Practicing classical Japanese karate in a safe and collegial setting.



FAQ

Karate-do literally means “the way of the empty hand” referring to a weaponless system of self-defense.
We practice Japanese Goju-Ryu Karate-do. We are members of Goshukan Canada and the Seiwa Kai under the guidance of Seiichi Fujiwara, Hanshi.
Everyone can try out this traditional form of self-defense and martial art and that different goals are well accommodated.
Karate, when practiced correctly, is a very safe activity. One can expect a few bumps and bruises because it is, after all, karate but injuries are very few and far between. A sport insurance package is included as part of our risk management strategy.
Costs vary according to the program you choose. It’s best to talk to Sensei to find a membership package that best suites you.
The Ontario Karate Federation (OKF) is the provincial sport organization recognized by Karate Canada and Sport Canada. The OKF provides our insurance and is our link to the World Karate Federation and the Olympic movement.
Belt exams (rank gradings) are optional. Ranks (white belt, yellow belt, orange belt, green belt, blue belt, brown belt, and black belt) are a great way to mark progress in the art.
Anytime – we look forward to meeting you. There is no time like the present – start today!
Yes – members must be at least 8 years old (or close). 5-7 year old participants can join with a parent/guardian as part of the Oyako (parent/child) class. There is no upper limit.
Classes are taught primarily in English. Japanese terms are used to describe karate techniques and translations are provided. Sensei is perfectly bilingual and is happy to address you in French.
You can attend as many classes as you wish.
You can attend as few classes as you wish. Just remember that improvement is achieved through regular practice.
Karate students wear a white karate gi. A gi is included in your membership package but you can always purchase another one – see Sensei. If you are just trying it out you can wear comfortable workout attire (track pants and a T-shirt).
No, competition is purely voluntary. But if competition is your thing, we offer great competitive training. The dojo is involved with accredited tournament circuits locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.
Yes – you have to start somewhere. Most people have no martial arts experience when they first walk through the door.
Yes, of course. You are invited to try a class or two to see if you like the art, the class, and the instructor. You can then make an informed decision about joining.
Of course – we welcome your input.
If you have any other questions please contact us.