Senshin: The Enlightened Mind

Martial Arts Blog

normrobitza On September - 2 - 2013

AdultkaratesuitThere are many ways to get new students. My dojo is located at a University and we only have classes during the school year. At this time of the year, we are gearing up for a fresh group of students. The problem is that we are not always very successful at getting new students.

We put poster up around the campus. This gains us a few students but not as many as you would expect. The second week of September, the University holds a Clubs Fair. All of the clubs at the University set up displays and hope to gain members. We usually get 20-50 people sign up for classes at this fair but only a handful will actually come to a class. During the fair, I try to take small groups of interested people and teach them a simple self-defense technique. This has been the most successful method for gaining new students.

This year we tried something different. Yesterday, Sempai Jolene and I went to the University and performed katas and bunkai outside some of the buildings on campus. Mount Allison has a huge Japanese enrollment and we were lucky enough to have a large group of Japanese students walk passed us. I overheard some of them talking about us. They were surprised to see people doing karate at the university.

Classes will begin in a week or two. We usually are held up due to the university policy on clubs starting. We are forced to hold classes in the hall way or outside for the first couple of weeks. I hope to get things started sooner than later. Having to wait for the university is difficult because it forces the students to work really hard to get ready for grading.

If you are looking for ways to attract new students, try having a fundraiser or do demos at the local shopping mall or a centralized park. Perhaps there is a festival that your group could see about doing a demo at. Demos show potential students what your style is all about and demonstrates the strong bonds that are formed at your club.

Maybe have a self-defense class or if your club accepts children talk to some schools in your area to see if you can go in to do a demonstration or to teach some self-defense training. In this age of bullying, perhaps anti-bullying classes would draw attention.

If you have the funds, you could drop a flyer in mailboxes or place door hangers on all the homes in the neighborhood. Whatever you decide to do, stay focused and be professional. The students will come, it will just take some effort and time.

Good luck and train hard!

 


Categories: Teaching/Training

Leave a Reply

Featured Posts

It is my instructor’s fault!

This happens often, a student or parent complains that the outcome of their testing was not what they expected. The student isn’t successful or gets a low level pass so they blame the results on the examiner or the instructor. Then they either give up, change to a different dojo or different style. The problem […]


Achievements

Achieving a goal is something that is to be celebrated but don’t fixate on it. As a white belt the main goal is to become a black belt. This is true but each beginner should start off with basic goals, learn how to tie your belt, memorise the first kata and learn all of the […]


2017 IKD World Camp

In 2 weeks, the IKD will hold the 6th IKD World Honbu Camp. The organisation has grown with leaps and bounds over the past few years and recently expanded into Australia. Each year at Camp there has been a theme, last year was kobudo, weapons. This year will have two themes. The Science of Karate […]


Disrespect in the Dojo

Too many times are students showing disrespect in the dojo. They may not even know that they are doing it. The biggest thing recently has been getting out of line to get a drink. This has been very disruptive. The students doing it are younger and relatively new. It is interesting that a teenager has […]


Search my site

Twitter Updates

No public Twitter messages.
Sponsors