lol Alec, he has already said himself that not kicking will be the hardest thing after training karate to 2nd kyu.

CanuckMA, I was dubious about this too, but the coach has his wife present during training and an adult I know and trust trains there (not fighting the kids obviously). The other parents speak highly of the coach, who I liked when I spoke to him.

This policy of no parents is apparently quite common, our local dancing school and local gymnastic school also allow no parents even though some of the kids there are very young (my son is 13).