COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED
25 OF THE MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS ASKED BY STUDENTS
Q1: Do I need previous experience in martial arts to train HAOS?
A: No. While techniques from other fighting systems cross over, HAOS is very unique and differs from most martial arts. The only thing new students require to start is an open mind. In our experience, a martial arts background will occasionally slow a student’s progress since it might take them more time and effort to successfully transfer their skills to the type of combat HAOS teaches.
Q2: Can I join at any time?
A: Absolutely. We have an ongoing schedule so our students can keep training all year long.
Q3: Do I need to be in shape before I take your class?
A: You should not postpone your martial arts training out of fear that you need to be physically fit. Our sessions are effective at getting you in shape. Moreover, we can help speed up the process by offering our students physical fitness programs and nutritional coaching to help them reach their goals.
Q4: What should I expect from my first class?
A: A 60-minute session that introduces students to the basics of HAOS combat while running them through a variety of physical conditioning exercises. The training is dynamic, fun and designed based on the student’s level, age and overall physical and mental capabilities.
Q5: Is HAOS martial arts training dangerous?
While all martial arts pose a certain risk of injury (don’t let anyone tell you differently), we place great emphasis on teaching our students to be conscious, alert and very responsive during training. This minimizes the chances of injuries drastically. Also, we are very experienced in determining the aptitude of students and never ask them to perform drills, techniques or exercises they are not ready for. No one can promise you that you will never experience pain or injury but we do promise that we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our students.
Q6: What do I wear while training HAOS martial arts?
A: New students should wear comfortable clothing such as sweatpants, t-shirt and running shoes. For traditional reasons you should wear, if possible, dark-coloured clothing. Do not show up wearing tank tops, flashy outfits or other types of revealing clothing since we consider this disrespectful. If we are training outdoors you should dress appropriately. P.S. Do not forget your water bottle.
Q7: How long does it take to become proficient in HAOS martial arts?
A: This depends on the individual’s goals. HAOS combat is complex and training in all three pillars takes lots of time and effort. Some individuals might also be more talented than others and might learn faster. The best thing for you is to try a few classes so that your instructor can assess your abilities. One thing is certain, the more time you spend training, the faster you will progress. Be prepared to put in lots of work to learn the skills you want.
Q8: How does the ranking structure work in HAOS?
A: There are a total of 3 ranks; Students, Specialists, and Instructors. A student who begins training in HAOS is initially considered as having “no rank”. The novice, intermediate and advanced ranks are all student levels that build toward a distinct specialty. The Specialist rank denotes an individual with a high level of proficiency in one of the three pillars of HAOS and an assistant teacher who can now begin training others either in unarmed combat, self-defence or edged weapons. The Instructor rank is awarded to a student who has specialized in all three pillars of the system, has a minimum of 3 years of supervised teaching experience and has completed the professional 10-day HAOS course.
Q9: I want to become a HAOS Specialist. How long does it take?
A: This depends on the individual’s proficiency. It is not so much a question of time as it is of skill. We base our tests on performance. If you understand the system and are able to demonstrate the necessary techniques and you prove that you are a formidable fighter, no one will hold you back. However, because of the nature of the system, we are also very concerned with the moral integrity of the individual and do not graduate individuals with poor ethics. With continuous training, a student can gain a specialty in 3 years and become a HAOS instructor in 9 years.
Q10: Are your classes physical or do you just learn techniques?
A: Combat is incredibly physical and requires a good level of conditioning. For us, we cannot divide the two. We promise you will get a great workout in while learning your martial arts skills. Some students also push the pace harder than others and make their session very challenging.
Q11: Can women participate?
A: All women are welcome and encouraged to train in HAOS martial arts.
Q12: Do you teach private sessions to teenagers?
A: We do. However, the head instructor must meet with the parents and the child to determine if he or she is eligible for training. The minimum age to be considered is 13 years old. If your child is under the age limit, we can refer you to other excellent martial arts instructors that train younger kids.
Q13: Is HAOS for everyone?
A: No it is not. Many martial arts claim their system is for “everyone”. This is not the case with us. Students need to be extremely motivated, mature, have a strong moral character and a willingness to withstand physical, emotional and mental challenges. If these are qualities you possess then HAOS is for you.
Q14: What is the overall class atmosphere like?
A: Depending on what we are learning and what students are present, the atmosphere can range from jovial to very serious. However, no matter the topic or session, training with others at HAOS always feels like training with family.
Q15: Do I need to purchase any equipment?
A: Yes. As training progresses additional equipment may be required, but should be obtained only at the behest of your instructor. These items include a mouth guard, hand wraps, boxing gloves, MMA gloves, head gear, shin protectors, elbow protectors, knee protectors, groin protector, training knives, training machetes and safety glasses. Most of these are relatively inexpensive and we will let you know where you can buy them.
Q16: Is protective gear necessary?
A: Yes. One of our primary rules is not to get hurt therefore all our students wear some form of protection during training. However, very few drills will require you to dress in full combat gear.
Q17: Can I train in other martial arts while I train HAOS?
A: Absolutely. HAOS as a system continuously evolves by studying and integrating techniques from various martial art systems therefore you will find no objections from us. Have fun and train safe!
Q18: If I train in HAOS martial arts will I be a good mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter?
A: No. You should train MMA to be a good MMA fighter. Our focus is to train students to be formidable fighters under the parameters of HAOS.
Q19: Is HAOS a self-defence system?
A: Yes and no. Self-defence is characterized as a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm. Accordingly, HAOS can definitely be classified as a self-defence system (although martial arts system is much more encompassing). However, if you are looking for a system that will teach you how to “defend yourself in 10 easy sessions”, then no, you cannot classify HAOS as that type of self-defence system.
Q20: How does HAOS compare to other martial arts, self-defence or combat systems?
A: Because all martial arts offer many variances of advantages, the best way to answer this question is to analyze the system’s parameters and see if that particular martial arts fits your own goals. What do you want your martial arts to give you?
Q21: Is HAOS compatible with security, law enforcement and military fields?
A: Yes it is. We offer specialized programs and training for students and professionals with unique requirements.
Q22: Do I have to spar if I train HAOS?
A: Yes, this is an integral part of our martial arts training. However, you will not be sparring if you do not have the necessary skill level to do so or if the instructor thinks you are not ready.
Q23: What type of competitions does HAOS organize for advanced students?
A: Unarmed vs. Unarmed (UU), Unarmed vs. Armed (UA), Armed vs. Armed (AA). Contact us for more information.
Q24: I really don’t like training outside in the sun, snow and rain. Do I have to attend these sessions?
A: Yes, it is mandatory. HAOS students are known for their willingness to regularly train in all types of environments and weather. Varying elements and terrain help develop adaptability and hardness. The training is tough and sometimes uncomfortable and we make no apologies for it.
Q25: I have been around and have lots of martial arts experience, prove to me you are not a McDojo.
A: For the veteran martial artists who have perhaps had poor experiences with other schools or instructors, we have made this list to ease your mind. At HAOS, we do not:
Delude our students by telling them they are the best fighters in the world.
Endanger students by promising miracle solutions, overnight results and quick fixes.
Subjugate our students under an instructor hierarchy that demolishes their self-esteem.
Avoid sparring because our system is too “deadly” and our techniques are too “lethal”.
Let internal politics interfere with students’ progress.
Give black belts, instructor ranks or teaching certifications to teenagers.
Never fail students during tests out of fear they might no longer practice HAOS.
Have deific instructors that never spar with students.
Teach “mysterious”, “secret” or “underground” techniques.
Have week-long, expensive, shortcut “instructor courses”.
CODE OF CONDUCT
HOW WE LIVE, WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR
In HAOS schools, every student abides by a code of conduct in order to uphold a respectful environment, maintain self-discipline and show appreciation for the martial arts. These guidelines are an essential part of HAOS and express how students are expected to treat themselves and others. There is always mutual trust, strong camaraderie and a great sense of belonging at HAOS because we have respect for one another and we always exercise good judgment before committing to an action.
1. Show gratitude by respecting the training center, your partners and the instructors that take the time to teach you. Remember that learning martial arts is a privilege, not a right.
2. Always arrive early to class and greet everyone present before taking the time to stretch and warm up. Take care not to disturb anyone if another class is ongoing.
3. Change only in the assigned areas and do not leave your belongings on the floor.
4. Address all students, graduates and instructors, including the head instructor, by their first name.
5. All students must have excellent personal hygiene. This includes wearing clean clothing, deodorant, and keeping fingernails and toenails short and clean.
6. Special notice is to be given to your training shoes. Make sure the soles are very clean before stepping on the training mats and exercising indoors.
7. Do not come to class if you are very sick and pose a high risk of contaminating others.
8. Be prepared. Bring all your training and protective gear to every class.
9. Jewelry, excessive makeup, any type of hats or other bodily decorations are not allowed during training. Long hair should always be neatly tied back.
10. Switch your cellphone on silent and keep it away from view.
11. If you are late because of an emergency, remain in view at the entrance of the training center in a kneeling position and wait for the instructor to invite you to take your place among the group.
12. Bow before entering and leaving the training area.
13. Pay attention to the instructor and follow their requests swiftly. Line up rapidly at the beginning and end of class, walk briskly if you are asked for and always speak clearly.
14. Always do your best. Keep a positive attitude, show a sense of levity, have an open mind, avoid complaining unnecessarily, show restraint, avoid aggressiveness and do not quit. Devote yourself to the task at hand and leave your troubles and ego at the door.
15. While you are always encouraged to ask pertinent questions, excessive talking about unrelated topics should be avoided during the session. You are welcome to socialize before and after the training.
16. Avoid unnecessary physical contact during practice.
17. Avoid using coarse or offensive language unless it is requested as part of a training drill.
18. Do not eat, drink or chew gum. The instructor will signal water breaks.
19. Always ask for the instructor’s permission to leave the training area during class. First inform your training partner and then walk to the instructor and wait for them to address you. Do not signal an instructor by yelling their name, pointing at them or snapping your fingers.
20. If an accident occurs, calmly signal the instructor while remaining emotionally composed.
21. If you have a previous injury that can start bleeding during exercise, you must cover the wound before continuing to train.
22. Treat all the equipment like it is your own and do not forget to clean and organize the material after usage.
23. Do your best to attend the studio’s activities, be it for rankings, championships, outings or other special events.
24. Refrain from all types of gossiping, trash talking, showboating or other inappropriate behaviors. This includes speaking badly about other martial art systems.
25. Help your training partners succeed in HAOS by encouraging them, not by “correcting them”.
26. Be kind and tolerant with other students. Not everyone can learn at the same pace and not everyone learns HAOS for the same reasons. Look for the good in people and try your best to make everyone feel worthwhile. Keep this in mind and avoid judging others.
27. Do not use training equipment, conduct drills or fight without permission from the instructor.
28. Emotions can run high during combat or other stressful drills. Remember that deliberately, unnecessarily or disrespectfully harming your training partner is not tolerated.
29. Training under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in immediate termination of membership.
30. Show a good example to others by staying humble and keeping away from trouble. Do not use HAOS fighting techniques outside the training center unless you absolutely need to defend yourself or someone else. You should always consider running away as the primary option.