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Questions and Answers


How long will it take me to become reasonably proficient and how long will it take to attain the level of a black belt?
The time it takes to become proficient depends on your level of commitment and physical and mental. You should feel that you could defend yourself fairly well after six months. To reach black belt, the same variables are in play, but somewhere between three and five years is about right.


How many classes per week should I attend?
Short answer:  The more, the better.  The more time you have to train, the better you will become.  That applies not only to MMA, but to anything.  Make the decision about the number of days based on your interest level, time availability and budget.


Will there be other beginners in my class?
Yes.  The classes are grouped based on level of skill.  That is one area that makes Mousel’s unique for MMA.  The curriculum is broken down into different levels, something you won’t find at other MMA gyms.


Will martial arts training make my child too aggressive?
At this gym, children learn that the martial arts is not an act of violence, but the art of how to handle themselves in a problematic situation. Aggression should be channeled into assertiveness to increase a child's self esteem and build discipline and character. 


Is sparring necessary to learn martial arts?
Some martial arts do not require sparring. Most other martial arts do. Since martial arts involves dealing with an opponent, it is necessary to practice in conditions similar to an actual confrontation. In this way you learn about reactions, timing and speed.  There are different intensities of sparring and you can choose to what level you wish to take it.  Some involved for fitness, health or fun will often spar with light contact while the professional fighters will spar with hard contact.


What are the chances of getting injured?
There is a chance of getting in any sport, activity and in everyday life.  The training is designed with safety in mind.  Our philosophy is that if you are injured you can not train and that defeats the whole purpose.  By following a proper progression, the chance of injury is minimized.


Should I take group or private lessons?
Private lessons will increase your progression two to three times faster than by taking group lessons alone. The personalized attention and energy of an instructor is a tremendous advantage. Group lessons are good because it allows you to see how different people react to situations and techniques. You also get to meet new people and friends. The best of both worlds is a program that lets you have both group and private lessons.


Testing for Rank

We extend our warmest welcome to you on joining Mousel’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy. When you first walk into our gym, you will notice that various students wear different colored T-shirts and may wonder why. We use colored t-shirts to denote accomplishment and mastery of skill. As you move forward in your training, you like thousands of students who have gone before you, will be allowed to wear a colored t-shirt that symbolizes the level of your achievement.


Shortly after joining, you will be invited to your first rank test. After demonstrating your skill in several of the many basic techniques that you will already have learned, you will be awarded you first rank.  With each colored shirt you will also receive a certificate of promotion which is recognized everywhere.


The testing procedure: Each test has a specific number of techniques to learn and skills to achieve. Your coach, upon watching your progress, will invite you to the next scheduled testing when he feels that you are ready. In the beginning, you will find that your rank tests are scheduled closer together and are shorter in length. As you get further along and your knowledge and skill increases, your rank tests will be further apart and will take longer to complete. All tests are held in complete safety under the personal direction of your coach. A minimal fee is charged for testing which covers the coach’s time, a new shirt and a certificate of promotion upon successful completion of the test.


Dress Code

School T-shirt, shorts or sweatpants.  Wrestling shoes, bare feet or socks are allowed on the wrestling mats.


Missed Classes

Because of scheduling and time limitations months cannot be extended to account for repeatedly missed classes, nor can missed classes be deducted from your monthly rate. For vacations, holidays or other special circumstances, scheduling arrangements must be made with your coach prior to missing your classes.