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Alexander's Martial Arts in Huntsville & Madison...

ALEXANDER'S MARTIAL ARTS

Alexander’s Martial Arts is a state-of-the-art martial arts training facility teaching personal development through martial arts to kids and a blend of traditional and modern martial arts skills to adults for self-defense.

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FAQ

Why do you require prospective students to start with an introductory program?

     Our introductory process is designed to do three things: 1. Demonstrate to parents and students how we teach personal development through positive reinforcement, 2. Help students set and achieve their first two martial arts goals: to earn a white belt and break a real board, and 3. to allow our professional staff evaluate the new student candidate and place them in the appropriate program based on their needs and qualification.

What if my child does not qualify?

      Over the years, we have prospective students who were not yet ready to join our program. It’s important to remember our goal in the introductory process is to make sure we’re going to be a good fit for one another. Generally, when someone is not quite ready for our program, we’ll work with the family to work with the prospective student one-on-one for a short period to help them get ready. Sometimes it’s as simple as doing an extra introductory lesson or two to build better rapport with the student. It’s our mission to make a positive impact in our community, so we are willing to go the extra mile to make sure the experience is positive!

What is the Class Schedule?

     First, starter and orientation classes are scheduled by appointment. We offer convenient times in the afternoon and evening and can accommodate weekend classes if necessary. Once a new member has completed their orientation and joined an ongoing class, they are welcome to attend whenever their program / group is being taught. There’s no need to call ahead.

     For most ongoing programs, classes are offered Monday through Thursday in the afternoon and evening. It’s an “Open Schedule” which means you are welcome to attend any time your classes are being taught (we divide by rank and age to give the best experience possible to each group). Students attend at least twice a week to stay on track for rank advancement. Additional recorded classes (as well as skill breakdowns and live online classes) are available in our Alexander’s University so students can easily “make-up” an attendance or grab an extra class at their convenience. You can see the specific class schedule for in-person and online classes here.

What does it mean to teach “personal development” through martial arts? What sets Alexander’s apart?

     There are a couple of important things we do differently than most: 1. we’re a Black Belt School and 2. we use Martial Arts as a tool for teaching things most people describe as “behavioral traits” like: respect, discipline, focus, perseverance, and self-esteem.

     We’re not just teaching karate because we love it (we do, but that’s beside the point). Being a Black Belt School means we have a process in place to not only teach the physical skills necessary to pass a Black Belt Exam, but that we teach the skills necessary to BECOME a Black Belt. Simply put, a Black Belt must possess physical skill, self-defense skill, and the physical fitness to execute those skills if needed. More importantly, becoming a Black Belt is about the person you become as you accept and succeed at the challenges of learning those skills. WHEN OUR MEMBERS MAKE A COMMITMENT TO BECOMING A BLACK BELT, WE SAHRE IN THAT COMMITMENT always “team up” to help them. Through individualized attention in a group class, the ICAN personal development curriculum complete with monthly worksheets and messages, and extra-help classes when necessary we walk hand-in-hand with our students on the journey to Black Belt.

     We believe anything you can “teach and learn” is a skill. People can learn to be respectful, disciplined, to exhibit perseverance, and to have high self-esteem. Our curriculum, team members, and approach is all about teaching those skills. Skills our members use inside and outside the dojo.

How much does it cost?

     It literally depends on the training program you qualify for. Our introductory process is designed to do three things: 1. Demonstrate to parents and students how we teach personal development through positive reinforcement, 2. Help students set and achieve their first two martial arts goals: to earn a white belt and break a real board, and 3. to allow our professional staff evaluate the new student candidate and place them in the appropriate program based on their needs and qualification. It’s our goal to find a program that best fits your family’s needs and budget (generally $15-20 per class).

What is the commitment?

     The biggest commitment is the biggest benefit. It’s the commitment to attend class twice a week and to put the life skills we teach to work outside the dojo. Kids complete a monthly personal development worksheet (they receive a wrist-band for completing it on time) and are evaluated monthly to make sure we’re on track to meet goals. Because the program is goal focused (we teach on a specific belt cycle and each class builds toward that success) we ask families to commit to the program for a couple of belt cycles so your kids experience setting goals, taking positive action, and achieving their goals more than once. THAT BUILDS A HABIT OF SUCCESS. Think of it like a sports season. It’s important to complete the season and finishing with your team (win, lose, or draw).

What efforts have we made to improve air quality and keep our members safe?

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This handy graphic from itsairborne.com explains how to improve air quality in a classroom.
Our physical situation is a little different, but the concept and the need to protect our kids is the same.
Here’s how we’re addressing each:
WindowsSince we don’t have the ability to open a window, we’ve added a Dedicated Outside Air System to the building. Provides 1300 CFM of filtered and conditioned outside air and removes the same amount of stale air from the building (plus our conventional system supplies 600 CFM of fresh air, so 1900 CFM total).
Air Movement: The HVAC and DOAS fans are running the entire time classes are going on. You can see the ribbons.
Thermostat: Fans ON during classes (merv-13 filters in HVAC).
CO2 Levels: The DOAS has cut the CO2 during our largest classes by 2/3. More oxygen! Better physical and mental function.
HEPA/CR Box: You’ll see HEPA filters in the restrooms and CR Boxes on the training floors.
Additional Measures: Upper room and in-duct disinfection.
Additional Air Quality Resources
– It’s Air Borne (Joey Fox): http://itsairborne.com
– Indoor Air Care Advocates(local):  https://www.iaqadvocates.org/