First Time?

First of all welcome to our school. Since 2009 we’ve welcomed thousands of students through our doors and this page will let you know what to expect.

What age can I start

4years and above can be fine but you’ll need to start in one of our earlier classes. Adult classes are available.

What to bring?

Karate requires many different movements so wear lose fitting sports clothes and don’t worry about footwear as there is none!

Bring a water bottle and if it’s your first time – Parents may watch.

Please don’t worry about the uniform – there’s plenty of time for that. We will give them their first belt within in the first few weeks and let them earn the rest in time.

The lesson

The lesson will be 1 hour and contain small activities based around a theme

The lesson will contain the 3 elements of Karate

  • KIHON the basics. Punches, kicks, blocks, turns. All the moves which make up the martial art
  • KATA the shapes. Putting the moves into prearranged sequences
  • KUMITE the meeting of hands. All moves that are aimed at another.

What will it cost me?

TUITION Our members pay £25 monthly and we don’t use payment companies to collect. You set up the payment and you cancel the payment. (Yes we have a pay as you go option should you need it)

UNIFORM Our prices on uniforms are current £12.

INSURANCE If you stay with us long term then our contact sport requires insurance and membership to our governing body. Current £26 annually (cheaper renewal)

EXAMINATIONS We only have 10 exams until black and they are currently £25. These could be between 3-6months per exam (longer if needed)

Behavioural code

We all start at different points and we recognise that some may need some time to find their feet. Our basic policy is that as long as students don’t affect the wellbeing of others and are making some weekly progress – We would love to give them a go.

  • Shoes are put neatly (Parents can’t help!)
  • Students keep their hands and feet to themselves
  • No eating or disrespectful language in the dojo

Our children are children. After a while they know what to expect and we know them well enough to understand triggers and what is unaaceptable.

But generally…. If students have a ‘moment’. Don’t worry it happens and we let them know. Let’s imagine student’s have another ‘wobble’. That’s fine too! Our language may get a little firmer to remind them that that’s not what we expect but we take it on the chin.

If they clearly are not getting the message and they need to know we are serious then we remind them of the dangers of our sport and the need to listen and may invite them to sit out the activity for a few minutes to gather themselves. With over 20years doing this, voices are rarely raised and we don’t discipline from an emotional place.

Some of our children have educational needs so keeping clear boundaries and following through is essential to their development. Likewise, we have children who have special emotional requirements so a calm dojo without the need to scream is essential to wellbeing.

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