Frequently Asked Questions

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In short, Karate means “Empty Hand” and is hundreds of years old and originates from Okinawa, a small Japanese island.

You can start training at our Association from the age of 4 years.

No, it is not compulsory. We host internal club competitions and external competitions with the JKA, completely voluntary.

No student is ever too old to start training, although there may be limitations. No matter what age, every student can always benefit.

In class the terminology used for the techniques are spoken in Japanese as well as in English. Over a period of time, students will naturally pick on the Japanese terminology.

No. There is this saying, “You train to get fit.”

After one lesson, you will be in a much better position to protect yourself. With each lesson you attend, you will become more and more equipped to deal with a situation.

Our professional instructors are fully trained to provide martial arts lessons in a controlled environment to help keep the risk of injury to a minimum.

If anything, training will improve the situation. By exercising, you are pumping the blood around the body, aiding the healing process.

The Karate uniform is called a Gi, The Gi can offer a small amount of protection and comes in different sizes and thickness. The Gi is the traditional uniform for Karate training and also worn as a symbol that we are all equals and share the same goals.

We allow students to train in loose comfortable clothing for the first couple of free taster sessions, then a Karate uniform is required.

The Karate Gi is supplied by the Association. You can buy the Karate Gi at any of our centres. We ask that you purchase the Gi from ourselves as the quality of the Gi is generally better than what you find in most stores.

No.  99% of all training is done in barefoot as in the old days. This will help toughen up the feet. However you will need footwear for taking part in some instances, such as outside training although again in most cases, for events such as demonstrations or outside training, mats will be used whenever possible.

There are some events which students can attend if they wish. Some of these seminars will require additional equipment if you wish to take part. Although most events only require a Karate suite (Gi). Additional items may be required such as: head guards, gloves, sparring mitts etc.

Generally gradings  take place every 4-5 months.

This greatly depends on the student and the level of commitment to their training, but as a rough guide it takes about 4-5 years.

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