Frequently Asked Questions





I have never done a martial art before, can I still join.

Most people who join have never done Karate before. Everybody is beginner at one time or another. The Academy is a great place to start; with friendly coaches and experienced members we are here to help you.


Will I get hurt?

While Karate is a contact sport it is by no means full contact. At normal training, particularly at the start, you will not be hitting each other at all. If you decide to do competitions you will be given pads and will actually be penalised if you hurt the opponent, the skill is stopping your punch or kick. That said, accidents and injuries do happen but they are more often at high level competitions. Also karate is not all about kumite (fighting/sparring). From self-defence to kata (forms) there’s something for everybody.


What do I need for my first session?

At the beginning come wearing comfortable tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, the Academy has a strict “No Football Colours” policy. You will have to take your shoes, socks and all jewellery off before the session starts. We also advise that you bring a bottle of water with you.


I'm not into competitions

Although competition is part of Karate it’s still a relatively small part. If what you’re looking for is personal development, the ability to defend yourself, improved fitness and flexibility or just to make friends Karate has so much to offer besides competing.


What style do you teach?

Our Academy teaches Shotokan Karate. A combination of sport and traditional Karate.


Why do Karate?

Karate is fun! It’s a great way to meet new people, keep fit and flexible, and learn self-defence. We have a great competition record and a great social aspect to the Academy as well. We are a developing, active and welcoming Academy. Come along and give it a go!


What is Karate training like?

At the first few sessions it will be an introduction to the sport with demonstrations and a variety of basics (kihon), sparring (kumite), forms (kata), bag work, and self-defence. There will also be a bit of stretching and fitness to keep you in top shape.


I'm not fit/energetic enough to do karate!

You train to get fit. You don't need to get fit to train. We will start slow. We start the class with a good warm up and stretch so you will be ready for the training that follows. Karate will provide you with the skills necessary such as improved flexibility, balance and muscle strength.


Any other questions?

Feel free to email the committee who are more than happy to help!