FAQ

3145 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI. 48910
Phone: 517-348-2507 / Email: KskMartialArts@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I learn to defend myself?

A: YES, we focus realistic martial arts training which you can practice throughout most of your life.  Our classes cover ALL the areas of true Self-Defense, including  techniques standing up and on the ground.  We also cover the the use of weapons, such as sticks, knives and more. However, don’t be fooled by people who say that you can be prepared in just a few lessons. Real martial arts & self-defense takes time to learn – you need awareness and tactics, and you have to get in reasonable shape. The good news is that martial arts training at KSK will get you there safely, and with many benefits in personality and character development.  Our students get in great shape and learn to live positive, balanced lives.

Q: Do you teach Adults or Kids?

A: We teach both!  We have very detailed programs with different goals set out for both Adults & Kids.  Click HERE for more information.

 

Q: What kind of Martial Arts do you offer?

A: We have several paths you can travel on.  Empty-Hand or Weapons, on your feet or on the ground.  You can pick one or pick them all if you choose!

* Weapons Arts (Armas-Kali):  This class is super fun!  You’ll learn how to use sticks, knives, and more!  Come on, you know you want to try it.

* Stand-Up Arts (JKD Concepts):  Get in shape & stay on your feet while we teach you  different types of heart pumping Kickboxing, easy takedowns, and develop lightning fast hand with Trapping.

* Grappling Arts (Jiu-Jitsu):  Learn to defend yourself on the ground by maximizing your own weight and leverage, so you don’t have to rely on muscle & strength. 

* Full JKD Curriculum (Kai-Shin Jeet Kune Do):  This curriculum is a full study of all the empty hand arts we have to offer, along with a ranking system to reflect it, presented in curriculum designed to teach you how to connect it all together.  Striking, Clinching, Trapping, Takedowns, and Grappling are all taught.  Think of it as a College Degree instead of just passing a class.  

* Women’s Self Defense:  This is a private party for you and your friends, approximately 2-3 hours long, where we cover the basic physical skills of self defense AND the personal safety habits which hopefully keep up from ever having to use them.

 

Q: Which martial art should I study?

A: Find one you love! All the arts at KSK are easy to start, and great for fitness, confidence and a winning attitude! Choose which ones fit you BEST!     

Since each art helps the other, and they all share things in common, many students choose to study all of the arts we offer.

 

Q: When are your classes?

A: Click HERE for our current class schedule

 

Q: How do I get started?

A: Give us a call!  We’ll set you up with an appointment to come in for trial night of all the classes you’d like to experience.   After the class we will sit down and discuss with you the various options for continuing your training, and find the one that fits you best.

 

Q: Is there a chance I will get hurt while practicing martial arts?

A: There is a SMALL chance of injury in all martial arts.  Assuming you’re not coming in with an already existing injury, the likelihood of you getting seriously hurt is very slim.  Most common are small bruises from grabs or the kinds of aches and pains you’d get from any good workout.   At KSK, we take steps to keep you as safe as possible. We teach structured classes, warming up first, and starting with less strenuous techniques before going on to the more challenging ones. We emphasize cooperative practice, since everybody is trying to learn and improve themselves. We also have one of the best training floors in in the area, with tatami mats to cushion your falls,  While you train, you’ll improve your balance, get fit, and become part of a great community of experts! 

 

Q: Why should I choose KSK over another martial arts school?

A: In a few words… because we are dedicated to expertise and extraordinary character. Our instructors are highly trained and motivated to help you learn. Our facility is beautiful, and helps inspire you to look inside yourself and learn. Our matted floor will help keep you healthy. Our rates are reasonable. Our location is easy to get to. We have free parking. We offer time-tested methods for helping you improve yourself, body, mind, and spirit! Contact us today to visit a class!

Most of all…. we have FUN!

 

 Q: How much does it cost?

A:  Kids intros are FREE!  Adult intros are only $10 for entire night of classes! For memberships, our dues are very reasonable when you consider the extraordinary credentials of our teaching staff and the quality of our facility.  Stop in to watch a class and discuss specific rates for your training. Our long-time members tell us that the confidence, calmness, and success skills they’ve learned while training are priceless! 

 

Q: Isn’t martial arts just brutal cage fighting for young athletic people?

A: Not at ALL!   We are s Martial Arts School…. NOT a FIGHT GYM.  We believe in training for longevity. We emphasize working together as training partners, not training opponents. We train WITH each other, not ON each other.  This is a core principle of our culture & school.  Working with someone helps you both get better.   

Bottom line is we’ve all got to go to work tomorrow, so we respect each others bodies.  We train today like we plan on being able to train tomorrow too.  

 

Q: I see you teach JKD… wasn’t that Bruce Lee’s art?

A: Yes! JKD stands for Jeet Kune Do (way of the intercepting fist).  Bruce Lee’s created the philosophy of “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and keep that which is uniquely your own”, and referred to it as Jeet Kune Do.  

Although many misinterpret this to mean they can just throw anything from any system together and that would be JKD.  Not so.

At JKD’s core was Wing Chun trapping and Kickboxing.  Bruce Lee called the actual physical techniques of his curriculum “Jun Fan Gung Fu”, teaching a student how to use this specific blend of techniques to quickly change ranges and gain the advantage on their opponent. Once a student had mastered the Jun Fan as their root-system, then they would progress into the JKD, exploring and discovering what worked for them personally on top of the Jun Fan fundamentals.

When Bruce Lee passed away, he left his best friend and top student, Guro/Sifu Dan Inosanto, to take over and continue to develop the art of Jeet Kune Do.

Our main instructor, Guro/Sifu T. Kent Nelson has been training with Guro Dan Inosanto in Jun Fan & JKD since 2000, and holds an Instructor rank under him.

Bruce Lee’s techniques of Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do are taught in our JKD & MMA class, as well as many other tactics, techniques and aspects of various martial arts.  Our lineage goes back to the founder, Bruce Lee, and the man responsible for its continued growth around the world, Dan Inosanto…. and yours can be too.

   

Q: Can I earn a Black Belt at your school?

A: Yes you can, and you can earn it in more than one art.  Our Kids and Adult classes all have very detailed curriculums which take a student from a beginner level to an expert level.  

 

Q: How long does it take to get a black belt?

A: The answer is…it depends!  For any art, a student can reasonably expect roughly five years, maybe less, maybe more… it depends on the student.  It takes consistency, practice, and a commitment to understand the principles of your martial art. Beware of schools that promise you a black belt in a set period of time…they are selling you a belt but not necessarily training you to be good at martial arts. It does take time. But on the way, you’ll become more fit and more confident, you’ll make good friends, and you’ll learn a host of skills that will help you succeed in life!   Don’t train for the belt, train for yourself… and the rank will come.

 

Q: What kind of lineage does your school, and your instructor(s) have?

A: All the way to the TOP!  We are very blessed to have an incredible lineage for all the arts that we offer.  You can trace our roots back to some of the most prominent martial artists in history.  

Guro/Sifu/Sensei T. Kent Nelson holds Instructor Licenses in Jeet Kune Do (JKD), LaCoste-Insoanto Kali and Maphilindo-Madjapahit Silat under the legendary Guro/Sifu Dan Inosanto.  Inosanto is probably one of the most important martial artists of the 20th and 21st century.  He is most well known for being the best friend and top student of the late Bruce Lee (founder of JKD) and was given the task of continuing the development of Jeet Kune Do and sharing it with the world after Lee’s death.  Guro Inosnato is also the person responsible for the introduction of both the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Eskrima, Arnis) and Silat to the United States.  Having over 30 teachers in Kali & Silat, Guro Dan has founded both LaCoste-Inosanto Kali and Maphilindo-Madjaphit Silat, which has influenced almost every major Kali & Silat system in the US today. 

Achieving a 1st degree Black Belt in our Full JKD Curriculum and/or Stand-Up Arts classes qualifies you to be physically capable of all the skills needed to be accepted into the Inosanto Instructor Program for Jeet June Do & Maphilindo Silat, and will most likely earn you a recommendation from Guro T.  Kent Nelson.  This places your JKD lineage directly back to the founder, Sijo Bruce Lee, as well as your Silat lineage back to the man responsible for bringing Silat into mainstream martial arts in America, Guro Dan Inosanto.

Achieving a 1st Degree Black Flag in our Armas-Kali class qualifies you to be physically capable of all the skills needed to be accepted into the Inosanto Instructor Program for Filipino Martial Arts (LaCoste-Inosanto Kali) and will most likely earn you a recommendation from Guro T.  Kent Nelson.  This places your Kali lineage directly back to Guro Dan Inosanto, the person responsible for the introduction of these arts to the United States.

Guro Kent is a student studying the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and is currently studying under Professor Chet Schemahorn, who has the honor of being the very first person to ever earn a Black Belt directly from the Gracie family, who lived outside of California and was not a regular student of the Gracie Academy.  All rankings for students done in our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Group are done by Professor Schemahorn.

Guro Kent is also a student of Anciong-Buot Balintawak Eskrima, and studied under Sifu David Hatch, who was the senior student to Manong Ted Buot, nephew and top student of the systems founder Anciong Bacon.  Hatch was Buot’s longest running private student, and took on the task of organizing the Balintawak system after Buot suffered a stroke.  With Ted Buot’s help and blessing, David Hatch solidified and documented the Balintawak curriculum and ranking system.  Guro Kent has began studying the Balintawak privately with Hatch in 2008, and was granted authority to lead his own Balintawak Training Group in 2012.

KSK Martial Arts founder, Guro T. Kent Nelson, studies under very strong lineages which trace directly back to the originators of each martial art we offer… and if you study with us, you will too. 

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