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A New Language

Learning Karate is Like Learning a New Language

Learning something new, like karate, takes time and mastery is a life-long commitment. The progress, however, can be compared to learning a new language. Karate-ka (practitioners of karate), like scholars, start at the beginning and diligently develop their skills over time.

  • At the white belt (or beginner) level, ...

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  • A Black Belt Must Be Earned

    A Black Belt, Like Any Honour, Must Be Earned.

    In this day of commercial clubs, McDojos, and honorary black belts, the true worth of the rank of Shodan (Black Belt) risks being lost. In an age of "money talks," students sometimes feel that, if they pay their fees and put in the time, they deserve a black belt – they have paid for it. There is something wrong with this line of thought.

    While the belt itself can be bought at any ma...

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    Rank Examinations

    Show Me What You've Got!

    Rank Exams, or Gradings, are meant to allow each student to demonstrate and mark their progress in the art. There are no surprises or trick questions and students are set up to succeed rather than fail.

    White belts who are able to demonstrate reaso...

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