Practicing classical Japanese karate in a safe and collegial setting.



McDojos

Is my karate school legitimate?

Karate in Canada is not regulated. This means that anyone can go to a local martial arts supply store, purchase a uniform and a black belt, print a flashy-looking certificate, open a dojo (school), and call themselves Sensei (Instructor) or better yet, Shihan (Master). Once this is done they are open for business and happy to take your money. So how do you know what you are getting for your hard-earned cash?

Karate is a Japanese/Okinawan art. The tradit...

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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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