Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get.
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Whats the minimum age limit to start Karate?
You can really start to learn Karate at any age, though we only accept children starting from the age of 4.
I have no experience. Is Karate suitable for me?
Of course it is, yes. We teach our students from absolute beginners, to black belt and beyond.
How long is each lesson?
Each lesson is typically 45 minutes long.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
The amount of time it takes to get a black belt varies, depending on how much time you put into it. However, we typically see students progressing from start, to black belt within a 4 to 5 year period.
What is Karate?
Karate is one of of the “martial” or fighting arts from southeast asia. It originated in Okinawa as a system of self-defense based on the native Okinawan fighting art called “Te” combined with fighting techniques learned from China. Before 1880, karate was a secret art. Once it became public, the excellent physical condition and character of karate students led to karate being included in the physical education clases of Okinawan schools. While karate is known for punching, kicking and striking techniques, it also includes grappling and throwing techniques. Around 1920 karate spread to Japan. In Japan, it was greatly influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Bushido (“the code of the warrior”), which stressed the need for proper character to be a good leader. Karate became known as karate-do, “the way of karate”. This is what we usually mean when we say karate.
Why should I learn karate?
You can learn Karate for self-defence. Fighting against an opponent who will hurt you if you don’t defend yourself is pretty scary. But in time, you learn how to fight and most importantly, defend. By learning karate, it is also another way to keep your physical and mental health in good shape!