How does the enrollment procedure work for my child?
students that are signed up as
Associate Members for a Four week period. New Associate Members are
provided with a new white uniform and white belt upon being
enrolled. After four weeks of training, your child will have the
opportunity to become a full time student.
What is the fee for enrollment for my child as an Associate
The fee for the initial 2 week period is FREE. We expect a
three month commitment Plus uniform
here for Members Fees
What happens to my
child following the initial four week period for Associate Member?
Upon completion of the
fourth week period, Associate Members can apply for the next program
as Full Time Students. At this time, your child will be required to
turn his/ her uniform to a member of the Front Office Team to have
his / her name and the required patches put on his / her uniform.
Does my child need any
equipment at this level?
Juniors only need their
full uniform along with their AFSKC success journal. Student need to
equipment after the first Month.
How does my child wear
his / her Uniform Top?
The left portion of the
uniform overlaps the right portion of uniform. Following embroidery
of your child’s name and the AFSKC patch are sewed on your
May my child wear his
/ her uniform outside of the studio?
Your child’s uniform
represents a way of separating the outside world from your child’s
martial arts world. As such, in an effort to maintain consistency in
separation of the two worlds, it is recommended that your child not
wear his uniform outside the dojo.
What is a proper
A proper uniform for
White, Yellow, Gold, thru Green Belt students is white uniform
pants, white uniform top, and belt. Female students only should
also wear a AFSKC t-shirt and/or other appropriate sports top under
their uniform top. The uniform must be clean, properly maintained,
and the uniform top must have the Correct patches and name ,etc for
the belt rank.
May my child wear a
T-Shirt to class instead of his / her uniform top?
No, the only time
is if the uniform is unavailable, while having a patch applied,
being repaired or if instructor has let the students know in advance
it would be a no uniform top day. Must be worn for promotional belt exams, tip
exams, and for other classes whenever requested. The uniform top
should be worn for regular classes whenever possible, however a AFSKC t-shirt may be worn when your child’s uniform top is not
Is my child allowed to
wear shoes and socks while taking class?
In order to execute many
of the techniques, it is necessary to be barefoot when taking class.
In the event that your child has a medical condition that might
require the wearing of karate socks, please see your child’s
instructor and a member of the front office.
How do I tie my belt?
Please ask your
instructor to show you how to tie your belt.
What is the purpose of
my child’s belt?
The purpose of the belt
is to hold your child’s uniform together. Whatever belt level your
child is presently training at, it is important that your child
always respects his belt level.
How often should I
wash my child’s uniform?
It is important to treat
your child’s uniform with the same level of respect that you treat
your child and his / her wardrobe. Personal cleanliness and
hygiene are critical elements for your child and his /her fellow
classmates. Please respect your child’s classmates by ensuring that
your child’s personal hygiene. NEVER WASH BELT.
When should my child
arrive at the studio for his / her assigned classes?
All students must be
lined up, in a proper uniform and with their attendance card 5
minutes prior to the start of class. For example, if class is
scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., students need to be lined up on the
assigned mat for their class at 5:55 p.m. Please note, while
waiting for the prior class to be completed students should be
standing quietly in “At Ease” position, with toes on the line, and
their success journal on the mat behind them. As the prior class is
completed, the instructor will call both classes to “Attention”, to
complete one class and start the next class. All students from both
classes should stand at attention while the first class is dismissed
and cards are collected for the second class. The procedure
outlined above is the rules of Class.
Is there a procedure
my child needs to follow upon arriving at the Studio?
Upon arriving, your child
/student needs to “Bow In”, as they enter the studio (DOJO).
This is done by facing
the flags and bowing with your head and eyes lowered.
Students should then
greet any members of the front office team with an appropriate hand
shake and salutation before proceeding to the appropriate locker
room. Once the your child is in full uniform with belt on, and
attendance card in hand, your child is requested to find Mr.
McCall or Mr. McClellan in the studio or in his office, to bow and
offer a greeting. If Mr. McCall or Mr. McClellan is in his
office, proceed up and wait in the corridor outside his office
until you are invited into the office. Then bow and offer a greeting
before departing. Unless instructed to do so, never enter Mr.
McCall’s office for any reason. Please note, if Mr. McCall or Mr.
McClellan is teaching your child needs to stand at attention off the
mat, and wait to be acknowledged by Mr. McCall or Mr. McClellan.
Unless invited onto the mat by Mr. McCall or Mr. McClellan, your
child should just bow and say hello. The purpose of this procedure
is to teach and reinforce the concept of respect for your child and
others. Your child should then stretch or practice until it is time
to go onto the mat, 5 minutes prior to class. Please note, when
preparing to line up, prior to class, it is required to bow when
entering the mat area. It is also required to bow when departing the
mat at the conclusion of class. Prior to departing the studio, your
child is to remove the belt that holds the uniform together. Unless
otherwise instructed or requested, the belt should never be worn
outside of the studio.
Why does my child bow?
Bowing is a gesture of
respect for your fellow students, the studio, the instructional
staff and Mr. McCall. bowing is a completely non-religious
Should I, as a parent,
bow and follow the above rules?
Yes – You are an example
for your child. “Preach all the time. If necessary use words “
When will my child
Sparring is taught
beginning at Yellow belt, but contact will not be made till Green
Belt, after approximately 4-6 months of training.
How does my child
address instructors and staff members in the studio or Dojo?
instructors and staff members with respect by saying, Yes (Sir /
Ma’am); No( Sir / Ma’am); Excuse me (Sir/ Ma’am). When greeting them
in the studio it is always Mr. / Miss / Ms and the instructor’s
Last name (ex. Mr. McCall or Mr. McClellan ) .When in class, it is
critical for your child to show respect for instructors and fellow
students. Your child should never interrupt when anyone is speaking
and always raise his / her hand and wait to be acknowledged prior to
asking your question. Again, courtesy and respect are critical
elements for all students at American Freestyle Karate Dojo.
What does my child
need for his / her Attendance Card and what is the purpose of my
child’s Attendance Card?
You will need to provide
two photos of your child to the front office at the time of
registration as an Associate Member. One of the photos will be
placed on your child’s Attendance Card and the other one will be
placed in your child’s AFKD Student File. Your child’s attendance
card is a communication vehicle utilized by the instructional staff
and student. Your child’s attendance card will be filed by rank /
belt color in the card rack on the wall opposite the front desk. It
is your child’s responsibility to find his / her card prior to
going onto the mat for class. The card will be collected prior to
the start of class and the front office will stamp your child’s card
following each class. The purpose of the card is to track attendance
and monitor progress within the belt level / rank curriculum.
Instructors will record and sign your child’s attendance card when
tips are earned within each belt level / rank. Another purpose of
the Attendance Card is Goal Setting / Time Management. Students are
required to fill out a Target Date for taking their promotional exam
for the next belt level / rank, IE. Targeted orange belt exam date
for white belt / Associate Members and so on.
What do I do if my
child’s attendance card is not in the student card rack?
See a member of the front
office, as the card may have been kept at the desk because there is
a message for you that will be given to you by a member of the front
office when you ask about your student card.
What role does the
instructional staff play in my child’s training?
In keeping with the
overall concept of American Freestyle Karate Dojo as a
success based studio, the AFKD instructional staff members are your
child’s success coaches. Their role is to keep students on the road
to success at all times and to ensure that the process of learning
is taking place. The instructional staff / success coaches should
not be viewed with any level of intimidation.
How long should it
take for my child to earn his / her Black Belt?
“Direction is more
important than speed.” Each student’s journey to Black Belt is a
personal journey that is self-paced. On average, the time range is
2-4 years of consistent training prior to Black Belt.
When does my child’s
training for Black Belt begin?
Your child’s training for
Black Belt begins when they initially enter American Freestyle
Karate Dojo to register and participate in their initial class.
All American Freestyle Karate Club students are Black Belt
Candidates / Black Belts in Training from day they start.
What is the preferred
method of communication for a student to contact members of American
Freestyle Karate Club?
E-mail is the preferred
communication tool to be used by all students. By Phone or text to
704-579-7034 or firstname.lastname@example.org
American Freestyle Karate Club publish a newsletter?
Yes. On a monthly basis,
a newsletter is published and is e-mailed to all students.
Additionally, the newsletter can be accessed through the school
website. The newsletter recognizes new students, monthly birthdays,
acknowledgements, student of the month, and includes interesting and
Does AFSKC offer
Yes. Please ask for a
"Karate Birthday Party" information packet or visit our web site for
Color of the belts
example of two colors?
What does the color
The color of sunrise. The
student is beginning his/her journey …
What does the color
“White “represent on my child’s belt?
White represents the
absence of color or “no color.” Additionally, it represents
willingness and desire to learn and absorb things that are being
As an Associate Member
or Full Time student, how many classes is my child required to
attend on a weekly basis?
As part of the enrollment
process, you will sign your child up for two classes per week. The
day and time of the classes for your level are listed in the
American Freestyle Karate Club class schedule.
What happens if my
child is unable to attend a class on the day and time that he /she
is signed for?
It is your responsibility
to call (704-579-7034) and inform a member of the front office that
your child will be unable to attend his / her assigned class, and to
ask about taking a make-up class if you are interested. Private
Lessons can be schedule for $20-1/2 hr. any time of the day on
Tuesday or Thursday or Saturday
here for all Instructors)
How should my
child greet an Instructor outside of American Freestyle Karate Dojo?
should greet instructors the same way outside of American Freestyle
as at the studio, offering a friendly and respectful greeting (ex.
Mr., McCall or Mr. McClellan,etc)
How do I access the
information on the website?
You will need to request
a user name & password from the front office team to access the
Can I download
information from the website?
Yes, students are
encouraged to download curriculum, exam sheets, calendar of events,
etc. from the website.
Before White Belt
You dream of being in the Martial Arts
At White Belt
You decide to be in the Martial Arts
At Yellow /Gold Belt
You can see yourself
playing the Martial Arts
At Orange Belt
You are introduced to the
At Green Belt
You are invited to make a commitment to the
At Blue Belt
You realize that Karate is more
than just a Martial Arts
At Brown Belt
You realize that you have to earn
your ticket to the Martial
At Red Belt and White & Black Belt
You learn the ground rules for the
Upon earning your 1st
Degree Black Belt
You earn your ticket to the Martial
At 2nd Degree Black Belt
realize that the Martial Arts is just beginning
At 3rd Degree Black Belt
You realize that the Martial Arts is
At 4th Degree Black Belt
The Martial Arts is everywhere you
At 5th Degree Black Belt
You think you know the
Martial Arts so well. You decide to have your own Martial Arts
At 6th degree Black Belt
You realize that you have always been
in the Martial Arts.
You decide to be in the Martial Arts for Life. Again.
No need to reinvent it. OSU!!!
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