Frequently Asked Questions

What is Karate?
Karate is an ancient form of “open-hand” self-defense based on use of hands, fingers, feet, elbows, knees and shins. It has a long, proud place in Japanese cultural history.

What is traditional karate, and how is it different than other types of karate?
Traditional karate emphasizes forms and kata, along with ancient peasant weapons, that were used hundreds of years ago to successfully throw off oppression. Modern karate combines many different effective techniques and lends a ‘street’ aspect to self-defense in the modern world.

What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Karate?
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean style that emphasizes kicks above the waist, while Karate focuses on lower kicks and techniques using the upper body.  This style of karate differs from Tae kwon Do in several ways. First, it is not a sport style of fighting. Also, there is a large difference in the underlying philosophy which govern the principles that are taught. For instance, the need for a sound, stable footing outweighs the need to kick an opponent in the head (not to mention that if the target is open to be kicked, it can probably be punched much quicker and with more precision). This is the primary reason that the kicks of this system are what would be considered low when compared to many other styles of karate or martial arts. Also, the focus on other aspects of fighting like grappling, also set this style apart.

Do you teach grappling?
Yes, grappling is very much a part of the EKKC format.  We incorporate techniques from Shorin-Ryu, Tuite and Jiujitsu and practice both in a standing position and on the ground.

Do you need to be flexible or in good shape to do karate?
No.Many students start out in less-than-perfect condition but find that regular participation in a karate program leads to improved stamina, speed and flexibility.  A better body profile is an almost guaranteed side-effect of a consistent EKKC program!

Are karate classes dangerous?
No. All Instructors are well-trained in teaching techniques in a controlled manner.  Our students learn thru this program to practice these methods with discipline and control.  All techniques are taught in a progressive manner, leading from no contact to controlled contact.  Proper sparring gear is worn during contact sessions and injuries requiring medical attention are rare.

Can I watch a class or two before committing to anything?
Of course!  Polite and quiet observers are welcome to contact Sensei Tim Amey for a viewing.

How many students does EKKC have?
EKKC currently has half a dozen adult students & instructors and two dozen active kids in its various self-defense programs.Instructor/Student ratio is always favorable.

When would be a good time to join? Do I have to wait for a “beginner’s” class?
Sensei Tim encourages new students to join class at the beginning of the quarterly session, but other arrangements can be made.  All beginners are given plenty of attention, and student enthusiasm is typically strong, right out of the gate, for all ages.

Is this style of karate well suited for children?
YES!  The self-defense, karate and Tuite techniques taught at EKKC are particularly effective when used by smaller people against aggressive and overconfident adults.  Parents are always amazed at how effective the kids are against our ‘mock’ attackers.

What is a good age to start children?
Some kids are able to start at around Five, while others are more suited to a structured environment when they are Seven or Eight.  Sensei Tim is an experienced Instructor and can determine a child’s readiness after one class.

How long does it take to get a “black belt?”
In the traditional karate program (and with regular attendance) a Shodan (Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu karate would typically take four years

I already have rank in another style or system.  Do I need to start over as a white belt?
Every student starts as a White Belt at EKKC, but Black Belts from other styles are given the opportunity to work through lower belt material at an increased pace, leading to faster promotion than a novice student who is starting from scratch.

When are classes held?
Kids classes are typically Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm, as well as a smaller Saturday class at 9am.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions, or have additional concerns?
If you have questions or concerns that were not addressed by this page, or if you would simply like to talk to somebody in person, please contact Sensei Tim Amey at 425.329.5087.