Going To See This New School

I am going to call this karate school that I saw and see what they are all about.  I have heard that you should always make sure a school is decent before you join.  I suppose that prevents you from being in class with people you don’t like, or like if the school isn’t run correctly or something.  I have never trained at a dojo like that before so I do want to call them and make sure everything is ok.  I think it’s pretty cool some of the stuff that I’ve seen in martial arts books and I want to learn how to do it.  Not just so that I can defend myself but also so that i can get in good shape.  I’m not very flexible, either, and I think that it wows people when they see that you are really flexible so if I am able to kick high or do something alike that it would be pretty cool.  But I also want to make sure that I don’t go crazy and burn myself out.  I am going to need some karate equipment that I will probably get from www.karatemart.com but I need to talk to the teacher first and see if they provide the stuff or if I have to buy my own or what.  I’m also going to wonder if there is any kind of sparring or anything that goes on there or if it’s just drills.  I would like to spar because I’ve heard it’s important but if they don’t spar that’s ok too because I will still learn the techniques.  I also think that I’m going to have to get a new set of t-shirts to work out in because I don’t wanna use these.  I sweat a lot when I exercise and I’m pretty sure that doing karate is going to be the same and if I sweat thorough all the clothes I have right now that would suck.  So I’m gonna get something that I can wear and I guess people wear something under their uniform but maybe not?  I’ll have to ask the teacher.  It might be a good idea, too, to see if any of my friends have studied karate so they can tell me what to expect.  I have wondered if karate classes are a lot of fun or if they are hard work or maybe both, so I think that if I can find out how it’s going to be that would make me ready to start training but I also think that it probably varies and different schools do it different ways so since there is probably some room for each place to do it their own way I’ll probably just have to see how this school does it when I go there, but I bet it’s by class, too, like the beginner class is probably different than the experienced class, so that probably is another thing to consider.