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Benefits of karate Testimonials Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions people ask often. If you can't find an answer to yours, contact us and we'll be glad to answer.

· Are beginners welcome?
· Do I need a gi (traditional martial arts uniform)?
· How old to I have to be to start practicing?
· Is it too late to begin karate at my age?
· I haven't exercised in a while, is this a problem?
· I have an existing medical condition, should I still come?
· Are there any additional costs for your classes?
· Do I need to sign a minimum contract?
· Do I have to come to 3 classes (or 2 or 1) a week?
· What kind of style is Shotokan Karate?

Can't find an answer to your question? Contact us and we'll be glad to answer it.

Are beginners welcome?
Of course. We warmly welcome new and beginning students. You are welcome to attend all of our classes at any time.

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Do I need a gi (traditional martial arts uniform)?
Don't let that stop you. You should come in comfortable work-out clothes. A loose fitting cotton t-shirt and a pair of sweat or running pants work well. Please remove shoes, socks and jewelry before class starts.

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How old to I have to be to start practicing?
We accept the students as young as 12 years old, though under special circumstances (like a strong desire to practice) we can accept even younger students.

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Is it too late to begin karate at my age?
It is an activity in which advancing age is not a hindrance. Rather it encourages proficiency and the keen coordination of mind and body. There are a lot of examples among karate practitioners indicating karate as a superior method of maintaining one's health.

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I haven't exercised in a while, is this a problem?
Our classes provide a thorough work out even for those who are in great shape. If you haven't been active for a while (or have never been active) this is a great place to get back in shape. All we ask is that you try your best. The rest will come in time.

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I have an existing medical condition, should I still come?
If it is ok with you and ok with your physician then you are welcome to come to our class. You will never be asked to do anything that would aggravate a current health condition.

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Are there any additional costs for your classes?
No. In fact, we have a Dojo Sponsorship Fund. All the profits from the student's fees go into this fund and are spent on sponsoring serious students in various ways: free uniforms and gear, sponsored trips to other dojos or special trainings, refunds of dojo dues.

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Do I need to sign a minimum contract?
No. You don't have to sign any contracts, you can quit any time you want. We encourage new students try a class free of charge to help them make a decision and they are under no obligation to continue practicing.

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Do I have to come to 3 classes (or 2 or 1) a week?
We don't count the number of classes you come to. The most important thing is that when you come to class you do your best. Like everything else in life, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

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What kind of style is Shotokan Karate?
Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese Karate style that emphasises quick, solid attacking and defending techniques using the hands, elbows, knees and feet.

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