Frequently Asked Questions
SKR welcomes junior and adult beginners from 4 – 65 years.
Our syllabus is designed so that no previous level of fitness is required to join in.
For your first class, you should wear loose comfortable clothing.
Remember as a beginner that every person in the Dojo has at some point started as a white belt.
Adult and Junior Classes
Is there a waiting list?
How long are the lessons?
How often are the gradings?
Where will I find the syllabus?
How are the lessons structured?
- Kihon (Basics) – consisting of blocks, punches, strikes, kicks, stances and positions.
- Kata (formal exercise) – a sequence of moves designed to defend against several ‘imaginary’ attackers
- Kumite (sparring) -there are several levels of sparring used in the syllabus, ranging from basic sparring (Kihon Kumite), to semi-freestyle (Jiyu Ippon Kumite) and freestyle sparring (Jiyu Kumite).
Is there a maximum or minimum age?
What should I wear for my first lesson?
Always try to arrive in good time for the lesson.
When you enter or leave the dojo (training hall) you should bow
It is also customary to bow to the Sensei and your seniors upon first seeing them as either you enter or they enter the dojo.
Always address the instructor as “Sensei” whilst in the dojo, never by name.
If you arrive late for class you should:
Change quickly and quietly – without disrupting the rest of the class
Warm up outside the class (failure to warm up because you are late can lead to injury)
On entering the dojo, kneel so the Instructor can see you and wait for the signal to join in
When the Sensei gives you the signal to join the class, bow and move quickly to your place in line.
“Oss” is a Japanese word used in the dojo as a sign of respect to the Sensei or fellow students. “Oss” is also used to confirm understanding.
Karate Gi’s should be kept clean, washed, pressed and in good condition.
On entering the dojo, you should be properly dressed in your Karate-Gi – with belt (obi) already tied.
Students (Karate-Ka) should act with appropriate respect and discipline in the dojo, and should refrain from socializing.
Make sure you are clean – especially feet! Finger and toenails must be kept short to prevent injury.
Long hair should be tied back, so that it does not obscure vision.
All jewellery/watches should be removed prior to training – if jewellery cannot be removed, it should be covered with surgical tape or plaster.