Frequently Asked Questions?

How long will it take before I will reach my black belt?

A minimum of 3 years if all gradings are taken consecutively.

What is the difference between karate and Tae-Kwon-do?

Karate is a martial art established in Japan, Tae-Kwon-do in Korea. At a basic level, Tae-Kwon-do, forbids sweeping, grappling, leg kicks and use less punching techniques than Karate which, depending on the style, develop all these techniques.

What will I need to wear when I start?

To begin with, it is best to wear any loose and comfortable clothing e.g. jogging bottoms and a t-shirt. Once you feel you are ready to commit to training in karate it is important to buy a ‘gi’ (karate suit). Any large sports shop usually stocks Karate suits. You can also order through the club.

When starting it is best to buy a light weight gi. It is also important to purchase a gum shield, hand and foot pads and a groin guard. Ladies also sometime choose to buy a chest protector.

Will I have to fight?

Certainly not for a while ! Our association encourages students to have a good working knowledge of fighting techniques and an ability to apply them in combat. We do train fighting “kumite” and encourage students who are keen to compete. However kumite is not compulsory until purple belt, 5th kyu.

How often can I grade?

A minimum of three months between gradings with a minimum of six months between 1st kyu and 1st Dan.

What is the highest grade you can become?

There really isn’t an upper limit. Most associations require students to perform practical gradings up to at least fourth Dan then it becomes a honorary award for time served and contributions to karate.

What is the best martial art?

This is a debate for, which there is no sure answer. It is probably nearer the truth to say that a sound knowledge of karate, ju-jitsu, judo and Thai-boxing would produce a formidable fighter. Of course, all will depend on the dedication, talent and durability of the student.

What is the best age to start karate?

Again, there is no real hard or fast answers to this. Some students who start as children, lose interest before they fully mature or simply burn out in their teens, while others go on successfully into adulthood. Those who start later in life may not be able to compete, but do derive terrific enjoyment, learn new skills and go on to achieve black belt.

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