Frequently Asked Questions

What age is the best to start training?

It is difficult to provide a specific age, as all kids are different. We recommend 6 years of age as a good starting point for beginner children. Although it does depend on the child, we've found this age to work for both the student, other students, and instructors.

Can Parents Train with their Kids?

Yes! We highly encourage it! Many parents first discover Shotokan Karate when beginning their training with their children. Others find that their own childhood training in the martial arts has been rekindled and their passion to train their body, mind and spirit is renewed.

How Long Until I Get My Black Belt?

In JKA Shotokan karate, the black belt (Shodan) rank is recognition of hard effort, good spirit, understanding and demonstrating proper martial technique, and having the proper attitude. A black belt is not the end; it is simply the beginning. Most modern martial arts schools emphasize testing as a way to generate income for the instructors and their program, which is understandable. However, the SKC dojo, as an educational non-profit, focuses first upon the preservation of the art form itself, and seeks to support students and their families who understand and appreciate that karate training is a lifestyle. There are 10 ranks (kyu) which must be achieved in order to be eligible to test for Shodan (1st Black Belt). Kyu ranks are identified by colored belts that students wear. While we have kyu rank exams approximately every 3-4 months, there is no pressure to test. However, there is also no promise of success, either. Sometimes testing and failing is a better life lesson in both perseverance and delayed gratification, both of which are sorely lacking in modern day American society.

Are Their Contracts?

We have no contracts. However, all dues and fees are expected to be timely paid, out of sign of respect for the dojo. All dues/fees are used to maintain the dojo and expand our training with guest instructors and training camps. No instructor is paid any salary and each pays the same dues and fees to the dojo as all other students. Invoices for tuition are sent via email and are expected to be paid by no later than the 1st of the month they are due.

Which Classes Are Best for Beginners?

New beginners are expected to attend the Monday and Wednesday (5:45-6:30) night beginner classes before moving on to any other class. This is to make sure they are properly taught basic techiques so they can progress at an appropriate pace. Beginning students who attend either Intermediate, Advanced, or Mixed classes before they are ready will get "lost" and not receive the instruction they need and deserve. Once permission is granted, a student may attend ANY class offered during the week (without limit on the number the classes). Consistent attendance breeds perfection of technique! A student may attend the Advanced class by invitation only.