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FAQ

 

Can I come along and see if I like it?

Sure you can.

Come along for as many lessons as it takes you to decide whether it’s what you are looking for. None of our lessons are the same, so to get a varied experience you will have to train a few times.

However, if you feel that you want feel like you belong straight away and would like to commit to at least a month of training then our Start Up Special is for you. If you are getting back into Kyokushin training, then you know what to expect. What are you waiting for?

 

What should I expect from the first class and what should I wear?

You will experience what the karate class is all about, and expect to sweat. Wear something loose fitting and comfortable.

The only expectations of you in the first class are the ones you put on yourself. We would like you to ease into the training and go at your pace and ability for a while. It will seem to you that you are very unfit, but that may not necessarily be the case, maybe just not karate fit. You will be included in everything that would normally happen in the class, you may not get it all and there will seem a mountain of learning ahead. There is, it takes a lifetime for mere mortals like us.

As for your attire, take up the Start Up Special and there will be a uniform for you straight away so you “fit in”. Or else wear something comfortable to work out in, along with a water bottle.

 

Are there any other rules?

Plenty, but you will pick them up as you go.

Within the dojo there is a way of behaving, etiquette, that stems from respect and safety. None of the ‘rules’ are frivolous, but the main ones you should be aware of for your first foray into the dojo are:

Please be punctual – we are.
Please do not chew gum or bring food, there are certain times that you will take a break for a drink.
Please do not smoke in or around the dojo.
Please do not wear jewellery.
Please keep yourself and your equipment clean.
Please treat everything and everybody with respect.

The rest you will pick up, there is a full list in the syllabus.

The Martial Way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.
- Mas Oyama

 

What happens after the first month?

If it’s for you, then you are about to embark on a lifelong journey of martial arts. Congratulations!

If you want to pursue Kyokushin Karate further, then we sign you up as a student, provide you with a complete syllabus (that will be your companion for the next 15 years or so), motivate you, stress you, make you work hard and ask you to do things you thought you never could. You may even get a bump or bruise along the way. But, you will enjoy that too!

One becomes a beginner after one thousand days of training and an expert after ten thousand days of practice.
- Mas Oyama

 

How much does it cost?

The best value for money training around.

Train for free for a while to see if you like it. When you do like it, avail yourself of the Start Up Special for the first month, currently $60. After that, adults cost $66 per month, Juniors/Students/Pensioners $56 per month. If there are more than of you in the family starting, the second and third are half price, all subsequent members are free, with regard to monthly fees. If for any reason the fees become an issue for you, please do not hesitate to talk to one of us about it. We endeavour to keep our fees as low as possible as we are a not for profit organisation and our instructors are volunteering their time to teach for their love of Kyokushin karate.

 

Do I have to train every session?

No, you can only do what you can fit in.

If learning something new is of high importance to you, then you should immerse yourself in whatever it is as much as possible. Nothing ever came easy without effort; if it did, it wasn’t worth learning in the first place.

Imagine you want to learn the guitar, but you only picked it up for one hour every month, you would not expect your progression to be very fast. Likewise with karate, it takes time and a lot of effort. Just ‘signing up’ is not enough, time spent in the dojo is well time invested in ‘you time’.

Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff. Continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unflattering devotion to the task at hand.
- Mas Oyama

 

What is the youngest age you teach?

Grade 1 at least, ideally 7-8 years old.

All people are different and have different capabilities, especially when very young. I am often approached to teach 3-4 year olds, but quite honestly because we are a part time, not for profit dojo, we do not have the facilities or infrastructure available to dedicate to the special time that is required for the very young. There are full time businesses around that specialise in “Little Dragon” type classes, but they do come at a cost. As for the slightly older student, they benefit greatly from everything that being active, healthy brings, and from every aspect that martial arts imparts, namely; focus, discipline, respect and work ethic to name a few.

 

How old is too old?

You are as old as you feel, don’t waste any more time.

If you have a burning desire to start martial arts and time is slipping from your grasp, then stop procrastinating, we will see you on Monday. But please make sure that you are able to start or resume a fitness regimen. If you have not exercised in a while, or you have some underlying medical condition, it would be best to go for a check-up with your doctor first. During training, we will encourage you to push yourself, but you know yourself better than we do, so always train within your limits. Please disclose any ailments prior to commencement.

 

Do you spar in the Dojo and will I be safe?

Absolutely!

Kyokushin Karate is known worldwide for its students being resilient, tough fighters. That doesn’t mean however, that you are expected to punch-on straight away. Everybody in the dojo knows what it feels like to stand in front of somebody for the first time, its nerve wracking! So everybody shows restraint and respect to their opponents and will fight to the lesser fighter’s capabilities. We separate the students into respective abilities and sizes, along with the use of protective equipment to promote safe sparring. For the Junior students, chest and head guards are used along with the usual shin/instep and mitts, so they are well padded and protected. Once you are used to sparring, it gets more and more enjoyable and becomes like a game of contact chess.

 

Do I have to spar?

No.

Karate and martial arts as a whole, are fighting arts and therefore it seems impractical that one would learn a fighting art without fighting, akin to learning to swim without getting wet. As Kyokushin Karate is “the strongest karate”, we pride ourselves on our resilience in combat and I doubt you will find a Kyokushin grading syllabus in the world that does not have a fighting component.

All that being said, if you are not comfortable in fighting, then no-one is going to make you. I can guarantee though, that after a while you will want to give it a go. You will even find yourself smiling while doing so in a very short while.

Karate is Budo and if Budo is removed from Karate it is nothing more than sport karate, show karate, or even fashion karate-the idea of training merely to be fashionable.
- Mas Oyama

 

Are there any opportunities for training and competing outside the Dojo?

Absolutely and your training will benefit from it.

As we are an independent dojo, we are at liberty to join in any activities, events or competitions that we wish. There are plenty of such activities around and well spread across the year. We have our own annual calendar available to assist in setting your goals. Training away from the dojo will open your eyes to other instructors and other view points to embellish your training experience. It is also hard to replicate the stress of confrontation in the dojo, so putting yourself outside your comfort zone is one way to get the heart beat racing and how to control the anxiety and adrenalin associated with competition.

A human life gains luster and strength only when it is polished and tempered.
- Mas Oyama