When and where does Cedar Creek Karate for Christ meet?

The CCKFC ministry is run out of the gymnasium of Cedar Creek Community Church located at the corner of Cedar Creek and Dumfries Road in Cambridge, Ontario (Directions can be found here, courtesy of Google). CCKFC meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM from mid-September to mid-June each year. The general class for students aged 6 and up runs from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. The leadership class runs from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

How much does it cost?

Our registration fee, for the entire year, is $50 and is payable in two installments, $25 in September at the time of registration, and $25 in January. As each student progresses, there is a request for a $25 donation for each belt tested. The registration form is available for download and includes a personal injury waiver.

Can I try out the program before joining?

Yes, you may come to the dojo for two weeks free of charge, but you must still sign the personal injury waiver. After those two classes, CCKFC will require that you register with the dojo. During the trial period, please wear loose fitting clothing in class, such as track pants and a t-shirt if you don't already have a uniform.

If I join the dojo, how do I get a uniform and equipment?

You may order a uniform online through Two Brothers Martial Arts Supplies run by Bill and Thom Blair. Bill is a sempai in our dojo. A link for a equipment sizing chart may be found in the menu on their home page on the left hand side of the page towards the bottom of the page. If you wish to speak with Bill, directly, you may either send him an email through their web site or you can speak with him after class at the dojo.

Any crests for the uniform may be obtained from the dojo. CCKFC is currently negotiating with a supplier for the standard crests.

What are the rules of the dojo?

All of the dojo rules are based on the first principle of karate: Respect. Respect is fundamental to Christianity because all persons are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and are of infinite worth. Courtesies are actions that flow out of mutual respect. Safety considerations have the same root.

  • Courtesy
    • Students need to arrive on time as punctuality is a sign of respect. If they are late, they must wait until the door is opened by a leader. When they enter or exit class, they are required to bow in. The bow is performed by placing the palm of the left hand over the right formed into a fist and bowing from the waist with eyes up to the front of the class and is the universal martial arts greeting of respect. If the class has started, then the student must wait at the edge of the mats until a leader acknowledges their presence and returns the bow.
    • Students need to pay attention to their instructors and not interrupt when a leader is speaking. If they need to ask or answer a question, they must raise their hand and wait until the leader acknowledges them.
    • Abusing others either physically or verbally will not be tolerated.
  • Safety
    • Proper attire is required in the dojo. If the student has recently registered and does not own a uniform, the student may wear loose fitting clothing, but modesty must be preserved. If the student owns a uniform, the gi pants, gi top and a belt befitting their current rank must be worn. The uniform is designed to allow free movement and can take the wear and tear of the martial arts which may be too much for street clothes.
    • Food items are not permitted in the dojo as most students go barefooted. Outside shoes may not be worn on the mats. Shoes designed for martial arts training may be worn as long as they are for inside use only.
    • Water bottles are encouraged and may be purchased for $0.25 at the table outside the dojo.
    • No jewelry, bracelets, watches, rings and earrings are permitted in the dojo as they can be a source of injury to students. For the same reason, fingernails and toenails must be properly trimmed and cleaned.

What is the order and color of the various ranks?

Our belt order is White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, 3rd Degree Brown, 2nd Degree Brown, 1st Degree Brown, Black. There are two levels for adults with a first degree black belt being awarded after the completion of the second level. Adult students in the second level wear a black with belt with a stripe representing the belt (Orange, Purple, etc.) that the student is working on. Each Level 1 Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue and Green belts are further divided into basic and advanced levels (which has a black stripe running down the middle of the belt).

How are students tested for their next belt?

Belt tests for students are scheduled 4 times per year, twice before Christmas, and twice after Christmas. The testing dates can be found in the schedule. In preparation for a test, the leaders meet and discuss those students whom they believe to be ready to test. Two pretests are conducted in class prior to the weekend of the test to confirm the leaders' viewpoint. Those dates of the pretests are listed in the schedule. If a student passes the first pretest, they are given a form inviting them to test and a reminder of the time and date of the test. If a student does not pass the first pretest, they do not participate in the second pretest. The second pretest gives the student a chance to overcome any doubts they might have prior to the actual test and to ask any questions.

Students or their parents must fill out a testing application form and bring it to the second pretest. The form allows parents to comment on their children's behavior outside the dojo. If a parent deems that their student's behavior outside the dojo does not merit the opportunity to test, they have the right to make that request. The form includes the student's belt size to allow sufficient time to order the belt and have it available for presentation at the test. CCKFC does its best to insure that students invited to test are able to pass the test. Students also have the option of applying to test on their own initiative by filling out the form. If no application to test has been filled out, a student may not test. If the form is late, the student will not test. A donation of $25 is requested at the time of the application to cover the costs of the test. The donation is non-refundable whether the student passes or fails.

The test on Saturday begins at 10:00 AM and lasts as long as it takes. Students are encouraged to be at the dojo 20 minutes early so that they may ask any questions about the curriculum. If a student applies for the test, and is not present for the test, the student will not pass the test.

The test consists of all of the material for the new belt (including the memory passages and any principles), and a smattering of material from each of the previous belts as selected by the sensei. A student is expected to be able to perform any or all of the previous material at any time. The black belt test is conducted differently and the format is left to the testing panel.

Each test begins, as class does, with the salutation. The lowest rank is tested first, followed by the next rank, and so on. Each rank is tested separately, and all students are expected to remain for the entire test so that they may observe some of the new material that they will see in their future. At the conclusion of the test, certificates and belts are presented to those that pass.