Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

Can I try a trial class?

Yes! We want to give you a chance to experience our classes, instruction and community because we think once you try it, you'll love it like we do. You can sign up in advance or once you arrive. And yes, it is completely FREE!

Sign Up For A Free Trial Class

Do I have to wait until the beginning of the month to start?

You can start any time! Your tuition will be prorated and our classes are adaptable to your level and abilities.

How do I sign up for classes or events?

To sign up for Enso Center classes or events please visit Programs & Prices.

For a few more details on fees and costs see the Fees & Costs FAQs section.

Classes

What types of classes are offered at Enso Center?

Enso Center offers classes in Hapkido, Weapons, Tai Chi, Archery and Yoga.

Other specialized classes, summer camps and private lessons are also offered.

To learn more about all Enso Center classes please visit Programs & Prices.

To learn more about Enso Center summer camps please visit Summer Camps.

How many classes can I attend?

Classes are offered on a set schedule every month. How many classes you attend depends on when the classes are offered, your schedule and the package you choose.

For certain classes, like Hapkido & Weapons, you can come to every class if want to - in fact, we encourage it!

For other classes like Archery, Tai Chi and Yoga you can choose a package that matches your schedule and participation level. Packages are available for attending a single class each week or to attend any or all offered classes of a specific type.

There is even a package that includes classes across disciplines called Full Martial Arts. It includes all classes in Hapkido, Weapons, Tai Chi & Yoga.

To learn more about all Enso Center classes please visit Programs & Prices.

To see the current schedule of Enso Center classes please visit Summer Camps.

What are Enso Center’s martial arts instructors’ qualifications?

Jason Mix began teaching as the principal instructor of Enso Center - Redmond in 1986, making Enso Center one of the longest running schools in Redmond.

He is active in the martial arts community, sharing and training with students and instructors from many styles.

Jason Mix studied Hapkido with Grandmaster Kwang Sik Myung from the World Hapkido Federation. He currently holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.

Jason holds 6th Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo from the Korea Yonmookwan Taekwondo Association.

Master Jason Mix has studied Tai Chi for over 20 years, studying with Ying Hong Yang and Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso.

He is also certified as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Aikido through Hombu Dojo in Japan.

He has taught thousands of students, bringing nearly 200 to the rank of black belt.

Our head instructor has over 25 years experience teaching martial arts.

For details on all Enso Center instructors please visit About Us.

What do I wear? Do I have to buy a uniform?

For all programs other than Hapkido, you should wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can move freely in.

After attending Hapkido classes regularly and settling into training, you will need to buy a uniform. Our uniforms are available for purchase from our online store.

Purchase Uniform

Do you have any kids only classes?

At Enso Center, adults and children train together. This allows and encourages you to train with partners of various sizes, abilities and levels. This also allows for a fun training environment, especially for families that want to train together.

What are the minimum and maximum ages to participate?

There is no maximum age - if you're interested, we can help you achieve your goals!

Hapkido is open to ages 6 - adult

Yoga is open to ages 10 - adult

Tai Chi is open to ages 12 - adult

Weapons is open to ages 12 - adult

Archery is open to ages 13 - adult (children ages 8 - 12 may attend with special permission and conditions specified by the instructor)

Aerial Arts is open to ages 13 - adult (children ages 8 - 12 may attend with special permission and conditions specified by the instructor)

Fees & Costs

How do I pay for classes?

Enso Center doesn’t believe in and has never had contracts for its programs.

Tuition is automatically paid monthly, via a credit / debit card on file, on the first of each month, until you tell us to stop.

You may cancel payments at any time by giving notice before your next payment.

Some classes are paid for on a class by class basis. You can use your payment information on file to pay for these classes or pay each time you register for a specific class.

Are there any other fees besides tuition?

In Hapkido, Weapons, Yoga and Tai Chi you will be certified / tested for levels / belts based on your progress and dedication.

Colored belt promotion fee is $50 per test.

There is also an annual fee of $50 per individual or $75 per family.

Promotion test and annual fees are tax deductible.

Do you sell uniforms? How much is a uniform?

Enso Center sells Hapkido Uniforms for $70.59 USD (including tax).

Our uniforms are available for purchase from our online store.

Purchase Uniform

Are there discounts for families?

At Enso Center, we encourage families to train together. The first person in a family pays the regular tuition. Other additional family members receive a discount.

To learn more about family member discounts please visit Programs & Prices.

Are there other discounts?

If you are an existing Enso Center student paying tuition monthly, there is a 20% discount offered on the base (non AUTORENEW price) of Archery if you decide to join Archery as well.

Rank

What roles do promotion and certification play across all arts taught at Enso Center?

If you would like to learn more about the role that certification, promotion and connection play across all of our arts and how all of Enso Center's programs approach health and complement each other you can read more about that in Certification, Promotion & Connection.pdf

How often do people promote to the next colored belt level?

The length of time between promotions will vary depending on the length of time it takes each student to learn the required curriculum for each level. 

One of the things that we recognize at Enso Center is that people progress at their own speed. In general, this occurs every 3 months but varies from person to person and at different levels./p>

As your rank increases, so do the requirements and expectations and consequently the time between promotion tests will be longer. 

A key factor in the time taken is your diligence in practice and how often you are able to attend class.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

See the answer to the FAQ on how often people promote as it is relevant. 

A very general answer might be anywhere from 3 - 5 years to reach 1st Dan or 1st Degree Black Belt but this depends on attitude, discipline and attendance. 

At Enso Center, we like to focus on learning correct technique at all levels. 

The 1st Dan Black Belt is an important milestone in your journey within martial arts but it is also only just a milestone.

Can I transfer my rank from another school to Enso Center?

At Enso Center, we typically honor your existing rank from another school in the same martial arts.

But we also expect you to learn our curriculum, some of which will be very familiar due to your previous training.

Please contact Master Jason Mix directly for more information about your specific case.

Safety

Are martial arts dangerous? Do you use pads or body armor?

There is always some risk of being hurt in practicing marital arts. At Enso Center, we train with safety as our primary emphasis while focusing on effective, correct technique.

Only "tag" style sparring is practiced at Enso Center and as such body armor is not needed.

Does Enso Center compete in tournaments?

We do not compete in traditional tournaments because we believe that the sport of sparring does not emphasize the same goals as our school.

Instead, we offer our own Enso Games which better serves our goals of healthy competition and effective martial arts - and is FUN!

Other Questions

Why is Enso Center a Non-Profit?
How can I be notified about or check on upcoming events, center closures and other Enso Center updates of interest?

All upcoming events, center closures and other Enso Center updates are published on the main page of our website.

We do our best to notify students of any upcoming events, center closures and other updates via email as well.

You can also be notified of these updates by liking or following us on Facebook. To be notified you will need to do the following:

Go to the Enso Center Facebook Page

Click the three dots "..." (near the top of the page).
Click Following
Click on the three dots "..." again and then Click on Follow Settings
Make sure the Newsfeed Setting is set to Favorites or Default
Make sure the Notifications Setting for Posts, Video and Live Video are set to Standard or All Notifications

When you turn on notifications, you'll get updates each time Enso Center posts something shared with you.