New Students


Congratulations on making the choice to begin your training in the martial arts.  It will be a truly life changing experience.

Our Unlimited 2 Week Trial is the perfect way to get started at Emerald City Karate.  It’s our honor to introduce you to the culture of the Karate Dojo during your trial.  You will have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and try out our classes with no obligation to enroll in further classes. This two week trial is a great way to see if our school is the right place for you. Our trial includes Unlimited training sessions for 2 weeks, a dojo T-shirt, and a white belt for ONLY $29.99.

You can wear our dojo T shirt as your trial uniform or you can purchase a regular Karate Uniform at the front desk at anytime!


Check out our schedule to see which class works best for you.

Call us at (206) 437 – 3932 for more information about classes.

Purchase our Unlimited 2 Week Trial.

Please notify us when you plan on attending your first class.

Please let us know if you or your child has any special circumstances that we should know about.

To better prepare yourself for the culture of the dojo, it’s a great idea to study how to count from 1 to 10 in Japanese before your first class.  Check out our  video here.

Call us at (206) 437 – 3932 or email us at if you have any questions.  We’re here for you!


Dress in clothes that are suitable for working out.  We recommend sweats and a T Shirt.  Note:  You’ll likely wear our dojo T Shirt during class as a trial uniform.

Invite your friends or families to join you during your 2 week trial! Karate is even more fun when you have a buddy with you!

Arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your first class so we can give you your Dojo T-shirt, white belt, and introduce you to your instructor.

No Shoes.  Please remember that shoes are not allowed on the mat but you are welcome to walk along the black mat in the back of the room if you need to use the restroom at anytime even in shoes.

✓ Respect.  Please show respect to all instructors and students at all times.  We start showing respect as soon as we walk into the dojo.  Please be quiet while entering and leaving the karate school.  Before and after you step onto the mat please demonstrate your dedication to this respect by bowing towards the front of the room as is the custom in Japan.

Quiet Please.  Parents should also demonstrate respect by maintaining a quiet learning environment at the dojo. Please refrain from talking on the phone or having distracting conversations during class.  It is also good form to stand silently during our opening and closing ceremony of each class. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in supporting the proper etiquette of a Karate school.

2 week Trial $29.99

Includes a Dojo T-shirt and a White Belt!

Learn How to count from
1-10 in Japanese

Karate is a martial art which was developed and refined in Okinawa, a small island which is now part of Japan. The first step to becoming a martial artist is to understand the culture of your dojo. For Emerald City Karate, that means learning a few Japanese words!

One of the first things you will want to learn is how to count from 1 to 10 in Japanese. We will be using this counting system for warm ups, stretches, basics, and various times through out each class. Watch this video and learn your numbers so you can attend your first class feeling confident.

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

For Little Dragons (Ages 4 – 6), you’re welcome to join our classes anytime. All students in our Little Dragons class should be at least 4 years old.  Parents are welcome to join the class to help support any shy youngsters.

For Youth (Ages 7 & Older), Family, Teens, and Adults we hold belt tests in January, May, and September.  It’s best to join no later than 2 months before the upcoming belt test.  This will help ensure you will be ready to rock during your first belt test!  Please contact us if you have any questions about when would be a good time to sign up!

Our two-week trial is unlimited so the new student is welcome to try as many classes as you’d like.
Training twice a week is recommended for students 7 years old and older.

“I first started training under Sensei Tobey in 2008. When I first started my training I was a pack a day smoker. I had tried to quit smoking many times but had failed. I promised Sensei I’d quit before my black belt test. I no longer smoke, and I bearticleeve that my training in Shudokan Karate under Sensei Tobey gave me the mental disciparticlene that I needed to quit.”

-Thom E – Adult Karate Program

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“My 7-year old son and I have been going to Emerald City Karate for several years now. We have had a great time and always look forward to our family/youth class. As well as teaching about karate and Japanese culture and language, Sensei Tobey provides great lessons on how to work hard and patiently to succeed in anything. It’s also a great way to get mid-week exercise!”

Alan H – Youth & Family Program

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“Sensei Tobey is my son’s Karate teacher (we’re in the 4 to 6 year old class). As a teacher of small children, I find him to be a wonderful combination of patience, disciparticlene, and fun. He is very passionate about teaching Karate and it shows. He relates to the kids very well and can teach boys and girls equally, not only the physical skills of Karate but mental focus and articlefe skills as well. It’s been a great experience for my son and I highly recommend Sensei Tobey and Emerald City Karate to anyone looking to enroll their child in a martial arts class. “

Yvette H (Karate Mom)

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Before joining Emerald City Karate I had no experience playing sports or participating in exercise programs because I didn’t like physical activities. So I didn’t expect I would be able to keep training for more than a month or so. But I found it to be fun immediately. The karate class has a variety of different subjects that keep students from being bored. Also, Sensei Tobey knows how to encourage students and allows them to have fun while feeling good about themselves. He likes telling jokes and making students laugh but his passion for teaching karate is always distinctive and serious. Because of his encouragement, I have kept training for a long time and even now I am training in Japan! Karate has taught me the joy of exercise and improved my concentration and it continues to teach many students to practice better manners and etiquette.

It is my pleasure to recommend Emerald City Karate for your exercise and experience of the martial arts.

-Kaoru M: Adult Karate Program

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“I cannot say enough good things about the programs offered at Emerald City Karate. If you have children, this dojo (school) is a wonderful environment for them to learn traditional Japanese martial arts, self-discipline, and to have a great time!”

-Samantha: Karate mom

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