Frequently Asked Questions

How much does training cost?


Training should be thought of as an investment in yourself. The cost of training will vary from dojo to dojo. One of the SKK objectives is to make training affordable for everybody.




Do I have to be in good shape before I start?


No, you will get into shape as you train. Karate training includes warm up and stretching exercises that you will learn as you progress. As you learn the techniques you will train harder and faster. Any regular physical activity will improve your fitness but more importantly your general well being.




I am 51 years old, am I too old to start martial arts?


No, you are never too old to begin martial arts training. In fact the "life wise" student has a great deal to offer their classmates in terms of experience and patience during training. SKK training is realistic and not centered around the gymnastic rule-bound sports karate that is so popular today.




Can beginners join the SKK?


Yes, beginners are always weclome even if the class looks like a high grade class. Each karateka (a person who practices karate) is treated as an individual regardless of grade. We are all a unique study of one!




I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to karate classes?


There is a difference between training and practice. Training takes place in the dojo environment under supervison. Practice is what you do at home literally practicing what you have been shown in the dojo. The more you train the better your karate will be. Make time for Karate as a part of your lifestyle - if the dojo is open train! There are no short cuts.




How long does it take to get a black belt?


This isn't the question you should be asking if you are genuinely interested in learning Karate.




What sort of things should I consider when choosing a dojo?


A good teacher makes the dojo. Don't look for flashy premises with lots of equipment. A sincere approach by the sensei is more important. A trial period should be offered, usually this is free and the length differs from dojo to dojo, although you may be asked for a small fee to cover indivdual insurance. If you are re-starting, your currrent grade should be accepted however you may have to wear a lower colour belt until you get back up to standard. Once you are happy with your choice you should expect to pay for: - A membership licence/record book. (SKK £25 p/a) - Weekly or by session training fee - Promotional grading fee. (There will be a big difference between Kyu grades and Dan grades in both the cost and examination.)





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