Do I have to register my hands when I become a black belt?

No, that is an urban myth. Martial Artists are not required to register their hands.

Do I have to be in good shape before I start?

No, you will get into shape as you train. Karate is one of those things in life where you get out of it exactly what you put into it. If you work hard and train hard you will see results. If you show up once a week to check off a box your results simply will not materialize.

I am X years old, am I too old to start martial arts?

No, there is no age limit to begin martial arts training. Budokai Karate regularly has students start from grade school and beyond. Budokai Karate is a practical and effective martial art that can practiced at any stage of life. The only age restriction we currently have is our Tiny Tiger program starts at 5 years old and our Junior program starts at 6/7 (depending on the childs development).

What is the difference between Taekwondo and US Budokai Karate?

Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art that focuses primarily on kicking techniques. Some Tae Kwon Do schools also teach Olympic style fighting. Karate is a practical self defense system which trains the student for modern day self defense encounters. Karate students are taught to use their hands and feet with multiple strikes to multiple targets on each attacker, in a multiple attack situation. Karate can be taught in two ways, as a sport or as a self defense. Budokai believes in practical self defense utilizing traditional Okinawan and Japanese training.

I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to karate classes?

At least two 1 hour classes are week are recommended, as is practicing at home. As you progress through the ranks, if you feel you need more 1:1 attention we offer 30 minute private lessons which can further help hone your skills. Home training is also encouraged and critical to progression.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

In Budokai Karate, it takes approximately 4-5 years to reach black belt. Karate is very much a "you get what you put in" type of activity. The more active you are and the more you train the more proficent you will become.

What is the lineage and history behind US Budokai Karate of Albany?

In Feburary of 2018 US Budokai Karate of Albany was acquired by Kyoshi Ross Elia, Shihan Andrew Ballato, Sensei Mike Spadoni, and Senpai Frank Fleury. The current Chief Instructors are Kyoshi Ross and Shihan Andrew. Both Kyoshi Ross and Shihan Andrew began training under Hanshi William Reid in 1980 and 1986 respectively. The driving philosophy of US Budokai Karate of Albany is to produce top level martial artists in ability, knowledge, and spirit through a simplified and traditional core curriculum. US Budokai Karate Association was founded in March of 1987 by William J. Reid. Prior to that, he was the Chief Instructor of Albany Seido Karate, one of the largest branches of World Seido Karate. The World Seido Karate Organization, based in New York City, was founded in 1976 by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura. Kaicho Nakamura, a Ninth Degree Black Belt, trained under Mas Oyama in Japan, and in 1969 he brought Kyokushinkai Karate to America. He taught many students in Kyokushinkai until he formed The World Seido Karate Organization.

Do I have to pay a seperate membership for your Kobudō (weapons program)

No, the kobudo program is included in your tuition. The only additional cost should you decide that you want to continue training with weapons would be the black gi (uniform) that is worn in kobudo. You can try out the kobudo program for a month to see if it's right for you!