Is my child old enough to learn karate?
Children as young as four years old may be suitable if they have good behavior, but we typically recommend kids be 6 years or older.
How is your practice different from other schools?
While many schools focus on techniques designed for point fighting in a controlled environment, we focused on real self-defense techniques that are designed to work for different sizes and abilities in real life scenarios. Nothing is off limits in our Dojo when it comes to survival. In a safe and supportive environment, our goal is to teach safety and confidence, so our students are able to survive a real attack on the street, including gun and knife attacks and rape situations. While we are grounded in classical Okinawan Martial Arts, our practice utilizes the most effective techniques available for self preservation, regardless of where they are from.
What do I wear?
With the exception of the Fighter Fitness class, all students wear a gi (traditional karate uniform) during class, which are given to students upon enrollment. During the Fighter Fitness class, there is no designated uniform so students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes.
Do I need my own sparring equipment?
If you participate in sparring class, you will need sparring gear which you can purchase at the Dojo.
Do I have to attend all the classes?
Classes are ongoing so it is not necessary to make every class. However, there are minimum class requirements for rank promotions in the traditional karate classes. Students are strongly encouraged to attend at least 3 classes a week and hit a variety of classes in order to see progress.
Can parents stay and watch the kids’ classes?
Yes, we have chairs set up right in the classroom for parents to watch. We also offer a comfortable lobby area where you can relax while waiting.
I’m not in good shape and not as young as I used to be. Can I still do it?
We get this question all the time. Yes! You have to start somewhere, right? We cater to all ages and abilities and offer a non-threatening environment. While it’s always scary to start something new, our students go out of their way to welcome and help new students. We were all the “new student” at some point!