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Our goal at Great Start Karate is to make your child’s live, online karate class experience the very best it can be! We use Zoom as our online instructional platform given it’s easy-to-use format. Here are a few tips that will make learning easy, fun and rewarding.

-If you have not already done so, download the free Zoom app ahead of time on to the device you will be using.

-Sign in using your child’s first name, not a parent’s name. This helps instructors interact with students on a first name basis and allows us to take roll. If the Zoom account is in a parent’s name, you can change the name upon logging in (see Renaming in Zoom below)

-Have your child sign in 5 minutes before the start of class where they will be invited in at the start of the class.


Select a location in the home where your child has adequate space to perform (approximately 8′ wide x 8′ deep).

Because karate instruction includes full body movements, position the camera so your child’s full body is visible. It is important for the instructor to see your child from head to toe.

We recommend using a large screen monitor or TV as your video display. Use an HDMI cable to plug your computer or iPad into a large screen monitor or TV. This will significantly enhance your child’s ability to view the instructor.


Click on the PARTICIPANTS button at the bottom of the Zoom screen.

Find your name on the right side of the screen and click the MORE button.

Click on the RENAME option and type in the student’s name.

Make sure the “remember my name for future meetings” is checked.

Click OK.


We recommend watching this short video on Camera Tips to ensure your child has the best virtual class experience.

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