It is important to keep in mind that traditional karate is a martial art, and as such is different than any other recreational activity such as soccer, dance or even more sports-oriented, for-profit karate clubs. And to truly learn any art takes time and patience.
Rank is not simply given and testing will be infrequent. Emphasis instead will be on physical and mental development, and as with anything, improvement takes time. Hopefully students will gain an appreciation for the process it takes to earn their rank.
As noted, our emphasis is on practical self-defense not winning tournament trophies or collecting belts. The basis of self-defense requires a person to remain aware and prepared at all times.
Capital City Karate