Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the questions often asked of our staff.

What are Family Karate Centres Guide lines?

Have FUN!

Remember to bow when entering and leaving the dojo floor

Students should address all Black Belts as Sempai, Sensei or Renshi.

Uniforms must be kept clean. Repair any rips immediately. When training in class, all students must wear appropriate FKC apparel.

Hair must not interfere with training. Hands, feet and nails must be clean and neat.

You are here to train seriously. No horseplay, profanity or loud talking.

Members are asked to respect classes in progress and wait quietly for their class to begin

No jewelry, watches or earrings are to be worn in class. This is for your own safety.

No food drinks or chewing gum allowed on the dojo floor or in the change rooms.

Full uniforms are mandatory for all graduations. No tee shirts.

You will only be as good as you train. Concentration and effort have to come from you.

Do not leave valuables or money in the change rooms. It is best to leave them at home or they can be held behind the counter for you.

Please mark all belongings with your name or initials to ensure prompt return.

DO NOT criticize other Martial Arts or Martial Artists. We can learn something from all others, regardless of their style or level.

What are the Curriculum Components?

Street Proofing: Street Proofing combines common sense rules and learned responses to help children recognize & avoid potentially dangerous situations they will learn how to keep themselves safe from strangers and bullies as well as the effects of negative peer pressure. Escapes and Controls: Escapes and controls are designed to take immediate control of a threatening situation, where a grab/hold is used, without inflicting serious injury to the attacker. Many of these techniques teach your child how to create an opportunity to flee safely as well as how to diffuse a potentially harmful situation.

One Step Striking Self Defenses: The purpose of practicing one step self-defenses, called Ippon Kumite, is to familiarize you with the concepts of timing, proper judgment of distance, focus and how to remain calm in an escalating situation. Ippon Kumite is designed to protect against common attacks with quick, effective block & strike combinations.

Sparring: Sparring is not self-defense, but it is a vital part of any self-defense program. It is a safe, non-contact drill designed to allow our students to experience a spontaneous attack situation using their knowledge and techniques in a non-competitive forum.

Kata: Kata is the foundation of any traditional Martial Arts program. Martial Arts and Kata have a strong lineage to China and there is evidence that some Kata were in existence prior to the 1600’s. As no written records of self-defense techniques exist, kata served as a perfect tool to transfer knowledge from generation to generation. Once the Kata is memorized, the application of all its techniques is taught to the student. These applications are called ‘Bonkai’ and are the heart of the kata.

Leadership: Our goal is to help our students excel as Martial Artists as well as members of their communities. The Leadership/Lifeskills portion of our curriculum is designed to teach students valuable skills that can be used in the Dojo and to develop future leaders within our community.

What are the stripes on the belts?

The coloured stripes on the student’s belts show their progression at each belt level. They indicate having learned techniques to completion and are a short term reward while working towards the next level. They also let the instructors know what a student needs to focus on to fulfill their requirements. After achieving these stripes, attending the amount of required classes, being named on the Test List and attending Test Day, a student can attend Graduation and advance to the next belt level.