Frequently Asked Questions - Adults-Faq

If you are interested in joining the adult class, please attend any of the three weekly classes and speak to a black belt student. Interested students are encouraged to join the class at anytime during the year, however we also have two official beginner's class nights during the year. Please refer to the calendar for more information on the dates.

The parents class runs concurrently as the senior kids' program.

 
Tuesday  Thursday Saturday
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm (white & Green belts) 
(Gymnasium) (Gymnasium) 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (brown/black)
    (Dance Studio)

Note: that members of the parents’ class can train with the youth/adult classes. 

Please speak to Sempai Carol or Sempai Courtney if you'd like to join.
Guardians looking to sign up their child for the kids' karate program should speak to an instructor during the kids' classes. The information and release forms can be obtained from an instructor at the time of registration. 
 
For general information about the kids/youth karate program, and upcoming events please refer to the Kids' Karate section.
If you plan to progress through gradings it is expected that you attend on average two classes a week. However, if are unable to attend twice a week then you are still welcome to join, but it will take longer to progress.
 
Karate is a contact sport. You are expected to respect your fellow karate members and maintain control of your punches and kicks at all times. Without physical or emotional control injuries may occur.

Please wear comfortable clothes. There is no jewelry, watches, socks and shoes allowed during class. Please leave all valuables at home.

We prefer that you try the class out for a while to make sure it is a good fit before you purchase a karate gi (uniform).

A gi can be purchased through our club with prices ranging from $35 (light weight gi) to $120 (heavy weight gi). You can order a karate gi during the first week of the month. Gis take about two to three weeks to arrive. Please refer to the Equipment Forms for more information. We recommend that students attend a number of classes before purchasing a uniform.

The grading syllabus covers grading techniques and requirements from 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu.

The grading syllabus book is available for $5.00. Grading Syllabus can be purchased from Sempai Devlin.  Note: Students in the kilds/youth class will receive a free grading syllabus after passing their first grading.

The dove crest costs $10 and can be purchased from Sempai Devlin. All students have to have a Wado crest on their uniform before being able to grade.

Fighting gloves can be purchased through our club for $25. You can order a fighting glove during the first week of the month. Fighting gloves take about two to three weeks to arrive. Please refer to the Equipment Forms [link] for more information. Note: Only students 6th kyu (green-belt) and up are required to have fighting gloves.

Please warm up before enter the gym. Once your warmups have been completed, please sit in sei-za and bow three times. Remain in sei-za until an instructor asks you to join the class.

If you are 16 years of age or older the classes are FREE with your YMCA membership, however there are additional expenses such as yearly affiliation fees, grading fees, seminars, clinics and literature. (Please see below)

Affiliation fees are yearly fees that you are required to pay if you are in the Adults’ class and have reached 9th Kyu. Membership fees ensures the quality of education and instruction by maintaining technical standards that are set out by the governing bodies for Karate. The following are a list of the yearly fees:
 
Canadian Wado-Ryu Federation – yearly fee $30.00. This is our club. This yearly fee helps out with offsetting clinic cost, social events and provides an emergency slush fund.
 
Karate Ontario – yearly fee is $25 Junior / $35 Adult / $65 Black Belt. This is the governing body for Karate in Ontario and Canada. Affiliation with Karate Ontario assures that our club meets the technical standards set by the provincial and national governing bodies as well as allowing our club access to provincial competitions, clinics and seminars.
 
Wado Academy – yearly fee $30.00 or $40.00 (includes passport) for first time members. This is our Karate style affiliation with our international division. The passport is to keep track of your gradings, clinic participations and will allow you access to Wado clubs world wide.
 
Other fees  – there are several clinics and seminars throughout the year, while attendance of the clinics and seminars are not mandatory there are clinics held by the Wado Academy that are considered essential to the development of our club and it is strongly recommended that you attend. The pricing of the clinics and seminars vary, depending on the number of days and the Sensei that is teaching.
 
Please refer to our Forms section for more information. [link]

As an existing student you have to fill in the membership form and the waiver form. Please refer to the Welcome package form link to download the appropriate forms. 

Adult grading fees are currently as follows:
 
Kyu level Cost
9th Kyu (first white belt grading)            Free
White Belts $30.00
Green Belts $35.00
Brown Belts $40.00 (+ a report card)

 

Students may be considered for grading only after they have demonstrated the technical ability and level of maturity appropriate for their age and Kyu level. 
During grading please make sure the following steps have been taken:
  • You must have a club patch. See Sensei Devlin to buy one ($10 each);
  • You must have a clean Karate Gi (not including beginners);
  • The correct grading; and
  • Sufficient attendance.
If any of the above items are missing you will not be able to grade. If you are unable to meet you grading day/time please speak to an instructor prior to the grading date.

If you are going to be away for longer than a week, please inform an instructor.

Please email us at: ny_wadoryu@hotmail.com or speak to the instructor during class times.

Dan Grading Requirements   
 
The Dan grading syllabus for the Wado Academy lays down requirements for the technical test carried out by Shomitsu Sensei. This includes an essay based on a book which will be read by the candidate and presented at the time of grading for review by Shomitsu Sensei.
 
Other Academy requirements include the time frame for eligibility and a minimum points system based on Academy course attendance or participation in competition.
 
However there are other prerequisites for one to be eligible for taking a Dan test. These are established by the dojo chief instructor or country organization and are in effect a recommendation and screening process for the visiting examiner. These prerequisites are based on the on local circumstances and knowledge of the individual.
 
Karate ranking is the evaluation of an individual’s progress towards the attainment of perfection of character and is not based only on physical performance or technical proficiency. It also encompasses mental and spiritual development and an understanding and appreciation of the cultural aspects of the art. There is a profound difference between learning certain athletic skills and learning how to conduct ourselves in everyday life and also represent what a yudansha (black belt) represents.
 
The development process and requirements includes a background understanding of Japanese martial arts that can be developed by reading the books in the recommended reading list which is an addendum to this document
 
The requirements for the black belt and progress through these ranks can be summarized as follows
 

  • To develop Good Instructors for the next generation
  • To train for the right reasons and with correct attitude.

 
Guidelines are established summarized for each level as follows.

SHODAN

  1. Attendance to  2/3 (or 66%) of the available classes in the year prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 50% special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Willingness to participate in the club activities when requested
  5. Be able to perform all Pinan kata
  6. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  7. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  8. Apply 6 months in advance

NIDAN

  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 1 year period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance 75 % of the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Willingness to participate in the club activities when requested
  5. Be able to perform all Pinan kata
  6. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  7. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  8. Apply 6 months in advance

SANDAN

  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for an 18 month period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance 75% of the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 2 year prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor for the year before the grading
  5. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques correctly up to Shodan
  6. This is considered the level of a certified assistant instructor
  7. Be able to perform all Pinan kata at a level considered competent to teach other levels
  8. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance

YONDAN

  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 2 year period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructor training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75 % special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor for the year before the grading and capable of teaching all levels up to 3 Dan. Be able to explain how each technique is part of a continuous pattern of movement.
  5. Involvement or previous experience in competition officiating or coaching at this level is desirable
  6. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Shodan
  7. Be able to perform all Pinan kata at a level considered competent to teach other levels
  8. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance

GODAN

  1. Attendance of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 2 year period prior to the test.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 3 year period prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 2 year period prior to the test.
  4. This is an individual who has reached the peak of his /her technical proficiency and has a full understanding of how to teach others.
  5. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor and instructing at least once a week as necessary for two years before the grading or be operating own club
  6. Know and be able to perform with some degree of competency all techniques in the Wado Ryu Academy curriculum up to this level
  7. Perform research or evaluation on some aspect of karate do
  8. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Yondan
  9. This is considered the level of a certified instructor who is   capable of instructing independently a country or region
  10. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  11. Apply 1 year in advance

ROKUDAN

  1. Attendance of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 3 year period prior to the test.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 4 year period prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 4 year period prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an instructor for three years before the grading or be operating own club
  5. Know and be able to perform with some degree of competency all techniques in the Wado Ryu curriculum up to this level
  6. Perform research or evaluation on some aspect of karate do and apply this to the teaching environment
  7. This is considered the level of a fully-fledged experienced instructor who has fully understood how to teach and can apply basic and advanced techniques and be able to teach what he/she is physically unable to perform
  8. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Godan
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance