• Always be respectful to others. NO fighting or swearing.

  • Please keep your hands to yourself unless doing in class drills. Respect personal space.

  • Bow at the door when you enter and exit the Academy.

  • Karate is for defense only.

  • Be on time for class, dressed and ready to train.

  • During class, when the instructor is demonstrating the techniques, every student must sit or stand in good posture. 

  • Talking should be kept to a minimum level and should relate to the class subject. Patiently raise your hand if you have a question or comment.

  • No foul language inside the Academy. 

  • Keep feet clean. No dirty feet on the mats.

  • You must wear shoes or flip flops when you are not on the mat. 

  • Wash your gi at least once a week! Basic hygiene is important.

  • All jewelry, piercings, necklaces and other items should be removed during training. 

  • Keep fingernails and toenails neatly trimmed.

  • Don't give up, even if it's difficult. Do your best!

  • No bullying or use of bullying tactics to isolate another person or property.

  • NO shoes, food, or drinks on the mat. 

  • Please do NOT come to class if you are sick. 

  • Please wash your hands! Use hand sanitizer as needed during training, before and after class.

  • NO horseplay or rough housing in the dojo.

  • Parents, please pick up your children on time.

  • Students are to stay inside the Academy until a parent comes inside to pick them up. 

  • Any type of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Only 1 person in the restroom at a time, unless it is the student's parent assisting them. Students must stand or sit at the end of the mat, outside the hallway, until the restroom is available.

  • Sportsmanship is important in our Academy, everyone is learning. Please control your emotions and accept decisions with grace, not a grudge.


Q. How often should i train?

A: As often as you can and as your body will allow. The more often you train, the faster you will progress. Some people pick it up more quickly than others but there is no short cut to training. For those who want to compete, I recommend attending special training seminars to prepare you for competition.

Q. What should i do when i'm injured?

A: It depends on the injury, but you don't want to do anything that will make it worse. If it's a minor injury and you can still do activities without further injuring yourself, we recommend at least coming in still doing the warm up and technique. If it's a major injury but you don't want to sit at home on the couch, you are welcome to observe the class!

Q. How do the belt ranks work?

A: Belt ranks are listed in order and students will progress through the curriculum as taught by most Shotokan Karate Dojos. Shodan-ho rank is a provisional black belt reserved for students under 16 years of age. Otherwise, students must meet the standards needed to progress to their next belt.

Q. When will i be promoted to the next belt?

A: No one likes this answer...but it depends. Everyone starts and progresses at different paces so it's hard to say definitively when you will get promoted. To put things into perspective, it usually takes 4-6 years for an adult to earn their black belt. It can take you anywhere from 4-8 months to earn your next belt. What we can tell you is that people who spend more time at the Academy, training, progress faster.

Q. Do  you have promotion/ belt fees?

A: We do have belt fees which cover the cost of a new belt, graduation and diploma of rank up to shodan level. At shodan (Black belt), students will be evaluated by Organization officials (ISKA). Belt exams are to ensure students demonstrate their understanding of techniques, drills and katas properly before advancing to the next belt level. We typically hold beginner Kyu exams every 3-4 months with intermediate and advanced students joining in on one or more exams per year, depending on rank.

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