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.  Many of the dojos who teach 4-year-olds are trying to pay the bills with what amounts to daycare, and I can appreciate the need to do that.  But I don't have that need.  My business is teaching martial arts, and that's all.  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.  The kids who stick with it have had phenomenal results, if I do say so myself, including some who have resolved long-term bullying problems (without violence).  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 In

So, after all of that, just stop in.  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), they are $15 (price subject to change) -- this is the wholesale cost that I pay, by the way.

The Blackbird Karate Program meets in the gymnasium of the Salvation Army building on 218 E. Prince Road; Tucson, AZ 85705.  The class schedule is as follows:

  • Children – White Belts: Fridays, 5:30 – 6:30.  This is for children from 7 – 13 years old.  New children will start in this class.
  • Children – Yellow Belts: Fridays, 6:30 – 7:30.
  • Adults – Fridays, 7:30 – 8:30. Ages 14+.  New adults will start in this class.

Adult Intermediate class (green belts and up) – This class will be conducted as a 90-minute seminar once a month.