frequently asked questions



Discover answers to common inquiries about our Karate Program through our concise and informative Karate FAQ. Our FAQ provides a comprehensive resource to ensure you're well-informed and ready to embark on your martial arts journey with confidence. Save time and find the information you need easily, enabling you to focus on what truly matters – your karate experience.

What ages do you accept?

At UBAKC, we warmly welcome children as young as 4 years old who are potty trained. We provide a nurturing and safe environment where our youngest learners can embark on their martial arts journey with confidence.

How long are your classes?

All new karate students kick off their journey in our specialized Intro Classes. Designed to provide a solid foundation, these classes ensure a smooth transition into our Kinder Karate (ages 4-6) and Youth Karate (ages 7-12) programs.

For our little ones aged 4-6, Kinder Karate offers engaging 35-minute sessions tailored to their attention spans. Meanwhile, Youth Karate participants, aged 7-12, enjoy 40-minute classes that balance skill development and engagement.

These introductory classes offer a nurturing environment for beginners to thrive, fostering confidence, discipline, and a lifelong love for martial arts.

what do i wear to my first karate class?

Wear comfortable workout attire, such as a t-shirt and athletic pants. Avoid clothes that restrict movement. Students are bare feet. Bring an open mind and a positive attitude to embrace your first karate experience fully.

what to expect in your first class?

Anticipate a dynamic workout that acquaints you with muscles you didn't realize you had. Karate constitutes a comprehensive full-body exercise, encompassing a cardio warm-up, stretching, structured curriculum instruction, and practical application based on the day's lesson. At UBAKC, our framework mirrors that of a school; each session is an opportunity to either grasp new knowledge or refine existing skills. This approach ensures that you consistently progress and engage in a fulfilling and enriching martial arts journey.

how do i register?

Complete our online form or email us directly at for more information on registration, classes, and pricing.

What is karate?

The term "karate" translates from Japanese to English as "kara" meaning "empty" and "te" meaning "hand," signifying "the way of the empty hand" or unarmed self-defense.

Around 1372, with the opening of the Silk Road trade routes through Okinawa, Chinese visitors introduced their martial arts to the island, influencing its development.

Karate is focused on self-defense through striking techniques, including punches, kicks, knee strikes, and open-hand techniques. It emphasizes disciplined training, physical fitness, and mental development. Practitioners learn katas (prearranged forms), kumite (sparring), and self-defense applications to enhance their combat skills.

Karate instills values such as respect, humility, and perseverance, promoting personal growth and self-confidence. It's not only a method of physical combat but also a path towards self-improvement and understanding.

What style of karate is taught?

Goju-Ryu Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art known for its balanced approach of "hard" and "soft" techniques. Developed by Chojun Miyagi, Goju-Ryu emphasizes close-quarters combat, combining powerful strikes with circular movements, joint locks, and throws. This style focuses on efficient body mechanics and breath control, enhancing both physical and mental discipline. Practitioners cultivate strength, flexibility, and self-awareness through kata (prearranged forms), kumite (sparring), and self-defense techniques. Goju-Ryu's holistic philosophy aims to harmonize mind and body, fostering self-defense skills, fitness, and personal growth.

is karate beginner friendly?

Yes, karate is beginner-friendly. Our classes are tailored to accommodate all skill levels, ensuring newcomers feel comfortable and supported. Instructors provide step-by-step guidance, focusing on technique and safety. Whether you're new to martial arts or fitness, our welcoming environment encourages gradual progress and fosters a positive learning experience for beginners.

what are the benefits of karate training?

Karate training offers a spectrum of advantages, from physical fitness to mental fortitude. It enhances strength, agility, and coordination while promoting cardiovascular health. The practice cultivates focus, discipline, and self-confidence, boosting mental clarity and resilience. Beyond self-defense proficiency, karate instills values of respect, perseverance, and humility. It fosters social skills, teamwork, and leadership through group dynamics. Ultimately, karate transcends mere exercise; it's a holistic journey that empowers individuals with a well-rounded lifestyle and the tools to conquer life's challenges with poise.

Will I learn self-defense?

UBAKC is meticulously crafted to impart self-defense skills via a blend of traditional practice, hands-on application in live simulations, and heightened awareness drills. Our curriculum extends beyond physical techniques, encompassing anti-bullying strategies and class discussions that address prevalent challenges faced by today's youth. Self-defense prowess flourishes through consistent engagement and heightened vigilance. At UBAKC, we equip our students not only with the ability to protect themselves but also with the understanding and tools to navigate real-world situations confidently and responsibly.

how does belt testing work?

Our belt testing process is an essential part of your martial arts journey. For beginners, we offer testing opportunities every quarter, allowing you to showcase your progress and dedication. Advanced students have the chance to test every 6 - 9 months, demonstrating their refined skills and growth. Belt testing not only measures your technical proficiency but also embodies your commitment to personal development. Through regular assessments, you'll chart your advancement, gain new insights, and set achievable goals. Our belt testing system encourages continuous improvement and celebrates the milestones you achieve along the path of mastery.

Do you compete in tournaments?

UBAKC stands as a powerhouse in regional, national, and international karate competitions. Under Sensei Joane Orbon's expert guidance and her high-performance training program, students gain access to cutting-edge skills and strategies. UBAKC strategically focuses on specific competitions throughout the year, honing athletes' abilities for potential inclusion in the prestigious USA National Karate Team. This team proudly represents our nation on the global stage, competing against other countries in world events. Achieving a place on Team USA is a testament to an athlete's dedication and skill, an esteemed honor that reflects UBAKC's commitment to producing top-tier martial artists.

Will this be good for my family?

At our core, we prioritize fostering a stress-free, drama-free, and uplifting family learning atmosphere for our students, coupled with the cultivation of authentic martial arts expertise. Recognizing the importance of collective support in nurturing young minds, we consider it our responsibility to offer not just martial arts training, but an environment that breeds positivity. Selecting both a sport and a community is a pivotal decision in shaping the character of individuals in our region. We firmly believe that this conscious choice contributes to the growth of optimistic and well-rounded individuals, contributing positively to our community and beyond.

Dojo Hours

Mon: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Tue: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Wed: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Thu: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Fri: 5:00pm - 8:30pm




(408) 912-5862

5591 Snell Ave. San Jose, CA 95123