We believe there are no stupid questions. Common questions are asked and answered below; if you still have questions, please just ask away!
When are you open?
When can I schedule my personalized lessons?
Personalized Lessons for both location are:
Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm to 8:30 pm (excluding scheduled class times)
Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm *Additional times may be available upon request*
What’s your class schedule?
Please look at our current schedule.
Are you open on Sundays?
No, we use Sundays for special events, classes, and a chance to recharge our batteries.
How long are classes?
Personalized Lessons are 25 minutes long and group classes range from a half an hour to an hour depending upon age group (Please see our class schedule.)
Can I take back-to- back classes?
Of course! If your level has back-to- back lessons, you’re welcome to take both classes. Also, personalized lessons can be taken before or after a group class. Personalized lessons never expire and can be scheduled at any time that is convenient for you.
Do I need reservations for a class?
No reservations for classes are required. However, for new students interested in joining our family, please schedule your complimentary session and evaluation so that we are expecting you.
What ages do you teach?
3 years old and up; we also have special pricing just for 3-year olds.
Where are you located?
We have 2 locations:
10449 Reserve Drive, Suite 141
San Diego, CA 92127
9870 Hibert Street D-7
San Diego, CA 92131
How much does it cost?
We offer 3 different packages. Please look at our pricing.
Why are you so expensive?
Because all student learns differently and at their own pace, all students receive not only group classes but 4 personalized lessons each month. These personalized lessons typically have no more than 2 students to one instructor. If 2 students are paired together, it’s often with the same level, height, and weight to allow for evenly matched sparring and learning.
Do you offer after-school programs at schools?
YES! We currently have a few programs in process, but contact us about coming to your school.
Do you donate to not-for- profits?
We regularly ‘give back’ to our community through monetary donations as well as free karate lessons to t the Girl and Boy Scouts of America, the San Diego Library, the North County Business Chamber, ActivCare, and Generate Hope.
Our founder, Stefanie Alberts, also founded a not-for- profit entitled Bridge2Base which teaches karate for free to children of military personnel.
How does billing work?
Our billing is securely processed through United Billing, a private division of the United Studios of Self-Defense. Payments are auto-billed to your credit card on file on a standard four-week cycle.
Is there free parking?
What do I need to know about taking my first class?
Your first personalized lesson will be provided by a certified Instructor where basic stances, hand strikes, and kicks are introduced. Additional time is allotted to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Talk to us! We want to make your training with us a memorable and invaluable experience.
I’m a newbie, are there classes just for me?
Whether you are brand new to our system or have previous experience in the martial arts, our personalized lessons and group classes are designed to meet you where you are today.
What type of karate do you teach?
We teach Shaolin Kempo, a 2,000 year-old Martial Arts system created at the Shaolin Temple in China. It utilizes the entire body including kicks, hand strikes. This type of karate also teaches weapon defense which allows it to be the perfect art for those also interested in utilizing their knowledge as a self-defense method.
How does the belt ranking system work?
As every individual is unique, our instructors monitor your progress. When you’ve met the criteria for the next level and have shown proficiency in the technique, we schedule an achievement test to reach the next rank.
Do I have to buy my uniform (gi) in advance?
No. Upon enrollment, you will be provided with a uniform, belt, school patch and karate manual. Gold package members receive their “starter package” including their uniform free.
I’m confused; why are there notebooks in karate?
We use the notebooks as a bridge between home, school, and the studio. It allows our students to master the key concepts of respect, focus, control, and discipline. Students over the age of 7 get and keep a notebook writing on the theme of the week and recapping their lessons. We read, review, and grade these notebooks. It gives us a peek inside their world so that we may adapt classes to fit their needs.
Since we implemented the grading of notebooks, we have heard from our parents about the exponential reduction in behavioral problems and better focus in school and at home. We have also witnessed at the studio better concentration and retention of the lessons from class to class.
What are Breakthru Bucks?
Breakthru Bucks are one of the many methods we utilize to encourage and educate students through positive reinforcement as well as teach our students the value of money and saving. If a set goal is met or if a student excels in school, our very own form of Karate Kurrency is rewarded to the student to save for prizes from our store.
How do you reward your students?
Students are rewarded 3 ways:
1. Through Ninja Bucks which recognize attention and performance
2. With a ‘Red Belt’ of the week that is peer selected.
3. Via a Student of the Month Trophy which is awarded to one student per month, chosen by the Instructors.
What’s a typical format of your classes?
Classes begin with a warm-up exercise and stretching to prepare the students physically for their lesson. After warm-up, basics of our system are taught by a certified Instructor with a hands-on drill designed to allow further understanding of how the techniques can be utilized in a real-life scenario. At the end of every class, there is a recap so students understand what they’ve learned.
Can I try it first?
Yes! We encourage all of those interested to attend for two weeks for FREE! Please call us or drop us a line so that we can make it happen.
What happens if I miss a class?
Since our classes are unlimited, it doesn’t matter if you miss a class or two; we recommend that you try to keep a regular schedule to build upon the teaching. The core instruction required for rank progression is taught during personalized lessons that are scheduled at a time that is convenient for you and can be made up if unable to attend. Personalized lessons do not expire as long as the student is actively enrolled in our program.
What should I wear to tryout a class?
Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for a full range of motion in your trial classes. Shoes are not allowed in the dojo, but socks may be worn. We recommend removing jewelry during class.
Do I need to bring any special equipment?
No special equipment is required at the beginner level.
Can I take classes if I’m overweight?
Yes! Individuals of every size and shape are welcome!