What should I wear for my first class?
Any loose clothing, e.g. Track suit & T-shirt is ideal. We train barefoot so there's no need for any special footware.
Are there any 'beginners' classes?
Not really, we find that it's easier for beginners to understand what classes are all about if they can see other more experienced students training alongside them. Also, our students are all very friendly & helpful (everybody says so after their 1st class), so there's no need to be nervous. It is nice to be around other beginners as well, so we are happy to suggest sessions with other new starters in them. Alternatively why not bring a friend for moral support!
What do classes cost?
The first class is free, then we have a pay as you go system. Classes are £5 or £6 each (depending on the session).
Is there a discount for families?
Yes, if three members of the same family train together a forth can join in for free!
How often do I need to attend classes as a beginner?
Beginners are expected to attend one class per week. Regular training is the key to progression, so getting into a routine as soon as possible will help.
I'm totally unco-ordinated, will I irritate other students?
Not at all! Everyone has strengths & weaknesses, we will help you whatever your starting point.
How fit do I need to be to take up karate?
There are no pre-requisites in terms of fitness or flexibility. Whatever your level now we'll help you to improve on it.
How do I get a karate suit?
We recommend that beginners come along to A few classes before they invest in a uniform (DoBok). You can order the uniform (jacket with embroidered lapel badge & back print, trousers & white belt) from your instructor, or via the online shop. They are priced between £25 & £35, we generally have all sizes in stock (up to 190 cm tall).
Is there a membership fee?
There is an annual membership fee of £30 which includes the student in our group third party insurance policy (underwritten by TL Risk Solutions, details available on request), and also allows students to enter our belt grading system. New members also receive a 'black membership book' in which all of their grade achievements will be recorded, and a copy of our student handbook which describes the grading requirements for all of the Gup (coloured belt) gradings.
How often are gradings held?
We hold yellow belt tests (the 1st grading) every month; beginners who attend a weekly class are usually ready to grade after about 8 weeks. We hold Gup Gradings (coloured belt tests) every 3 months. Students are encouraged to grade every 3 months as regular, achievable goals improve motivation. For children it is particularly important that their efforts are rewarded - gradings are great for this.
What do gradings cost?
The Yellow Belt Test costs £16, Gup Gradings cost £20.
Can I attend a different class if I miss one?
Of course! Everyone is welcome at any class, if you miss a class for some reason the best thing to do is get along to another one. We have students who work shifts, or travel a lot with work, all of whom find out flexible approach ideal.
Are there preferential rates for students who train regularly?
Yes. If you train twice a week you can pay just £36 for a whole month's training. We also have a cheap version of 'gym membership' where for just £48 a student can attend as many classes as the wish in the month.
Do I need a 'stick'?
Not as a beginner! When you have achieved your yellow belt you will start to train with the staff (Bong).