|Feet & Inches||Centimeters|
|000||3' 2" to 3' 6"||96 cm to 107 cm|
|00||3' 7" to 4' 0"||108 cm to 122 cm|
|0||4' 1" to 4' 4"||123 cm to 132 cm|
|1||4' 5" to 4' 7"||133 cm to 140 cm|
|2||4' 8" to 5' 2"||141 cm to 158 cm|
|3||5' 3" to 5' 5"||159 cm to 165 cm|
|4||5' 6" to 5' 8"||166 cm to 173 cm|
|5||5' 9" to 6' 0"||174 cm to 182 cm|
|6||6' 1" to 6' 4"||183 cm to 193 cm|
|7||6' 5" to 6' 7"||194 cm to 201 cm|
Simba Dojo requires no uniform for the beginning student as it is an extra expense while you are evaluating the class. A gi will be required, however, before you test for your first kyu or belt. The gi symbolizes the karate spirit and is your first essential equipment you will want to purchase. A gi gives the student practitioner a sense of pride and sets the stage for serious practice. We highly recommend 100% cotton material for a serious workout. Cotton is much more breathable than poly blends. Polly blends have the advantage of being cheaper, wrinkle resistant and require less care than cotton. However, poly blends can be less comfortable during heavy exercise as they retain both heat and moisture. Since you will be purchasing a gi to workout in, comfort and breathability is your essential consideration. You may purchase your own preferred brand of gi or use your old club gi if it is a standard white karate gi with no other club patches or insignia. You can purchase a club breast patch separately from us and place it on your own gi. It is important for us to create a unified club spirit and identity.
We at Simba Dojo have used many gi over the course of our training and know what we like in a gi. We have worked out a deal with our favorite gi manufacturers and can now offer our own line of branded gi. These are high quality gi, meeting our standards and are equivalent to the gi you would find in Japan but at a fraction of the price!
Student Summer American cut Gi, 8oz 100% cotton (Breast patch and belt not included)
This is our beginning student Light Weight 8oz, 100% cotton uniform. Fabric is light weight, cooler, but less durable than the heavier weight gi. Designed for people who are about to start training in martial arts and is recommended for youth and beginners. The pants come with an elasticated waist band up to size 2 and drawstring pants from size 3 and up. Also available in 10oz Middle Weight 100% cotton.
Competition Okinawan cut Gi 10oz 100% cotton (Breast patch and belt not included)
This is our recommended uniform, that you will be proud to wear for years to come. This uniform is made of 100% cotton 10 oz. Canvas which breathes easier and will allow you to focus on your motion. This uniform is comparable to the more expensive Japanese Karate uniform in both quality and style. Unlike the American cut uniform this one is tailored to Japanese specifications in which the cuts are made with shorter sleeve, longer jacket, and shorter pants. It is designed to be breathable and comfortable allowing for smoother motion. The sleeves and leggings have reinforced stitching to give that classic pop in your karate techniques making them more impressive. An ideal Karate uniform for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Performance Okinawan cut Gi 12oz 100% cotton (Breast patch and belt not included)
This uniform is slightly heavier and is made of finest 100% Cotton 12 oz. Brushed Canvas. It is the ideal uniform for top competitors who are looking for agility and maximum comfort. This is also a very popular uniform among top European fighters competing in kata and kumite. This uniform is comparable to the Japanese Karate uniform which the cuts are made with shorter sleeve, longer jacket, and shorter pants so that you do not need any tailoring. The sleeves and leggings have reinforced stitching to give that classic pop in your karate techniques making them more impressive. An ideal Karate uniform for advanced practitioners and top competitors.
Club Insignia Option:
Simba Dojo uses the kanji 獅神 or “Lion Spirit” as our club insignia. The kanji is placed on the breast of our gi in one of two ways, using a patch or direct embroidery on the uniform. The patches are embroidered with an iron on backing that can be stitched in for extra durability. Patches were designed so they appear to be embroidered directly to the fabric and is the least expensive option. For a little more, you can have the insignia directly embroidered to the gi which is the more durable option. Direct embroidery uses a different kanji font than the patch, but both mean the same thing. Either option, patch or direct embroidery will give you an attractive gi that you will love and cherish for years to come.
Instructors are very patient and knowledgeable. Class is informative and fun.
My family and I are back in South Africa, Johannesburg and ready for Easter
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for receiving us in such a
welcoming heart felt way. I do know that you meet new visitors every day and
hope that you can remember us.
(Family from South Africa Interested in your teachings of Shotokan karate).
We were so fascinated by your story and the way you told you story in such
positive way. I absolutely fell in love with Verrado and the way people
interact and socialize with each other in such unconditional manner.
You made such an impression on our Family and the way of thinking and
The children were all smiling and people looked happy and at peace with
themselves and environment.
What a fantastic community and way of living.
Congratulations to you and community for creating that beautiful and serene
I also told our Sensei about you and your philosophy on life and Karate.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Simba Dojo goes beyond martial arts training to complete mind and body training. Control of one’s self is all that we can control.
Karate has made me happier and has given me more agility as well as more endurance.
The past few months practicing at Simba Dojo have been fun and challenging. I am learning and growing in the beginnings of what I see as a long and worthwhile journey in bringing body and mind in the traditions, old and new, of the martial art. I look forward to the classes and hope for a long life of learning.
Karate has helped me to be more serious and show more hard work. I think this dojo is awesome because my friends and senseis always work hard together and have fun.
Karate has helped me with better behavior. I like karate because I learn how to defend myself with my senses.
Karate has helped me become a better Listener. Sensei Cece and Sensei Woody are the best teachers ever.
Simba Dojo has been a fantastic experience for me. They have plenty of classes at different times so it is easy to work with my schedule. The classes offered have no pressure to compete with the ability of others, but rather on focusing on making yourself better. I highly recommend this dojo for anyone of any age or ability
In order to begin as a student with Simba Dojo you will have to agree with all of our terms of service as follows:
I agree to adhere to and sign all waivers of liability.
I understand that if I choose to participate in any activities with Simba Dojo, I do so at my own risk.
I also agree not to hold the club administrators, instructors, or other students liable for any injury or sickness that I may obtain.
I understand that membership fees must be paid at the beginning of each month.
I understand that I cannot attend class if I am not feeling well and am able to return only when safe to do so.
I will abide by all state and federal laws as well as the rules set by The Center on Main.
I also agree to follow the Dojo kun or rules of conduct while engaging in any club activity or using the facility.
I understand that my club membership can be terminated at any time by myself or its administrators.
How to Start: Becoming a new student with us is easy! All you have to do is show up to one of our classes on Monday, Wednesday or Friday! You can check out our class schedule by navigating here or just look to the right of this page. Remember, you can always try out a class before you make a decision to join! We encourage you to make a reservation to ensure your spot at The Center on Main by going to our reservation page here.
Please note: We do require all students to wear a mask when they enter the building and during the class despite the current legislation or the current Verrado Assembly directives. There are many concerns and view points about wearing masks and we are not interested in engaging in debates. We cannot not keep everyone happy, nor can we keep anyone totally safe, but it is our responsibility to be prudent when it comes to COVID. Our decision on this matter is firm, we want to keep everyone safe and healthy as that is purpose for our practice.
Application and Waivers: As a condition of practicing with us, each student must complete an application and three waivers. The Waivers must be signed prior to engaging in any kind of practice with us whether you are just taking a trial class or signing up as a full member. We ask that each member assume all risks, be responsible for their personal safety and medical care and waive the right to hold us responsible. Though we have not had any serious accidents in any of our classes, the possibility does remain. Along with the liability waiver, we also request you agree to a photo release and the new COVID waiver. A separate waiver must be filled out for each student in a family.
It is important that you fill out the application page fully and accurately as this will also serve as your transcript with us. You can keep a copy to track your personal progress in the art and we will use the form to do the same. A separate application form must be filled out for each student as these will also serve as your transcripts.
Club Dues: All club fees are due at the beginning of each month. If there is a problem or issue, please come and talk to us! Our goal is to keep everyone on the floor and progressing in the art of Karate-Do!