Get in Touch

First, please feel free to contact me with any questions at ben@blackbirdkarate.com: email is by far the easiest and fastest way to get in touch with me.  Because this program is free, I don't need to sell you anything to pay my bills.  As a result, my first interest is to get you into a program that fits your needs.  If it isn't my program, that's fine: I'm happy to recommend other systems or instructors that might be a better fit.  Though I would love to have you as a student, one size does not fit all, and I may not be your size.  But we won't know unless you ask.  Let's talk about it and see what you think.

 

Age Requirements

This part is easy.  I don't work with children under seven.  That is a hard and fast rule of mine.  I do not believe that children's bodies are ready to safely take up a serious martial art before that age.  They absolutely do not have the mental capacity and patience.  Although I don't discuss the "blood and guts" of things so much with the kids, it is still a real martial arts class with the same requirements my adults are up against.  Children receive a rigorous education, and I do my best to educate them in a classical discipline that will engender self-confidence and self-respect.  Parents are strongly encouraged to watch all classes and be a part of things at the dojo.

I allow students to enter the adult class at the age of 14.

 

Stopping By

So, after all of that, feel free to just stop in and visit.  That's about it.  Get there about 15 minutes before the appropriate class starts to meet me, get situated, sign a couple pieces of paper, and figure out where the bathrooms are.  If you want a gi (uniform), just let me know and we can take care of that.  However, if you want to try things out for a few classes you can just wear comfortable clothes.

The Blackbird Karate Program meets at the Ryushinkan Dojo at 726 E Blacklidge Dr; Tucson, AZ 85719.  The class schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays: 8 - 9 pm
  • Saturdays: 4 - 5 pm and 5 - 6 pm