FAQs

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New to karate?

Beginners and new members are always welcome. Contact us to discuss.

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What is the minimum age?

6 is the minimum age at Senshi Karate. We find that children younger than that often struggle with coordination, discipline and concentration.

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Am I too old?

No, you’re never too old! Be realistic though. If you start karate when you’re older, you won’t be as fast as your 20-year-old self but you can still get to black belt.

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Do I need to be fit?

No. If you are very unfit or have a medical condition you need to be careful. Otherwise, you can build up your training and get fit as you go.

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Will I get injured?

Karate involves contact but Senshi Karate does not practise full-contact karate. While injuries can sometimes occur, we teach control and discipline.

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Are you insured?

Yes, we are insured as a club. Also, your KUGB licence means you are insured personally too.

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What order are the belts?

Belt colours

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Is Senshi Karate family friendly?

Yes. It is run by a family and is ideal for families. Parents and children can train alongside each other.

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Is Senshi Karate safe?

Senshi Karate does not teach full-contact karate although injuries sometimes happen. We are insured and comply with the KUGB guidelines on child protection. More info about that here.

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DBS
Is the instructor CRB / DBS cleared?

Yes.

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Class costs & term

  • Adults & children £6 per person per class if you pay for the full term upfront or £7 pay as you go
  • First class is FREE! (Note: normal price applies where we have a guest instructor)
  • Membership is FREE! Unlike other activities, we don’t tie you into onerous monthly or annual contracts. Train when you like, take time off when you like.
  • Summer term 2020 dates and prices are here.

How to pay

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Uniform

Gi: If you want to continue training, you will need a karate “gi” or uniform. You can buy this yourself or choose any from Blitz and ask Sensei to order it for you to get a 25% club discount. Budget £15-20 for a cheaper uniform.

Mitts & guards: If you enter competitions or as you get to senior grade, you will need KUGB-approved mitts — about £13 — a gum shield — about £5 — and groin guard — £5-£15 — and, for the ladies, a chest guard — £50-£60.

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KUGB Licence

You need an annual licence from our association body, the KUGB to be able to take part in their events and to be able to grade. It is also your insurance cover. This is £25 for kids under 16 and £30 for adults. You can apply for your licence online. This fee goes to KUGB, not Senshi Karate.

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Gradings

Every 3-6 months you should be ready to take the grading for your next belt. These are run by a senior instructor from the KUGB. Budget about £25-35 for the training class before hand and the grading itself.

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Benefits of karate

Karate is good for the body, the spirit and the mind. Here are 13 reasons why you and your child should take karate classes.

  • Fitness & flexibility
  • Improved posture and coordination
  • Complements ballet, football, dance,  musical theatre….
  • Self-defence
  • Mental resilience
  • Family time
  • Friendships
  • Fun
  • Discipline & focus
  • Self-confidence & respect
  • Memory
  • Teamwork
  • Goal setting

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How often can I grade?

If you train twice a week, you might be ready to grade again 3 months after your last grading (6 months between 1st Kyu and 1st Dan).

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Why can’t I grade quicker?

Senshi Karate and our association, the KUGB, teach quality karate and don’t focus on how quickly you can get belts. Your instructor wants what is best for you and it is up to them to decide if you are ready to grade. Some other clubs and associations allow you to grade very quickly, even if you’re not very good! If you want to grade quickly, go and join them instead. They probably won’t teach you much, but they’ll give you loads of belts and will be happy to take your money. If you want karate that actually works, stick with us. Be patient, work hard and the belts will come…

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How long before the average person gets to black belt?

As the saying goes: “An average person can’t get a black belt”. The average person does karate for a while but they quit before they get to black belt. Every person who gets to black belt is driven and focused. If this is you, and you train twice a week or more and are good enough, you might earn your black belt in about 3 years. Many people take 4-5 years or more.

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What do the Japanese terms mean?

Senshi Karate and KUGB use Japanese terminology. Not sure what the terms mean? Try this glossary.

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What style of karate does Senshi Karate teach?

Senshi Karate teaches shotokan. The KUGB syllabus is here (PDF).

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How can I be sure Senshi Karate classes are good quality?

Senshi Karate is a not-for-profit club, meaning the motivation is the karate, not the money. It is affiliated to the KUGB, Britain’s largest shotokan karate organisation. The instructor is a 3rd Dan black belt, has 20+ years experience of karate, trains regularly with senior instructors and attends the KUGB black belt courses. All gradings at Senshi Karate are conducted by 8th or 9th Dan KUGB senior examiners independent of Senshi Karate.

Why do I need to obtain a KUGB licence?

The licence provides your insurance cover and allows you to grade. It also allows you to take part in KUGB events.

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Who are the KUGB?

The Karate Union of Great Britain is Britain’s largest shotokan karate organisation. It is headed up by Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan, who has devoted his life to karate.

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Kata videos

The following excellent kata videos are by Sensei Paul James, 6th Dan with our KUGB friends at Ikkyo Karate in Aberystwyth.

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