Would you like to learn more about our form of karate, our dojo, and how we train? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you don't see what you're looking for, please contact us.

Who are the instructors besides Kyoshi Kaplan?

  • Sempai Anne Burgevin
  • Sempai Noah Kaplan
  • Sempai Mike Muller
  • Sempai Tracie Pletcher
  • Sempai Barb Schaefer began studying Shorin-Ryu karate with her family in 2009 and presently holds the rank of Ni-dan (2nd degree black belt). She previously studied Shotokan karate in graduate school and lived in Japan for 4 years, so enjoys the ongoing reconnection to her Japanese “roots”.  Outside of karate, she loves exploring new places, cheering on PSU's women’s volleyball team, and teaching assessment and behavioral intervention courses to doctoral school psychologists-in-training at Penn State University.

What ages can train in your club?

Anyone 5 or older is welcome.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is $20/month per adult, $15/month for children (<18 years), and $12.50 for grandparents.  Registration is for a six-month period (January - June; July - December) but can be prorated as appropriate. Traditional uniforms (gi) are available for $30 for adults and $25 for children.

Do I need to join with a family member?

We welcome families and friends to train together, but you may also join as an individual.

Where can I learn more about Shorin-Ryu Karate?

The Shorin-Ryu Karate USA website contains a wealth of information including sections on basics, katahistory, and videos. Additionally, the Red Book contains thousands of questions and answers about Shorin-Ryu's history, practice, and theory.

What do your students think about training as a family?

There is no innate reason why family members of different generations cannot take part in karate training. The physical and mental benefits associated with karate training - which includes increased fitness, focus, and self confidence extend across the lifespan.  As evident in the quotes below, there are also family strengthening properties associated with training together as a family. This is also a chance to explore and enjoy a shared interest, and in so doing contribute to a sense of closeness within the family.

"Training in karate as a family is a fun and exciting experience. Having a support person (someone who makes sure you are still training or takes you to karate) is stressed when your family participates in this. You always have someone to go with and work your kata (dance-like movements) at home. It also brings my family and me closer together." ~ 12-year-old girl who trains with her parents, 2 brothers and sister; 7 years of training.

"In this world of busy schedules, family time gets more and more limited. Training together allows for one more time that we can be together as a family, not only on the deck, but even just the car ride to and from the dojo" ~ Mother, 40-year-old, who trains with husband and her 4 children ; 1-1/2 years of training.

"It is a fun family sport that everyone should enjoy. I like to be able to do workouts with my Dad and my little brother. The thing I like best about karate is that we are all in one dojo, working together as a team." ~ 10-year-old boy who trains with his older brother and father; 2-1/2 years of training.

"It is a great confidence builder for young children to see children (with more experience) providing training and assistance to adults (with less experience)." ~ Father, 37-year-old, who trains with his 2 sons; 2 years of training.

"We can talk a lot now. It helps us bring back memories. We can be together and have our own little family thing" 8-year-old girl who trains with her 12-year-old brother and parents; 2 months of training

To learn more about the benefits of family karate training, see the article, "The Family that Trains Together Stays Together: Karate training as a pathway toward family unity".