There are basically two ways to get started with your or your child’s classes.
The first way is to come in to watch a class (see Class Schedule tab) on a day and time that would be good for you to train at. By doing this you will meet the Instructors and watch the students doing a regular class. This is also a good opportunity for us to answer any questions that you may have.
This first visit is especially important if the student-to-be is a young child (we start Shotokan Karate classes with children as young as 5 years old). For a young child this is a non-intimidating way to visit the Dojo, rather than coming in to start without a prior visit. At the end of your visit you can let the head instructor know if and when you would like to return for your first class.
Our classes are all 1.5 hours long. However, for new students between 5 and 7 years old their classes will be 1 hour long for at least one month (determined by head instructors). This allows them to learn the first three parts of our five-part workout and to adjust to the ways of the Dojo. When the head instructors feel the child is ready to learn parts four and five of the workout then the child will begin staying for the entire 1.5 hour class.
The second way to begin training with us is to come into any of our regularly scheduled classes ready to start immediately. We always have enough instructors available to start new students without prior notice. This second way is more suited to beginning adults. We recommend that all beginning children should first watch a class before starting.
** Until you get a uniform from us: come to class with loose-fitting gym-type clothing on.
*** We have uniforms available or we can get them in one day. We train barefoot.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao-tsu