Adults All Ranks
Children Yellow Belt & Above
Children' All Ranks
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Adults & Children
Brown Belt & Above
Children All Ranks
Adults All Ranks
Children All Ranks
Adults All Ranks
Children Yellow Belt & Above

Dojo Etiquette

Whenever we enter or leave the dojo floor we rei (bow).

At the beginning and end of class we rei to the sensei and the teachers of the past. We rei to our training partners and opponents before and after each exercise. We rei before and after each kata. The rei is a sign of respect.

To rei properly:

  • Put your heels together so your feet make a 'v'
  • Put your hands at your sides with your fingers together and straight
  • Stand straight with good posture and looking straight ahead
  • Bend forward at the waist and say "osu"


Exams are held the last Monday of each month. All examinees must be approved by two instructors. The minimum class requirements for examination are:

   45 classes in a four month period for children
   30 classes in a four month period for adults

Kyu exams for 9th – 4th Kyu are held at the dojo, typically the first Monday evening of the month. The exam starts at 8:30pm, and we recommend that those testing attend the 7:00pm class that day; you are free to take that class regardless of age or rank.

All tests for 3rd Kyu and above are held at the ISKF headquarters in Philadelphia at 222 South 45th Street, or at ISKF tournaments or camps.

Membership Fees

Monthly Dues

$85.00 for adults

$60.00 for children

$110.00 for family of 2

     +$40 for each additional family member

Dues are payable by the 10th of each month for that month’s training. There is a late fee of $10.00. There is no contract, so you can stop at any time. Dues can be paid by cash or check. There is a payment box in the office.

GSKC Registration

$30.00 for adults

$25.00 for children

The registration fee helps us with our administrative costs for processing your application.

Drop-in Class Fee

$15.00 for each class

You are always free to drop-in and take a class at GSKC, even when you are not a member. We do require a $15.00 fee to keep up our facility, however.

Members taking a leave of absence should notify Mr. Faracchio in advance. There is a $75.00 re-instatement fee if you take more than three months leave without prior notice.

ISKF Registration

$55.00 for ISKF Registration and Passport

This is a one time fee required at the first exam.

$50.00 for ISKF Yearly Membership Card

Annual fee starting at time of first exam, required to be current at all time.

ISKF members can train at any I.S.K.F dojo in the United States or in over 60 countries internationally. A small drop-in training fee may apply.


When you join as a member, you will purchase a white gi and belt to wear to train. Most children come to class already dressed in their gi. Most adults change in the changing room. Everyone just hangs their clothes in the changing room while they practice, but we do have lockers if that makes you more comfortable.

Class Sections

The opening ceremony is essential in allowing the athlete to prepare the class ahead of them. Students should use this period of the class to reflect on the philosophical and character development aspects of Shotokan Karate. It is extermely important to begin your training each class with a clear mind and centered mind.

Proper warm up is essential for a good training. Neglecting the warm up will ultimately lead to injuries; therefore we put a special emphasis on warm-up.

During this part of the training different techniques are practiced many times. The instructor highlights the important points about each technique, illustrates the proper execution of them as well as common mistakes and improper executions. The main emphasis during this part of the work-out is that the students will understand how to perform various techniques and why to perform them in a certain way.

Forms training combines basic punches, kicks, and blocks into set forms that have to be executed according to their proper rhythm, speed, and timing. These exercises simulate real-life fights; therefore they have to be executed with a fighting spirit.

During sparring exercise safety is of primary concern; therefore free sparring is reserved for advanced students (brown belt and above) beginners and intermediate students spar in a very controlled manner. During these controlled sparring exercises the attackers announce the target area and the techniques they will use, so the defender can execute proper defense.

Warm Downs are similar to the Warm Ups done at the beginning of class. Warm Downs allow for the body to slowly relax from its active state.

At the end of the class we perform a ceremony similar to the opening, and we add the recitation of our dojo kun, in both Japanese and English.