Classes are divided into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced as well as by age into Junior, Teen, and Adult.
Our classes are divided according to the ability and age of our students. We do this so that our students can work with other students at comparable stages of their development, both in terms of karate ability and, for younger students, in terms of physical size and strength. As students progress in their skills, they begin working alongside more advanced students who challenge them and provide examples for development.
Age levels for classes are:
Junior: age 6 to 12 years
Teen: age 12 to 18 years
Adult: age 16 and up (attendance by students under age 18 is by invitation)
For each age level, classes are offered for the following ability levels:
Beginner – These classes are for students during their first few months of karate training. We teach the basics that the students will need in order to participate in classes with mixed levels of ability. Students learn the fundamental stances, steps, and movements of karate. They begin conditioning and building the strength and reflexes they will rely on when they join more advanced classes.
Intermediate – These classes are intended for students working toward their Black Belt. Students refine the techniques they learn until they can be applied with accuracy, speed, and power.
Advanced – These classes are for Black Belt (Shodan and above) students who are working to extend and perfect their practice of Uechiryu.
Classes are also offered for younger students and older family members in combination. These classes, called "Side-By-Side", allow parents or older siblings of younger students to attend class at the same time. Whether it is the older parent or sibling who helps the younger student, or vice versa, is sometimes in doubt. We have seen it work both ways, sometimes in the same family.