What is Shodan Academy:
Shodan Karate Academy is a family oriented Martial Arts studio. Shodan Academy teaches
traditional Shotokan Karate. We offer classes for different age groups ranging from age 4 to adult. We are
an accredited Better Business Bureau partner with an A+ rating.
How are the ages grouped and what time do they meet:
*Ages 5-11: Tuesday/Thursday at 6:00
*Ages 12- Adult/Advanced: Tuesday/Thursday at 7:00
*Competition Team Only: Wednesday at 6:00
Can we try a class before starting classes:
Shodan academy does allow anyone to observe or try a free class during in person classes. However, we do not allow anyone to try or observe virtual classes due to the safety and security of our students. We suggest contacting us for more information.
What do we wear if we're trying a class and don't have a uniform:
Wearing comfortable exercise type clothes is recommended. Please note that shoes and socks will be removed prior to class. We also ask that any jewelry be left at home as they are not allowed during class unless they are for cultural reasons. This is for the safety of all students. Students are not required to wear a mask but are welcome to if they’d like. Parents/observers are required to wear a mask if they are staying to watch class per the state mask mandate.
Does Shodan Academy have any contracts or sign up fees:
Shodan Academy does not have any contracts. We do have a one time $25 registration fee per student.
Does Shodan Academy offer refunds if my child decides to stop attending:
Shodan Academy does not offer refunds on regular classes, league classes or promotional classes for any reason. We also do not offer any refunds on Competition Class fees unless there is a medically documented injury that prevents further participation on the team or classes. That refund is offered at 50%.
Are students required to buy anything special for classes at Shodan:
Shodan Academy never requires anyone to purchase any unnecessary gear. We do not require a uniform purchase for at least one month for regular students and never for a student on a promotion. Students can purchase equipment at the dojo. Students taking and passing the Orange Belt test, are given 2 pieces of equipment with the cost of that test that they can then use in class.
How often do you belt test and is there a fee:
The first belt test typically occurs around 8-12 weeks from when a student begins classes. After that, the time between tests becomes farther apart as to not advance a student too quickly. Please keep in mind that there are factors that are considered when Sensei Ricardo selects the testing groups such as; amount of days the student attends class, attendance, attitude, ability to show knowledge during class, and participation. Fees for belt test vary per belt rank.
What if a student doesn’t pass his/her belt test:
Each student is given the opportunity to repeat their belt test as many times as Sensei Ricardo deems appropriate until their rank is achieved over a one month period. Parents do not have to pay for another belt test fee within that 1 month period. After that one month period the belt test fee would have to be paid again.
Do you allow students to make up missed classes:
Students are allowed to make up paid classes that have been missed due to absence or illness within the month they were missed. Any missed classes that occurred during the end of the month can be made up within the first two weeks of the following month. We do not allow students to
make up classes indefinitely. If you have a special circumstance, please see the office to discuss your options.
Does Shodan Academy have COVID-19 restrictions in place:
Our dojo continues to be cleaned and sanitized regularly, we have a medical grade air cleaner and we do our best to separate our students during class to forgo any close contacts unnecessarily. Students and instructors are not required to wear masks but can if they’d like. Observers or visitors are required to wear masks while watching class or picking up students.
All forms of communication are used to get information to students/parents as quickly as possible. The following is a list of how the staff at Shodan can be contacted or how information is sent.
We also encourage our parents and students to check our EVENTS page for any schedule updates.