New Students
Staff Black Belts



Questions and Answers for new students:

Q:  I'm interested in studying karate.   How do I get involved?

A:  The Annapolis Karate Club is private and new students are accepted after being interviewed. There are a limited number of spots available in the class, and new students will only be admitted when there is an opening. Prospective new students should contact Sensei Clarke Woodfin at 410-349-1162 or Clarke@AnnapolisKarateClub.com.  

Q:  When are classes held?

A: Two separate classes are held on Monday nights.   The first class is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and the second is 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Twice a month, there is also a Wednesday night class from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Q: How much are the monthly fees?   

A: Contact Sensei Clarke for information on fees. 

Q: What is the minimum age ? 

A:  13 is the minimum age.   

Q:  What is the maximum age?

A:  There is no maximum age.    Currently, our oldest student is 66.

Q:  What type of karate do you teach?

A:  We practice traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate.   It's one of the original forms of karate developed in Okinawa during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  We go to great lengths to practice and teach Goju Ryu as it was developed by the founder, Chojun Miyagi, who passed away in 1953. 

Q:  I've studied other martial arts in the past (i.e. TaeKwonDo, aikido, jiu-jutsu, judo, Kenpo karate, Shotokan karate, etc).   Will this previous knowledge help or hinder me?   Will I need to unlearn any habits?

A:  Previous experience in martial arts is helpful, and many of our best students have prior experience in other arts. 

Q:  I'm interested in taking karate, but I'm injured or out of shape.

A: As always, check with your doctor about any injuries you may have.   After that, please notify your instructors of any injuries you have before class.   As far as conditioning, don't worry.   Our beginning program will help get you into shape.     It's very common for older students to train in spite of any injuries they may have.  In fact, many people with knee or back problems like Goju Ryu because of it's low impact training.  We do very little jumping or leaping.   Goju Ryu is a well grounded and practical martial art.