CKKC Club Philosophy

Club Philosophy

 

Cypress Kempo Karate Club is strongly committed to promoting the martial arts as a positive influence on the lives of those who participate.  Therefore:

  • We operate entirely as a not-for-profit organization.
  • All instructors – at all belt levels – volunteer their time and effort; No one is paid to instruct.
  • We offer traditional martial arts training.  Emphasis is on personal development, not competition.
  • Club fees are kept as low as possible so that as many people as possible can participate. Club fees cover the following costs:
    • Facility rental fees
    • Travel expenses for instructors
    • Club equipment (sparring gear for youth, focus mitts, kicking bags, )
    • Promotions and special events (seminars, festivals, windups, ...)
  • About Promotions 

    • Promotions are solely the responsibility of the black belts overseeing the club.
    • Promotions are not based on the time spent in the martial arts or in the club, but on the effort, attitude, skill, techniques, and progress shown.
    • Promotions will be done on an on-going basis as students progress.
    • There are no fees associated with promotions or the achievement of belt levels.
    • Each subsequent belt level takes an increased amount of time, dedication, and effort to achieve.  Students should expect that, as they advance, they will need to work harder and longer to attain the next belt level.
    • Promotions are based on many components, including:
      • Overall skill level
      • Techniques appropriate to the belt level
      • Attitude toward the martial arts, toward instructors, and toward fellow students
      • Sparring (Yellow to Orange and above)
      • Form/Kata (Yellow to Orange and above)
      • Weapons (Gree to Blue and above)
    • In addition, progress is dependent on many factors:
      • Regular attendance at class
      • Attentiveness and good use of class time
      • Amount of practice time put in outside class
      • Effort
      • Natural ability and aptitude
      • Maturity
    • The senior instructors (black belts) bring many years of experience to the task of evaluating students.  Please respect and trust their judgement.