FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How old is too old, how young is too young?
A1: 3 to 70 years old are welcome.
You can decide your enrollment after attending a few trial classes.
Please feel free to drop by and have a try!

Q2: Ifm a beginner and over 60 years old. I havenft played any sports. Can I start Karate now?
A2: Donft worry. Youfll be all right. Most of the students started as a novice.
 Reishokanfs classes center on Kata practice. You can practice at your own pace, setting to your fitness level.

Q3: Can parents attend the class, too?
 Sure! Why donft you practice Karate with your kids? Reishokan emphasizes Kata training, so that parents and children practice together. Communication between them becomes better.  If parents enroll their kids in Reishokan, the parents can attend classes discount of their dues. Enrollment fees, insurance premium, costs of uniform and exam fees are charged, but discount monthly dues!
Even when kids donft show up for the class, parents can attend the class of any given day.

Q4: Can I attend the class in other Dojo?                                        
A4: All the members can practice in all 6 Reishokan Dojo without paying additional dues. 2-3 times training a week (not just once a week) helps you make rapid progress. We encourage you to show up for classes as many as possible. You are not required to notify your attendance.
(Students of 4th graders of elementary school and older and also younger kids with their family can attend all 6 Dojo.
Students of 3rd graders of elementary school and younger can attend all Dojo except for Chitosedai Dojo.)

Q5: Are photographing and video recording permitted while observing?
A5: Ifm afraid not. Only Reishokan members and their families are allowed to do so by obtaining permission in advance.

Q6: Ifd like to sit in on the class for children for an hour. Can I see the class for adults after that?@
A6: In the first half of the class adults and Children practice together for about an hour. After that, students who volunteer to do some more practice stay on to be engaged in individual training - Kata, Kumite, Sandbag and Mitt, Self-defense. Children are also encouraged to stay on to practice individually.

Q7: Can I watch instructors do training after that?
A7: Ifm afraid not. Basically only Black Belt holders practice personally.

Q8: Do you have any tournaments students can participate in?
A8: Reishokan holds 2 Kata-tournaments and 2 Kumite-tournaments per year.  Kata-tournaments are usually held at Umegaoka in Setagaya- conveniently accessible as for students of Setagaya Dojo. Even White Belt beginners are encouraged to take part in the Kata-tournaments. Besides, we hold a variety of events such as combined Karate exercises, grading tests, summer camp, Christmas party and the like.

  Students of intermediate ranks and above can also participate in the regional and national meets held separately by each Federation, where Karate practitioners of various schools compete with each other at a higher level and the judging system is reliable enough. The Federations hold a total of about 10 tournaments a year mostly at Asakusa, Yokohama, Atsugi and Makuhari , all within the Metropolitan area.

Q9: Can elementary school kids also practice Kumite(Sparring)?
A9: Yes! if they wish to and if they are 9 Kyu rank and above, but they donft necessarily have to do Kumite. ( 7 Kyu rank and above for adults)

Reishokan adopts Middle-Level Bogu-Kumite peculiar to our school, setting great importance on safety. In Reishokan Kumite students fight in a points-winning system, having protectors on, so that even younger children are safe to do Sparring practice.

Students can develop basics of Kumite techniques in a safe and friendly atmosphere through our Chudan-Kumite.

It is only Reishokan that holds Chudan-Kumite competitions under the sound rules.

Students of 5 Kyu and above, wearing protectors can also challenge to various larger-scale competitions held by the Federations under the full systems including sound judging criterion, meetings for judges and tournament physicians on standby.

Q10: Do students learn Self-Defense skills, too?
A10: Students learn practical self-defense skills besides Karate, although Karatedo itself is one form of self-defense. (As Reishokanfs self-defense skills are eminently practical, only those of 4 Kyu rank and above who strictly observe the spirit of self-defense are allowed to learn this skills.)

Considering the current increase of atrocious crimes, students practice the way of getting away from dangerous situations and the way of attacking the enemy on their critical points, not just turning wrist lock technique.

A drawback of modern Karate that tends to stress sports skills and competition is to some extent offset by learning the real self-defense for the real world.

Q11: What are the benefits of Karate?
A11: There are lots of benefits of Karate.

*Acquiring good manners through a martial art which places importance on a greeting, an answer, zasen (kneeling down) a bow and the like.

*Building up inner strength by going through all kinds of experiences: Win the match, Strive to achieve personal best, even if defeated, Advance in rank, Teach fellow students, Call out in a loud voice and so on.

Practicing Kumite helps to strengthen onefs body and develop confidence, freeing the mind from extreme anxiety about violence and onefs physical capacities.

* Promoting onefs health. Many students say that they used to be out of shape, but now in good condition thanks to Karate.

*Developing a friendship with the family, people of different generations, and people coming to the tournaments from many different regions.

One can contribute to international communication by introducing Karate forms- a part of Japanese culture to foreigners. This will improve confidence and self-esteem.

Q12: What is your philosophy?
A12: Reishokan emphasizes Teamwork and Etiquettes. We teach students to pride themselves on being martial-art-practitioners and to be gentle with others.  Students naturally develop these qualities step by step through regular class practice, not learn them as mere knowledge. Keeping on with their training for a long period of time even at a slow pace brings students greater self-confidence in the future. They are not expected to concern too much for the results of Tournaments or Grading.

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