Club Dues

All members 8th Kyu and up are required to pay club dues.  These dues cover our club for insurance purposes, pays for your passport renewal, gives us access to Karate Ontario competitions and clinics as well as helps support the growth of our club by funding competitive athletes, equipment, educational materials and the costs to organize events such as clinics, camp and social events.  This is a once a year payment and is a bargain considering other clubs charge over $100.00 a month to be a member.


IMPORTANT NOTE: You cannot fight, grade or participate in special classes until your club dues are paid.

We accept cheques made out to Canadian Wado-Ryu Karate Federation
Below is a break down of the fees.  If you are unable to make a full payment, please make sure your Karate Ontario dues are up to date first and you can make the rest of the payments at a later date.  If you are having financial difficulties, please speak to Sempi John and he can make arrangements so you will not fall behind on your gradings.

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Non-Competitors Membership and Club Dues

DUES: What would happen if I do not pay my dues?


You cannot fight, grade or participate in special classes until your club dues are paid.




DUES:Which levels are required to pay the club dues?


All members 8th Kyu and up are required to pay club dues.




DUES:For what are the dues used?


These dues cover our club for insurance purposes, pays for your passport renewal, gives us access to Karate Ontario competitions and clinics as well as helps support the growth of our club by funding competitive athletes, equipment, educational materials and the costs to organize events such as clinics, camp and social events.




DUES:How do these dues compare to other clubs?


This is a once a year payment and is a bargain considering other clubs charge over $100.00 a month to be a member.




DUES:How are the payments made?


To make collection easier you can make a one time payment for the year with either cash or a cheque, however a cheque is the preferred choice. Make the cheque out to the Canadian Wado-Ryu Karate Federation. If you have not applied for your Wado Academy Passport please add $10 and see Sempi Carol or Sempi John for the form, you only need to do this once. Please try to get these paid up and all the forms handed in together as soon as possible. Return all the forms to Sempi Carol or Sempi John.




DUES:What if I am unable to make the full payment?


If you are unable to make a full payment, please make sure your Karate Ontario dues are up to date first and you can make the rest of the payments at a later date. If you are having financial difficulties, please speak to Sempi John and he can make arrangements so you will not fall behind on your gradings.




JOINING: What if I have practiced another style and would like to be a member?


(coming soon)




JOINING: I'm interested in joining the adult class


If you are interested in joining the adult class, please attend any of the three weekly classes and speak to a black belt student. Interested students are encouraged to join the class at anytime during the year, however we also have two official beginner's class nights during the year. Please refer to the calendar for more information on the dates.




JOINING:I'm interested in joining the Parents' Class


The parents class runs concurrently as the senior kids' program from 18:45 through 19:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.




JOINING:I'm interested in signing my child up for the Kids'Program


Guardians looking to sign up their child for the kids' karate program should speak to an instructor during the kids' classes. The information and release forms can be obtained from an instructor at the time of registration.
For general information about the kids/youth karate program, and upcoming events please refer to the calendar.




EXPECTATIONS: What is expected from me?


If you plan to progress through gradings it is expected that you attend on average two classes a week. However, if are unable to attend twice a week then you are still welcome to join, but it will take longer to progress. Karate is a contact sport. You are expected to respect your fellow karate members and maintain control of your punches and kicks at all times. Without physical or emotional control injuries may occur.




ATTIRE: What do I wear for my first Karate class?


Please wear comfortable clothes. There is no jewelry, watches, socks and shoes allowed during class. Please leave all valuables at home.




ATTIRE:Do I have to buy a karate gi (uniform)?


We prefer that you try the class out for a while to make sure it is a good fit before you purchase a karate gi (uniform).




ATTIRE:How much is a karate gi (uniform)?


A gi can be purchased through our club with prices ranging from $35 (light weight gi) to $120 (heavy weight gi). You can order a karate gi during the first week of the month. Gis take about two to three weeks to arrive. Please refer to the Equipment Forms for more information. We recommend that students attend a number of classes before purchasing a uniform.




GRADING: What is a grading syllabus?


The grading syllabus covers grading techniques and requirements from 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu.




GRADING:How much is a grading syllabus cost and who do I purchase it from?


The grading syllabus book is available for $5.00. Grading Syllabus can be purchased from Sempai Devlin. Note: Students in the kilds/youth class will receive a free grading syllabus after passing their first grading. The Dan Grading Syllabus is availalbe here.




ATTIRE: How much is the Wado dove crest and who do I purchase it from?


The dove crest costs $10 and can be purchased from Sempai Devlin. All students have to have a Wado crest on their uniform before being able to grade.




ATTIRE: How much are fighting gloves and who do I purchase them from?


Fighting gloves can be purchased through our club for $25. You can order a fighting glove during the first week of the month. Fighting gloves take about two to three weeks to arrive. Please refer to the Equipment Forms for more information. Note: Only students 6th kyu (green-belt) and up are required to have fighting gloves.




EXPECTATIONS:What do I do if I'm late to class?


Please warm up before enter the gym. Once your warmups have been completed, please sit in sei-za and bow three times. Remain in sei-za until an instructor asks you to join the class.




GRADING:What are the grading requirements?


Students may be considered for grading only after they have demonstrated the technical ability and level of maturity appropriate for their age and Kyu level. During grading please make sure the following steps have been taken:

  • You must have a club patch. See Sensei Devlin to buy one ($10 each);
  • You must have a clean Karate Gi (not including beginners);
  • The correct grading; and
  • Sufficient attendance.
If any of the above items are missing you will not be able to grade. If you are unable to meet you grading day/time please speak to an instructor prior to the grading date.




EXPECTATIONS:Do I need to inform anyone that I will be away for a long period?


If you are going to be away for longer than a week, please inform an instructor.




GRADING:How/When can I challenge a Dan grading?


The Dan grading syllabus for the Wado Academy lays down requirements for the technical test carried out by Shomitsu Sensei. This includes an essay based on a book which will be read by the candidate and presented at the time of grading for review by Shomitsu Sensei.

Other Academy requirements include the time frame for eligibility and a minimum points system based on Academy course attendance or participation in competition.

However there are other prerequisites for one to be eligible for taking a Dan test. These are established by the dojo chief instructor or country organization and are in effect a recommendation and screening process for the visiting examiner. These prerequisites are based on the on local circumstances and knowledge of the individual.

Karate ranking is the evaluation of an individual’s progress towards the attainment of perfection of character and is not based only on physical performance or technical proficiency. It also encompasses mental and spiritual development and an understanding and appreciation of the cultural aspects of the art. There is a profound difference between learning certain athletic skills and learning how to conduct ourselves in everyday life and also represent what a yudansha (black belt) represents.

The development process and requirements includes a background understanding of Japanese martial arts that can be developed by reading the books in the recommended reading list which is an addendum to this document

The requirements for the black belt and progress through these ranks can be summarized as follows

  • To develop Good Instructors for the next generation
  • To train for the right reasons and with correct attitude.

Guidelines are established summarized for each level as follows. SHODAN
  1. Attendance to 2/3 (or 66%) of the available classes in the year prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 50% special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Willingness to participate in the club activities when requested
  5. Be able to perform all Pinan kata
  6. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  7. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  8. Apply 6 months in advance
NIDAN
  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 1 year period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance 75 % of the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Willingness to participate in the club activities when requested
  5. Be able to perform all Pinan kata
  6. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  7. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  8. Apply 6 months in advance
SANDAN
  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for an 18 month period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance 75% of the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 2 year prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor for the year before the grading
  5. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques correctly up to Shodan
  6. This is considered the level of a certified assistant instructor
  7. Be able to perform all Pinan kata at a level considered competent to teach other levels
  8. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance
YONDAN
  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 2 year period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructor training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75 % special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor for the year before the grading and capable of teaching all levels up to 3 Dan. Be able to explain how each technique is part of a continuous pattern of movement.
  5. Involvement or previous experience in competition officiating or coaching at this level is desirable
  6. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Shodan
  7. Be able to perform all Pinan kata at a level considered competent to teach other levels
  8. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance
GODAN
  1. Attendance of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 2 year period prior to the test.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 3 year period prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 2 year period prior to the test.
  4. This is an individual who has reached the peak of his /her technical proficiency and has a full understanding of how to teach others.
  5. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor and instructing at least once a week as necessary for two years before the grading or be operating own club
  6. Know and be able to perform with some degree of competency all techniques in the Wado Ryu Academy curriculum up to this level
  7. Perform research or evaluation on some aspect of karate do
  8. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Yondan
  9. This is considered the level of a certified instructor who is capable of instructing independently a country or region
  10. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  11. Apply 1 year in advance
ROKUDAN
  1. Attendance of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 3 year period prior to the test.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 4 year period prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 4 year period prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an instructor for three years before the grading or be operating own club
  5. Know and be able to perform with some degree of competency all techniques in the Wado Ryu curriculum up to this level
  6. Perform research or evaluation on some aspect of karate do and apply this to the teaching environment
  7. This is considered the level of a fully-fledged experienced instructor who has fully understood how to teach and can apply basic and advanced techniques and be able to teach what he/she is physically unable to perform
  8. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Godan
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance





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Want to join the club? First we need to get some information about you. Please fill in your information in [the following forms and email it to ny_wadoryu@hotmail.com:


 

Frequently asked questions

DUES: What would happen if I do not pay my dues?


You cannot fight, grade or participate in special classes until your club dues are paid.




DUES:Which levels are required to pay the club dues?


All members 8th Kyu and up are required to pay club dues.




DUES:For what are the dues used?


These dues cover our club for insurance purposes, pays for your passport renewal, gives us access to Karate Ontario competitions and clinics as well as helps support the growth of our club by funding competitive athletes, equipment, educational materials and the costs to organize events such as clinics, camp and social events.




DUES:How do these dues compare to other clubs?


This is a once a year payment and is a bargain considering other clubs charge over $100.00 a month to be a member.




DUES:How are the payments made?


To make collection easier you can make a one time payment for the year with either cash or a cheque, however a cheque is the preferred choice. Make the cheque out to the Canadian Wado-Ryu Karate Federation. If you have not applied for your Wado Academy Passport please add $10 and see Sempi Carol or Sempi John for the form, you only need to do this once. Please try to get these paid up and all the forms handed in together as soon as possible. Return all the forms to Sempi Carol or Sempi John.




DUES:What if I am unable to make the full payment?


If you are unable to make a full payment, please make sure your Karate Ontario dues are up to date first and you can make the rest of the payments at a later date. If you are having financial difficulties, please speak to Sempi John and he can make arrangements so you will not fall behind on your gradings.




JOINING: What if I have practiced another style and would like to be a member?


(coming soon)




JOINING: I'm interested in joining the adult class


If you are interested in joining the adult class, please attend any of the three weekly classes and speak to a black belt student. Interested students are encouraged to join the class at anytime during the year, however we also have two official beginner's class nights during the year. Please refer to the calendar for more information on the dates.




JOINING:I'm interested in joining the Parents' Class


The parents class runs concurrently as the senior kids' program from 18:45 through 19:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.




JOINING:I'm interested in signing my child up for the Kids'Program


Guardians looking to sign up their child for the kids' karate program should speak to an instructor during the kids' classes. The information and release forms can be obtained from an instructor at the time of registration.
For general information about the kids/youth karate program, and upcoming events please refer to the calendar.




EXPECTATIONS: What is expected from me?


If you plan to progress through gradings it is expected that you attend on average two classes a week. However, if are unable to attend twice a week then you are still welcome to join, but it will take longer to progress. Karate is a contact sport. You are expected to respect your fellow karate members and maintain control of your punches and kicks at all times. Without physical or emotional control injuries may occur.




ATTIRE: What do I wear for my first Karate class?


Please wear comfortable clothes. There is no jewelry, watches, socks and shoes allowed during class. Please leave all valuables at home.




ATTIRE:Do I have to buy a karate gi (uniform)?


We prefer that you try the class out for a while to make sure it is a good fit before you purchase a karate gi (uniform).




ATTIRE:How much is a karate gi (uniform)?


A gi can be purchased through our club with prices ranging from $35 (light weight gi) to $120 (heavy weight gi). You can order a karate gi during the first week of the month. Gis take about two to three weeks to arrive. Please refer to the Equipment Forms for more information. We recommend that students attend a number of classes before purchasing a uniform.




GRADING: What is a grading syllabus?


The grading syllabus covers grading techniques and requirements from 10th Kyu to 1st Kyu.




GRADING:How much is a grading syllabus cost and who do I purchase it from?


The grading syllabus book is available for $5.00. Grading Syllabus can be purchased from Sempai Devlin. Note: Students in the kilds/youth class will receive a free grading syllabus after passing their first grading. The Dan Grading Syllabus is availalbe here.




ATTIRE: How much is the Wado dove crest and who do I purchase it from?


The dove crest costs $10 and can be purchased from Sempai Devlin. All students have to have a Wado crest on their uniform before being able to grade.




ATTIRE: How much are fighting gloves and who do I purchase them from?


Fighting gloves can be purchased through our club for $25. You can order a fighting glove during the first week of the month. Fighting gloves take about two to three weeks to arrive. Please refer to the Equipment Forms for more information. Note: Only students 6th kyu (green-belt) and up are required to have fighting gloves.




EXPECTATIONS:What do I do if I'm late to class?


Please warm up before enter the gym. Once your warmups have been completed, please sit in sei-za and bow three times. Remain in sei-za until an instructor asks you to join the class.




GRADING:What are the grading requirements?


Students may be considered for grading only after they have demonstrated the technical ability and level of maturity appropriate for their age and Kyu level. During grading please make sure the following steps have been taken:

  • You must have a club patch. See Sensei Devlin to buy one ($10 each);
  • You must have a clean Karate Gi (not including beginners);
  • The correct grading; and
  • Sufficient attendance.
If any of the above items are missing you will not be able to grade. If you are unable to meet you grading day/time please speak to an instructor prior to the grading date.




EXPECTATIONS:Do I need to inform anyone that I will be away for a long period?


If you are going to be away for longer than a week, please inform an instructor.




GRADING:How/When can I challenge a Dan grading?


The Dan grading syllabus for the Wado Academy lays down requirements for the technical test carried out by Shomitsu Sensei. This includes an essay based on a book which will be read by the candidate and presented at the time of grading for review by Shomitsu Sensei.

Other Academy requirements include the time frame for eligibility and a minimum points system based on Academy course attendance or participation in competition.

However there are other prerequisites for one to be eligible for taking a Dan test. These are established by the dojo chief instructor or country organization and are in effect a recommendation and screening process for the visiting examiner. These prerequisites are based on the on local circumstances and knowledge of the individual.

Karate ranking is the evaluation of an individual’s progress towards the attainment of perfection of character and is not based only on physical performance or technical proficiency. It also encompasses mental and spiritual development and an understanding and appreciation of the cultural aspects of the art. There is a profound difference between learning certain athletic skills and learning how to conduct ourselves in everyday life and also represent what a yudansha (black belt) represents.

The development process and requirements includes a background understanding of Japanese martial arts that can be developed by reading the books in the recommended reading list which is an addendum to this document

The requirements for the black belt and progress through these ranks can be summarized as follows

  • To develop Good Instructors for the next generation
  • To train for the right reasons and with correct attitude.

Guidelines are established summarized for each level as follows. SHODAN
  1. Attendance to 2/3 (or 66%) of the available classes in the year prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 50% special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Willingness to participate in the club activities when requested
  5. Be able to perform all Pinan kata
  6. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  7. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  8. Apply 6 months in advance
NIDAN
  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 1 year period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance 75 % of the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Willingness to participate in the club activities when requested
  5. Be able to perform all Pinan kata
  6. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  7. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  8. Apply 6 months in advance
SANDAN
  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for an 18 month period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance 75% of the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 2 year prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor for the year before the grading
  5. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques correctly up to Shodan
  6. This is considered the level of a certified assistant instructor
  7. Be able to perform all Pinan kata at a level considered competent to teach other levels
  8. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance
YONDAN
  1. Attendance average of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 2 year period prior to the test or other special training courses or private classes as evaluated to compensate for any deficiency in attendance
  2. Attendance the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructor training in the 2 year prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75 % special black belt classes in the year prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor for the year before the grading and capable of teaching all levels up to 3 Dan. Be able to explain how each technique is part of a continuous pattern of movement.
  5. Involvement or previous experience in competition officiating or coaching at this level is desirable
  6. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Shodan
  7. Be able to perform all Pinan kata at a level considered competent to teach other levels
  8. Take evaluation test before Dan grading date
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance
GODAN
  1. Attendance of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 2 year period prior to the test.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 3 year period prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 2 year period prior to the test.
  4. This is an individual who has reached the peak of his /her technical proficiency and has a full understanding of how to teach others.
  5. Be actively involved as an assistant instructor and instructing at least once a week as necessary for two years before the grading or be operating own club
  6. Know and be able to perform with some degree of competency all techniques in the Wado Ryu Academy curriculum up to this level
  7. Perform research or evaluation on some aspect of karate do
  8. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Yondan
  9. This is considered the level of a certified instructor who is capable of instructing independently a country or region
  10. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  11. Apply 1 year in advance
ROKUDAN
  1. Attendance of 2/3 (or 66%) for a 3 year period prior to the test.
  2. Attendance to the special training events such as Kigami Biraki, Summer Camp and Instructors training in the 4 year period prior to the test.
  3. Attendance to 75% special black belt classes in the 4 year period prior to the test.
  4. Be actively involved as an instructor for three years before the grading or be operating own club
  5. Know and be able to perform with some degree of competency all techniques in the Wado Ryu curriculum up to this level
  6. Perform research or evaluation on some aspect of karate do and apply this to the teaching environment
  7. This is considered the level of a fully-fledged experienced instructor who has fully understood how to teach and can apply basic and advanced techniques and be able to teach what he/she is physically unable to perform
  8. Be assessed by Chief instructor on ability to teach all techniques up to Godan
  9. Meet Academy requirements of age, regular practice and grading points as indicated in the Academy grading syllabus.
  10. Apply 1 year in advance





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