Can I pass black belt?
This style of karate is not the easiest in which to pass a Dan grading (black belt) and we make no apology for that! If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth having. Getting a black belt takes a lot of hard work and effort and a lot of dedicated training. If you can achieve black belt is up to you. The instructors at the club have the know-how and experience and have helped many students get to black belt and beyond.... but its really is up to you.
Do I need to learn Japanese?
Don’t worry, this is not a language school! A number of the instructions are given in Japanese, but the terms are introduced gradually and repeated often. It is more important that the student understands what we want them to do than they learn Japanese.
What will training involve?:
A typical karate practice session usually begins with a comprehensive warm-up, followed by the various training exercises. The exercises are divided into three main categories, kihon (basic techniques), in which you learn the basic blocks, punches, kicks, stances, etc. of karate; kata (forms), in which you practice and physically remember the various basics learned, and kumite (sparring), where your techniques are matched against a real opponent. As your skill level increases, so will the difficulty and degree of the exercises. Of course, there will also be times when you are taught theory, dojo etiquette and the more philosophical aspects of karate. (see about karate)
How long does it take to learn karate?
It’s really up to you. The more you practice, the more you will improve—for your entire life. There is no limit to mastering karate, no “final destination” at which you can arrive. There are benchmarks along the way however. In the JKA, you progress through a series of belt levels (9th to 1st Kyu). (see Gradings) After that, you receive a black belt, and progress through another 9 degrees of black belt (1st to 10th Dan). A student with no prior training joins as 10th Kyu (White belt), and is eligible to take ranking examinations or gradings every 3-4 months of training. Because of the number of grading examinations you must pass to attain a black belt, the 1st Dan requires a minimum three years of diligent training. It takes several years to attain each subsequent Dan grade. At these higher levels, you will see that karate is not just something to be learned, but something to be lived. And that takes a lifetime!