Class Info

The following information applies to all youth, adult, and specialty classes.  For further questions, please contact the dojo.

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What is expected before class?

Upon entering the dojo (training hall) all students will give courtesy by coming to attention by placing their arms by their side and bring both feet together and bow from the waist. All karate students are expected to display respect to the dojo, students, and instructors. Prior to class all karate students will line up their shoes and gear bags, and then bow into the dojo (training area).

Once the student changes into their gi, they should proceed to the training area and warm up by doing light cardio, dynamic stretches, or warm up by practicing kata or bag work. There is to be absolutely no horseplay, or joking around in the Dojo. Kumite or sparring is not permitted without the permission of the instructor.
Any activity prior to class starting that may be considered disturbing to the atmospheric conditions of the Dojo is not permitted. When the Instructor comes into the dojo courtesy should be given, and the student should then continue to warm up. When class is called to order the Instructor will say, “Line up!” Students will line up according to belt rank with the senior belt on the right. All students will then come to attention and give courtesy as instructed. Students are to show respect for each other, in and out of the Dojo and the instructor at all times.[hr]

What is expected of my uniform & belt?

All karate students will wear a black gi (uniform) and start with a white belt. Male students normally do not wear a t-shirt under their gi top. They may wear a black undershirt. The female students must always wear an under garment. They may wear a black t-shirt or one that matches the color of their obi (belt).

Uniforms are expected to be clean and neat before class starts.  Belts are expected to be tied correctly.  Please see a higher ranking student or black belt for help with either.  Dirty or torn uniforms create a sense of disrespect from the student to everyone else at the dojo.

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Why are high ranked belts in the novice class?

 Many times higher ranked students will “train down” and attend the novice class. This allows novice students to “see” the expectations and discipline required of higher ranks. (Higher ranked students may “train down” and attend the novice class, but novice students may not attend the intermediate or advanced classes.) It is important that students learn and apply proper basic technique, because the “basics” are the key to later karate development.
Sometimes higher ranked students desire to train hard at their own basics to keep their skills sharp.  Allowing them to train with novices gives the higher ranked student this ability to focus on their basics .
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What about belt tests or rank advancement?

After acquiring the proper skills (mental and physical) students may have the opportunity to “belt test”.  Belt tests at American Karate & Martial Science are open ONLY to students that are ready and are individually identified by Mr. Williams. Student progress is evaluated by Mr. Williams during regular class time, and when a student has mastered the karate skills and techniques the student will receive an invitation for the upcoming belt test (it is inappropriate to ask, or suggest a student is ready to belt test).

Belt tests only occur 2-3 times per year and occur outside of regularly schedule class (normally on a Friday for Adult students and normally on a Saturday for Youth students).
Youth Karate students may advance through the ranks of gold, Jr. green, green, Jr. purple, purple, Jr. brown, brown, Jr. black.  Youth should be 16 years old to be eligible for an adult Black Belt.

Adult Karate students may advance through the ranks of gold, green, purple, brown, black.

Youth Karate students will eventually move into the adult karate program. This usually happens around 13 years old.