Safe, systematic instruction for beginners!

Nicklaus Suino Sensei

I’ve talked to a lot of people who say they’ve “always wanted to study martial arts,” but they weren’t sure how to get started. We get calls from people who are scared they’ll get hurt. Sometimes they’re nervous because they haven’t done it before and they’re not sure how it will go. Or maybe they simply don't know how to get started.

Won’t it be great when you come in and try out martial arts in a step-by-step manner with experts guiding you every step of the way?

Won't it be great knowing that you won’t be asked to do anything too challenging or dangerous unless you're well prepared for it?

I bet you can imagine a day when you’ll be able to practice comfortably alongside other martial artists, joyfully engaged in the learning process, confident about defending yourself, becoming stronger, faster, and more focused, or just being more fit and balanced. But sometimes it's tough to see how you'll get from from where you are today to where you want to be!

Find Out How We Help Beginners Get Into the Martial Arts

Here at the Japanese Martial Arts Center, we help beginners get started in a safe, systematic way. You'll watch a class with no obligation or pressure. You’ll see beginners, intermediate students and advanced martial artists in the same class, so you can compare what the experts are doing with what you’ll be doing on your first day.  When you’ve seen a class and you’re ready to “take a test drive,” you can arrange for two private lessons with one of our black-belt instructors.

Intro lessons at JMAC are absolutely free and without obligation. You try out what we do, experience our teaching, and get used to the environment. We're not a fighting dojo, we're a learning dojo, so we move forward in a safe, systematic way, making sure our instruction fits your ability and your confidence level. After the intro lessons, we’ll explain what it takes to get started, but we won’t pressure you. We want students at JMAC who truly want to be at the top iaido, Judo and Jujitsu school in the midwest, so we’ll give you the information you need, then let you decide.

Questions We Get Asked by Martial Arts Beginners

Will I have to fight?

No! Many of our students are grown ups who practice martial arts for health and long term self-improvement. We challenge you according to your ability and fitness level. You don’t have to spar unless: (a) you feel ready; and (b) we think you're ready.

Do I have to get in shape before I start?

No! Part of our process is figuring out your fitness level and making sure we help you learn while gradually improving your fitness.

Will I get locked into a long contract when I start?

No! If you want to get started after your intro lessons, we’ll ask you to sign a membership. The membership is one year, but you can opt out within first 60 days. That 60-day period gives you time to make sure training at JMAC works for you. It also gives us a chance to assess your skills and let you know if our program is going to provide what you’re looking for.

The First Step for Martial Arts Beginners

If you're interested in martial arts, we'd love to have you come watch a class. Call us at (734) 720-0330 to arrange a time to visit or to talk more about which martial art you might like to try!