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Who can participate in karate training?
Everyone! Students range in age from 5 years to over 60 years old. It is recommended
that children be at least in the first grade before they start training. Karate can be
a family activity. Most dojos offer family friendly rates. Talk with
your local instructor for more information.
What equipment is required for karate training?
One does not need any expensive equipment in order to practice karate. We suggest that
beginning students wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, like t-shirts and sweat
pants. Karate uniforms, called gis, can be purchased through the instructor.
Is there more to karate besides training?
There are opportunities to test every three months for a higher rank. Students
should get their instructor's recommendation in order to test.
Rank exam information
Tournaments are also available. Students who are interested also have the
opportunity to participate in both kata and kumite tournaments. Participation is
encouraged, but not required.
During the summer, CMK offers two karate camps at Camp Vanasek on Whipple Lake
in the Brainerd lakes area. One camp is for adults and the other is for children.
All students who are yellow belt and above are invited to these camps.
Karate camp information
Is karate dangerous?
No! While karate is a physical activity and accidents do happen, usually fewer
injuries occur in the dojo than on the football field, the basketball court or on
the bike path. The ability to control techniques; punches, kicks and blocks, is a vital
part of our training. Karate movements, when taught by an experienced instructor, are
body and joint friendly. We emphasize natural motions that improve overall health as
well as posture.
What are all of the karate ranks?Ranks vary from white to black belt.
Refer to the following page for more information.
What do I need to know so I can test for a higher rank?
Every rank requires a student to master a different set of skills. Refer to the following
page for more information. Rank requirements
How do judges score students during rank exams?
Students are scored based on their performance in kata, kihon, and kumite. Refer to the
following page for more information.
Rank exam scoring
What is karate all about?Refer to the following page for more
information. General karate information