Shotokan Karate Dojo

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What ages are you accepting?

      At this time 8 and over. Ages 8-13 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45pm

When can I start?


What are the days and times of the classes?

     The class for ages 8 to 13 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00.

     The class for ages 14 and over will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30.

What is the cost?

     The first month is 65$. The cost will include a uniform.  After the first month, the cost is $45 a month.

     There are family rates, so feel free to ask.

Do you have to compete in tournaments?

      No! We do attend tournaments, but you do NOT have to compete in order to take karate or advance in rank. Those

      who do compete do so because they want to. You don't need to attend tournaments or compete.


Is the Dojo affiliated with any martial arts organizations?

      Yes, we are affiliated with Independent Karate Schools of America. They have given us a Dojo Charter and they will 

       recognize any rank you earn through Shotokan Karate Dojo. You can visit their web site where we are listed as 

       members. You'll need to scroll down the page to find us! We are also

       affiliated with the U.S Shinote Karate Association. You can find the web site here:

       Furthermore, we are affiliated with the Northern California Karate-Do Federation. You'll find us on their members'

       page in alphabetical  order on this web site:

Does Karate training make children more violent?

     No. In fact, studies have shown that martial arts training reduces violence. In karate training there is discipline 

     involved. Students have to listen, show respect to the instructor and to other students. Karate isn't just about kicking 

     and punching. It's about self control, respect, and discipline. You may check out this link to a parenting article at 


     The following article was written by my friend, Andrew Patterson. He is a 5th degree Kenpo stylist. I met him several years ago at a tournament in Medford. Since then I have visited him, and we have kept in touch. He is a very good instructor, and I am honored to call him friend. You can go LIKE his Facebook page:

Martial Arts: "Should I do it?"
Article by Andrew L. Patterson

     Driving through Anytown, USA, one might see a Karate School and think something like "Should I do it?" or "Is it worth it?" The simple answer is: Yes. There are things that you need to look for in undertaking Martial Arts to keep yourself safe and to ensure that your Instructor is competent, but yes. Martial Arts is an extremely valuable tool in your arsenal of self defense weapons. The argument can easily be made that it is the most important Self-Defense decision that you can make.

     There is always an excuse or even logical-sounding reason why you CAN'T do something. . .anything. And, as with any physical activity that you have to generally pay for, you are more than able to come up with 3,471 reasons why starting or continuing in Martial Arts is not important, or just downright not needed. So, we will skip that long list of reasons why you need not join a Martial Arts Club, and start on the list of reasons why you SHOULD!

     Reason number one: YOU. This is the only reason on my list, as it is all-encompassing, simple and true. You are the reason why you should undertake Martial Arts. Martial Arts will help you with, train you in, and improve upon: Self-Respect, Self Esteem, Self-Image, Personal Defense Ability, Self-Confidence, Physical Fitness, Goal-Reaching, Personal Achievement, Situational Awareness, Humility, Spirituality, Respect for Others, Directly (positively) affects heart health, Mental Acuity, Increases Energy Levels, Coordination, Focus, and the list goes on. The point here is YOU. Do this for you, as it is literally the only reason you need.

     What you need to know about Martial Arts is that there are thousands of different styles and thousands of schools out there. You need to find one that fits you. I hear this question a LOT: "How much is it?" This is a valid question. You need to find a school that fits your budget. But more importantly, you need to find a school that suits you and your needs. One of the biggest tell-tale signs of a school that is focused on money more than Martial Arts is the 10 or 11 year old Black Belt. I know that this will offend some Martial Artists out there, and it is not meant to. It is a simple fact. A Black Belt is something that is taken very seriously as a point of life achievement, and I personally do not think that young children should be given the chance to earn a Black Belt until they meet a certain age, perhaps 16 or so. Another thing to look at is the main Instructor's involvement and interaction with the Student and the School. Is he or she aloof and detached, or does the Instructor invite you to work out, engage you, and generally take interest in your betterment? After all, that is why you are there. Find out about Credentials, though not as important to me: Is the Instructor Certified to teach? There are some schools where the Instructor is not part of a larger Certifying body, and in that case, I tend to look at Instructor's ability. However, credentials are a very important aspect of an Instructor's resume, and ANY school that is not accredited is a school that you should take an extra strong look at. Lastly, does the school offer a trial period? A lot of schools offer a free class, a few classes, a week of classes, two weeks or even a month. Take advantage of that and USE IT before you commit. Make sure that the School will meet your Self-Defense needs!

     As with any endeavor that targets your ability to defend yourself, it will take work. Hard work. And the harder you work, the more dedicated that you are, the more you will get out of it. Don't let yourself talk yourself out of it. Learning and studying Martial Arts is immensely valuable. The reason to go for it is YOU!