When/where is class?
How do I get to the Gilpin County Recreation Center from Lakewood?
You can find that information on our class page or directly here on Gilpin County Recreation Center Driving Directions.
I'm time eligible and I know all my stuff, why am I not testing?
Many possible reasons exist and are individual for each student so the best thing is to ask your instructor. However, the most common culprits are attendance, sloppy technique and attitude. Your instructors can teach you and help you, but you are responsible for practicing what you’ve learned and preparing yourself for testing.
Is there a test fee?
Yes, the test fee is $30 regardless of the rank you are testing for. (Most schools increase the cost substantially for each rank.)
Why do we pay a test fee?
Your fee goes towards the cost of testing materials and association fees.
Where do I get a uniform (dobalk)?
Just ask any of the instructors. They will point you to the correct person at each school.
How much does it cost?
For light weight, the cost is $25 and are usually kept in stock. You can find additional options and prices on our Century page here.
Do I have to buy it from you?
No, you do not have to buy your uniform from us.
Do I have to have a uniform?
Yes, if you want to test for rank. However, you do not need to have one until your first test so you have time to decide if this is something you want to continue with.
Can I wear any color of uniform?
No. White belts through yellow stripe may only wear white dobalks. Green belts and up are allowed to wear black pants. Blue belts and up are allowed to wear full black. At red belt you can wear any combination of black and white. (Previously, black dobalk with white pants was only allowed for black belts). At black belt, you may wear any color approved by Grand Master Rankin.
When can I learn a weapon?
You are allowed to learn a weapon when you reach 6th kyp (Green belt), however, there are restrictions on what forms and weapons you can learn so talk to your instructor. Just because you’ve purchased a weapon does not mean you will be allowed to learn the weapon form.
What do I need to know for Testing?
You can find the test requirements here. This is meant to be a guide, not as instruction and does not take the place of attending class.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
If you work hard and test at every eligibility point, a minimum of three and a half years. But most students take longer.
I have rank from another school or style, do I have to start over at white belt (9th kyp)?
No. Grand Master Rankin does not take away rank, however, you will be required to confirm your rank.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, some instructors are available for private lessons. You can find the list of available instructors here.
My question isn't on this list. How do I contact you?
You can use our contact form here.