Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need a uniform?
No you don’t - we don’t require a uniform until you have obtained your first colored belt (normally after one or two months).
2. Where can I get a uniform?
You can order them through us at the cost of $31 which includes the Beginner’s book or just the uniform for $27. They are also available for purchase at any Martial arts supply store. Closest one would be World Martial Arts Supplies at Nantucket and Campbell or Academy sometimes has them.
We wear a uniform with a white belt to start.
3. My child has taken classes somewhere else, where will they fit in?
Please come a little early and discuss this with the head instructor. Normally Grand Master Yates allows the student to continue to wear the belt they earned and then as they learn our material, they are tested into our system. They will be required to start with the white belts unless they are coming from a school that does our curriculum.
4. When do classes start?
We run on a month by month schedule at the Plano Y, the front desk has a current calendar and it is posted on our website.
We accept new students only during the first week of the month. After that you should wait until the next month starts. The only exception to this is if you are a returning A-KaTO student.
5. What are the costs of the classes?
Cost: $60 Member Rate per month - $90 Non-Member Rate per month
Note that the Y does NOT pro-rate fees if you start after the first class.
6. I can only come one day a week, will my child miss anything?
No. Although missing 50% of the classes could cause your child to progress slower.
Note that the Y does NOT pro-rate fees if you attend only one day of class per week.
7. What if I have to miss a class, do you offer make-ups?
No. Classes are sold on a monthly basis only.
8. What are the belt colors for the regular class?
White, Yellow, Orange, Purple – Beginner levels
Green, Blue – Intermediate levels
Brown, Black – Advanced levels
9. How do you do testing?
We have a belt exam at the end of each session, but not all students are eligible to test each month. There are both time and class attendance requirements at all ranks, and the student must be invited by the instructor.
It is bad form to ask to test - if you wish to check your time eligibility, please ask your instructor.
10. How long does it take to get your black belt?
The minimum time from White to Black is 4 years. You must be at least 12 1/2 years old. Black Belt testing is invitation only and is a very rigorous exam. It typically takes 5 to 6 years.