As a new student there are many procedures, rule, and practices that you will need to learn and internalize. It is important that you be very clear on expectations and procedures for you to become a disciplined martial artist.
1) Uniforms : All uniforms need to have the Mile High Karate logo on the back of the uniform in good condition. All Uniforms need to be neat and clean with belts tied properly. We suggest that they be washed and pressed after every class. As a new student you are required to wear an all white MHK Uniform. In the first few weeks we will evaluate to see whether you qualify for our leadership program or Master Club program. If so you may be allowed to wear a Blue (signifying the Leadership Program) or Black Uniform Top (signifying the Master Club program) - after acceptance and registration into that program.
2) Exams : All students test every two months for new belt ranking. The test date and time will be posted one month in advance. There are no charges for under Black Belt Testing, Belts, or Certification. Testing requirements include: 1) a minimum of 16 lessons since receiving current ranking; 2) respectful attitude in class; 3) achieving the required physical proficiencies; 4) loyalty and dedication to the MHK schools; 5) satisfactory completion of the "Qualification Code" which outlines additional responsibilities as a martial artist; 6) satisfactory completion of "Intent to Promote" form (under 18 years old); 7) The completion of reading requirements and associated written tests.
3) Reading Requirements . To achieve Black Belt there are a variety of reading assignments of material by respected authors that support our program. As an orientation student we suggest that the student - or, parents read the following books:
"What to Say When You Talk To Yourself" by Dr. Shad Helmstetter and, "The Psychology of Winning," by Dr. Denis Waitly. Both are available at www.MileHighKarate.com
4) Martial Arts Discipline and respect : Always be respectful to instructors and to other students. All Black Belts should always be referred to as Mr."____" or Ms."____" - or, where appropriate Master_______________. ("Master's designation is earned after 4 th Degree Black Belt - for contribution and knowledge.) Always answer a Black Belt with "yes, Sir" or "yes, Ma'am." Always bow to the flags upon entering or leaving the school floor. Do not wear shoes on the teaching floor (unless approved in advance by the head instructor for medical reasons.)
5) Leadership Program and Master Club : Your most important goal during the first few weeks of your orientation as a white belt is to qualify for Stephen Oliver's Leadership Program or Master Club. Qualifying for either is like being accepted into Harvard University . It is recognition that you are accepted into our Black Belt family.
6) Intramural Tournaments and other events : Each year Master Stephen Oliver hosts events for the Mile High Karate student body including: Intramural Tournaments three or four times per year . These events are announced 2 to 3 months in advance. Participation is required for all Mile High Karate students . There will be 9 to 12 events from your beginning at MHK to receiving your Black Belt and all are required. An annual Black Belt Extravaganza and Mile High Karate awards Banquet . Held to celebrate newly graduating Black Belts and to recognize outstanding contributions within our student body and staff. Please plan on attending the extravaganza to support your instructors and assistant instructors and to aid in your personal goal setting. Both the Intramural Tournament has participation and spectator fees, which must be paid prior to participating. You may register for either event at your school or on-line at www.MileHighKarate.com . Many additional Leadership and Master-Club events are held each year - open only to students accepted into those programs.
7) MileHighKarate.com . On the Mile High Karate web site we have essentially everything you need to help you follow along in class and support your learning of Mile High Karate curriculum. Included there is information about all curriculum, student handouts such as discipline cards, book club cards, job lists and other support materials. Additionally there is more information about the history and background of our school and access to all reading requirements, replacement uniforms, and equipment requirements as well as the ability to purchase them on-line.
8) The Mile High Karate newsletter . You should immediately register at www.MileHighKarate.com to receive the regular student email newsletter with announcements for special events and MHK news.
9) The Structure of our Schools . Most Mile High Karate schools are independently owned and operated as Franchises. All of our franchise owners began as students - most were accepted into the Franchise Instructor training program within a few months of joining Mile High Karate and were teamed up with a 3 rd or 4 th Degree Black Belt Head Instructor. If you are interested see more information at www.MileHighKarate.com or ask your instructor.