At the St.Catharines Wado Kai Karate club we know that joining any type of club can be a very difficult decision to make.
There are many schools in the area and if you have no experiance with the Martial Arts it can be very confusing.
We want you to be 100% sure that our karate club is the right one for you.
We especially know this when making a decision for your child.
Too many times do we sign our children up for something and a week later we find ourselves fighting with them to try and get them out the door... after we've spent our money on registrations.
Karate is not for everyone. We know that. This is why we want you to try it for free.
To make sure that you or your child does like it and then you can make a decision based upon the fact that you've had an honest opportunity to try it.
We don't believe that a decision as important as this can be made after only 1 class.
Because we base our curriculum around the regular school year we only take junior students in the fall.
Please note that special exceptions can be made for inquiries if the new member has previous experiance and can join into the mainstream of the class.
Free Trial Period – We feel that a trial period is very important, especially to new, younger students.
You shouldn’t have to make up your mind to join a club after 1 lesson if you are not sure about your decision.
Ask for at least a couple if they are needed.
Some clubs want to commit you to a lengthy contract right away. WARNING SIGN. This should make you think twice.
Watching your kids – This can be a negative distraction.
We allow it initially (for a class or 2) because we know it is important that you know what is going on in the class.
Beyond that, we have certain events where we invite parents, friends and family members to view planned activities (such as gradings).
Price - this makes no difference to the school what so ever.
We do not criticize those who charge more because some people make a living at teaching martial arts. However, just because they are the most expensive certainly doesn’t mean they are the best.
Conversely, just because a school is non-profit and does not charge a lot of money does not mean that they are not qualified instructors.
Respect – do the students in the class respect the instructor and the other students? Does the instructor show mutual respect to the students? A good person will earn respect, not demand it.
There are many, many clubs to choose from and there are many styles. No particular style is better than the other. The most important feature of a club is that it is run by good people and promotes positive values.