Policies and Procedures
When you register for classes at American Tang Soo Do Karate the basic karate program is 2 lessons a week. You may do more classes with instructors consent and if available at no charge. There is a 30 day notice required to Change or Terminate (Stop) your lessons here. Most schools make you sign up for 6, 12, 18 months or more, and there is no way out! We Do Not! We don’t want to make you pay if you are not happy but do require a 30 day notice so people don’t think they can come and go as they please. Also, if there is a problem please come and see me, I can usually fix anything. Please don’t be a quitter and someone who can’t even look me in the face and just runs away. There’s always a reason someone quits, let me try to fix it.
Vacations and training interruptions.
If you go away for vacations you are expected to make up those lessons. Either come more before and/or after your vacations, just like making up your lessons is required in any school, it is required here. Any questions as to which classes you can come, please see me and I will make arrangements. Even if you have a minor injury and cannot physically train you have to come in and we will have you help in a teaching role until your injury heals. Helping others is also part of the training here and strange as it sounds an injury does provide that experience.
Gup or grade testing is done every 3 months for students that are eligible. A student must have at least 24 classes in between Gup tests white through red belt. That’s twice a week for 3 months. At 3rd Gup through 1st Gup the student that is eligible will test every 6 months. At 1st Gup the student will test every testing as a pretest getting ready for black belt. Black belt test for adults is one year after 1st Gup. Please note we only do Black belt testing in June and December. All fees are due for these tests beforehand and the student will not test if they hand in their paper or fee the day of test. The student must also make extra classes at the red belt level to help with teaching duties and to learn how to relate their experiences to the newer students. The Red belt student needs 28 classes a month. Children will test less frequently as their maturity and understanding is not that of an adult. Black-belt testing is done after the student is proven and has tested through the gup or color belt ranks. Usually 4 to 41/2 years. Children will test less frequently. Minimum age required for Black-belt testing is 10 years old. Usual time to Blackbelt 5-6 years. Future Black-belt testing will be done as your rank dictates, 2 more years 2nd Dan, 3 more years 3rd Dan, 4 more years 4th Dan etc. and so on. This is providing that attendance is perfect, tournament attendance is adequate, and all other requirements have been met. All testing is with instructor discretion and approval. If anyone has any questions about testing please come and see me.
Quitting and Returning.
If you want to put your lessons on hold or terminate them and then return, you will sign up as a new student. You will be charged the current rate upon your return and if already at the current rate there will be a re-registration fee equal to one month lessons at the current rate. We firmly believe that anyone even with the busiest schedule can make it here for 2 hours a week. Even if not, we cannot allow just coming and going whenever the student wants. If you have a special situation please come see me, but we will not put any agreement on hold anymore. We have not raised prices on anyone in many years and do expect some kind of loyalty, especially from our longtime students. We are loyal to our students, by not raising prices, and then letting students come and go as they please will not happen anymore.
Uniforms, Gear, Weapons & Training Equipment
All Uniforms, Gear, and training equipment, can be purchased at the school. Only school purchased gear, uniforms, weapons, and training equipment may be used at the school or at school functions. This is for the student’s safety.
Web Site and Social Media
Please find our web site. There are (2) address’ that will get you to our Web Site, Atsdkarate.com and/or Lansdalekarate.com The web site will have the required terminology for testing and other school related announcements and information. Also please find us on Facebook looking for American Tang Soo Do Karate. Updates, school events, tournament, student pictures and other announcements are frequently put up on our web site and Facebook page. Please check them regularly. Also make sure the school has a current E-Mail address, we send out periodic newsletters and announcements, and a phone number so we can text you at a moment’s notice in case of school closings or other notifications.