I am in my 40s and wanted to learn martial arts and get into shape. I tried several traditional martial arts schools without learning much. At one place, the white belts (beginners) were an afterthought for the instructors. I took a few more trial lessons at other schools. I found myself training with young children. Nothing against kids but I wanted realistic self defense skills which are not developed against 9 year olds. At the last school, I was immersed in boot camp training (did a bazillion push-ups, bear crawls, jumping jacks, etc. etc.) Karate skills took a back seat to the workout. This kind of training is fine if that is what you are looking for, but I wanted to learn practical martial arts skills without having a drill instructor yelling at me. I have had several lessons with Jordon now, and I can tell you they have been well worth it. I learn more during a 1 hour lesson than I did in several weeks at the martial arts schools I went to. Jordon is positive and encouraging, and is mindful of the physical limitations that I have (arthritis). He teaches Shorin-Ryu Karate which is not flashy but is all about practical and effective self defense. I am also getting into shape gradually at a pace my body can take. I highly recommend Jordon.Mar 22, 2015Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?If you are interested in my ability to instruct you, another individual or a group in the Shorin Ryu martial arts discipline, I charge $30/lesson per person up to 3 people OR $15/lesson per person for a group of 4 or more (trying to be fair, since I will not be providing the same degree of attention for each person in a larger group). Each lesson's duration will be 1 hour, unless a longer session is discussed beforehand for an additional $5/hour/person.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I keep my eyes and ears constantly open to the customer, or in the case of my service, my student. Each student I've taught has exhibited certain limitations or hindering in-grown habits that I, during the course of time spent in their training, have instructed them to overcome and find their inherit fighting techniques, style and tactics. Also, with students who have encountered physical altercations in the past, I will respectfully request that they share their narrative and any possible techniques their opponents used on them that they could not overcome. This request, of course, is asked with utmost sensitivity and is not required until the student is completely comfortable in divulging his/her story, considering the risks of trauma/PTSD. If the student feels comfortable enough to divulge his story, I will provide analysis and a few techniques for the student to rehearse and train with to provide an effective toolkit in defending against a possible, future attack. Once the student is comfortable enough in movement, basic blocks, kicks and strikes, I will begin to allow the student to develop his own techniques and style while learning new kihon (drills), kumite (two-man sparring), kata (forms) and bunkai (form analysis).
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I practice my martial arts on Tuesday/Thursday evening at a dojo in Linthicum, MD under my two teachers, Paul Sabota and Kevin Boyd. When I'm not at my classes training, I practice kata, form, strikes and weaponry in the comfort of my home or at my local park. On rare occasion, I have the ability to travel to Okinawa, Japan to study under the Grandmaster of my school, Akamine Yoshimatsu, a man of great skill and patience.