3936 Kings Creek Road
Weirton, WV 26062
304-723-4599
rkrine @ comcast.net

What is Mr. Rine’s training philosophy?

Will I be required to sign a contract?

How physically fit do I need to be to train in Chun Kuk Do?

Am I too old to start karate?

What are the injury risks for karate?

Is it safe for children?

Do I need a Karate Gi?

I have back, shoulder, knee problems, etc. Can I still do Karate?

How long before I can use my Karate skills?

Does your school have a rank system?

Am I required to participate in tournaments?

How long does it take to get a black belt?

How do I get started?

 

What is Mr. Rine’s training philosophy?

With more than 30 years of experience, Master Instructor Mr. Rick Rine encourages a strong mind as well as a strong body. He stresses a good attitude, mental toughness, respect and humility. Master Rine also believes that perseverance and working hard to achieve progressive ranks builds confidence, self-satisfaction and character. His style of teaching is built on strong basics and sound fundamental techniques. He will teach you - through self-discipline, confidence and respect - how to not only protect yourself but to be the best person you can be.

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Will I be required to sign a contract?

No. At Rine Karate Studio, there are no contracts. Training is based on monthly payments for as long as you wish to continue your training. Contact the studio and talk with Mrs. Rine about all of the available rates.

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How physically fit do I need to be to train in Chun Kuk Do?

There is no pressure to be fit, as you work at your own pace or as hard or easy as you want. We start the class with a good warm up and stretch so you will be ready for the training that follows. Karate will improve flexibility, coordination, balance, muscle strength, muscle tone and endurance. You will notice an improvement with each class. You train to get fit. You don't need to get fit to train.

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Am I too old to start karate?

Mr. Rine has been teaching Karate for over 30 years and in that time he has taught students from 4 years to 72 years of age. Everyone may find some techniques harder or impossible to perform. Don’t let this deter you. Chun Kuk Do is a martial art self-defense system, not a display of superhuman ability and athleticism. All the benefits in terms of self-defense skills and improved health still apply, and you will be able to focus on your strengths in class allowing maximum enjoyment and benefit, regardless at which age you start.

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What are the injury risks for karate?

The injury risk in karate is lower than in most other sports. All contact is controlled and the most you would expect is the occasional bump or bruise. All students are taught control during training, no matter what rank or how strong they are. Broken bones and noses as well as knee and joint injuries that are common with most popular sports are very uncommon in Chun Kuk Do. It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure a safe environment for his students, and Mr. Rine does exactly that.

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Is it safe for children?

We modify the training for our children’s class for reasons of safety and appropriate forms of technique for children's minds and sensibilities. Our Lil’ Dragon program (4 to 8 year olds) is non-contact and is much safer than many other team sports. The Beginner program for children (ages 9 and up) does include sparring but is done so under strict supervision of the instructors. Safety is a paramount issue in our training, and is constantly reinforced throughout the classes.

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Do I need a Karate Gi?

All students are required to wear a Karate Gi. The Gi is the traditional uniform of Karate, and its main purpose lies in its functionality. A Gi has the advantage that it is very robust and comfortable at the same time. It allows you great freedom of motion, and for a beginner it also has a psychological effect, as it makes you feel more "real" when you wear the Gi, and you also feel as if you fit in better with all the other Gi-wearing students.

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I have back, shoulder, knee problems, etc. Can I still do Karate?

The general rule is: It is your body and you know it best, so when doing physical activity, be aware of anything that may upset your injury. With karate training you can simply work around injuries. If something in the training is not good for you, slow it down, skip it or do something else. When done properly, karate training strengthens the back muscles as well as the muscles and tendons around the shoulders and knees. However, if you do have a physical condition, it’s best to consult your medical practitioner before commencing training in any martial art. If you have minor physical problems that may interfere with your training ability, let your instructor know before class so that your safety and physical health is ensured.

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How long before I can use my Karate skills?

You will be better equipped to defend yourself from day one! At the end of your first class you will know how to perform several punches and kicks correctly as well as how to block and evade your attacker. At each following class you will build on this, getting better every class you attend and increasing your confidence. Hopefully you'll never have to defend yourself or your loved ones in a life-threatening situation. However, with Chun Kuk Do training, you will have a much better chance of doing so, starting with your first training session.

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Does your school have a rank system?

Every Karate style has different ranking systems. Within Chun Kuk Do there is an established belt rank system but school owners have the option to vary this slightly if desired. At Rine Karate Studio, all beginners start with a white belt. Each successive rank up through 4th Black belt requires a physical test. The Rine Karate belt system is as follows:

White Belt

Gold Belt

Purple Belt

Orange Belt

8th Blue Belt

7th Blue Belt (Green Stripe)

6th Green Belt

5th Green Belt (One Red Stripe)

4th Green Belt (Two Red Stripes)

3rd Red Belt

2nd Red Belt (One Black Stripe)

1st Red Belt (Red Belt w/ Black Stripe Running Length of Belt)

1st Black Belt

2nd Black Belt

3rd Black Belt

4th Black Belt

5th Black Belt and higher are considered masters and are promoted based on recommendations from school owners and regional board chairpersons and after completing the Masters Development Series program.

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Am I required to participate in tournaments?

No. Tournament participation, including our inner school tournament, is strictly voluntary. We do, however, encourage all students to consider tournaments because of the benefits of competition.

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How long does it take to get a black belt?

Everyone’s abilities are different. Achieving a black belt depends on a number of factors including class attendance, amount of practice time, setting goals, attitude and a certain degree of physical ability. As an example, a student who is athletically gifted, attends all their classes and practices diligently could earn a black belt in approximately 3 years. In contrast, a student who is not athletic, misses class frequently and doesn’t practice would take much longer. A good average with all things considered is 5 years.

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How do I get started?

Call the studio and talk with Mrs. Rine. She can certainly answer any specific questions you may have. You are also invited to come and watch any class at any time. Seeing is believing.

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