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Are students required to participate in tournaments

The short answer is no. The detailed answer is we do expect the kids to take themselves out of their comfort zone as they get ready for black belt and participate in at least one tournament. Most kids do not like to compete because they fear getting up in front of people. That is why we WANT them to compete at least one time. Black belt is not only learning how to defend yourself, it is more about overcoming fears, being confident even when you don’t feel confident and overcoming obstacles. That is the true meaning of a black belt!


Can I buy a gift certificate to Karate International

YES! Gift certificates are available through the front office. These certificates are transferable and are available on a year round basis. Gift certificates can be customized for lessons, equipment, gear, private lesson, etc.


Can we have a birthday party at Karate International

YES! We love to share in our students special day. We also encourage non KIMAC members to experience a Karate International birthday! Parents supply cake, drinks, utensils etc. We offer 4 different themes. Karate Party, Ju Jitsu Party, Nerf Party or Board Breaking Party. All parties run an hour and a half. The birthday boy or girl gets a special gift from us, and all the guests receive a gift as well. Parties are run on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons. They are able to be booked well in advance and we encourage this. Call us at 778-8475 to see what times we have available.


Do you offer any types of trial programs to see if I like the classes

Yes! We always offer a free two week trial to anyone interested in trying our school. During the year we run different special as well. Check our website and call the school to get further details.


Do you offer private lessons

Yes we do. Depending on what needs to be reviewed or taught, most of our “help sessions” are 5-10 minute mini privates and are free of charge. A 15 minute private is $15 and a full 30 minute private will range between $30-$45 depending on the instructor teaching it. Speak to your instructor directly or via email to book or get more information.


Does my child automatically get a test slip when they earn all three stripes

No. Although the attaining of all three stripes let the instructors know that your child has learned the material required for their next rank, it does not mean the instructor feels the student is ready for the pressure and intensity of a belt exam. Learning the material and KNOWING the material are two very different things. Trust in your child’s teachers and know we have their best interest at hand!


Does my child automatically get a test slip when they earn all three stripes

No. Although the attaining of all three stripes let the instructors know that your child has learned the material required for their next rank, it does not mean the instructor feels the student is ready for the pressure and intensity of a belt exam. Learning the material and KNOWING the material are two very different things. Trust in your child’s teachers and know we have their best interest at hand!


Does the class schedule change

Yes. The class schedule takes slight modifications every season. We hand out the the schedule for the fall/winter/spring and summer. It is always available on the website and hard copies can be picked up at the school.


How can I contact Karate International

Phone: 603-778-8475
Email: john@kimacnh.com
Web: www.kimacnh.com


How do I purchase equipment?

There are a few ways to accomplish this.

1. Call the school or see an instructor for the equipment you are interested in. 
2. Email an instructor and inform them of what you need.

We do not charge students on shipping for any equipment they order. Although the web offers a vast array of equipment, we don’t recommend buying anything online due to the fact that it might not be acceptable for the Karate International program. For Example, our insurance requires that we use a specific glove style for sparring and we require students wearing uniforms to have the KI logo on the back. We also stand behind everything we sell. If your gloves fall apart after a few months, we will replace them at no charge!


How often are belt exams held

Belt exams are given approximately every 8 weeks. We end up holding 6 belt exams a year. Stripe evaluations are done every month.


How often should I or my child come to class? How often are we allowed to come to class?

We recommend that Tots come to class once a week.
Youth and Teens should attend 2 times per week.
Adults 2-3 times per week.

All programs are allowed unlimited attendance


How old does a kid need to be to begin lessons

We start kids as young as 4 years old. We have, in rare occasions taken 3 1/2 year olds. However an evaluation would be needed to see if the child was ready to begin our program


The latest Insert to of our parent manual

“Click the below link for manual insert” See an instructor at the school for the full manual or you may email us and we can send it as a PDF.

:http://kimacnh.s3.amazonaws.com/1ED0B413CE384AEFAED6E87E76F63239_PolicyRevisionsAndUpdates.pdf


What are the numbered stripes on my childs belt

The numbered stripes on the belt signify the month(s) a student was evaluated by an instructor. I.E an 8 signifies a student was evaluated in August.


What do I do to enroll or have my child try the program?

The first step is to call us at 603-778-8475 to set up a free student orientation and facility tour. We will run the prospective student through some basics and see if they qualify for a group training trial. If the student qualifies, we give you 2 free weeks of group classes to see if the program is something they are interested in. There is no obligation to enroll after the 2 weeks is over.


What do I need to bring to class?

For standard classes you want to bring this:

  1. A clean gi top and bottom
  2. Your belt
  3. Sparring gear


What do the colored unifoms mean. When can I wear different colors

Colored uniforms are rank privileges. A student may wear a black uniform upon rank of purple belt. A blue uniform upon rank of blue belt and a red uniform upon rank of red belt.


What is a Black Stripe

A Black stripe signifies that a student has learned the appropriate Karate form required for their next belt rank.


What is a grey stripe

A Grey stripe is earned by a student when they have completed their wrestling and Ju Jitsu requirements for their next rank


What is a white stripe?

A white stripe signifies a student has learned their striking, blocking and self-defense curriculum for their next rank.


What is the rank progression

Tots:
White/Yellow/Orange/Purple/Blue/Green/Red/Brown/Black

Youth/Teens:
White/Yellow/Orange/Purple/Blue/Green/High Green/Red/Brown/High Brown/Junior Black

Adult:
White/Yellow/Orange/Purple/Blue/Green/2nd Green/3rd Brown/2nd Brown/1st Brown/Black


What should I do if I know I am going to miss a class

We ask that you keep us informed if you or your child will miss class for a whole week. A phone call or email letting us know that you will not be attending that week will allow us to log it in your record and help keep us from calling you the following week for missed attendance.


What should I do if my child starts losing interest in their martial arts classes

First and foremost, be sure to talk to your instructor. Don’t wait weeks if a child starts to express boredom. The faster the instructor can sit with them and set realistic goals for progression, the quicker the child will feel they are doing well and moving forward. If too much time goes by when a child is feeling discouraged or bored, the harder it is to get them to continue their training!


What type of equipment do we need for class

Depends on the program and class level. For example: Youth program students in the beginner level need a full uniform (Gi) gloves and mouthpiece for their classes. The best way to be sure is to contact an instructor and they will let you know what you need for your level and program.


When will my child be getting their next belt?

We often hear this question from parents and the answer is “It varies from child to child.” Every kid is different and we try to teach our kids that martial arts is not a destination but a journey.


Why didn't my child test for a stripe this month?

There could be a few reasons for this. 1. They have all three stripes and are preparing for the next belt exam. 2. They just received their next belt and are not ready to stripe test. 3. They were absent from class when we did evaluations. 4. Human error and we missed them. Please make sure the first three questions are answered first. Most times it is one of those reasons. If you still are concerned, always feel free to write or call us!

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