would someone here please recommend a few names and phone numbers of instructors I could contact to learn one of the Filipino Martial Arts from?
I don't think you can get someone any more "qualified" than Tim Hartman! If he is in your area, you should jump at the chance to train with him!
I agree that qualified to teach is subjective, but some organizations have a formal teaching qualification/certification process. I’ve heard of organizations that have specific training for those interested in teaching and/or opening their own school.Use of the word qualified is extremely subjective when it comes to MA tuition.
There's not really such a thing as "qualified to teach xyz art".
You can have a very highly ranked person who just can't teach (or can't teach you/me) or a lower rank that you click with and learn loads.
Also, one private lesson per week (from someone who teaches and knows how to teach) is likely to cost a fair whack more than a school membership anyway.
We don’t live in WNY. I suggested contacting Tim Hartman because he’s the only teacher I know of of ANY MA in that area. And he’s an FMA guy, which is along the lines of what you’re looking for. And if he can’t meet your needs, he may know a guy or two that can.Thanks for the replies. so, back to the beginning, does anyone know of any other teacher--qualified or unqualified-- who I can contact to begin learning from? Or just the one name in my area of Buffalo, NY.
As for the membership being more affordable than just a couple private lessons per month, that may be very true however I was told that if I can only attend once or twice a month, then I shouldn't even bother getting a membership. Here I am, someone who wants to learn Arnis, never had any martial arts lessons ever, and all I ask for are some names of people I could call to find out if they want to make some extra money giving me some lessons.
Is there some reason you don't want to train with Tim Hartman? As far as I know, he has a very solid reputation, and knows what he's doing. I've had the opportunity to train alongside him in a seminar, and he worked hard, didn't play any rank games.Thanks. Does anyone know of others in the western New York area who I could contact to ask if I could learn arnis from?