If you are looking for information about dress code, karate or our dojo specifically, this is a good place to start! If the answers to your questions aren’t found on the site, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why practice karate?


Most people take up karate for self-defence. However there are many other benefits that can be derived from learning karate, by people of all ages regardless of gender. Some of these are:

  • Improved health and fitness
  • Opportunities to travel for seminars and competitions
  • A practical method of self-defence
  • Deeper mental awareness and a higher level of self-control
  • A strong social aspect where many friendships are made

What’s the big deal about being a “classical” karate dojo?


Martial arts schools seem to be popping up on every corner these days. Many of these schools use the term “karate” very loosely, and are in fact teaching something completely different from the karate that came to us from the island of Okinawa.

In a classical karate dojo, you can expect to find teaching that goes beyond just learning how to fight. Classical karate is a complete system with a strong emphasis on the Okinawan principles of ethical conduct, courtesy, respect, perseverance and discipline.

At Zanshin Dojo, we participate in competitions, but competitive karate is just one aspect of our training. We learn blocks, strikes, joint locks, pressure points, take-downs and throws, self-defences, kata, aerobic and strength exercises,  and stretching. The point is, classical karate is a full system with many different facets. Many “modern karate” schools have lost the full focus of karate and only emphasize one or two aspects while neglecting the rest.

At a classical karate school like Zanshin Dojo, you can expect to be challenged and pushed to do better and work harder. We are an elite karate club where the quality of our training is much more important than the quantity of our students. We are here to train together because we want to become better people through our study of karate. We do not promote students to new belts easily – if you are promoted, you can be confident that you have completed a great accomplishment that you can be proud of!

How long does it take to become proficient? 


It is difficult to put a time factor on how long it takes to become proficient at karate, as everyone has a different potential to learn. We have found from past experience that after six months or so of training most students are well on the way to achieving a basic knowledge of karate, though it will take at least five years to attain a black belt.

What about injuries?


Karate does involve contact, and the occasional bruise in your martial arts career is probably unavoidable. The instructors are very aware of the potential for injury and constantly strive to promote technical excellence and self control to reduce the risks. Because of this, karate has one of the lowest injury rates of all sports.

What should I wear?


Initially, you should wear something loose and comfortable – sweat pants or shorts and a white T-shirt is ideal. If you have any jewelry (rings, watches, necklaces etc.) please remove them before training. You don’t need to worry about footwear as no shoes or socks are worn in class. When you want a proper karate-gi (uniform), talk to your instructor.

When can I start?


You can start at any time! You can register for the season any time for a pro-rated amount, or you can start with our 1-Month Trial. Check out our Registration Page for information on how to join today!