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Shido Kan Canada Karate has a very welcoming atmosphere. Our instructors are all volunteers who enjoy all aspects of the art. They'll answer your questions, support your training and encourage your progress. Whether you have never taken martial arts before or are coming from another style we will do our utmost to help you with learning or transition. Here's how to find out if Shido Kan Canada Karate is the right fit for you.
Come out for a free trial lesson. All you need is a T-shirt and track pants or shorts. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class so we can show you the facilities and answer any questions. You will not be pressured to join. If you feel Shido Kan Canada Karate is a fit for you please feel free to ask any questions you may have, about how to register or just thank us for the class.
No need to feel uncomfortable. Shido Kan Canada Karate has a very friendly and supportive atmosphere. Train, take your time and have fun. You will be amazed at how much you will learn in just a few weeks.
We have many students who have come from other martial art styles and are now training at Shido Kan Canada Karate. Many of our instructors have trained in other styles as well. We believe there is no one style superior to another. They are simply different and should all be respected equally. Many karate practitioners are interested in going back to the roots to learn Traditional Okinawan Karate-do. Okinawa is the birth place of Karate and Shorin Ryu is the original style. We are very fortunate to be affiliated with and train with North America's highest ranked Okinawan master - Hanshi, 10th Dan, Seikichi Iha.
Since Okinawan Shido-kan Shorin Ryu differs from other martial arts and other karate styles and our requirements for each level are very specific, students coming from other styles are required to begin at white belt. However, depending on your skill level you may progress quicker.
You'll need to sign a release form before starting your trial class. We're considered an athletic program, so you'll need to sign this form for insurance purposes.
Please let us know if you have any health issues or injuries so that our instructors are aware of your condition.
It is required that you remove jewelry, watches, bracelets or wristbands of any kind, as these could get damaged or accidentally injure your partner while you're training. Medical bracelets are acceptable.
The classes typically consist of a warm up, stretching, basics blocks, punches and kicks following by kata and partner drills with an emphasis on cooperation, control and supporting one another.