This is a compilation of the common questions I get regarding our program. If you have any questions that we don’t answer here, please contact us! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are the costs to join and participate?
A: Compared to the commercial market-place, we are practically free. Costs are represented in 4 categories: Start-up, dues, testing, and equipment.
First, there is a start-up charge that covers the student’s uniform, patches (if any) and the long bo, which is the first kobudo weapon. The total start-up charge is $60.
The Master’s Dojo charges a small monthly fee to cover the logistics of running our dojo, and providing skilled instruction. The monthly dues are $10 per month paid in 3, 6 or 12 month increments.
When a student tests for promotion, there is a $15 testing fee for all levels.
It is the student’s responsibility to purchase the equipment that will be needed to participate in various areas of our program. Examples are uniforms that need to be replaced, weapons that need to be purchased as they climb the ranks, and protective gear that they need to purchase for kumite (fighting). These purchases can be made through the dojo, or on the market. However, if equipment is acquired outside of the dojo, the student should confer with the chief instructor to ensure the right gear is selected.
Q: What is the minimum age that a prospective student has to be to start?
A: We teach an adult curriculum at The Master’s Dojo, and as such, the starting age is 13 years old. However, if the youth student will be taking class with adult, then younger ages can be discussed. It is rare that anyone younger than 9 will be allowed to participate.
Q: What is the class schedule?
Thursdays from 6:30-8pm
Q: You call this a Christian program. Do I have to be a Christian to participate?
A: Incoming students are not required to be Christians. But is important to realize that we are a Christian program, and there is a Christian component to our curriculum. It involves participating in group discussion about the Christian life, reading of Christian scripture for character trait references, among other requirements as the student excels through the ranks. It is our desire the non-believing student sees the truth of our faith while being a part of the program and makes the life saving decision to accept the offer of God’s salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. However, conversion to Christianity or a confession of faith is never required, as it is a highly personal decision.
Q: Is it right for Christians to defend themselves via Karate when the Bible says to “turn the other cheek?
A: This is a common misunderstanding of scripture by unbelievers and believers alike. In biblical times, a slap on the cheek was an insult, and Jesus is telling us here not to react to insults with violence, but with love. After all, insults cannot harm us. However, defending oneself or ones family (or others in physical danger) is a very compatible action with Christian scripture. Just prior to Jesus being taken to the Jewish high priests to be tried, he told his disciples to sell their clothes if they needed to so they could buy a sword, if they didn’t already have one. Jesus knew that they would be walking a dangerous road and wanted them to be able to defend themselves.
Q: Why do you bow? Isn’t that a part of an eastern religion?
A: Although bowing can be a cultural part of any religion, so can singing or praying. Bowing itself is a-religious. We bow because it is a traditional Okinawan sign of respect, just like a salute is a sign of respect in the military.
Q: Is there any eastern religious influence to karate?
A: As in any secular endeavor, the religious practices of historical influential figures vary, and some of the masters of karate were followers of eastern religions. However, the style of karate that largely influences our study and curriculum has no institutional religious components. Okinawans developed Te (a precursor to karate) purely as a means of self-defense. Unlike some other forms of martial arts, Okinawan karate is a secular system of self-defense that was not tied to any religious or spiritual belief system.
Q: Do I have to be a member of a Church to join the class?
A: Nope! Everyone is welcome!