Frequently Asked Questions
At New England Ninjutsu it's our goal to provide you with up front information to help you make the best choice for you. Following are the most common questions we receive at New England Ninjutsu in Wallingford, CT and our straight forward answers.
■Will I actually train in "ninjutsu"?
■What is your current class schedule?
■How safe are your classes?
■Do you accept everyone who comes in your doors?
■Do I need to be “in shape” to start?
■Am I too old to start?
■How much do your martial arts classes cost?
■What do I need to wear?
■Can I try some classes before I sign-up?
Q. Will I actually be training in "ninjutsu"?
A. Although the name of our school has the word "ninjutsu" in it, better words to describe the training are jujutsu, bujutsu, kobudo, etc.
In our organization the Bujinkan, the actual name of our martial arts training is “budo taijutsu”. Budo Taijutsu includes the study of both unarmed and armed combative techniques, strategy, philosophy, and history drawn from nine different Japanese martial arts schools (or ryu-ha).
While some of these ryu-ha (schools) do contain "ninjutsu" techniques and philosophy, the majority of the schools and the techniques (waza) drawn from them are better described as classical "jujutsu" which include close combat methods of attack include hitting or striking, thrusting or punching, kicking, throwing, pinning or immobilizing, strangling, and joint-locking.
Q. What is your current class schedule?
A. We offer classes 3 days a week for adults with the following schedule:
Mon 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Tues 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wed 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Thurs 7:30pm (*Toyama Ryu Iaido)
In addition to our regular classes, we also offer monthly Weekend Workshops with approximately 4+ hours per day of intense training. These are a great opportunity to cover material you may not normally see in regular classes and an excellent option for those who are unable to attend our weekly classes.
* The Toyama Ryu Iaido is a separate class and is run by several of our senior students.
Q. How safe are your classes?
A. While there are inherent risks in all martial arts training, our classes are very safe.
There are certain rules of safety, discipline, conduct and etiquette which are expected and required of anyone entering into this type of training and instruction.
Every class is supervised and taught by a qualified black belt instructor and everything is taught step-by-step in a controlled environment. We do not tolerate heavy-handed students, or bad attitudes or egos whatsoever.
Q. Do you accept everyone who comes in your doors?
A. NO. We don’t accept anyone and everyone into our martial arts school. Ultimately we decide to invite someone to train with us if we both feel it is a good fit. If someone wants to come in and "beat" people up, that’s not going to fly here. That type of person will absolutely not be invited to be part of our martial arts school.
Only those people who are able to exercise patience, self-control, and dedication will be allowed to participate.
Q. Do I need to be “in shape” to start?
A. Although it certainly will help, you don’t need to be "in shape" to get started in our martial arts program. Strength, flexibility and coordination will all come in time as a result of our training drills and exercises.
Q. Am I too old to start?
A. There is a common misperception that you have to be a kid to take martial arts lessons. This is simply not true. The majority of our students started after the age of 18 years old with no prior martial arts experience. If they can do it, so can you!
Q. How much do classes cost?
A. We offer adult classes 3 days a week and our monthly dues for adults are $95. We offer youth classes 2 days a week and our monthly dues for youths are $70. The monthly fees for our classes are not based on the number of classes you attend each week.
There are no contracts (or hidden fees) and we do not deduct monies directly from your bank account. We do offer discounts for multiple family members.
In addition to our regular classes, we also offer monthly Weekend Workshops (1 or 2 days) with approximately 4+ hours per day of intense training. These are optional but highly recommended and a great opportunity to cover material you may not normally see in regular classes. This is also an excellent option for those who are unable to attend our weekly classes. The single-day fee is only $35 for school members current with their monthly dues or only $50 for visitors. Full weekend fees are only $60 for members or $80 for visitors.
We are members of the International Bujinkan Dojo and we do require all our students once they have made the decision to join our school to be members of our organization for a nominal annual membership fee.
If you value a focused, quality martial arts program that limits its class sizes, where you can receive more personal attention, and you want to have access to experienced instructors in each class to more thoroughly learn the martial arts, then we’re probably a good fit for you.
Q. What do I need to wear?
A. For your first couple of classes, wear some comfortable work out clothes preferably dark colored sweatpants and a black t-shirt. If you make the decision to join our school, eventually we will require that you wear a uniform (Gi top and bottom).
Q. Can I try some classes before I sign-up?
A. YES. If you want to know if our school might be right for you, come visit a class and talk with the students. If you like what you find then take a couple free classes and then make your final decision.
Ready to experience the benefits martial arts training at our school can provide you? Call us today to visit a class 203-303-4893!