Hertfordshire Karate Centre
Information - Frequently Asked Questions
Is Karate suitable for me or my child?
Karate can be practised by children as young as 5 years old and its never too late for adults to experience the benefits martial arts can bring
Will I get hurt?
Fighting and defence techniques are clearly explained and no one will enter into physical combat until they are ready to do so. Safety is of paramount importance to us and we ensure everyone wears protective equipment.
Students are given strict and detailed instructions on partner work/sparring and contact is light in our Dojo (training hall). Fighting is not a prerequisite. We wear personal protective equipment and make use of training aids such as mitts, kick bags and pad work to enable students to safely improve techniques whilst developing speed, focus and power.
Is Karate expensive?
After purchasing annual membership, there is an initial outlay for uniform and protective equipment (Health and Safety requirement).
There is no other outlay besides weekly lessons and quarterly grading, if you choose to advance through the belt system.
What do I wear?
Wear loose comfortable clothing, such as T-shirts and tracksuit pants or a Gi (uniform).
We do not wear shoes in the Dojo (training hall) and we train in bare feet.
Do I have to attend a formal grading?
We encourage children to enter into a competitive environment in order to gauge their progress and to test and improve techniques taught in class. Adults can progress at their own speed. Students must attend a minimum number of lessons in order to grade 3 times a year
Do I have to be fit to do Karate?
Fitness is not a prerequisite to training; it is a by-product achieved through training.
Can I wear my uniform and wear my belt from a previous club?
Yes. Students would have worked hard to earn belts at previous clubs. We would therefore ensure they were competent in our style to advance through the next corresponding belt in the Goju system
How do we get involved?
A simple phone call or email to book an appointment is all that is needed.
Alternatively come along to a training session and see a class in action.
Click here to see the timetable.
Can I have a family discount and trial lesson?
Yes. We discuss and review discount on an individual basis. Come along or call to book a free lesson today.