Will I learn to defend myself?
Developed over centuries Chito-Ryu™ offers practical and effective self defence techniques that can be applied by anyone regardless of age, size or gender.
Will it make my child violent?
There is no first attack in Karate. Chito-Ryu™ focuses on the development of children both physically and mentally of which self defence is a part however courtesy, respect and discipline are equally (if not more so) emphasised. Anyone behaving in a violent manner either inside or outside of training will be expelled from the association. Rather than encourage violence Chito-Ryu™ discourages aggressive behaviour and gives children a controlled environment to practice safely.
I have a few injuries, can I still train?
Chito-Ryu™ was developed by a medical doctor and has been found to be particularly beneficial for certain injuries. Always tell your instructor what your restrictions are and back-off in class if you feel you may be irritating an injury. We urge anyone who has health or injury concerns to visit their GP for advice prior to participation.
I feel a bit awkward in new environments, I'm not sure if I can do this.
You will find your local dojo (training centre) a non threatening, friendly environment. Senior members and instructors are welcoming and in no time at all you will feel a part of the dojo.
Am I too old?
No, you are not too old! We have members who have commenced training in their 50's, 60's and 70's.
Is my child too young?
Generally children need to be 5 years and older.
I am competitive by nature is there an avenue for competition?
Chito-Ryu™ holds regular tournaments for those that wish to compete. Protective equipment is used and qualified officials manage the events.
How long has the instructor been training?
In Chito-Ryu™, the minimum training requirement for a Junior Instructor (Jun-Shidoin) is 5 years. The minimum requirement for an Instructor (Shidoin) is 11 years.
I used to do another style can I retain my rank?
The vast majority of people that start Chito-Ryu™ start as a white belt. Those that have previous training may progress through the ranking system at a faster pace.
Do I need to be physically fit before starting?
No. We suggest that if you have not done any sport for a period of time or have any doubt as to your health to visit your GP for advice.
Will I need to break things?
Have I started too late? Is a black belt unattainable?
It is never too late to gain benefit from training in Chito-Ryu™. With perseverance and effort you will attain a black belt.
What is the difference between Chito-Ryu™ and..... other forms of Karate (Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, GKR, Kyokushin), Taekwondo, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Kick Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Tai Chi or some other martial art?
Unfortunately we cannot give you much more than a cursory surface level answer about other martial arts. But we can tell you a lot about Chito-Ryu™. For example, Chito-Ryu™ is a traditional form of Karate originating from the combined strengths of Shuri-te and Naha-te, two of the native martial arts of Okinawa, and built upon a foundation of sound physiological knowledge (as the founding instructor of Chito-Ryu™ Dr Tsuyoshi Chitose, was a medical practioner in addition to being a master of the martial arts). Chito-Ryu™ incorporates, punching, blocking, kicking, throwing, pressure points, joint locks and weapons training (and much more).
How much does it cost?
There are different fees for the different classes, plus special family rates. Please contact us to discuss fees and what you are looking for in your training. As with any commitment we encourage you to do your research first, you are welcome to visit the dojo to view a class and to discuss in person what you are looking for in karate training. The first lesson is free to allow you to be sure this is what you are looking for.
".....we’re moving to Brisbane. We’ve been hoping to do that for a while, we’ve put an offer on a place which settles Jan 31st. We’ve had interviews at a private school for the kids, which went well. They do Japanese as the 2nd language. Scout was very proud in the interview that he could count to 10 in Japanese, thanks to Karate!
You can probably guess that means that due to the distance, it’s not practical for us to train with you anymore. Which I’m quiet disappointed about. There are karate classes at the new school, and we’ll keep training… but it won’t be the same. I’ve been doing martial arts long enough to know when I’ve stumbled upon something special.
Training with you made me feel like a complete amateur. Which got me a little down on myself at one point, but then I realised I’ve had a 10 year break, of course I’m going to be “rusty”, and how exciting it was that there was so much to learn and so many things I could improve on. You’ve got a true gift, as a Karateka and as a teacher. It’s inspired me to become a martial artist again, rather than that being “something I used to be”.
Scout had so much fun at Karate camp, it was such a great father-son bonding time, we’re really going to miss that this year.
Going to miss training with you, thanks for being tolerant and understand with me and my crazy little boy!