together the many styles of Jiu Jitsu in Japan to discover the most effective techniques. He called his style Kodokan Judo (or Kano Jiu Jitsu, as it was once known.) Professor Kano's students spread the art all over the world, including Brazil, where the Gracie family refined the techniques, focusing much more on the ground portion of the art (as opposed to Judo's focus on throwing techniques.) As Judo was still widely known as Kano Jiu Jitsu, the Gracie's called their version Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which then become known more widely as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Today, while many styles of Jiu Jitsu still exist, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been proven most practical and effective due it's emphasis on daily sparring with full resistance to ensure the validity of its techniques.
Why should I choose OMNI over other martial arts schools?
We are simply the best at what we do. This comes from our genuine love of not just teaching martial arts, but helping each individual discover why they began training and what they need to do to reach their goals. Our mission is to make our students feel their best. For many, this comes from greater self confidence. For others, it's a matter of sticking with something even when things get tough, or getting in shape so they can enjoy their lives more. Others still may seek the incredible sense of comraderie they get from being a part of our school. We strongly believe in the mind/body connection and our program strives to help kids develop social skills and for adults to work through issues that may be impeding their success in every day life. We love our students and consider their success our success. No two students are the same, and each must experience their journey differently. We encourage individuality and free thinking in our students' training, with the hope that they will reap the benefits in their day to day lives.
Are your martial arts classes for men and women?
Yes. Some of our most dedicated students, whether in kickboxing, grappling or self defense, are women. In many cases the benefits for women can be even greater because of the sense of strength and confidence a woman or girl gains from the martial arts. Because our programs are physically demanding, realistic and practical, our students don't gain a false sense of security. A female that is used to serious, tough training with men who are physically larger and stronger than them feels differently about themselves than someone who just looks good from going to the gym.
Can I afford OMNI?
Yes. We have programs for nearly every budget. Whether you choose to buy packages of classes, or choose our unlimited package, we'll find a payment method that works for you. When you come in for your $19.99 1 week trial, our program director will sit down with you to lay out a plan to maximize your budget and training.
Am I too old to start training?
Our youngest student is four and our oldest is currently 65, and can out work 90% of the class. Our first female blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is 53, and World Jiu Jitsu Champion Vitor Shaolin commented that she may be the strongest woman he has ever trained with. Sensei Julio's Judo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Haganah teacher, Sensei Jack Krystek, is 73, and still competing internationally. In short, no, you are not too old.