Martial Art clubs all have different memberships and pricing policies, there is no right or wrong. All Martial Arts are good and for most they can improve peoples lives.
Doryoku Ryu has a members-only policy. This means that all students must be club members before they can take part in a class. This is so that all students are on our 'member to member' insurance.
All potential students must have a consultation with one of our instructors about training with our club before they can join. This is because it is very important for students, or potential students, to know what is involved in karate training; what they can expect, what we expect, club rules etc.
It gives the potential student the chance to ask any questions that they may have about costs, training times and suitable classes for beginners. It also gives us the chance to assess the suitability of a potential student with regards to any previous injuries or health concerns. Training with us may not be suitable for some. There is no point in an individual taking up an activity if there will be no benefit to them or if it is unsuitable and if this is the case we may be able to point you in the direction of a more suitable club or Martial Art.
If a potential student wishes to watch a class they must make an appointment with the senior instructor, so that a time can be arranged. They will not be allowed to train until they are a member and covered by the club's insurance. People are not allowed to walk into our classes and just watch. This is because many of our students are under 16 and we cannot have unknown people watching them. We also have to look after the interests of our current students and not everyone wants to be watched whilst they are training. We feel we are acting responsibly in this regard by making our students' safety and privacy a priority.
Doryoku Ryu has a fair pricing policy-
All of our instructors must go through an instructor accreditation programme. This is to ensure that only the most suitable people become instructors and teach our classes. Karate instruction requires a multitude of skills. Ability and skill in Karate is paramount, but in order for our instructors to pass on what they know to our students they must:
The Doryoku Ryu Instructor Accreditation Programme. All of our instructors must:
Only after these criteria have been fulfilled will an instructor certificate be awarded.
As well as this, all Doryoku Ryu Instructors and assistant instructors are also trained once a year on a class management course which includes the latest training in the areas of:
Our instructor accreditation programme surpasses and exceeds the minimum criteria set down by Local government/council and Schools and education authorities.