Frequently Asked Questions

When can I join?

You can join any time of the year.  We start training in September and finish in June.

What kind of commitment (day, week, month, year) do you need when I first join?

When you first join you have committed for 3 months.  We ask for post dated cheques and if karate is not for you then we simply return the cheques.  Once you are a member we strongly encourage that you train at least twice a week.

What is the difference between Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Kung-Fu, Judo?

Karate – Japanese martial arts;
Tae kwan-Do – Korean martial arts;
Kung-fu – Chinese martial arts
Judo – Japanese wrestling with self-defence techniques.

I belong to another karate club; can I transfer over and keep my belt level?

Yes after a grace period.  You will be tested during our gradings at that level.  If you meet our standards you will be awarded that belt

I took a different kind of martial arts a few years ago, can I transfer my skill?

Yes.  Depending on what kind of martial art you took in the past will depend on how many skills you have learned there will transfer.  You will not forget the training of the past and can only build on to it.

I have never done anything like this before. Will it be hard for me to catch up to everyone else?

Joining anything new requires a slight learning curve.  Everyone is at a different level and it won’t take long before you will be kicking, blocking, and punching with the rest of the members.  The instructors are very good at keeping the classes challenging for each member no matter what their level.

How often can I go?

The minimum you should go is twice a week.  We have classes five times a week and any member is free to train at any of our clubs at no additional charge.

Do you have many adults in the club?

We have lots of adults in our club ranging from beginners to black belts.

Am I too old to start taking karate?

It is never too late to start karate.  Karate can be enjoyed at any age and is a great way to keep in shape.

How old do you have to be to join our club?

The youngest we allow members to be is 6 years old.

Can I get hurt?

For our junior members contact is not allowed.  As our students reach the age of 16 light contact is allowed to the stomach but, face contact is never allowed.

During tournaments, for athletes under the age of 18, there is no contact allowed but accidents may happen.  Like with any combative sports bumps and bruises are not uncommon.

What kind of competitions are there?

The Karate competitions are broken up into two parts.  Kata and Kumite.  Kata are forms and Kumite is free sparring.  Each part is then further broken up into ages and belts.  The Kumite is semi-contact.

Are there competitions?

We usually have a club tournament at the end of the year.  Also, our club is a member of the KAA (Karate Alberta Association) which hold at least three competitions a year all over Alberta.  If you make the provincial team (14+ years old and green belt+) then you can compete at the nationals.  If you place 1st or 2nd at the nationals then you make the National team and can compete all over the world.

What is the difference between a junior class and a senior class?

A junior class usually consists of white to orange belts ages 12 and under.  Senior classes are ages 12 and up.

What happens if you fail a test?

If you fail a test it’s not the end of world.  Since we grade twice a year you can take a retest at the next grading.  We usually have a few students fail a year because they did not meet our high standards.  When you have passed your test you have earned your belt.

How long does it take to get your black belt?

If you are training 2-3 times a week and miss less than 20% of classes you can get your black belts as quickly as 5 years

How long does it take to get your black belt?

How often do you test for your belts?

At our club we test twice a year.  Our season usually starts in September and ends in June. Typically we have a grading in around December and May/June.

How much does it cost?

Please contact Doug Smerek at (403) 560-4508 for further details.