Which Excuse Sounds Like You?

I am out of shape right now. I have to get in better shape before I start training.

Joining a Martial Arts program is an excellent way to get in shape – sometimes even achieving faster, well-rounded results based upon cross-training all areas of the body. At the Francis Fong Academy, our students have varying fitness levels. We’ve specially designed our programs to allow each student personalized improvement with their unique needs of physical fitness and health – all while doing so at their own pace!

Did you know that increasing your activity level by joining our program will also provide you with a number of additional benefits? Elevated levels of endorphins in the bloodstream after exercise will elevate your mood. You experience a boost in your energy levels and dramatically improve how you look and feel!

I am too old. It’s too late for me to start now!

You are never too old to train in the Martial Arts. The main goal of Martial Arts training is self-improvement. Through training, you can achieve not only physical benefits such as coordination, flexibility, strength, stamina, and endurance, but also mental benefits such as: focus, discipline, self control, balance, peace and self-confidence. Additionally, studies show that practicing martial arts can significantly contribute to improved problem-solving skills. It is never too late to develop yourself and improve on all aspects of your life!

I am SO uncoordinated, and I’m afraid that I’ll make a fool out of myself.

Always remember that everyone had to begin somewhere. Even the most coordinated student in the class was a beginner at one time with the same fears and apprehensions! Even if you don’t believe in yourself or see your own unique potential — we will! And we will help you discover and tap into your potential!

New students join the Academy every week, so you will not be the only beginner. Instructors and advanced students will help you on your new journey. Remember to have fun! Be patient with yourself and don’t get frustrated. Don’t expect to be perfect! Your body has to learn how to move the way your brain tells it to. Also, remember that you will progress in 100 different areas 1% at a time, instead of in 1 area 100% of the time. It only takes a few weeks to start training your body to move the way you want it to. If you get discouraged, your instructor and other students are here for you to provide encouragement.

I just don’t have the money.

Consumers will pay for a product that will provide them with the benefits they want. Ask a Black Belt student how much money they would accept to sell their black belt, along with the impact that Martial Arts has made on their life! Then, listen to their response.

Ask yourself this: Would it be worth it to you to walk to your car late at night with a loved one and feel confident that if something were to happen to you, you’d possess the skills to deal with it? Is it worth it for a parent to know that their child is developing self-esteem and self-confidence to help them deal with negative peer pressure? What about helping sculpt perception of their quality of life or contribution to community? What exactly is it worth for YOU to empower yourself with the necessary skills to handle a confrontation?

If you don’t seem to have the money in your budget, you might just be surprised by ways you can regain those funds by making some minor small changes. Things that we’ve actually done ourselves, such as cooking at home instead of eating out, or making coffee at home instead of buying a daily latte! Learn to cut out additional luxury and indulgent expenses for those that ultimately matter and prove life transforming results.

I just don’t have the time. I have too many other pressures right now.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with pressure from daily responsibilities – both at work and at home. It doesn’t help to look at exercise as just another burden! Just as eating, showering and brushing your teeth are part of your daily routine of taking care of yourself, so should exercise be a priority in your life! Joining our program will help you to reduce your stress and prioritize fitness as part of your self-care routine. Additionally, you will receive the following benefits:

Physical Benefits – coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance. Mental Benefits – discipline, focus, self-control, self-confidence. The ability to defend oneself and loved ones.

I’m afraid because I don’t know anyone else in the class. I’ll feel like a misfit!

During your introductory orientation you will have the opportunity to meet the Francis Fong Academy office staff, as well as instructors and students. For years and on-going generations, our academy has been known for its hospitality, along with a unique environment where you can personally prosper. Joining the Academy is a truly great way to meet new friends who will encourage you and help you to stay motivated!

I’m worried that I’ll get hurt!

At the Francis Fong Academy, we take all of the necessary precautions to keep you as safe as possible! It’s one of our highest priorities. Classes at the Academy are always supervised by experienced, certified instructors. To add an extra safety measure, we always recommend that students wear protective gear to shield against injury from inadvertent contact. While safety equipment reduces risk and injury, there is no better way to foster safety than good control and common sense.

I just don’t want to make a commitment.

Persistence and what we call “indomitable spirit” is an important characteristic of not just a martial artist, but a successful person. Most people commit to things that they are passionate about, or things that will benefit them. Joining the Academy involves taking an important step that will provide you with many long range benefits. MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF – one which allows you to see your highest potential and purpose. Let us help see you through that commitment to realize the rewards.

Time waits for no one… unleash the real you today! What are you waiting for?

I never stick to anything.

As with everything, good things take time and effort. Instructors help you along the way, but they can only guide you; YOU must walk the path.

You can be a champion, IF you are willing to work hard and pay the price. Everyone wants to be a winner, but their desire is not great enough to motivate them to pay the price. Paying the price means spending the time and effort necessary to succeed! At the Francis Fong Academy, our instructors provide motivation, encouragement and feedback to help keep you focused on all of your goals.


YOU must take the first step.

Raja Academy of Martial Arts

1200 Woodruff Road
Merovan Center, Suite B-8
Greenville, SC 29607

(864) 906-0146