FAQs


What is Karate-do?
Karate-do is Japanese for “the way of the empty hand”.  Kara  means “hand”, te means “empty” and do means “way”.  Do also signifies the physical and psychological aspects of our art.

What is Chito-ryu?
Chito-ryu is an Okinawan style of Karate founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose.  Chito-ryu translates as the “1000 year old Chinese (Tang Dynasty) style. The style was officially founded in 1946.

Who can take lessons?
Anyone 6  years of age or older committed to learning bushido (the way of the warrior) in an environment of shugio (austere discipline) is welcomed to join.

What will I learn?
Karate-do is a life long journey, a combination of self-discipline and respect, as much mental as it is physical. You can learn to defend yourself both physically as well as increase your flexibility, strength and self confidence.

How do I join?
You must first observe a class and speak to either Kyoshi Hawkins or any of the other high ranking Yudansha (black belts).

Do I need a Karate uniform?
Once you decide to become a member of Yoseikan II you will need to purchase a gi (uniform), which is the traditional uniform of Karate. These should be ordered through the Yoseikan II office.

I have back, shoulder and/or knee problems, can I still join?
With Karate training you can work around your physical limitations where if something in the training is not good for you, we can do something else.
The general rule is: It is your body and you know it best, so when training, be aware of anything that may upset your injury. In principle, Karate training strengthens the back muscles, and the muscles and tendons around the shoulders and knees. However, if you contemplate starting Karate as a beginner, it is better not to exacerbate existing problems with a new sport that contains movements that you’re not familiar with.
If you have minor physical problems that may or may not interfere with your training ability, let your instructor know before training so that your safety and physical health is ensured.

How fit do I need to be to start Karate training?
If you are fit enough to walk into the dojo then you are fit enough to begin training. Karate will provide you with the skills necessary such as improved flexibility, coordination, balance, muscle strength and muscle tone, not to mention fat loss. You will notice an improvement with each class

What are the injuries and risks for Karate students?
The injury risk in Karate is usually lower than in most other sports.  Contact is kept to a minimum and is controlled for the safety of all students.  However, an occasional lump or bruise can occur.