“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

-Lao Tzu

I want to take martial arts…but WHERE do I begin?

Most people who want to begin studying the martial arts with us have little or no experience with martial arts. They usually have lot’s of questions such as “What do I do? Do I need a uniform? What is the first step?” We specialize at introducing beginners to the martial arts. We also have advanced programs for those who have studied the martial arts before and are interested in getting to high levels of ability and long-term growth.

That is why your first experience with us is an introductory process called our New Student Orientation Introductory Program. It involves a Tour of our school, a few Semi-Private Introductory Lessons that might be with other beginners starting off just like yourself or you are welcome to bring someone to get started with you, you receive your new martial arts Student Uniform, and a conference to review our schedule, tuition and answer any questions that you have.

Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a pure novice everyone who enrolls starts out with the New Student Orientation to help introduce you to our school and answer ANY questions you might have while making you feel at ease. This process will allow you to evaluate our martial arts school, our staff, and our instructors. You’ll want to look for a feeling of comfort in areas of professionalism, safety, and if you think we can inspire you and help you accomplish your goals and receive the benefits you are looking for in studying the martial arts with us.

Fitness & Getting in Shape

Our martial arts education gets you in shape while you work at your own individual pace.  You never feel out of place because you are coached & motivated by the instructor & your classmates.  With a coach in every class one to one instruction is always available.  

Stress Relief

Our martial arts education is like a mini vacation twice a week.  You recharge when your body & mind are doing something good for yourself, it actually makes us more productive.


Our martial arts education teaches practical proven self defense techniques that you’ll get better & better at with practice.  In our safe learning environment you’ll gain the tools you need to protect yourself in any situation you may encounter.


Our martial arts education is very successful because we make it fun.  When people are having fun they learn much faster.  When you surround yourself with a positive peer group of like minded people doing on a journey to evolve you can expect to be inspired. 

HOW do I Choose a Martial Art School?

Choosing a martial arts school is no different than choosing anything else in life. You must “listen to your gut”, use common sense and make sure you have a good feeling about the school you are “trying out”. We are confident that you will be satisfied and if you are not we are happy to recommend a school that might better suit your needs. It also allows us to evaluate you, the new student applying for membership, to see if you qualify to be a part of our school. Afterwards you get to make the choice whether to enroll or not. There are no “Hard Sales” or “Pressure” to enroll. There are also no “Hidden Expenses” either. It will also give you peace of mind to know that should you need to cancel your membership with our school at any time you may do so.

WHAT Happens WHEN I First Come In? WHO will help ME?

Devin Harris Point Guard of The Nets visits TheDOJO & Sensei Dan in Rutherford NJ

When you first enter The Dojo you will be warmly greeted by our best new student instructor who will help you throughout your New Student Orientation Introductory Program. First after introducing themselves they will give you a quick tour of our school, introduce you to some of the other members and answer any questions you have. Your new student instructor will take the time to discuss your goals and find out what benefits you are looking to receive from studying the martial arts with us. They will also take the time to find out any physical or other limitations you might have and be concerned with. For instance some students who want to enroll might ask “What if I have a preexisting condition or injury such as back pain, neck pain, knee challenges or back challenges”. Your new student instructor will be able to recommend modifications so that you can participate in our program to the best of YOUR ability.

Next you will receive your high quality New Student Martial Arts Uniform compliments of us. New students perform 10 Acts of Kindness, log them on a piece of paper and hand this in to qualify for membership and their complimentary uniform that is theirs to keep whether they enroll or not. New students may then change into their new uniform in our private individual changing rooms such as what one would find in a department store.

WHAT Happens in My First Class?  Is it safe?  Will I look silly?

You’ll have fun! As all along, your New Student Instructor will teach you what to do in your first class. Your first class is one on one with your instructor and there may be a few new students getting started with you. You may also bring a friend or someone else to get started with you as well. First some of the protocol and customs of the martial arts will be explained such as HOW and WHEN to bow and WHY. The bow does not have any religious significance it is merely a customary display of respect for one another or towards training tools that help us as we practice the martial arts. Everything we do is with safety in mind. The martial art lesson will begin with a warm up involving loosening up, light stretching and you’ll be coached on HOW to do each exercise correctly and safely.

The rest of the lesson will consist of learning some simple yet effective martial art techniques. During this first lesson you’ll experience the qualities of the martial arts. The Discipline of staying Focused while executing each technique as you perform each move to the count lead by your New Student Instructor. Your Confidence will grow as you get better at each skill the more you practice it during the class. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of Self Defense Techniques that really work for personal protection, and you’ll get a light workout and break a sweat which is a good stress relief. You’ll feel like you are on a mini-vacation and the days problems will seem a million miles away as you have fun and enjoy your first martial arts class!

At the end of class you’ll review the skills you just learned as a part of your first test and earn your white belt! You’ll do great!

WHAT happens in my Second Martial Arts Class?

Breaking bricks is easy, especially three of them. Conquering one's self - ego, controlling our emotions, self-discipline...much more difficult. However people are more impressed by the material world than they are by the immaterial such as love, kindness, compassion, tolerance, empathy and peace. A highly evolved human being to me is much more impressive.

Your second martial arts class will be scheduled before you leave from you first class. You will already have your martial arts uniform so you’ll want to bring that in with you. Once again you will be greeted by your New Student Instructor who will introduce you to the other new students, the other members involved in our school and the new student instructors. This second class is a group class where you will be working with other new students just like yourself. They might have only up to a few months experience and your class will be separate from the members who have been studying longer. This second class once again is taught at a beginners pace. It will again start with warm up exercises, a review of the techniques and skills you learned in the first class and you’ll be introduced to some new basic martial art techniques. Again you’ll break a sweat and have a FUN class! You’ll finish with some cool down exercises that might consist of light stretching and relaxation breathing.

WHAT happens next? I want to Enroll!

An enrollment conference will be scheduled either after your second class or at a time that is convenient for you to discuss HOW you did with your classes, you’ll find out if you qualify for membership, you’ll receive feedback on your performance and recommendations are made for any improvements you might need, you will also have plenty of time to ask lots of questions. During this conference various areas of membership will be explained such as our class schedule, home practice, registration & tuition and everything you will need to know when becoming a new student of The DOJO! Again there are no “Hard Sales” or “Pressure” to enroll. There are also no “Hidden Expenses” either. At this point you may choose to enroll or not. One thing to ask when enrolling in a martial art school is what happens if for some reason you are unable to continue. What makes our school unique is that we have a trust agreement that simply says “We trust you, and if for some reason you are unable to continue classes you may cancel your membership and tuition by giving us 30 days written notice for free cancellation or immediate cancellation my be opted for a small fee. Another good question is to ask about hidden expenses such as testing fees when advancing to new belt ranks of the martial arts such as gold belt, brown belt or black belt. We have no test fees at our school. At our school you find enrolling will be easy.

WHAT Happens After I Enroll?

After you enroll New Students continue working in the Beginners Class as coordination, experience, know how & confidence in your abilities are built up and it will be sooner than you think! When the New Student is ready they will be invited for gradually getting involved more and more with the other beginner students who moved up from the Basic Class. The intermediate and more advance students are always happy to help and encourage beginners from their first class. Since we are a private school we limit our enrollment to only qualified students. This has created a positive atmosphere of like minded individuals who are motivating, encouraging, safe, inspiring, and makes it the type of place we and our students enjoy returning to for each class.

HOW do I start my New Student Orientation and Introductory Program?

Complete the application by clicking on the link below and we will call you within 24 hours to get you started! You may also call us at (201) 933-3050 and speak with our Program Director my wife Kim who introduces all of the new students to our school. See you in class!

Sensei Dan Rominski

Chief Instructor of TheDOJO

5th Degree Black Belt