FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Can I Get Out of Karate?
Is Kyokushin Karate Hard to Learn?
Students progress at different rates, depending on their natural abilities and frequency of training. Generally, the learning process follows these steps:
- Position: Stance.
- Balance: Control of position.
- Coordination: Control of balance and position in the techniques.
- Form: Performing the techniques correctly.
- Speed: Increasing the rate of performance without a loss of form.
- Power: Strengthening the techniques.
- Reflex: The techniques become natural movements without thought.
It is important that the learning process is not rushed, but is developed at each stage. As with most worthwhile things in life, you get out of Kyokushin Karate what you put into it. The important thing in training is to always do your best.
Does Everyone Fight Full-Contact?
No – you fight only to the extent of your ability and experience, and that of your opponent. Senior students may fight hard with each other, but when they fight against a junior student, they fight at the junior’s level. Women are able to spar against much larger men in class, since students learn to focus and control their techniques during training.
How Much Does it Cost to Train?
New students can train for two weeks free, with no obligation. If you’d like to continue training, the dues are $55 per month for adults and $45 per month for youths (13 to 17). In addition, there is an initial $25 fee to join the USA-IFKK organization, with a $15 annual renewal fee thereafter.
Do I Have to Sign a Contract?
No – you pay dues only for the months that you train.
How Often Can I Train?
You can come to as many classes per week as you’d like.
How Can I Find Out More?
To find out more about Kyokushin Karate, Sosai Mas Oyama and Hanshi Steve Arneil, visit the USA-IFK Kyokushin Karate website. If you want give Kyokushin Karate a try, call Shihan Bill Richards at (607) 343-9079, or stop by the dojo to see what it's all about.