What type of karate will I study?
We follow a style of Karate called Goju Ryu. This is a traditional Okinawan style that has a rich history. However, Karate is much more than just the physical aspects. It is a complete discipline involving kokoro, the heart or spirit and the physical body. Through the training of the body, we can discipline the mind and temper the spirit. The most important purpose of Karate is to develop balance within ourselves
What is the right age to start?
There is no ‘right’ age to start Karate. You will be able to work at your own speed and learning ability. All we ask is that you arrive to training about 10-15 minutes before training starts so that we can understand your fitness levels and understand any injuries etc. that you might have. During the class you can work to your own levels and ensure you are training in the manner best suited to your abilities.
No age is too old to start training.
What should I wear?
When you have trained for a while you can invest in a karate suit (gi) but to get started, just come along in some loose fitting clothes. We train barefoot so you don’t need runners.
What about gradings?
Don’t worry about gradings to start with, once you have trained for a while we will look to schedule gradings that follow the EGKA syllabus. You will be asked to grade when ready.
What is kata?
Kata is a series of preset movements, in which you fight two or more imaginary attackers.
Each kata is built around specific fighting strategies, for you to understand and further develop the principles you will have learned in your basics.
Will I have to fight?
Goju Ryu is ultimately an extensive fighting system, enriched with self-defence training and physical conditioning. Don’t worry though, students are introduced to all aspects of this gradually and above all in a structured fashion.