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New student FAQ

Where is the dojo?

The dojo located at the Elora Centre for the Arts on the second floor; please wait by the south door about 5 minutes before your scheduled time.  Sensei Barb will meet you there and bring everyone upstairs together. 

Can I watch my kid's class?

Due to space limitations, visitors/parents are not permitted in the Elora Centre for the Arts while classes are in session.  If you would like to take a tour of our space, please ask Sensei Barb to make an appointment.

What does my kid wear for the trial class?

Wear comfortable athletic clothes and bare feet for your first class.  You must wear a mask at all times in the Centre and in the Dojo. 

We have a conflict, can I attend one class per week?

We teach a progressive curriculum where new skills are learned every class. Missing a class or two over a few months isn't a big deal, but it is very difficult to be successful with only 50% attendance. 


How do we sign up for the full program?

To confirm you’d like a spot in the extended program, complete the waiver form.  You can fill out the waiver at any time. After you complete the trial program, we'll send you an invoice for your tuition and uniform. Your spot in the program is not guaranteed until payment is received. 


When do we get a uniform?

All new students receive a discounted uniform (karate-gi) and white belt (obi) after payment has been received, usually at the beginning of the first core class. We carry Fuji brand student uniforms, which are lightweight, easy care uniforms. 


Will my kid remain in the same class as the trial?

Probably.  After the trial program, we may move students into different classes depending on age, temperament and enrolment numbers.  If you would prefer to be on a different night, let Sensei Barb and she'll do her best to accommodate you. 


What covid rules do we need to follow?

You can read the full policy here  but it’s pretty straightforward. Wear a mask at all times.  Regularly sanitize hands.  Keep 3 metres distant wherever possible. We limit the number of program registrants and do not allow spectators.

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