9. Is there full contact during the classes?
No. Our students are taught to exercise proper control so that full-contact is avoided.
10. How long does it take to get to Black Belt?
It depends on the individual. Earning a Black Belt takes dedication, commitment, tenacity, and, quite frankly, hard work. A student attending class one night per week can earn a Black belt in as little as six years. Some students prefer to register for two classes per week, so they can earn a Black Belt in less time.
11. Do I need a uniform?
- You do not need a uniform to begin the class.
12. I already have a uniform that I obtained from another martial arts school. Can I wear that to class?
Our basic uniform is a black top and black pants. If your uniform is black, you can wear it to class, provided that all insignias, logos, patches, etc, from your previous school are removed.
13. I have no martial arts experience. Can I still join the class?
- Yes. In fact, not having any experience in defending yourself is precisely why you SHOULD join the class.
14. I have studied other martial arts styles for several years. Do I have to start over?
You will need to start over in the sense that you need to know the Kenpo forms and techniques in order to be promoted. However, your previous martial arts experience should allow you to progress through the ranks at a faster rate than someone with no previous experience.
15. Why are your classes less expensive than other karate schools?
We are under no pressure to charge high prices to either pay the rent or to make a profit for the instructors.
The training facilities are provided by the Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation and Parks in MD and the Indian River School District in Sussex County, DE.
Our instructors all hold full-time jobs. They teach classes because of their dedication to the martial arts, not because they need to pay bills.
16. Does earning a Black Belt automatically qualify someone to teach?
No. Being a Black Belt does not mean the individual will be a good instructor. Our Black Belt instructors must learn how to teach by working with higher ranking, experienced instructors.
In addition, many of our instructors attend special classes and seminars conducted by leading karate instructors in the Baltimore Metropolitan area, and from across the United States.
17. How do I know if a WDKC Black Belt is also trained to teach?
Winged Dragon Black Belts who are certified as instructors are members of the Black Pearl Society.
They wear white gi pants instead of our standard black uniform pants.
They wear a Black Pearl Society patch on their right sleeve.
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