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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

(Please note that all martial art training drills are strictly adherent to current COVID safety guidelines, and partner work is restricted accordingly. Our practical approach to self-defense is built on a core of traditional values in a fun & engaging training environment.)

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How will martial arts training help me?


Regardless of who you are, training in the martial arts can help you get more out of life! Here are some of the most common benefits:

  • Stress Relief
  • Balance (both physical and emotional)
  • Physical fitness
  • Personal empowerment
  • A sense of direction and progress
  • A fun and welcoming community




Should I start martial arts training if I feel out of shape?


Being in shape is not a prerequisite for Martial Arts training. In fact, it will help you get into shape, and do this more safely and sustainably than many fitness programs. If you are cleared for exercise by your doctor, then you are ready to get in shape gradually with martial arts.




Am I too old to start martial arts training?


Ask your doctor! We have students in their 60’s and 70’s who continue to benefit from our classes every week. At Centerline, you are given space to modify any aspect of the training that feels unhealthy.




Are martial arts classes dangerous?


Martial Arts classes at Centerline are not dangerous. Injuries most often occur at competition focused schools. We are not an MMA gym and we focus on providing a safe training environment for personal growth, based on a foundation of effective self defense.




Which martial arts style is right for me?


We offer several martial arts styles, as well as fitness programs based on authentic martial arts conditioning. Your best bet is to try out a few different classes during your Intro Program and find the perfect fit.




Will I learn to defend myself?


All of the martial arts that we teach at Centerline are founded in real self defense principles & techniques. This being said, “Self defense” is never a sure thing, and the ability to protect oneself from violence is largely dependent on circumstances and luck. Good martial arts training will improve your odds, however. It is important to keep in mind that the arts we practice can be effective at neutralizing violence by inflicting injury. As such, they are to be used for defense only, and not for competition, fighting, or assault. Because many of our students will never need these skills for survival, we advocate training for personal growth, for health, and for fun.




What is the difference between combat sports (like UFC), self defense, and martial arts?


It’s important to know what kind of training you are getting into and that it will be a good fit. Here is a brief comparison between three common types of training: Combat Sports (MMA, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) - Expect a high-intensity and competitive training environment. Students practice a style that is shaped by rules and is designed to be extremely effective in a fair fight. You will train to defeat an opponent of similar size and skill level in a drawn out altercation (multiple rounds) in a controlled environment (cage or ring). A referee is present to keep things safe and to ensure that there are no “cheap shots” that could negate the strength and skill of the other opponent.

  • Pros: Everything is proven and pressure tested, and thus things that don't work are quickly and unceremoniously discarded. This training helps develop an elite level of physical fitness.
  • Cons: These styles are geared towards younger athletes. Students are more prone to injuries (many of them minor and undiagnosed) which can be a bother later in life. The competitive environment may not be for everyone.
Self Defense (Combatives, Military Training, etc.) - Typically adapted from military or police training, classes focus on preparing you as quickly as possible for the first few seconds of a violent encounter. In contrast to combat sports, the expectation is that the fight will be unfair & short, with no referee and no time to prepare. The odds will be stacked against you, which could mean facing multiple opponents, weapons, uneven terrain, or poor lighting.
  • Pros: You will rapidly prepare to survive a realistic, violent encounter.
  • Cons: It’s hard to realistically test the techniques without injury, or to simulate the chaos and adrenaline of real violence. There is little investment in long term skill cultivation or training for health later in life (beyond being alive to enjoy it).
Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Karate, Silat, etc.) - With so many different styles out there, you can expect a wide range of learning environments at different schools. However, training is typically well-rounded, covering all ranges of combat and often covering weapons. Martial Arts are meant to be mastered, practiced into old age and then passed on to the next generation. There is an appreciation for the art of movement and understanding martial principles, as well as an emphasis on helping you become a stronger person, both inside and out.
  • Pros: You will be on a path to inner calm & strength, gradually unlocking powerful self defense abilities. Martial arts offer a lifetime of progress, fitness & movement skills.
  • Cons: Like with self defense, it can be hard to “pressure test” techniques without injury. There is a tendency to be overconfident in one’s style and abilities.




How do I cancel my membership?


More information can be found on our membership cancellation page.




How do I put my membership on hold?


See our membership hold page.




What is your refund policy?


For more inforamtion, visit our Centerline refund policy page.




I'm local to Centerline. What's it like to take on-site classes? What kinds of precautions is Centerline taking to address COVID-19?


Here's a testimonial from one of members taking on-site kickboxing classes that thorougly addresses and describes owhat it's like to take classes on-site: "So far since Centerline has reopened for in-person classes, I've attended two Kickboxing classes. I must admit that I was feeling a little "on the fence" about being ready to return. I read ALL of Laura's emails as they came through and attended the virtual reorientation which reviews the Code of Conduct that is required before returning, so I did feel very confident in all the steps Centerline is taking to make the studio a safe environment for everybody during this time. I think I just wasn't quite sure what it would really be like and if I would feel comfortable being around other people. Only one way to find out! I arrived at the studio and put my mask on in my car and took the bare minimum in with me (Boxing Gloves, Keys, Water Bottle). I entered, and was greeted by an awesome masked staff member, and I went directly to the hand sanitizer/sign-in area (in the front corner). I sanitized my hands and grabbed a clean pen from the cup marked as clean to sign in and I opted to have my temperature checked by the staff which was simple and quick. I placed my pen in the cup marked as used. Everything is very clearly marked and there is plenty of room to keep space from others. The pathway to the kickboxing studio is also clearly marked (did I mention how clearly marked everything is?!). I made my way into the kickboxing studio where all the heavy bags were already set up and ready to go. I picked a spot and made sure to keep my personal items consolidated and up against the wall. I was a little nervous that working out with a mask on would be a big challenge but it ended up being totally fine. There were times when Laura instructed the online students to do something a bit more cardio intensive, and she gave us a modified version so we wouldn't over do it. It felt quite easy to listen to my body and modify the intensity of the workout on my own if I felt like I needed a break, or if I wanted to amp things up a bit. Laura was able to give pointers from a safe distance throughout the class. At the end of class each student is instructed to grab (while keeping distance, of course) a clean cloth and to wait for the instructor to come around and spray the bag down. I then wiped my bag down along with my personal items and the floor space I had my items on, and after class the floor is thoroughly disinfected by the staff. I left the kickboxing studio and sanitized my hands again, while briefly chatting with others from a safe distance before leaving the building. Class was great, and it felt really good to be back in the space!" - Leslie Miller





 

Kids Kung Fu

Do Kung Fu students earn belts and wear uniforms?


Our students wear a Kung Fu uniform (similar to a “Gi” in other styles), and there are nine colored sashes (similar to Karate belts) that students will earn as they progress through the program. The sash colors at our school go in the following order: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Red, Brown, and Black. Earning a black sash is a great achievement and marks the completion of our Kung Fu curriculum (much like a Black Belt in other styles).




How long does it take to earn a black sash?


This depends on the student and how much they practice, but you can expect to put in between 4-6 years of dedicated practice to earn a Black Sash in Centerline Kung Fu.




What kind of equipment will I need to purchase?


Compared to other sports (and even other martial arts schools), Centerline Kung Fu has very few expenses beyond the monthly membership cost. Students will be given a full uniform (which is covered by the cost of enrollment). Our test fees are reasonable and appear about once per season. Beyond this, there is no equipment required for training in the student’s first year. You will need to purchase protective equipment when students begin sparring, and this is typically a one time expense of around $100.




What’s the best age to start Kung Fu training?


Our Kung Fu program accepts students between the ages of 6 and 12, while our Little Dragons class is for ages 4-6. Although it’s never too late to benefit from martial arts training, it is preferred to start at a young age for these reasons:

  • Martial Arts classes improve focus and listening skills, which are important skills to cultivate early in a child's development.
  • Establishing flexibility and balance in body and mind at a young age makes it more likely to carry over later in life.
  • Cultivating body awareness unlocks a child's natural athletic talents at a younger age, and can help with school sports.
  • Kung Fu classes establish healthy social skills and a supportive environment for children to overcome their fears while growing stronger.




What is the instructor to student ratio?


Most classes have between 12-20 students, with two or three instructors. Our teacher to student ratio is optimal for having a fun atmosphere for kids with maximum learning!




Is there a chance my child will get injured?


In our experience, Centerline Kung Fu is one of the safest activities your child can be involved in. Thanks to a culture of safe learning, we have had no serious injuries in our years of kid's classes, and even minor injuries are extremely rare. We always emphasize the following in our classes:

  • Respect - for the safety and personal space of others in class
  • Mindful movement - students learn to push themselves without hurting themselves
  • Joint Health - muscle burn is a part of getting stronger, but joint pain is not. We teach this to our students from the very beginning
  • Train for the future - Although our Kids Kung Fu students are gifted with young and resilient bodies, they are learning valuable warm-up routines and exercises that will keep their bodies healthy later in life
  • Progressive Sparring Program - Sparring is the practice of "play fighting" with safety equipment, and this can carry a higher risk of injury in some schools. At Centerline, students learn how to spar gradually and safely with careful instructor guidance. It is always approached as a valuable learning exercise between two students, rather than a way to test oneself against another




Will martial arts training make my child more violent?


To the contrary, martial arts training teaches restraint, provides an outlet for stress, and decreases the chances that a child will get involved with fighting or bullying.





Kuntao Silat

How will martial arts training help me?


Regardless of who you are, training in the martial arts can help you get more out of life! Here are some of the most common benefits:

  • Stress Relief
  • Balance (both physical and emotional)
  • Physical fitness
  • Personal empowerment
  • A sense of direction and progress
  • A fun and welcoming community




Should I start martial arts training if I feel out of shape?


Being in shape is not a prerequisite for Martial Arts training. In fact, it will help you get into shape, and do this more safely and sustainably than many fitness programs. If you are cleared for exercise by your doctor, then you are ready to get in shape gradually with martial arts.




Am I too old to start martial arts training?


Ask your doctor! We have students in their 60’s and 70’s who continue to benefit from our classes every week. At Centerline, you are given space to modify any aspect of the training that feels unhealthy.




Are martial arts classes dangerous?


Martial Arts classes at Centerline are not dangerous. Injuries most often occur at competition focused schools. We are not an MMA gym and we focus on providing a safe training environment for personal growth, based on a foundation of effective self defense.




Which martial arts style is right for me?


We offer several martial arts styles, as well as fitness programs based on authentic martial arts conditioning. Your best bet is to try out a few different classes during your Intro Program and find the perfect fit.




Will I learn to defend myself?


All of the martial arts that we teach at Centerline are founded in real self defense principles & techniques. This being said, “Self defense” is never a sure thing, and the ability to protect oneself from violence is largely dependent on circumstances and luck. Good martial arts training will improve your odds, however. It is important to keep in mind that the arts we practice can be effective at neutralizing violence by inflicting injury. As such, they are to be used for defense only, and not for competition, fighting, or assault. Because many of our students will never need these skills for survival, we advocate training for personal growth, for health, and for fun.




What is the difference between combat sports (like UFC), self defense, and martial arts?


It’s important to know what kind of training you are getting into and that it will be a good fit. Here is a brief comparison between three common types of training: Combat Sports (MMA, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) - Expect a high-intensity and competitive training environment. Students practice a style that is shaped by rules and is designed to be extremely effective in a fair fight. You will train to defeat an opponent of similar size and skill level in a drawn out altercation (multiple rounds) in a controlled environment (cage or ring). A referee is present to keep things safe and to ensure that there are no “cheap shots” that could negate the strength and skill of the other opponent.

  • Pros: Everything is proven and pressure tested, and thus things that don't work are quickly and unceremoniously discarded. This training helps develop an elite level of physical fitness.
  • Cons: These styles are geared towards younger athletes. Students are more prone to injuries (many of them minor and undiagnosed) which can be a bother later in life. The competitive environment may not be for everyone.
Self Defense (Combatives, Military Training, etc.) - Typically adapted from military or police training, classes focus on preparing you as quickly as possible for the first few seconds of a violent encounter. In contrast to combat sports, the expectation is that the fight will be unfair & short, with no referee and no time to prepare. The odds will be stacked against you, which could mean facing multiple opponents, weapons, uneven terrain, or poor lighting.
  • Pros: You will rapidly prepare to survive a realistic, violent encounter.
  • Cons: It’s hard to realistically test the techniques without injury, or to simulate the chaos and adrenaline of real violence. There is little investment in long term skill cultivation or training for health later in life (beyond being alive to enjoy it).
Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Karate, Silat, etc.) - With so many different styles out there, you can expect a wide range of learning environments at different schools. However, training is typically well-rounded, covering all ranges of combat and often covering weapons. Martial Arts are meant to be mastered, practiced into old age and then passed on to the next generation. There is an appreciation for the art of movement and understanding martial principles, as well as an emphasis on helping you become a stronger person, both inside and out.
  • Pros: You will be on a path to inner calm & strength, gradually unlocking powerful self defense abilities. Martial arts offer a lifetime of progress, fitness & movement skills.
  • Cons: Like with self defense, it can be hard to “pressure test” techniques without injury. There is a tendency to be overconfident in one’s style and abilities.




How do I cancel my membership?


More information can be found on our membership cancellation page.




How do I put my membership on hold?


See our membership hold page.




What is your refund policy?


For more inforamtion, visit our Centerline refund policy page.




I'm local to Centerline. What's it like to take on-site classes? What kinds of precautions is Centerline taking to address COVID-19?


Here's a testimonial from one of members taking on-site kickboxing classes that thorougly addresses and describes owhat it's like to take classes on-site: "So far since Centerline has reopened for in-person classes, I've attended two Kickboxing classes. I must admit that I was feeling a little "on the fence" about being ready to return. I read ALL of Laura's emails as they came through and attended the virtual reorientation which reviews the Code of Conduct that is required before returning, so I did feel very confident in all the steps Centerline is taking to make the studio a safe environment for everybody during this time. I think I just wasn't quite sure what it would really be like and if I would feel comfortable being around other people. Only one way to find out! I arrived at the studio and put my mask on in my car and took the bare minimum in with me (Boxing Gloves, Keys, Water Bottle). I entered, and was greeted by an awesome masked staff member, and I went directly to the hand sanitizer/sign-in area (in the front corner). I sanitized my hands and grabbed a clean pen from the cup marked as clean to sign in and I opted to have my temperature checked by the staff which was simple and quick. I placed my pen in the cup marked as used. Everything is very clearly marked and there is plenty of room to keep space from others. The pathway to the kickboxing studio is also clearly marked (did I mention how clearly marked everything is?!). I made my way into the kickboxing studio where all the heavy bags were already set up and ready to go. I picked a spot and made sure to keep my personal items consolidated and up against the wall. I was a little nervous that working out with a mask on would be a big challenge but it ended up being totally fine. There were times when Laura instructed the online students to do something a bit more cardio intensive, and she gave us a modified version so we wouldn't over do it. It felt quite easy to listen to my body and modify the intensity of the workout on my own if I felt like I needed a break, or if I wanted to amp things up a bit. Laura was able to give pointers from a safe distance throughout the class. At the end of class each student is instructed to grab (while keeping distance, of course) a clean cloth and to wait for the instructor to come around and spray the bag down. I then wiped my bag down along with my personal items and the floor space I had my items on, and after class the floor is thoroughly disinfected by the staff. I left the kickboxing studio and sanitized my hands again, while briefly chatting with others from a safe distance before leaving the building. Class was great, and it felt really good to be back in the space!" - Leslie Miller





 
 

Jeet Kune Do

What is Jeet Kune Do (JKD)?


JKD is Bruce Lee's Martial Art, focused maximum efficiency and authentic expression of oneself. The art is built on the finesse and flexibility of Chinese Kung Fu, synergized with modern styles (like western boxing) to make it extremely practical and unique. The original MMA for street combat, JKD will help you become more capable and unlock your inner power!




What is the JKD lineage at Centerline?


Centerline was founded by Sifu Collin Lieberman, a full JKD instructor with 20+ years of experience in the art. He is certified under his longtime teacher and mentor, Sifu Raffi Derderian, who is certified under both Guro Dan Inosanto and Sifu Kevin Seaman.




What are some of the advantages of non-traditional martial arts training?


Non-traditional training is the type you might find at a boxing or MMA gym, and tends to be less formal, more athletic, and no-nonsense. Students will select and sharpen a handful of skills to be used effectively in the near-term and discard those which don’t serve them. JKD classes have elements of both traditional and non-traditional training.




What happens in a typical class?


Every class begins with a good warm-up (footwork, mobility, and calisthenics). Next, the class works on understanding and sharpening specific techniques (shadow boxing, bag work, or mitt work). Finally, we spend time applying those techniques, either through sparring drills or scripted applications.




Are there belts and uniforms?


Jeet Kune Do students are required to wear a Centerline T-Shirt to each class. We don’t wear belts or traditional uniforms, however students will earn ranks as they work through the curriculum.




Is JKD right for me?


This class is versatile enough to inspire and challenge nearly anybody, however if you are seeking a dynamic and direct martial art and you are a fan of Bruce Lee, then JKD may be excellent for you! Your best bet is try a few classes and see if it’s the perfect fit.





Kung Fu Strength

How will martial arts training help me?


Regardless of who you are, training in the martial arts can help you get more out of life! Here are some of the most common benefits:

  • Stress Relief
  • Balance (both physical and emotional)
  • Physical fitness
  • Personal empowerment
  • A sense of direction and progress
  • A fun and welcoming community




Should I start martial arts training if I feel out of shape?


Being in shape is not a prerequisite for Martial Arts training. In fact, it will help you get into shape, and do this more safely and sustainably than many fitness programs. If you are cleared for exercise by your doctor, then you are ready to get in shape gradually with martial arts.




Am I too old to start martial arts training?


Ask your doctor! We have students in their 60’s and 70’s who continue to benefit from our classes every week. At Centerline, you are given space to modify any aspect of the training that feels unhealthy.




Are martial arts classes dangerous?


Martial Arts classes at Centerline are not dangerous. Injuries most often occur at competition focused schools. We are not an MMA gym and we focus on providing a safe training environment for personal growth, based on a foundation of effective self defense.




Which martial arts style is right for me?


We offer several martial arts styles, as well as fitness programs based on authentic martial arts conditioning. Your best bet is to try out a few different classes during your Intro Program and find the perfect fit.




Will I learn to defend myself?


All of the martial arts that we teach at Centerline are founded in real self defense principles & techniques. This being said, “Self defense” is never a sure thing, and the ability to protect oneself from violence is largely dependent on circumstances and luck. Good martial arts training will improve your odds, however. It is important to keep in mind that the arts we practice can be effective at neutralizing violence by inflicting injury. As such, they are to be used for defense only, and not for competition, fighting, or assault. Because many of our students will never need these skills for survival, we advocate training for personal growth, for health, and for fun.




What is the difference between combat sports (like UFC), self defense, and martial arts?


It’s important to know what kind of training you are getting into and that it will be a good fit. Here is a brief comparison between three common types of training: Combat Sports (MMA, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) - Expect a high-intensity and competitive training environment. Students practice a style that is shaped by rules and is designed to be extremely effective in a fair fight. You will train to defeat an opponent of similar size and skill level in a drawn out altercation (multiple rounds) in a controlled environment (cage or ring). A referee is present to keep things safe and to ensure that there are no “cheap shots” that could negate the strength and skill of the other opponent.

  • Pros: Everything is proven and pressure tested, and thus things that don't work are quickly and unceremoniously discarded. This training helps develop an elite level of physical fitness.
  • Cons: These styles are geared towards younger athletes. Students are more prone to injuries (many of them minor and undiagnosed) which can be a bother later in life. The competitive environment may not be for everyone.
Self Defense (Combatives, Military Training, etc.) - Typically adapted from military or police training, classes focus on preparing you as quickly as possible for the first few seconds of a violent encounter. In contrast to combat sports, the expectation is that the fight will be unfair & short, with no referee and no time to prepare. The odds will be stacked against you, which could mean facing multiple opponents, weapons, uneven terrain, or poor lighting.
  • Pros: You will rapidly prepare to survive a realistic, violent encounter.
  • Cons: It’s hard to realistically test the techniques without injury, or to simulate the chaos and adrenaline of real violence. There is little investment in long term skill cultivation or training for health later in life (beyond being alive to enjoy it).
Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Karate, Silat, etc.) - With so many different styles out there, you can expect a wide range of learning environments at different schools. However, training is typically well-rounded, covering all ranges of combat and often covering weapons. Martial Arts are meant to be mastered, practiced into old age and then passed on to the next generation. There is an appreciation for the art of movement and understanding martial principles, as well as an emphasis on helping you become a stronger person, both inside and out.
  • Pros: You will be on a path to inner calm & strength, gradually unlocking powerful self defense abilities. Martial arts offer a lifetime of progress, fitness & movement skills.
  • Cons: Like with self defense, it can be hard to “pressure test” techniques without injury. There is a tendency to be overconfident in one’s style and abilities.




How do I cancel my membership?


More information can be found on our membership cancellation page.




How do I put my membership on hold?


See our membership hold page.




What is your refund policy?


For more inforamtion, visit our Centerline refund policy page.




I'm local to Centerline. What's it like to take on-site classes? What kinds of precautions is Centerline taking to address COVID-19?


Here's a testimonial from one of members taking on-site kickboxing classes that thorougly addresses and describes owhat it's like to take classes on-site: "So far since Centerline has reopened for in-person classes, I've attended two Kickboxing classes. I must admit that I was feeling a little "on the fence" about being ready to return. I read ALL of Laura's emails as they came through and attended the virtual reorientation which reviews the Code of Conduct that is required before returning, so I did feel very confident in all the steps Centerline is taking to make the studio a safe environment for everybody during this time. I think I just wasn't quite sure what it would really be like and if I would feel comfortable being around other people. Only one way to find out! I arrived at the studio and put my mask on in my car and took the bare minimum in with me (Boxing Gloves, Keys, Water Bottle). I entered, and was greeted by an awesome masked staff member, and I went directly to the hand sanitizer/sign-in area (in the front corner). I sanitized my hands and grabbed a clean pen from the cup marked as clean to sign in and I opted to have my temperature checked by the staff which was simple and quick. I placed my pen in the cup marked as used. Everything is very clearly marked and there is plenty of room to keep space from others. The pathway to the kickboxing studio is also clearly marked (did I mention how clearly marked everything is?!). I made my way into the kickboxing studio where all the heavy bags were already set up and ready to go. I picked a spot and made sure to keep my personal items consolidated and up against the wall. I was a little nervous that working out with a mask on would be a big challenge but it ended up being totally fine. There were times when Laura instructed the online students to do something a bit more cardio intensive, and she gave us a modified version so we wouldn't over do it. It felt quite easy to listen to my body and modify the intensity of the workout on my own if I felt like I needed a break, or if I wanted to amp things up a bit. Laura was able to give pointers from a safe distance throughout the class. At the end of class each student is instructed to grab (while keeping distance, of course) a clean cloth and to wait for the instructor to come around and spray the bag down. I then wiped my bag down along with my personal items and the floor space I had my items on, and after class the floor is thoroughly disinfected by the staff. I left the kickboxing studio and sanitized my hands again, while briefly chatting with others from a safe distance before leaving the building. Class was great, and it felt really good to be back in the space!" - Leslie Miller





 
 

Kickboxing HiiT

How will martial arts training help me?


Regardless of who you are, training in the martial arts can help you get more out of life! Here are some of the most common benefits:

  • Stress Relief
  • Balance (both physical and emotional)
  • Physical fitness
  • Personal empowerment
  • A sense of direction and progress
  • A fun and welcoming community




Should I start martial arts training if I feel out of shape?


Being in shape is not a prerequisite for Martial Arts training. In fact, it will help you get into shape, and do this more safely and sustainably than many fitness programs. If you are cleared for exercise by your doctor, then you are ready to get in shape gradually with martial arts.




Am I too old to start martial arts training?


Ask your doctor! We have students in their 60’s and 70’s who continue to benefit from our classes every week. At Centerline, you are given space to modify any aspect of the training that feels unhealthy.




Are martial arts classes dangerous?


Martial Arts classes at Centerline are not dangerous. Injuries most often occur at competition focused schools. We are not an MMA gym and we focus on providing a safe training environment for personal growth, based on a foundation of effective self defense.




Which martial arts style is right for me?


We offer several martial arts styles, as well as fitness programs based on authentic martial arts conditioning. Your best bet is to try out a few different classes during your Intro Program and find the perfect fit.




Will I learn to defend myself?


All of the martial arts that we teach at Centerline are founded in real self defense principles & techniques. This being said, “Self defense” is never a sure thing, and the ability to protect oneself from violence is largely dependent on circumstances and luck. Good martial arts training will improve your odds, however. It is important to keep in mind that the arts we practice can be effective at neutralizing violence by inflicting injury. As such, they are to be used for defense only, and not for competition, fighting, or assault. Because many of our students will never need these skills for survival, we advocate training for personal growth, for health, and for fun.




What is the difference between combat sports (like UFC), self defense, and martial arts?


It’s important to know what kind of training you are getting into and that it will be a good fit. Here is a brief comparison between three common types of training: Combat Sports (MMA, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) - Expect a high-intensity and competitive training environment. Students practice a style that is shaped by rules and is designed to be extremely effective in a fair fight. You will train to defeat an opponent of similar size and skill level in a drawn out altercation (multiple rounds) in a controlled environment (cage or ring). A referee is present to keep things safe and to ensure that there are no “cheap shots” that could negate the strength and skill of the other opponent.

  • Pros: Everything is proven and pressure tested, and thus things that don't work are quickly and unceremoniously discarded. This training helps develop an elite level of physical fitness.
  • Cons: These styles are geared towards younger athletes. Students are more prone to injuries (many of them minor and undiagnosed) which can be a bother later in life. The competitive environment may not be for everyone.
Self Defense (Combatives, Military Training, etc.) - Typically adapted from military or police training, classes focus on preparing you as quickly as possible for the first few seconds of a violent encounter. In contrast to combat sports, the expectation is that the fight will be unfair & short, with no referee and no time to prepare. The odds will be stacked against you, which could mean facing multiple opponents, weapons, uneven terrain, or poor lighting.
  • Pros: You will rapidly prepare to survive a realistic, violent encounter.
  • Cons: It’s hard to realistically test the techniques without injury, or to simulate the chaos and adrenaline of real violence. There is little investment in long term skill cultivation or training for health later in life (beyond being alive to enjoy it).
Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Karate, Silat, etc.) - With so many different styles out there, you can expect a wide range of learning environments at different schools. However, training is typically well-rounded, covering all ranges of combat and often covering weapons. Martial Arts are meant to be mastered, practiced into old age and then passed on to the next generation. There is an appreciation for the art of movement and understanding martial principles, as well as an emphasis on helping you become a stronger person, both inside and out.
  • Pros: You will be on a path to inner calm & strength, gradually unlocking powerful self defense abilities. Martial arts offer a lifetime of progress, fitness & movement skills.
  • Cons: Like with self defense, it can be hard to “pressure test” techniques without injury. There is a tendency to be overconfident in one’s style and abilities.




How do I cancel my membership?


More information can be found on our membership cancellation page.




How do I put my membership on hold?


See our membership hold page.




What is your refund policy?


For more inforamtion, visit our Centerline refund policy page.




I'm local to Centerline. What's it like to take on-site classes? What kinds of precautions is Centerline taking to address COVID-19?


Here's a testimonial from one of members taking on-site kickboxing classes that thorougly addresses and describes owhat it's like to take classes on-site: "So far since Centerline has reopened for in-person classes, I've attended two Kickboxing classes. I must admit that I was feeling a little "on the fence" about being ready to return. I read ALL of Laura's emails as they came through and attended the virtual reorientation which reviews the Code of Conduct that is required before returning, so I did feel very confident in all the steps Centerline is taking to make the studio a safe environment for everybody during this time. I think I just wasn't quite sure what it would really be like and if I would feel comfortable being around other people. Only one way to find out! I arrived at the studio and put my mask on in my car and took the bare minimum in with me (Boxing Gloves, Keys, Water Bottle). I entered, and was greeted by an awesome masked staff member, and I went directly to the hand sanitizer/sign-in area (in the front corner). I sanitized my hands and grabbed a clean pen from the cup marked as clean to sign in and I opted to have my temperature checked by the staff which was simple and quick. I placed my pen in the cup marked as used. Everything is very clearly marked and there is plenty of room to keep space from others. The pathway to the kickboxing studio is also clearly marked (did I mention how clearly marked everything is?!). I made my way into the kickboxing studio where all the heavy bags were already set up and ready to go. I picked a spot and made sure to keep my personal items consolidated and up against the wall. I was a little nervous that working out with a mask on would be a big challenge but it ended up being totally fine. There were times when Laura instructed the online students to do something a bit more cardio intensive, and she gave us a modified version so we wouldn't over do it. It felt quite easy to listen to my body and modify the intensity of the workout on my own if I felt like I needed a break, or if I wanted to amp things up a bit. Laura was able to give pointers from a safe distance throughout the class. At the end of class each student is instructed to grab (while keeping distance, of course) a clean cloth and to wait for the instructor to come around and spray the bag down. I then wiped my bag down along with my personal items and the floor space I had my items on, and after class the floor is thoroughly disinfected by the staff. I left the kickboxing studio and sanitized my hands again, while briefly chatting with others from a safe distance before leaving the building. Class was great, and it felt really good to be back in the space!" - Leslie Miller





 

Boot Camp / HIIT

What is Centerline Boot Camp / HIIT?


Boot Camp / HIIT are high energy, functional fitness classes. These classes are designed to be fun, energetic, and accessible to people of all fitness levels. You’ll get a total body workout in each class, while learning sound fitness fundamentals and exercise technique.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin slowly with joint mobility and light stretching, increasing in intensity from there. After the warm up, there is a cardio component and an “achievement set” that keeps track of your strength gains in certain basic exercises. Additionally, each day of Boot Camp uses a theme (mobility, core, cardio, balance, strength, power, and reps) to keep your body guessing. No equipment is required, however many classes offer a variety of equipment for local participants (such as tires, agility ladders, kettle bells, medicine balls, battle ropes, sleds, and more) to enhance the workouts. **Use of equipment is subject to change based on location (indoors vs outdoors), and Covid restrictions.**




What benefits can I expect?


You can expect to get stronger, more mobile, and have an increased understanding of proper exercise technique. We also promote positivity and camaraderie, so you can expect to laugh and have some fun while getting a good workout! Lastly, working out early in the morning has been proven to increase energy levels and brain functioning, so it really is a great way to jump-start your day!




What equipment do I need for this class?


Equipment is not needed to do any of these workouts! Of course, using equipment can enhance your workout, and if you attend class in person you have access to the equipment available. If you are following along at home, you may incorporate any fitness equipment you have, and we recommend you purchase a “Penalty Box”, which is a simple, portable piece of equipment that will enhance your workout! We have some available at our studio, and we recommend buying one to add to your home fitness experience!




How hard is the workout?


The workout is as hard as you make it! We use intervals primarily, with anywhere from 30 - 60 seconds of work followed by 10-15 seconds of rest. While the timer keeps running, you are encouraged to pace yourself. Water breaks are built in after each circuit, however we encourage folks to rest and hydrate as needed. Every exercise we do can be scaled to your individual fitness level and needs.




Is Boot Camp / HIIT right for me?


These classes are great for anyone and everyone! Looking just to get moving in the morning? Wanting to exercise in the presence of other awesome people? Trying to increase your overall fitness level? Want a variety of exercises and fitness challenges that will make you stronger and more capable? Check out a class or two and see if it's the right fit for you!





Kickboxing

What is Centerline Boot Camp / HIIT?


Boot Camp / HIIT are high energy, functional fitness classes. These classes are designed to be fun, energetic, and accessible to people of all fitness levels. You’ll get a total body workout in each class, while learning sound fitness fundamentals and exercise technique.




What happens in a typical class?


Classes begin slowly with joint mobility and light stretching, increasing in intensity from there. After the warm up, there is a cardio component and an “achievement set” that keeps track of your strength gains in certain basic exercises. Additionally, each day of Boot Camp uses a theme (mobility, core, cardio, balance, strength, power, and reps) to keep your body guessing. No equipment is required, however many classes offer a variety of equipment for local participants (such as tires, agility ladders, kettle bells, medicine balls, battle ropes, sleds, and more) to enhance the workouts. **Use of equipment is subject to change based on location (indoors vs outdoors), and Covid restrictions.**




What benefits can I expect?


You can expect to get stronger, more mobile, and have an increased understanding of proper exercise technique. We also promote positivity and camaraderie, so you can expect to laugh and have some fun while getting a good workout! Lastly, working out early in the morning has been proven to increase energy levels and brain functioning, so it really is a great way to jump-start your day!




What equipment do I need for this class?


Equipment is not needed to do any of these workouts! Of course, using equipment can enhance your workout, and if you attend class in person you have access to the equipment available. If you are following along at home, you may incorporate any fitness equipment you have, and we recommend you purchase a “Penalty Box”, which is a simple, portable piece of equipment that will enhance your workout! We have some available at our studio, and we recommend buying one to add to your home fitness experience!




How hard is the workout?


The workout is as hard as you make it! We use intervals primarily, with anywhere from 30 - 60 seconds of work followed by 10-15 seconds of rest. While the timer keeps running, you are encouraged to pace yourself. Water breaks are built in after each circuit, however we encourage folks to rest and hydrate as needed. Every exercise we do can be scaled to your individual fitness level and needs.




Is Boot Camp / HIIT right for me?


These classes are great for anyone and everyone! Looking just to get moving in the morning? Wanting to exercise in the presence of other awesome people? Trying to increase your overall fitness level? Want a variety of exercises and fitness challenges that will make you stronger and more capable? Check out a class or two and see if it's the right fit for you!