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CWKF Program Member Requirements 

Individuals with no prior karate experience

Individuals wishing to become a member of the CWKF program must: 

  • Have read the New Member Welcome package (this page) and agree to the terms and conditions outlined. 

  • Complete a CWKF member application/waiver form and return it to a senior instructor

  • Pay all applicable member fees

  • Purchase a grading syllabus

Individuals with prior karate experience

In addition to the above, individuals with  prior karate experience must: 

  • Read and agree to the CWKF program requirements - Prior karate experience as outlined

  • Provide all applicable documentation as described

  • have met with and have been given approval to participate in the program by Sensei Alex Waith or his designees 

Additional program Requirements

Karate gi

All program members must wear an acceptable karate gi to class. New members will be granted a trial period of 12 classes before purchasing a gi. 

New members can purchase a gi through the club. A gi can range in price from $40 to $120. 

Training and participation

Members wishing to advance and perfect their Wado Ryu technique must commit to train a minimum of two but preferably three days a week. Members wishing to advance their belt level must prepare for and complete the gradings applicable to belt (kyu level) they are looking to attain. 

If you are unable to meet the attendance requirements, you are still welcome to train with the group. However, the training and intensity will be consistent with a recreational level of program participation. 


Karate is a martial art and also a contact sport. You are required to respect your fellow karate members and maintain control of your punches and kicks at all times. Without physical or emotional control, injuries can occur.

Dojo rules and etiquette

Rei (the bow)

Rei (bowing) is the way in which we show our respect, appreciation, and honor. This appreciation and respect is owed to the Sensei (teacher), the dojo (training area), and other students.

  1. All karateka musts bow when entering and leaving the dojo. 

  2. All karateka must bow to instructors or visiting instructors. 

  3. If you arrive late, you must sit in the seiza position (kneeling), bow three times and stay seated until the Sensei/instructor gives you permission to join the class. 

Training: class, seminars, special events

  1. Call the chief instructor and visiting instructor Sensei, and senior student instructors Sempai.

  2. Absolute subordination should be shown to the Sensei at all times as it relates to class training.

  3. All instructions from the Sensei or his designated instructors must be followed. 

  4. All grades must respect and take any instructions given to them by a senior grade. 

  5. Instruction given by the instructor shoud be acknowledged with the word "hai" which means yes. 


General conduct: class, seminars, and other special events

  1. In all practice, emphasis is placed on control, accuracy, and non-contact. 

  2. Always stand in the nore or yoi stance, never stand around with your hands on your waist.

  3. When you are sitting, always sit cross-legged or in the seiza position. 

  4. Idle chatter, smoking, alcohol, eating, chewing gum, etc., are not permitted under any circumstances. 

  5. In case of injury or illness, report it immediately to the Sensei or to the most senior instructor in class.

  6. Sensei must be informed if you leave the dojo before the end of the class. Then follow the normal procedures for leaving the dojo. 

  7. All students should keep the dojo clean. Please try to keep the floor dry and clean. 

  8. A clean, white karate gi must be worn. socks, shoes, or jewelry are not allowed. 

  9. Finger and toe nails should be groomed and kept short. 

CWKF Program Requirements: prior karate experience

Attaining Wado Ryu ranking

Individuals with prior karate experience from a traditional Japanese karate style who wish to gain ranking in the program must: 

  • Provide information related to their prior karate experience: 

    • Copy of Dan certificate and/or organizational passport -- black belts only

    • Information on the style(s) training has been completed in

    • Years of training experience by style

    • Name of their previous sensei

    • Dojo name

  • Agree to a period of assessment by Sensei to determine the individual's skill level and suitability for the program

  • Agree to learn Wado ryu technique and grade according to the following:

    • Black belts -- begin training and grade assessment test starting at 3rd kyu

    • Brown belts -- begin training and grade assessment test starting at 6th kyu

    • Green/white belts -- begin training and grade assessment test starting at 8th kyu

Individuals with a level ranking from the Wado Ryu Academy or the Wado Ryu Renmei will be accepted at that level. Individuals from any other Wado organization or group will be accepted at a level based on the assessment of Sensei. 

Individuals who do not wish to gain ranking in the program will follow a recreational level of training. 

Class rei

Individuals will line up at the end of the line for class bow in and bow out with the group associated with their rank. 

Gi and belt level

Individuals can:

Wear their karate gi providing non-Wado ryu patches are removed.

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