Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
The following are answers to questions parents frequently ask. If you have any additional questions regarding your child’s training, please call us. We appreciate very much the opportunity to teach your child and look forward to talking with you.
When should I bring my child to class?
Ten to fifteen minutes before class is scheduled to begin. Students need this time to sign in, store their belongings, dress, and tie their belts before beginning class. We start promptly at the scheduled time, so please bring your child to class at a time that allows for her or his full participation, from the bowing in ritual and the announcements that often precede class all the way through to the conclusion of class. We ask that you not bring your child more than 20 minutes before class starts, or leave them here more than 10 minutes after class ends.
How often should my child take class?
We recommend your child take class twice a week. Because of the skill-building nature of our program, students do best when they have a regular training schedule and maintain consistent attendance.
How can I help my child practice Karate between classes?
By supporting and supervising your child’s independent practice. We very much appreciate parents’ desire to help their children’s training. Even though you may be totally unfamiliar with the skills your child is learning in karate, there are a number of things you can do, including:
- Being an “audience” for your child performing material they have learned.
- Helping your child study the Japanese terms. (A study guide is available in the dojo.)
- Supervising any practice of Karate that your child does at home.
- Making sure your child does not engage in any Karate activities involving physical contact with another person when they are not in the dojo.
You don’t need to correct your child or give feedback—that’s what we do in class, and we applaud any child’s efforts to practice at home. Any practice is good practice!
What should I do if my child appears discouraged or bored with Karate?
Please encourage your child to talk to us about it! As teachers with decades of martial arts training experience, we know that everyone experiences training lags. If your child experiences difficulties with Karate and/or complains about it, we would like to talk to her or him about it as soon as possible. Often we can help them sort out some of the issues that interfere with happy training.
Should my child train if he/she is injured or sick?
Please consult with us, and follow the same guidelines you would about sending your child to school. If your child is unable to attend school, they should not train until feeling better. To best maintain everyone’s health, students who may be contagious should not train. If they are recovering from an illness or injury, and your pediatrician has advised returning to physical activities, please talk with us regarding how we might modify your child’s training so that it can be safe.
Is it a good idea for siblings to train together?
It most certainly can be. Siblings can enjoy the shared experience and camaraderie of training together. We also know that all children inevitably learn at different rates, and this goes for the martial arts as well. At some point, children compare themselves to peers and/or siblings. We encourage all students to concentrate on their own training, rather than comparing themselves to others. We would appreciate you reinforcing this message if any competitive issues arise.
It is very important that children not practice contact training (sparring, partner work) at home; and we more even strongly caution against this with siblings.
What if my child is doing well in Karate but having problems at home or school?
Please talk with us about any behavior or academic problems your child is having. We generally present Karate as a reward for good behavior and performance at home and school. When they feel that their parents and Karate teachers are working together, and that continuing to get to do Karate depends upon being helpful and disciplined at home and school, Karate can be an important leverage tool!