Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to be a SLU student to join the organization?
  2. What should I wear to class?
  3. What equipment do I need?
  4. What goes on during class?
  5. What other activities does SLU Karate do, besides holding classes?
  6. Why does it cost $95-$50/semester?
  7. Who are the instructors and where do they live?
  8. Does the organization participate in tournaments?
  9. Can I get course credit towards my degree for taking SLU Karate classes? Can I observe the class?

Do I have to be a SLU student to join the organization?

You will need to have a SLU ID in order to enter the Simon Recreation Center. Our members consist of SLU undergraduates, graduates, and staff/faculty.

What Should I wear to class?

Loose-fitting or comfortable workout clothes are recommended. Please remove footwear before entering the training dojang (studio). You must remove all jewelry (wedding bands excepted) for your safety (and the safety of others). In the first few weeks, beginners will receive a uniform, belt, and essential sparring gear (mouthpiece, shinguards, groin protection(men)) and are expected to wear it. Green belts, red belts, and black belts must wear the respective color on their uniform trim.

What equipment do I need?

Beginners will receive essential sparring gear (mouthpiece, shinguards, groin protection(men)) as part of the beginner package and are expected to wear the equipment during sparring lessons. Due to safety guidelines, any student without those pieces of equipment will not be allowed to spar. Blue belts and above will receive punching gloves, foot shields, and helmets. The club will provide the students with kick shields, punching targets, wavemasters, and other assorted equipment used only at the discretion of the instructor. For permission to use equipment outside of class, please contact the assistant instructors. Also, please respect your fellow martial artists by regularly washing your uniform and gear.

What goes on during class?

Students will learn and engage in various workouts ranging from cardio,  forms (hyungs/katas), self-defense skills, sparring, and other workout drills.

What other activities does SLU Karate do, besides holding classes?

The club does demonstrations for many cultural organizations (Asian American Cultural Showcase, International Banquet, etc), holds booths at the activity fairs, and self-defense seminars. If your organziation would like us to host a self-defense seminar for your group, please contact the club president (slu.karate.ninja@gmail.com). We also participate in tournaments, fundraising events, social gatherings, and campus opportunities to promote self-defense awareness and cool martial arts demonstrations.

Why does it cost $95-$50/semester?

The beginner package includes standard dues and basic equipment. In the past, we used to collect these fees separately throughout the semester, but this resulted in delays with equipment orders, unsure committments, and wasted time that could have been spent on advancing students. Standard dues are used for buying pine boards, concrete slabs, tournament entry fees, demonstration costs, storage fees, and judge hosting fees. Direct your budget-breakdown inquiries to the current club president. SGA slashed our budget significantly during last semester's appeal for funding, leaving the club strapped financially. To help appeal their cuts or advocate for more funding, please see the current club president. They are working hard to balance the books.

Who are the instructors and where do they live?

The instructors (and assistant instructors) are all SLU alumni, faculty, professors, doctors, etc., and they do not live on campus. Please don't find their houses. To learn more about them, please check out our instructors page .

Does the organization participate in tournaments?

Depending on the yearly budget and upcoming tournament events, there is the opportunity to participate in tournaments (blue belts and above). In the past, SLU Karate has participated in the fall tournaments:Tom Sawyer Championship (Hannibal, MO), Veterans' Memorial Championship (Belleville, IL), Silver Sun Shodown (Wentzville, MO).

Can I get course credit towards my degree for taking SLU Karate classes? Can I observe the class?

Heck no. We are a student club, not a course offered by the university. However, some students have observed our classes to receive participation credit in some course classes (photography, cultural diversity, and university-101 courses). Please contact the current club president if you wish to observe class.