How much does it cost to practice at the Portland Dojo?
All participants must become members of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) at $100 per year. The dojo fee is $40 per month for the first family member. Additional family members living in the same house can train for $20 per month. A student may pre-pay and receive a discount:
- 3 months – $110 a $10 savings
- 6 months – $220 a $20 savings
- 12 months – $400 a $80 savings
There are no charges for under belt tests.
Can I try it out first?
Certainly! Try a couple of classes to see if you like it. Come a little early to sign a release and talk with the instructor. You will not be involved in any contact activities like sparring.
What should I wear?
Wear loose clothing. Sweats work great.
I have never trained, do you have an absolute beginner’s program?
Please come to our Monday and Wednesday classes. We usually have multiple black belts available to provide one on one training to give beginners a jump start.
Where can I get a uniform?
As a member of SKA you will get a secret password allowing you to order one from the SKA general store.
Can I retain my rank from another style of martial arts?
We respect other styles and much of what you learned may turn out to be directly transferrable. If you are interested in continuing with SKA you will be evaluated, ranked and encouraged to advance.
What is special training?
Special training sessions are intense Shotokan karate boot camps held at various locations all over the world. They are designed to give the practitioner the opportunity to polish their karate, push beyond their perceived limitations and interact with top level black belt seniors.
At what age can children start.
We accept children on a case by case basis. We are looking for kids that have a long enough attention span to last through an hour of class.
If my child trains at the dojo do I have to stay during class?
We prefer parents to stay but it is not a requirement.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
It depends. It can be as short as two years. Three to four is much more common.
Can my child get a black belt?
To obtain a black belt a student must be over the age of 16.