Q & As


Can anyone learn Karate/Martial Arts?

Yes – anyone who can walk or engage in regular physical workout can learn karate. It is open to everyone regardless of race, age, sex, or religious affiliation. It is never too late to begin practice. There is no limit in the learning and mastery of karate techniques. You do not have to be a gifted athlete to learn Karate/Martial Arts. The more one practices, the more he or she will improve and each day he/she will be better than the one who has never started. To progress in karate, repetition and determination are the MOST IMPORTANT tools you will need.

How many classes per week are there?

Currently we train once per week on Wednesday at 6:00 pm to 7:00pm. It is encouraged that students also practice at home.

What is being taught?

Structured classes provide safe purposeful challenges and include:.
general physical conditioning, basic techniques (kihon), forms (kata), pre-arranged sparring (kumite), sports competition sparring (shiai) and self defense.

Is the training safe?

There is always the chance of an injury in any type of sport. To minimize injury a thorough warm up period is alloted. Martial Arts in general are considered to be High Risk sports because of the physical contact involved, however safety gear and practice equipment are provided to minimize the risk of injuries.

Is Karate/Martial Arts Fun!

Not only do you benefit from learning the techniques and routines that karate provides, you do it with other people that share a common interest. Any extra curricular activity you involve yourself with should be a release from the stress or anxiety that is built up in our daily routines. People involved in karate can established friendships for life.

Will Martial Arts training make me more aggressive?

The emphasis of all Martial Arts training is that it is for self protection only. Stress relief and physical fitness are benefits of mind and body development that in the end leads to other positive attributes. The individual will be more confident, self disciplined along with improved concentration, coordination, strong moral values and good character.


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I teach Shihan Shigeru Ishino's Shorinjiryu Genbukan Karate in Kingston Ontario Canada since 1983. Shihan Ishino was an original student of Kaiso Masayoshi Kori Hisataka in Tokyo Japan, who came to Canada in 1969 to assist with the Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karate dojos in Montreal Quebec Canada.

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