Frequently Asked Questions

do you have a question, before contacting us check our faqs below to see if you can find an answer.

Q) How old does my child have to be to learn karate? 
A) Some styles of karate will take children from as young as 3 but we require our students to be aged 6 or older.

Q) My child isn’t sure about starting karate or is nervous, can we come and watch a class first?
A) Absolutely! We are more than happy for you and your child to come and watch a class before trying.
Q) Can i stay and watch while my child trains?
A) Yes, most of our venues have a viewing area where you are able to watch your child train. You might want to check with the clubs instructor to find out more.

Q) I want to try karate but am not fit, can i still try it?
A) Absolutely, there is no minimal fitness requirement to start. We have students of varying levels of fitness. Your fitness will inevitably improve over the duration of your training.

Q) I have no previous experience in martial arts, would karate be suitable for me?
A) Yes, we were all beginners once, all our students start karate for their own reasons, what ever your reason for wanting to start i assure you it will have a positive impact on your life.

Q) I feel as thought i might be too old to learn karate, can i still try it?
A) Of course, as long as you feel well and able you are more than welcome to join one of our clubs. 

Q) Is Karate any good for women?
A) YES! despite the general view that karate is an aggressive activity aimed towards your typical macho man. It’s not and couldn’t be further from the truth. Our style of karate available to everyone and is based on traditional karate of self defence.

Q) What equipment do i need?
A) You won’t need any addition equipment to learn karate, all training equipment is provided by the club.

Q) Will i get hurt?
A) Karate is very safe and the risk of injury is very low. Injuries in karate tend to be rare and quite minor, such as an odd bruise and bump. Remember though, that it is ultimately a physical activity.

Q) What do I wear to my first lesson?
A) Something loose and comfortable that wont restrict your movement. We train in bare feet so no need to worry about footwear.
Q) How long will it take me to get a black belt? A) On average it takes around 6 years to reach Black Belt standard, but this can vary as everyone will learn at their own pace and will attend different number of classes. 6 years may seem like a long time and other styles might advise a much shorter time period, however your progress is our primary concern no matter how long it takes, everyone is an individual and should be teated as one. We wont force our students to progress at a set rate to rush them to Black Belt just to feed our egos.