Common Questions from New Students at the Santa Clarita Dojo:
What do I wear at the first class?
Wear loose comfortable clothing. No shoes, socks or jewelry.
When do I need to get a gi?
If you plan to receive a promotion you must have a white single-weight/weave judo gi [available through instructors]. We encourage you to get a gi as soon as possible as it will help you train more effectively, but it’s not a requirement in order to participate in the program.
Can I wear my uniform [gi?] from another martial art?
No. To allow you to wear a different uniform creates the public misinterpretation that we don’t care what you wear – – – and we like our students to wear identical looking gi. It builds comraderie and a spirit of belonging within the dojo and a much more positive public image to visitors.
When will I be tested for my first belt?
Towards the end of the first session [about 8-10 weeks]. If your attendance and participation has been consistent you should be able to pass the test with no problems. [It’s in your Student Handbook.]
What does the materials fee pay for?
The materials fee [to be paid at the first class] pays for part of your insurance, colored belts, certificates, class materials, and mat maintenance/replacement.
What does the AJA fee pay for?
It pays for your calendar year membership and through your membership your required insurance for all students. You will also get a free AJA patch from your sensei when you initially join the AJA. AJA membership also qualifies you to receive belt promotions.
Is there a testing or certificate fee?
No! There is no testing fee for any belt below black belt. That’s all taken care of with the materials fee.
What if I miss a class?
You can attend our free intersession classes [between official sessions] at no charge to make up missed class[es].
Any other questions?
Don’t wait! Email Sensei George Kirby by clicking here.