FAQ

Our FAQ was written to answer the most frequently asked questions about Prepared Martial Arts.  Here’ you’ll learn about owner Jude Ferguson; the difference between Ryukodo and other martial arts; what makes Ryukodo great for kids and adults alike; the weapons we use as part of our Ryukodo training; and any other details you may want to know about. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Contact us with your additional questions and we’ll post the answers on this page soon.

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What are the top benefits my child will experience as a result of participating in Ryukodo?

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The study of Ryukodo offers these key benefits:

1. Teaches self-defense

2. Builds good character

3. Develops respect for self and community

4. Promotes a fun & healthy lifestyle

5. Creates leaders

6. Instills self-confidence

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What do we teach at Prepared Martial Arts?

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We teach Ryukodo, a life protection art.

Ryukodo is an acronym for Ryukyute Kobujustu Hozon Budo Kyokai; a Preservation Society of the Warriors Martial Arts Way of training from Okinawan prior to 1879 (Ryukyu Islands). In history, the warrior class from Okinawa learned first the Ryukyu weaponry and then its relationship to empty hand technique.  This way of training, first with the weapon, prepared the warrior to automatically be skilled with empty hand techniques when a weapon was not in use.  This idea still applies to our training today.

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Will my child get hurt by the weapons?

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At Prepared Martial Arts we promote and respect a “safety first and last” education.   Our curriculum is designed to train in a way that you can continue to use the weapon as a tool for learning.  Now that being said, no matter what anybody does in life that is physical in nature, injuries can occur.  This education trains us to be more skilled with the weapon and helps us to be prepared to defend ourselves from others in self defense situations.

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Why are weapons important in Ryukodo?

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Ryukodo has historical roots and we want to preserve this heritage and the use of classical weapons.   Training this way is the connection to all martial arts.  It is through weapons training that a student can see the connection of how to protect themselves  both with or without a weapon.

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How are adult Ryukodo classes different from children’s classes?

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Curriculum content is more in depth for adults while the children’s curriculum is age specific and tailored for their level of maturity.

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Why would you recommend Ryukodo over other systems?

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There are many great systems out there but I have a passion for this way of training and its is contagious.  During my exposure to the martial arts community in the last 25 years I have found that Ryukodo has such a rich education it would take more than a life-time to master the content.  Ryukodo is historical and the education can be tracked back through the warrior class in Okinawa for hundreds of years and it has relevancy for today.  I never get board of the education nor in teaching it. Often with other systems, individuals feel that there is no additional education to acquire and having an attitude of been there done that….Ryukodo curriculum is endless.

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Why is Prepared Martial Arts Ryukodo great for kids?

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It’s fun and healthy!  It teaches safety, life protection, self-respect and respect for others. It is a structured, caring, age specific learning environment that prepares kids to be their best by implementing the Ryukodo curriculum.