Are there testing fees?
We do have testing fees. This nominal fee covers the cost of belts, certificates, testing procedures and equipment at certain belt ranks. The testing fee will be honored until the student passes. There will be no additional fee if the student must re-test.

How long does it take to promote to the next belt rank, how long until I get a Black Belt?
It is different at each belt level and for each student. If the students adhere to our recommendation of attending classes 2 to 3 times per week, the beginning belt ranks, white, yellow, and orange, take 1 to 3 months each. The intermediate belt ranks green belt through blue belt, take between 3 and 6 months each, and the advanced ranks, brown belt and up, take between 4 and 12 months each. A few of our students have attained a Black Belt in as little as 4 years. This is a rare case however and only achieved by those students who attend class very often and sometimes supplement their training by taking private instruction. On average, it takes a student who attends 3 to 4 classes per week between 4 and 5 years.

Are there any other items I will be required to purchase?
The testing fee for yellow belt includes a backpack with a focus paddle, which will be used for home practice and brought to classes. At green belt students are issued a focus mitt as a training aid. At purple belt, the students will begin to learn to use the “Bo” Staff and at blue belt students the Sai, all of which are supplied after testing for those belts.

I am sore after class, is that normal?
Yes, you will be using and stretching muscles in a capacity that you are not used to. Slow stretching immediately after exercising, hot baths and if necessary over the counter remedies such as Tiger Balm will help to ease sore muscles. To reduce inflammation an Anti-Inflamatory Tea can be made (1/2 lemon, 1t grated ginger root, 1t grated turmeric root, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of ground black pepper, a spoon of honey and hot water). Please consult with your physician before using any medications.

I have an old injury (Back or Knee for example) can I still join? Or
I am really out of shape, I don’t know if I can keep up.

If you have concerns related to previous injuries or health, consult a physician before joining. Only a physician who knows your medical history may be able to properly advise you. We work hard to prevent our students from incurring injuries or aggravate an existing injury further. Every student will progress at his or her own rate. In this respect, we challenge students by setting realistic goals per the individual. This could include strengthening supporting areas or working at alternate exercises. During class, please use common sense. If something feels like it could get injured or re-injured, withdraw from that activity.

My child has been diagnosed with A.D.D. or has other special needs. How can Martial Arts Training help?
Martial arts use many different drills that quickly switch from one structured activity to another structured activity. This constant change requires students to develop focus by paying attention in class. It is in this type of environment where students diagnosed with A.D.D. seem to thrive. The constant change helps them to focus on what they are doing by challenging them with newer and increasingly more demanding exercises. The structure of the class and the drills being taught keeps them on a path to their next goal and self-esteem is built by achieving those goals.