Can I Start Karate?

Absolutely, we only ask that you arrive approximately 10 minutes early to meet with an instructor, inform them of any medical conditions that may affect your training, and sign any necessary documentation. 

What should I wear?

In a traditional dojo setting, we train a "gi" or other approved dojo attire (dojo t-shirts, hoodies, etc.), a new student is advised to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Also, prepare to train in bare feet. (Only in some outdoor training will shoes be allowed)

Am I too old to start?

Certainly not! It is never to late to begin something fun and healthy. Many adults and seniors enroll in martial arts classes EVERY DAY! 

Is my child too young to start?

We accept children as young as 8 years old. 

Do you participate in tournaments?

We do not require our students to take part in any tournament activity. We are often invited to participate in events and participation is optional. We are a combat and self defense focused school and many of our methods for sparring are not tournament legal. However, if there is an interest in competing in a tournament we will prepare the students accordingly, it just isn't our primary focus. That being said, tournaments are loads of fun and are great for testing some skills in a competitive atmosphere.

Will I get hurt?

Karate is extremely physical. There is always a chance injury can occur. However, your instructor will do everything within his ability to ensure you are training in a safe and effective manner. We train with partner's frequently, it is our goal to not cause injury to each other, so we may continue to train. 

How long will it take to receive a black belt?

Whenever a student has achieved a passing proficiency grade they may test for the next rank. There is only one kyu (color belt) rank that has a "time in grade" requirement. Assuming that all requirements are met and all tests are passed at an average of 3.5 months between ranks a 1st Dan could be earned in approximately 3-4 years.