Frequently asked questions
Do I have to register my hands when I become a black belt?
No, that is an urban myth. Martial Artists are not required to register their hands.
Do I have to be in good shape before I start?
No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises that you will learn as you progress through the ranking system which will enable you to perform the exercises and techniques.
I am 31 years old, am I too old to start martial arts?
No, you are not too old to begin martial arts training. Karate regularly has students start from adolecense through their 50's and older. Karte is a practical and effective martial art that should be able to be practiced for a lifetime.
What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Karate?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art that focuses primarily on kicking techniques. Some Tae Kwon Do schools also teach Olympic style fighting. Karate is a Japanese Martial Art that incorporates punching and kicking in various combinations. There is an empasis on personal development through practice of kata (a set of pre-defined movements).
I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to kenpo classes?
The two classes are week are recommended, as is practicing at home.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
In Shintani Wado Kai Karate, it takes approximately 6-7 years to reach student black belt.
What sort of things should I consider when choosing a school?
All Maritial Arts have there good and bad points. Look for a school that fits your budget, schedule, and most importantly has the attitude and environment that works with what desired outcome is.