Members of the UNL dojo practice year-round except short breaks during holidays. We welcome new karateka (students) to join any time. Karate-dō is for everyone. People of every sex, age, ethnicity, gender, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status are encouraged to practice. Anyone (not only UNL students) may participate in one practice for free. No experience or gi (uniform) is necessary.
To continue, there are no contracts. Dojo dues are $20 per month (waived for student officers) and one must become a member of SKA, which is $75 the first year and $100 annually after. Supporting the organization which preserves karate-do is an essential part of “the way”. SKA membership allows one to attend practice at any SKA dojo and all SKA regional, national, and international events open to one’s rank. It also includes testing for rank twice per year at no extra charge. Black belt testing is also included, but requires a senior’s recommendation.
We try to keep dojo dues affordable to make practice accessible to all. Our instructors, with many years of experience and black belt ranks given by some of the highest ranking seniors in SKA, keep no dues for personal use or gain. Instead they choose to help support the effort to continue educating people about the traditional martial art they have grown to respect and appreciate through donations to SKA.
Collected dues are used to host fun private events outside the dojo for members to extend the bonds formed through serious practice, bring seniors from other SKA dojos to visit and lead special practices, pay for space at events on campus, and offset travel costs for members.