Frequently asked questions

How long will it take me to get my black belt?


This answer will vary from person to person. Becoming a black belt is a journey in learning, practicing, and discovering your own strengths and weaknesses. It will depend on how much time is put into classes, and practicing at home. With excellent attendance, 4-5 years is achievable.




I have old injuries that limit the types of exercises I can do. Will I be pushed to do anything that may hurt me?


Absolutely not! Our instructors are always aware of each student’s injuries, limitations, and abilities. Tell us of anything you cannot do, so we can make sure you learn without injury!




How old is too old to start karate?


You are never too old to learn karate! It’s a sport where the physical abilities of a person increase over time. Our students and instructors range in age from 3 years old to 78!




How Much does it cost?


Your first class is free! We have several packages to choose from, from once a week to unlimited classes, so that our costs can fit into your budget. There are no contracts at DMAA, so you pay by the month. Each student receives a free dobahk (uniform) when they sign up, and sparring gear can be purchased over time. We do not profit from the sale of gear in our school store, so that we can keep costs low. Patches are required for uniforms at a nominal price. Other expenses occur over time, such as the costs of tournaments, however, they are low in our Federation.




How do I know my child is ready to learn karate?


We start children at 6 years old, however, each child is ready at a different time. If your child can follow directions, pay attention to instructors, stand still for periods of time, and has some physical coordination. Some children change drastically in a few short months, so it’s good to look at each child separately. Some may benefit by waiting to begin training. For younger children, we have Tang Soo Tots class!




What forms must I fill out?


There are a number of forms you need to fill out to register with us.




Is there a contract?


There are no contracts here at DMAA. Ever.




Where can I order gear?


You can order gear through us at DMAA, contact your instructor for more information.




Can anyone do karate regardless of physical ability?


Almost everyone can do karate at some level. Certain physical limitations may be present, but karate is a personal journey, and each person should strive to do their personal best.





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