Every martial artist abides by rules of discipline. Disciplined practice and behavior are how you propel yourself to black belt. On the grander scale, strong discipline allows you to be part of a martial arts school that’s exciting, rewarding, dependable and fun. 

We ask all Ripple Effect students to adopt certain rules. These rules govern your martial arts training and promote mutual respect between students, families, staff and instructors. Make yourself familiar with the policies and procedures below to get the most out of your experience at Ripple Effect Martial Arts.


You’ll receive an official Ripple Effect Martial Arts uniform after your second class. Keep it clean (it’ll need plenty of washing after all the sweat you pour into it). Also, make sure to tie your belt properly before each class (we’ll teach you how).

Class Requirements and Attendance 

Martial arts training and character building require you to put in time on and off the mat. Plan on coming to class twice a week, and regularly practicing your forms and combos outside of class.

Our schedule is arranged around “A” days, where students learn stances, techniques and forms, and “B” days, where students engage in blocks, combos and sparring. We encourage you to come to at least one of each every week to make the most progress with your training and preparation for belt tests. Don’t forget to bring your pads and mouthguard on the “B” days!

We also offer private, one-on-one classes led by a black belt instructor (contact us to make arrangements for you or your student). You can always find the most up-to-date class schedules at www.RippleEffectMartialArts.com and www.MyKarateClasses.com.

MEP-1439Martial Arts Discipline and Respect 

When you show respect to other people, you cultivate respect for yourself. As a Ripple Effect student, you’ll regularly interact with peers, instructors, and parents, as well as judges and students from other martial arts schools and disciplines. You’ll outrank some. Some will outrank you. We all come from different backgrounds. What unites us is respect and discipline in who we are and what we do. 

Whether on or off the mat, always refer to black belt instructors as Mr. ____ or Mrs./Ms. ____. Address a 4th or higher degree black belt as Master (as in “Master Macy”). When a black belt calls on you for an answer or gives you an instruction, always reply with a strong “yes, Sir!” or “yes, Ma’am!”

We show respect to the school, the instructors and judges, and our martial arts lineage with a traditional bow (hands to your sides, bowing at the waist). Always bow to the flags when entering or leaving the martial arts floor of the school and to the judges when entering or exiting the ring at a tournament.

Finally, dress and groom yourself appropriately for martial arts training, and never step onto the mat with street shoes (if you need to wear special footgear for medical reasons, we understand! Just talk to a head instructor beforehand).


Through your first two years of training, you’ll test for a new belt approximately every two months (testing for the upper belts, red through black, is more intensive and less frequent). We’ll keep you informed ahead of time of key dates to help you prepare. These include:

  • Stripe Week, where your instructors will test your knowledge of belt-level combos, forms, and the Word of the Belt. You’ll receive a black stripe on your belt for each, a qualification for taking the comprehensive belt test.
  • Test Week, during which normal classes are replaced by dedicated testing times. In addition to having a thorough knowledge of your forms and combos, there are several other requirements to qualify to test. Check in with the Program Director at the front desk of your school for a detailed list of what you’ll need.
  • Belt Promotion Ceremonies, where you’ll receive your new belt and rank along with your fellow promoters.

Get accustomed to these rules and soon they’ll become second nature, keeping you on track to Black Belt.