Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to sign a membership contract?
No. There are no tuition contracts. You may pay month-to-month.
2. What is the class schedule?
Classes are offered at a variety of times to fit the schedules of students and busy professionals. We offer classes in the early morning and in the late afternoon/early evening. Private instruction is also available. Contact Nabard Academy for specific times availabilities.
3. Do you participate in tournaments?
The focus of Nabard is realistic self-defense for actual combat situations. Students are not pushed to compete with anyone but themselves. Nevertheless, for those students who are interested in pursuing competitive martial arts, they will find encouragement and support in this pursuit at Nabard. Nabard students have competed in martial arts tournaments.
4. Do you offer sparring classes?
Yes. There is a sparring class for interested students, but students are not required to spar. Of course, participation in sparring classes is encouraged, for they give the student a controlled and safe environment to apply the techniques they have learned.
5. Do you do conditioning?
Yes. There is a strong emphasis on conditioning. This style requires strength and flexibility for the practitioner to get the most out of it. For those who wish to further enhance the conditioning aspect of their training, there are regular (noncombat oriented) fitness classes. These classes are aimed at a broad audience, including persons who do not attend Nabard combat classes; however, it is a fitness regimen designed with the physical needs of martial athletes in mind. See the the link to Log Training.
6. I have considerable experience in another martial art. What level would I start at?
Students of Nabard come from all walks of life. Some have a background in other martial arts and some have even been martial arts instructors. However, everyone starts at the beginning. The valuable knowledge you bring from your previous studies in martial arts may put you at an advantage and you may progress more quickly; however, Nabard is a distinctive style of martial art and it is important that everyone progress only once the fundamentals have been mastered.
7. What is your belt-system?
Nabard does not have a belt system. Students progress through various "lines" which include empty-hand and foot forms as well as a weapons form. Hence, each line consists of two forms. It is Safakhoo's belief that belt systems and trophies should not be what motivates a person to progress. Progress itself should be the reward for hard work. Senior students are visible by their red sashes, though these sashes function less to denote a hierarchy of mastery than they do to make readily visible to students to whom they can go with questions.
8. I'm not in the best of shape; should I wait to join until I'm in good physical shape?
A substantial component of training in Nabard is devoted to getting students in shape and keeping them in shape. Not being in good shape is no excuse not to train with us; on the contrary, it is a good reason to begin training, provided that you do not have health conditions that may make it ill advised to begin a rigorous fitness routine. Consult your physician before beginning any workout routine.
9. Who trains at Nabard?
Students at Nabard Academy are a diverse bunch. Students range in ages from 6 to persons in their 70's. Nabard students are architects, college students, teachers, doctors, artists, and just about anything else you can think of. There is a strong sense of community among the students, despite their diverse backgrounds. They are also an inclusive bunch, always eager to meet and work with new students.