It is no secret that martial arts are not only a sport but a very effective recreational activity which is why it is taught in so many different institutions all over the world. Whether you wish to learn martial arts as a sport or recreational activity, it is recommended to do it from a proper school as a school would provide you with professional instructors and a platform to practice where not only would you be able to learn, you would be able to get into the spirit of martial arts. The only problem is that every other institute seems to offer the best program for Brazilian jiu-jitsu and other types of martial arts so how do you pick out one? The process is a rather simple one and anybody can do it if you just dedicate a little time to it.
Take a Tour
No matter what anyone says, the location of the place matters, so make sure that you take a tour of the place where you would be learning the art and if you are planning to send your kid to the school then it is a good idea to take your kid along on the tour and get his/her opinion on the place as he/she is going to be the one attending it.
Some of the schools offer a trial period of mostly a week so you can take that to figure out whether the institute and their way of teaching works for you and most of the schools do not charge for the trial period.
If there is no trial period but you do not want to commit for a whole level of learning then you can just go to the summer camp and judge whether you would want to attend more levels of martial arts or not at the particular institute.