Dear Student,

Thank you for your interest in being a participant in the Karate class I am offering. This program will guide you toward greater self-discipline and confidence as your flexibility, balance, and overall coordination improve. The program gradually guides the participant to improved fitness and better knowledge of self defense. It is a fun way to get in shape and stay in shape.

Your Health
Before beginning any exercise program, an individual should consult with his or her physician. Upon enrollment, you are required to represent that you are in good health and physically fit to take the prescribed course of instruction. During the course of enrollment, you are required to inform your instructor of any change in your physical health that would affect your training.

Principals of Practice (Student Creed)
Learn this as soon as possible, this pledge stresses the philosophies and disciplines of this class.

Exercise
We recommend that moderate exercise be initiated upon enrollment, including brisk walks, gentle stretching exercises, calisthenics, and practice of your martial arts techniques.

Nutrition
This is the key to increasing energy and stamina. As a rule, it is best to stay away from too much junk food, e.g. cakes, candy bars, soft drinks, etc. It is usually a good idea to eat high energy foods, e.g. fruits, vegetables, pasta and always drink plenty of water to replace what you burn off during exercise.

Meditation
Meditation is an important part of present and future learning. In the Orient, Karate practice is considered to be a form of active meditation. Before attending class, a student should try to clear his or her mind of all disharmony, confusion, stress, and anxiety. Replacing these thoughts with feelings of calmness, fellowship, peace, and strength will aid the student in achieving the goals that are important to him/her.