There are many points of difference in the way that we operate as a martial arts school when we are compared with other, conventional schools. Most of these points of difference become clear only to students who enroll and train with us for some time. One of these points of difference which is immediately obvious to all applicants and can be a major stumbling block to potential students is the interview process.
Initial acceptance into our school is dependent on a successful interview with the head of the school. Some people find this big and scary. They have had to successfully sit interviews to win employment, but why do they need to do this to learn martial arts? Surely it should just be as easy as rocking up on the day, paying your ten dollars and getting your Big Mac With A Side Order Of Kung Fu Training. Super-size that Kung Fu Kick, please!
There are not many other martial arts schools which make this a requirement of successful enrollment but I have no doubt that the others who require this step, require it for similar reasons. It is easy to say that adopting this approach makes our school appear exclusive and that we must be a bit snobby because of this requirement. Certainly, by its very nature, an interview process does correctly imply that some candidates are excluded. Hence, assuming that an interview process makes our school exclusive, is correct. It does. But we have our reasons, and being snobbish is not one of them.
I thought that I would write this article to give you a better idea of why we need to ensure that our school remains exclusive. The interview process is carefully orchestrated and designed to expose some of the inner workings of the applicant's mind. This is important because we do not wish to teach students who we do not know beyond a superficial level. It is also an opportunity for the potential student to get to know us and decide whether or not they want to be taught by us. Teaching is a two-way street and our teaching style and personalities may not gel with some potential students.
In addition, there are other considerations that have caused us to adopt the interview process:
Clearly, our school and system is not for everyone. If you are still reading this article and have come this far without flicking on to something else, you might be the right student for our school. If you think deeply about things. If you are a person who has been turned away by the loud, testosterone-jammed atmosphere of the typical martial arts school. If you have secretly laughed at the boorish, cocky, aggressively stupid antics of some martial arts instructors but are still interested in martial arts all the same, perhaps you should send us an email or give us a call. We will book your interview and your journey will begin.
Written by SiXiong Lester, Head of Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre Australia
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