Info/Fees

FullSizeRender 2016 visit by Yuichi Danjo sensei of Osaka Dojo in Japan, and Scott Schnell sensei of Pinewoods Okinawan Karate in Iowa City.

Schedule
We practice Monday evenings, from 7:30pm-9:00

How to Join
New members are welcome at any time. Prospective students are encouraged to observe a class prior to joining. Please do not show up unannounced. Send us an e-mail and we will respond with an introductory questionnaire to get to know you prior to  your first visit. We would like to hear from you!

Adults
A waiver of liability must be signed prior to training.  Dojo fees (outlined below) are due the first day of training.

Children Under 18 Years of Age
We accept children ages 12 and up. A waiver of liability must be signed by a parent or legal guardian, prior to training. Children may be evaluated for a period of up to 1-month to discern whether they are ready for karate training. Given that they are not evaluated as ready for this type of training, we will ask that they discontinue until a later time. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and parents or legal guardians are required to remain on the premises during training.

Initial Sign-up Fee
$145.00 (non-refundable) includes (1) month dojo dues, (1) karate uniform, and processing fees.

Ongoing Fee Schedule
$45.00 monthly dojo dues, payable at the beginning of each month.

(An annual membership to the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karatedo Association) may apply to yudansha only.)

There are no fees for rank testing up to black belt. Shodan (1st degree black belt) and above require various levels of processing fees for registration and certification with WMKA honbu dojo in Okinawa.

We do not have contracts. Our basic fees go toward supporting overhead, and we do not profit off of karate instruction. Ravenswood Shorin-ryu Karate Dojo’s instructor maintains an unrelated day job.

Discounted rates are available for Ravenswood Fellowship UMC members, Sansei Yonsei Athletic Association members, siblings, single parents, and full-time students. Please e-mail us for more information.

NOTE: We do not accept credit cards.  Payment may be rendered by cash, check, or QuickPay/Zelle.

2019 WMKA dojo license in good standing.

Uniform
We wear a traditional karate “dogi” for training. However, beginners may take a trial class wearing comfortable athletic wear. Jewelry is not permitted on the floor during training. Women must wear a plain t-shirt under their gi top.

Health
We recommend having a physical and obtaining a doctor’s approval prior to training. Our classes may, at times, shift between anaerobic and aerobic, and we further recommend supplementing karate training with activity such as walking, running, or bicycling.

Tournaments
We are not a competition-based dojo. Our practice of karate is as a budo (martial way) and cultural art form. We do not, however, discourage or in any way disparage competition. Should the interest arise we may investigate local tournaments on behalf of the student, as a training tool. If, however, competition is your main interest in training, we can help direct you to other local karate dojo that are more competition-oriented.

Facilities
We practice out of the gymnasium of Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church. Two unisex bathrooms are available for changing.  RFUMC is not equipped with lockers, showers, or drinking fountains. Please bring a bottle of water to maintain hydration during practice.