Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you have beginner's lessons

YES!
We run classes for beginners and lower grades however you are not limited to these classes.
We also run mixed ability classes where you can train with all grades and ages which can give you an insight into what you can achieve.

But wont I look silly if I don't know what to do?

All our members have at one time been a first timer and will know how strange it can sometimes feel starting a new activity. 
No one is made to look silly and no one will be humiliated if they find something difficult. 
Students often find great satisfaction in helping beginners learn a new technique. 
Karate students never stop learning, so whilst you are learning one technique other members may be learning different techniques and working just as hard as you.

Will I get hurt?

Karate is a contact sport but it is a lot more than just fighting. 
Techniques are learnt without opponents and fighting is only a small part of the martial art. 
Initially there is no contact when sparring and only light contact at higher grades. 
Students are taught technique and control.

Do I need special clothes?​

To start with just wear comfortable clothes until you know whether or not you want to continue long term. 
You can buy a karate gi (suit) either through the club or at a local shop or often second hand but you will not need this until you take your first grade.

How do I progress to my next belt?​

When you start training you will learn everything you need to achieve your next belt. 
When you and your instructor feel you are ready you will be invited to apply for a grading. 
These gradings happen approximately every three months, but going through the grading does not guarantee you your next belt. 
Belts are an achievement which have to be earned and they are not given away. 
If you are successful you will be promoted but if you are not successful your instructor will explain what you need to work on to ensure you are successful next time.

I work shifts would I be able to just come when my shifts allow?

Of course! 
Some people can only train once or twice a month due to other commitments and this is fine. 
It will take you longer between belts but most people do not find that a problem they just enjoy learning and getting fit.

What benefits can karate give me?

Karate is an ideal sport. 
It exercises all muscle groups and keeps the brain active. 
Coordination will improve as will your balance and posture. 
You will tone up and your cardiovascular fitness will increase. 
Karate will also increase your confidence. 
When children do karate they will become more active and fitness will improve. 
Martial arts will also increase their confidence and health. 
At Sengoku Karate we place a lot of emphisis on respect and discipline. 
We expect students to respect all members of the club and in turn the children receive respect from the Instructors and other class members. 
Children take great delight in helping their fellow students and this in turn can increase their confidence.

Are Martial Arts suitable for Women?

You will learn to use the strong parts of you body against the weak parts of your attackers, along with ways of using your whole body to defeat an opponent rather than using strength alone. 
Karate and kickboxing both also exercise and tone up the entire body helping you look and feel great whilst increasing your confidence and awareness.

I have a Disability, can I still train?

YES!
We run classes for beginners and lower grades however you are not limited to these classes.
We also run mixed ability classes where you can train with all grades and ages which can give you an insight into what you can achieve.

Do you have beginner's lessons

Yes! Karate is suitable for everyone. We work on your abilities and do not concentrate on any disabilities.
Training is adapted to enable you to fulfil your full potential.
There may be some things you are physically unable to do however we will work with you to ensure you are still able to fully participate and progress
We work at your pace and if there is ever anything you feel would cause you discomfort you simply stop and let us know.
A Learning Disability is not a barrier to learning Karate and again we can work with you or your child to help them fulfil their potential.

NOTHING WILL HOLD YOU BACK AT SENGOKU