Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is training expensive?
A. The club strives to keep fees/contributions to a minimum, enabling karate to be accessible to all. They are outlined on the CLASSES page. Other minor costs that come over time include gradings(promotional testing) fees and uniforms for which there is no hurry. Fees go towards renting the venue, keeping the club registered with our larger organisations internationally and purchasing training equipment.
Q. Who can train?
A. Karate classes are open to ANYONE 4yrs to 60, regardless of physical built, fitness levels or gender. Jujutsu training however, is limited to students over the age of 15. See the CLASSES page for training times.
Q. What is taught?
A. We have separate classes for karate and jujutus. We also run self-defence courses throughout the year. Okinawan karate weapons are also taught as a suppliment to the karate syllabus. All training is focussed on self-defence applications, however there is also the opportunity for karate students to participate in sport competitions. Please see the SYLLABUS page.
Q. How long does it take to get my black belt?
A. The award of the First Degree Black Belt, reflects the level of skill achieved by the students. So naturally, the more you train the more you will learn and develop, technically, physically and mentally. On average a student may take between 2 1/2 and 4 yrs to achieve their first dan(black belt degree), but this depends entirely on the individual student.
Q. I am not very fit, nor very strong..is this the right class for me?
A. This is exactly the class for you! The beauty of martial arts is that even the weak can overcome the strong. Of course the skill requires a basic level of fitness, so training is highly structured and focuses on developing the necessary physical condition required to supplement technical training. It is all very gradual and facilitates most body types, even in the instance of permanent disability. In such cases however, consulting your physician would be advised.
Q. What kind of conditioning do u do? Do you do 'iron body' training in karate?
A. We do many types of physical conditioning for strenght and endurance. However it takes much time following the right type of training in order to develop that so-called 'iron body'. Consistency and patience are key!
Q. How important is internal energy in this club?
The concept of internal energy is generally referred to as ki in Japanese martial arts. We do not commonly refer to this term in our training. Instead we focus of other centuries old mental and bio-mechanical concepts for generating power(energy) in our techniques such as tandem and kime(focus).
Q. How do u spar, is it point karate for competition, or full contact?
A. We're primarily a self-defence school but competition karate is also possible after some time in training. Sport has its place and has many good values to teach students, however many techniques used in sport are not practical in the real world. Full contact kumite(sparring) also comes after considerable time in training, after the student has acquired the necessary skill and physical condition to do so. We have many sparring drills and exercises that advance in complexity as the student progresses, growing in skill and confidence.