Kyodai Dojo Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING (Karate, Kung-Fu, Judo)?
The advantages of the Martial Arts are huge. Consider these benefits: increase physical strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, confidence, discipline, focus and being able to defend oneself. The training in the Martial Arts is for the mind and body, to eventually become one. It will help the practitioner to tackle life’s trials and be prepared.
WHEN DO NEW STUDENTS START?
Anytime! We have more than one instructor on the floor for the beginner’s program. A one on one or two on one ratio is therefore possible to have the new student absorb and understand the crucial few beginning steps of Martial Arts training.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is NO CONTRACT in our establishment. The cost depends on the payment options that are available in the pricing menu of 4 payment plans (Monthly, 3 Months, 6 Months, or a Year). Additionally, specials are offered throughout the year for greater savings and multiple members of the same family receives a further discount. You can print our application form to bring with you.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO JOIN?
All students are required to wear a uniform (GI) to class. Except on the first trial class, comfortable clothing is to be worn. Monthly specials for new members offer a free uniform upon joining.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?
We offer 4 one hour beginner classes each week. It is highly recommended to take a minimum of 2 to 3 classes per week and all classes are unlimited. It is advisable for a student to exercise at least 10 minutes to better retain the techniques and terminology.
DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE?
It is NOT Necessary. Students without experience adapt very well and our success rate is 100 percent. We are there to help the new student every step of the way.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD I START MARTIAL ARTS?
We have students from 6 though 86 years of age. It is recommended to have a doctor’s note after 60. The most important aspect to be successful in learning the Arts, is DESIRE, ENTHUSIASM and DEDICATION. This combination is the most rewarding.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VARIOUS MARTIAL ARTS (KARATE, KUNG-FU OR JUDO)?
Consider that all the disciplines are defensive in nature. Karate and Kung-Fu are both pushing, kicking and punching. On the other hand, Judo is pulling, tugging, grabbing and choking. All the disciplines are monitored carefully, making it enjoyable.
HOW OFTEN ARE CLASSES?
Our Facility or (DOJO), is open 7 days a week for beginners and advance students. The schedule varies based upon the style and time.
WILL I GET HURT IN PRACTICING MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING?
The training is very intense and rigorous. Bumps, bruises and muscle soreness are not uncommon. Serious injuries are extremely rare, because we monitor our students closely as well as emphasize, physical and mental control. Respect is mandatory in learning the Arts, as a result, Martial Arts training is safer than most sports.
CAN ONE TRAIN WITH PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS OR DIFFERENT NEEDS?
The answer is YES! With proper guidance, one can achieve their goal. In our lives we adapt and conform to what works for us. Therefore, a person’s need in their teens is different from a person over 40 years of age or older. An older person maybe interested in fitness and health as oppose to a younger one who wants to compete in tournament.
WHAT DO I CALL THE TEACHER?
Our instructors have different tiles. The most common is “SENSEI” or teacher in Japanese or “SIFU” in Chinese. We have a hierarchy in our facilities where our founder is referred as “SHIHAN”, instructors are called “SHIHAN-DAI” or “SHIDOIN”. Our senior students are referred to as “SEMPAI” and junior students are “KOHAI”. For more information, read about a brief history of Shotokan Karate.
WHY MUST I BOW?
To BOW (OSS) is a sign of kindness and respect for another person in the Arts. Bowing has NO connection to religion in any form what so ever. Great mental discipline must be exercised to make a habit of putting other people before oneself. We want to become kinder people. For more information, read about our philosophy.
WHAT ARE THE BELTS OR RANKING SYSTEM AND HOW LONG IT TAKES TO REACH THEM?
We have a system for beginners called “KYU” ranks. Students typically rise in rank every several months. However, it also depends on the effort he or she puts in. The beginner’s belt is white as one progresses, the color of the belt becomes darker, meaning that knowledge has been acquired. Studying the Arts is a JOURNEY BEFORE DESTINATION. Enjoy the journey as you learn at your own pace and let the growth happen. It will be evident that when you mature in the Arts, everyone will know it and so will you.