There are so many different types of martial arts, and also many different types of karate.
If you wish to enroll yourself or your child in karate then there are a few pieces of advice you may be interested in. Before we go into the advice there is an interesting bit of information you may like to know, and that is most people will enroll in karate or martial art school because it is the closest to where they live (live).
If you want the best karate training available for you then it is suggested that you follow these simple pieces of advice.
First of all, go and watch a full class or even maybe two, if the instructor will not let you do this, scrub that school of the list strike away. Some instructors will tell you that what they teach is secret and they do not want to share their secrets with outsiders, this is a cop out and just garbage.
Second, Do not sign up for any training when you are away from the school. Just because someone knocks on your door at home or talks to you in a shopping center, does not mean that that school is the best to you.
Thirdly, ask who will be teaching you or your child, is it a highly ranked instructor or will you be passed off on to someone who still seems to be learning for themselves.
Fourth. Ask what qualifications does the instructor or instrucers have, are they government recognized qualifications? Or are they just qualifications that have been presented by that particular school?
This may not seem relevant to you, but it can be very important. Number four is to ask to see or to the school's insurance policies. Keep in mind if there is an accident through bad teaching practices then someone has to be liable. If the person who is running a school is not insured and does not have any assets then the risk is way too high. Most legitimate schools will have insurances including instructor indemnity.
Last but not least is the price that the school is charging, is it comparable to other schools in the area that are offering the same standard of service. Unfortunately the only way you can check this is by visiting each school to see for yourself.
Good luck in your quest, remember a small amount of ground work at the start can make a big difference in the way you train, and the output you desire.