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
Reishokanfs classes center on Kata practice. You can practice at
your own pace, setting to your fitness level.
Q3: Can parents attend the
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
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
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
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
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
Q11: What are the benefits
A11: There are lots of benefits
*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
* 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
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.