FAQ

faq

How much do lessons cost?

Lessons are sold in advance and prices vary depending on how many you need. Call Steve on 03 322 9596 to get an exact quote. The lessons are quite affordable considering they are individual private lessons done at your convenience. We have two price structures based on whether a student comes here or we come to you.

Do my classes have to be one on one or can I take with friends?

By all means you have the freedom to add as many friends as you wish. It is less expensive that way too. We would like to limit a group to 5 however, anymore and the quality can diminish. But if you have a venue or you would like to see about group bookings please contact us. We will come to your facility, house or place of business.

Can I earn rank? And do I have to pursue a belt rank if I become a student?

Yes you can earn ranks in Matsumura Karate, Old Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, and Cheng Baguazhang/Hsing I combination. To answer the second part of your question; no you are not obligated to pursue any rank, you can study for the pure fun of it, and you might decide to pursue rank in the future.

Why is it better to study martial arts in small classes or one on one? Many other martial arts schools have classes with many students at exact times.

We feel it much better to work one on one or in small groups because every student is different, their goals and reasons for studying martial arts are different, their physical abilities and ages differ, and in big classes it is difficult to get individual help, the instructor will probably never see you make a mistake, he has too many students to watch at once. Bad habits and incorrect internal alignments become ingrained in the student’s subconscious creating habits difficult to transcend.

May I join a class which has already formed?

Yes you may, but only with the unanimous approval of the students in the class you wish to join. Every class is yours, and every group class belongs to the members in the group, but many of the students in groups studying at DharmaWay Dojo always welcome new members and are happy to have you join their group so just ask.

May I form my own group?

Of course you may.

How long will it take me to get a black belt in karate?

A difficult question to answer, it depends on how quickly you learn, how much practice you put in, and how dedicated you are in pursuing the coveted black belt.  Steady and continuous is better than too much or too little at once.

We recommend 20 minutes of practice a day for the best results, and of course you can do more if you feel like it. But from our experience this seems to be the best base line, too much and you burn out, too little and you don’t make progress. Practice the middle way.

May I take lessons in weaponry but not the empty hands forms?

Yes, but we assess this on a student by student basis.  If you have studied martial arts before then it should be no problem, but it would be useless to learn weapons without some empty handed martial arts experience first.

If I choose to get a black sash in Old Tai Chi Chuan what are the requirements? What forms do I have to learn?

You can choose to pursue a black sash or not.

The forms consist of:

  • Tai Chi Qi Gong Basic Exercises.
  • The Yang 24 Movement form.
  • The Old Yang Style long form consisting of approximately 200 movements taught in 3 sections.
    • Tai Chi Ball Qigong
    • The 32 Short Sword Form
    • Two person push hands
  • Meditation within the form and sitting meditation practices.

The student must demonstrate the ability to teach and convey the healing and self defense aspects of the art to others; therefore, this will entail learning some basics about Chinese Medicine.

You may study all, some or none of the above. But these are the requirements if you choose to pursue up to 6th Degree Black Sash.

May I take more than one lesson per week?

Yes, many of our students pursue more than one art with us.

I have heard there are two kinds of martial arts taught in the orient, internal and external, what does this mean?

The internal martial arts or nei dan refer to arts such as Tai Chi, Bagua and Hsing I, sometimes you may hear them mentioned as soft arts, and mainly derived from Daoist philosophy having their roots in the monasteries of Huashan and Wudang, while Karate and the southern Chinese styles derived from the Buddhist Temple at Shaolin, gave birth to styles like White Crane, Tiger, Dragon, Leopard, and Snake and are known as hard styles or wei dan.

Internal styles are characterized by their relaxed muscular state while external styles are generally practiced with more muscular tension.

Is the Matsumura style of Karate taught at DharmaWay Dojo hard or soft?

It is softer than most Karate, certainly softer than Goju Ryu, and we attempt to convey to our students the art of blending hard and soft, like going up and down a scale. But it is classified as one of the external or hard arts.

The internal styles use softness to discover hardness, and the external styles use hardness to find softness.

How do you tailor classes?  Doesn’t every student have to meet the same requirements?

Good question, every student is responsible for the same material,

But each person’s goals, physical condition, and mental perspective are different. We have great relationships with our students, we are a family, which is how all good martial arts schools are structured, and everyone helps everyone else.  When you first come we get to know you, find out the reasons you want to learn, and what goals you want to achieve.

The martial and healing aspects can’t really be separated, but we certainly emphasize one over the other depending on the student’s preference. But students learn both.

How do I know which style I should take?

The one you like is the one you will probably want to practice more. To find the art or arts in which prospective students are interested we allow them to visit any class or make an appointment for a no obligation no cost introduction where they can try them out.

Call today on 03 322 9596 or email us – we look forward to sharing the ancient path with you.