Q: Where can I find information about classes, schedules, etc.?
A: The Student Login link on this site leads to an extensive collection of current schedules, upcoming events, program requirements for each belt level, current testing requirements, and video curriculum links. If you are a current member and don't have the password, email us at mail@the dojorocks.com. Just include the student's name and the words "password request" in the subject line, and we'll get right back to you!
Q: What “style” of martial art is taught at The Dojo, and what does that mean?
A: The curriculum taught at The Dojo is essentially a melting pot of many other styles. It includes Eastern-style kicks like the ones found in Tae Kwon Do and Western-style boxing techniques which place a greater emphasis on a balanced stance and use of hands than the more traditional Eastern styles. We’ve chosen the aspects we feel are the most practical parts of these other styles and combined them into our American Karate curriculum.
Q: What days can I come to The Dojo?
A: We offer a flexible schedule, meaning you always have options for what days you attend class! Because we offer each class almost every day, you are free to choose what days you attend class. If a Tuesday/Thursday split works best for you one week and a Monday/Wednesday split works best the next, that’s totally fine.
Q: Can students come only two times per week?
A: In our Beginner Program, we think that two classes per week gives kids the perfect balance between receiving enough instruction to make sure they retain the material and not feeling burnt out or overwhelmed by the number of classes they’re taking. This is why we’ve chosen to limit the Beginner Program to a twice-a-week limit. In our advanced programs, kids have made commitments to earning black belts, and that often takes more than two classes per week. When just starting out with karate, however, two times a week is perfect!
Q: What if we can’t make two classes one week? Can we make those classes up?
Sure! We want you to get all the time you’re paying for. If you know you’re going to be out a week, let us know and come in a little extra the week before or the week after. If it’s unexpected that you’re out, like with an illness, just make it up with some extra classes when you come back!
Q: How do students move from one belt to another?
Our curriculum is taught based on cycles. A cycle is a ten- or eleven-week period during which we cover a specific set of techniques in class and students are tested on these techniques to earn stripes. Stripes are earned by accurate performance of various techniques in the curriculum. Once a student has the required stripes for his or her belt level, that student’s belt is signed by an instructor and he or she is ready for graduation! Graduations happen at the end of each cycle, so belt promotions do not occur during a curriculum cycle.
Q: What is a graduation?
Graduations are special events held at the end of each cycle where we celebrate each student’s achievements and promote graduating students to their new belts. These events are a lot of fun for our students and give them an opportunity to showcase all they’ve learned.
Q: How do students move to a different color uniform?
Entry into Team Excellence (red uniform) is by instructor invitation only. Each cycle, we pinpoint the students who've learned the Beginner Program material, and we invite the to join Team Excellence. Our Team Premier (black uniform) is for advanced students who have passed a formal belt test (blue belt and above) and have shown exemplary effort and leadership in the Team Excellence class.
Q: Are there discounts for additional family members?
Yes! The first member in any family pays the full tuition rate. The second and third family members are each half-price, and any student beyond that is free!
Q: When can I wear a t-shirt instead of my full uniform top?
Adults are permitted to wear a Dojo t-shirt at all times. In all other’ classes, students in white or red uniforms are allowed to wear Dojo T-shirts with their uniform pants and belt; students in black uniforms are required to wear the full uniform. And all students always wear a full uniform to testing events and graduations!
Q: What happens if I don’t have my belt?
If a student is missing their belt or any other piece of their uniform (including full uniform top during formal weeks), that student will not receive class credit for the given class. We still want you to participate and attend class for the sake of learning the material, but you won’t be given any class credit or be tested for any stripes during that class.
Q: How do we put on the stars and patches we’ve received?
The best bet is to sew the patches and stars onto the uniform, using our Patch Placement sheet as a guide. This sheet is posted on The Dojo’s community network site. Adhesive products, such as Patch Attach, work okay but tend to fail after a few washes. The stars and patches are not iron-on.
Q: How often does my child need to practice at home?
The students who consistently practice at home typically progress more quickly and grasp concepts in karate more quickly. Spending five or ten minutes a few times a week outside The Dojo can really go a long way in helping kids retain the things they’re working on in class. Don’t bog your kids down with practice, though. We want them to enjoy being here at The Dojo, and too much practice can lead to burnout just like attending too many classes.
Q: What happens if my child is late for class?
We understand that sometimes life happens and prevents students from making it to class on time. Unexpected traffic, delays at home, and any of the thousand other things going on can make it difficult to plan accordingly. However, tardiness is an issue that is extremely disruptive to the flow of any given class. If an instructor has to pause a class that’s already in motion to bring in a new student, it is a distraction and an impediment to the instructor and students already in class. For this reason, students who are late to class are treated like students who are not in the appropriate attire - they will be allowed to participate, but they will not receive class credit or be tested for stripes. This is not significantly detrimental to the student who is late once in a while, but will hinder the progress of students who consistently arrive once a class has already begun. Please make every effort to be on time.
Q: What benefits will my child receive from taking karate at The Dojo?
We want parents to know that our primary focus is assisting your efforts as parents to develop your children into people capable of handling themselves in school as kids and in society as a whole as they grow into adults. The time your family spends at The Dojo will not just be to learn kicks and punches, but to develop in your kids a sense of confidence, responsibility, self-control, self-discipline, and perseverance. We believe that in starting karate, each child has a potential for tremendous growth, and we are excited and honored that you’ve chosen The Dojo to help guide your child’s growth.