Dojo FAQ

  1. Who is the "Master" in the name: The Master's Martial Arts Academy?
  2. Why do we bow in class?
  3. Why do we take our shoes off before stepping onto the mat?
  4. What is the advantage of becoming an AAU?
  5. What is proper Dojo Etiquette?
  6. Where do I get the equipment needed for karate?
  7. Can I visit and train at other dojos?
  8. What is a Sensei (Teacher)?

Dojo FAQ Answers

Q: Who is the "Master" in the name: The Master's Martial Arts Academy?
A: We recognize that all of our skills and talents come from our Creator.  We believe that He sent His only Son to save us. He is our Lord and Master.  It is to Him we show our honor and respect.  We glorify Him by working hard and using the gifts He has given us.
We understand that not everybody may agree with this. We do not discriminate, nor do we preach.  We believe our Lord's commandments are universal and apply to us all.
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Q: Why do we bow in class?
A:
You need to know the culture of the martial arts. Since martial arts was formalized in the Orient, many of the customs were integrated into the martial arts system.  It is a form of greeting and showing respect. Always be sure to bow towards the dojo prior to stepping onto the mat.  This is a gesture of appreciation to the ability to train at our dojo.
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Q: Why do we take our shoes off before stepping onto the mat?
A: The mat is where we practice our martial arts.  We occationally lie, roll, fall, or otherwise come into contact with the mat.  Shoes carry the dirt, dust, and debris from the streets and sidewalks. We keep our mats clean to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students.
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Q: What is the advantage of becoming an AAU school?
There are many advantages, namely the support of the AAU.  AAU Membership is required to participate in all AAU sanctioned events.  Membership benefits include accident insurance (which is secondary and applicable after any primary coverage) for all properly sanctioned AAU events and supervised practices of member clubs.
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Q: What is proper Dojo Etiquette?
A: You should remember to:
   1. Call your teacher, "Sensei" at all times, even when not at the dojo.
   2. Answer "Yes Sensei" or "No Sensei" to a question.
   3. Bow towards the center of the dojo when you enter or leave the mat.
   4. Not teach or correct other students unless asked to do so by Sensei.
   5. Leave your shoes, bags and equipment in their proper location.
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Q: Where do I get the equipment needed for karate?
A:
We carry most of what you will need in inventory.  Check our price list posted in the dojo near the front counter.  All you need to get started is a white gi (uniform) and the desire to learn.  We will let you know when additional equipment is needed. You can purchase any supplies you need from the Dojo Proshop as well.
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Q: Can I visit and train at other dojos?
A: The student should remember that as a part of the Dojo, he or she always represents the Dojo. If a student wishes to visit another Karate School or attend a Martial Arts event, the student should first talk to his or her Sensei. Sensei may have experience with the school or event and can advise the student on proper etiquette for the situation.
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Q: What is a Sensei (Teacher)?
A: Your teacher is called a Sensei, which roughly translates as "Professor". Not every Black Belt is a Sensei. A Black Belt becomes a Sensei only when they have completed instructor training and have received a teaching certificate. Although your Sensei's purpose is to teach you Karate, his goal is to take the benefits that are part of Karate training and use them to make you goal-oriented, better disciplined, and more confident. Why is this important? Because everything you do in your life will involve your ability to be clear in your goals, disciplined in your work, and confident in your approach. This makes your martial arts training very important to you because it teaches you habits that will help you get what you want in life, whatever that may be.
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