Of course! All we ask is that you turn up about 10 minutes before your first lesson and make yourself known to the instructor, and if you have any medical conditions that may affect your training. Please see our training page for locations.
Normally we train in a "gi" (a special training outfit), but for your first lessons we would advise that you turn up wearing some comfortable loose fitting clothing, and be prepared to train in bare feet.
Certainly not! We have students in the club of all ages, and karate offers many challenges which appeal to mature students. Sensei Funakoshi (the founder of our style of karate) was still training when he was 86.
Normally we take junior students starting at age 6, but for the safety of all our students each child needs a degree of coordination (karate will help to improve this over time). The simple test is 'can your child do the hokey-cokey?'. If so, then they should be ok to start karate.
Yes, we have two specially designed classes (Wednesdays and Thursdays), which allow children and adults to train together. Please see our training page for more details.
We have three classes every week (please see our training page for details). Juniors and families are best suited to the mixed age classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Monday’s sessions are best suited to adults. Please see our training page for a map showing the locations of all our classes in Cambridge.
You are more than welcome to come along to train. If you have any special requirements please let the Sensei know before the lesson.
Karate isn't really about chopping things in half, although we do occasionally use break boards in class in order to improve our technique. It is best to ask your Sensei before you start trying to break things (if you get it wrong it can hurt).
Karate will certainly help you get fit. It will improve your flexibility and will provide you with mini goals for your next level of training. As you get better at karate you will train harder and your fitness will improve too.
Karate contains many elements of self defence, and will improve your self confidence. We do practice various drills aimed at defending yourself.
It is in some clubs, but we practice in controlled situations and only light contact is used. We want you to enjoy your training and come again, and that's certainly not likely if you go home covered in bruises every time you train.
You shouldn't get hurt, your Sensei will only put you in situations that you are comfortable with and in a controlled environment.
Initially once a week is sufficient, until you've passed a few gradings at which time it would be best to train twice a week.
In Karate there are many levels and these are divided into teacher (dan) and student (kyu) grades. The coloured belts are used for distinguishing between the kyu grades, whilst the dan grades all wear black belts. Your first grading will be for 10th kyu (or red belt) and from there the kyu grades count down, so the highest kyu grade is 1st kyu, after which you will be ready to go for your black belt (or 1st dan). The dan grades then increase so after 1st dan your next grade is 2nd dan, then 3rd dan and so on.