1. How much does it cost?
* We don't publish prices,
but come in and talk to us to go over introductory specials. Our tuition is usually less expensive than
other schools when broken down to a per-class cost
* NO "processing"
fees and NO long term contracts
2. Do you take 5-year olds?
Karate training requires focus and motor
skills that most small children have yet to develop. The idea of a physical threat is largely foreign to them (as it
should be), so self-defense training makes little sense to them. The ability for a child to conduct himself
in practice is critical (placing another child in a hold, or sparring another
child or adult should not cause confusion, fear, or anger). So no, not in the regular Ketsugo Goju-Ryu classes. However, we do offer "pre-karate" skills classes for young children excited about
martial arts that focuses on their discipline, concentration and physical
fitness without much actual physical contact directed towards others, aside
from punching and kicking bags and pads. We also have a junior karate class for 1st and 2nd graders where they learn the actual system, but at a much slower pace. See the Junior Karate Programs page for more information.
3. Does your school promote
Not at this time. We don't
hold tournaments and going to tournaments is not part of the curriculum.
4. What's the difference
between Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, MMA, etc?
There are many types of
martial arts and they're all rooted in self-defense. For this, they are all to respected. If you take it seriously, you're likely to get something out of it. The thing to remember is that
style doesn't mean as much as it used to. There are some differences:
some are more wrestling based, some are more legs based, some more hands based, and some of the
curriculum is going to be a little different depending on where you go even within the same style.
But besides the individual student, it's really a matter of the school itself
and what's being taught on the floor. A strong style in theory doesn't necessarily make a strong
school. Even pedigree or the lineage of the instructor doesn't matter like it
should. Someone might have been a superstar in the past, but what matters is what’s being taught today. MMA is generally thought of BJJ + Muay Thai. By definition "Mixed Martial Arts" is just mixed fighting styles, coined back in the early days of the UFC. Now it's used so frequently it could mean just about anything.
Again, don't go by the name of the school, watch a class and see for yourself.
5. What does
"traditional" mean when talking about Martial Arts?
Traditional means different
things to different people.
At our school -
* Etiquette. We observe an etiquette which teaches discipline and
self-control, something we value highly. We take the training seriously.
* We work out in a Gi and bare feet; no ball caps, shorts, or music.
* We don't have separate programs that take you to black belt.
* We don't require students to market the dojo or attend tournaments.
* Some Japanese Martial Arts terms are used and bowing is
* Rank is earned and respected, but humility and manners always take precedence.
* We believe karate is something that stays with you in everything you do; it's not just a workout.
6. What's the difference
between your school and other schools?
We won't speak for other
schools - everyone has their reasons for doing what they do and there are many fine martial arts schools in the DFW area. But there are some obvious differences:
* Some schools are geared towards children. We accept children as students, but the Ketsugo Goju-Ryu curriculum is structured for teens and adults. Children can do it too, but we're not a day care! This is why we have separate programs for the very young children.
* Some schools prefer to work out on mats; we use a hardwood floor.
* Tournaments. I understand some children want more than just belt rank and the satisfaction of training to stay motivated, but we don't do them as a general rule.
* Some offer extremely low sign up costs
only to lock you into a year-long contract. We give you the options up-front
between month-to-month or 3 months at a time (discounted.)
* As seriously as we want you to train, we also want you to enjoy the martial arts, learn about it, the history, our history, etc. We don't shy away from questions you may have and we are an equal opportunity school.
7. I have a 10-year old niece
who is a 3rd degree black belt. Is that common?
Not in our school, but again,
we won't speak for other schools or speak to the abilities a 10-year old may
realistically possess. Our school is not a belt factory and it takes years of
dedication, hard work and maturity to earn a black belt. A student under the
age of 18 may attain a junior black belt in Ketsugo Goju Ryu, but a true black
belt is not earned until the age of 18 in our school. Exceptions can be made for 17, but it's rare.
7. Is your style realistic and/or do you teach ground fighting?
Realistic when it comes to self-defense means 'can you apply it in a real fight.' This can be true of any style or any school if you're comfortable enough with yourself to do what you're taught. And when you understand your body and what it can and can't do, you start to grasp the nature of self-defense. With constant training it becomes muscle memory. So yes, our style is realistic if you train seriously.
To the other question I will say we do not teach wrestling. Goju-Ryu, by design specializes in close range fighting. We have many two-person exercises called kiso kumite, which teach distance, balance, countering, all while staying close to the opponent. The self-defense moves learned in addition to katas are typically escapes from chokes, grabs, locks and holds. We also do sweeps and take-downs.