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IS IT SAFE?

The answer is yes!  You will be taught by fully trained instructors at all times.  
All levels of skill are catered for.  We are fully qualified and insured to teach you safely.

DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?

No, we warmly welcome complete beginners.  
Everyone is nervous to start with, we will make you feel at home in our club, and will take time to show you the ropes.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

For the first few sessions, turn up to the dojo (training hall) in comfortable, loose fitting clothing such as jogging bottoms and a t-shirt.  

After a few weeks, you will be invited to purchase a karate uniform (gi) with a white belt.  These can be obtained via the Club at a discounted rate.

IN WHAT ORDER OF COLOURS DO THE BELTS GET AWARDED?

Belts are achieved in the following order :
White
Orange
Red
Yellow
Green
Purple
Purple/white stripe
Brown
Brown/white stripe
Brown/two white stripes
Black

WHAT EXACTLY IS A DAN GRADE?

A Dan grade is a level of black belt grade.
1st Dan is the first black belt that a person is awarded.  From then on, we strive to reach the standard of the next Dan grade.  The highest Dan that can be awarded is a 10th Dan.
It takes a minimum of two years to attain 2nd Dan, a minimum of three years to attain 3rd Dan, a minimum of 4 years to attain 4th Dan, and so on.  
Therefore, as you can imagine, there are very few 8th, 9th or 10th Dan grades in the karate world!

WHY SHOULD I PRACTISE KARATE?

After the past two difficult years of the Pandemic, we want to encourage others to get fit and active and to be challenged by something new.  We have all spent far too much time in our homes, away from others.  We feel that now is the time to join a friendly club, gain confidence, make new friends and learn useful skills.  


There have been a lot of high profile cases recently in the news regarding women’s safety. It feels good to be able to defend yourself if it is necessary. Karate is excellent self defence.  Mental toughness and resilience are great advantages that karate can bring about.


There are so many benefits to karate.  It is a superb body workout.  It increases your cardiovascular fitness, strengthens and tones your whole body.  It is also good for weight loss.  It raises your stamina and flexibility levels, and improves balance and mobility.  You will also find your energy levels increase over time!  

We want to encourage everyone to improve their mood, their vitality and their mental health to cope with everyday life, especially now that we are all emerging from the Pandemic.  Karate is a fantastic stress relief.  It improves your mental health, self esteem, your focus and your concentration.  It is also excellent for honing self discipline in children and adults alike.

WHAT IS SHOTOKAN KARATE?

Shotokan Karate is the style of karate that we practise.  It was brought to mainland Japan in 1922 by Master Gichin Funakoshi after originating on Okinawa, a small island south of mainland Japan.  It is widely practised around the world and is an effective form of karate.  The word "karate" itself means "empty hand" as we learn to use our body to defend and attack.

CAN I KEEP MY CURRENT GRADE IF I HAVE TRAINED IN KARATE BEFORE?

Yes, you can.  
Your grade will be transferred across and after a period of review you will be invited to grade with our club for your next belt (as agreed with the Senseis)

Any other questions?
Do contact us if you have any queries.

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