We will try and answer any questions you might have, but
here we have listed the most common ones. If your question /
answer is not shown here, please feel free to email us using the
above email address.
Most frequently asked questions:
1. Who Takes Up
I Am Neither
Fit Nor Flexible - Can I Still Take Up Karate?
4. Is It Very Military Like?
5. How Often Do I Have To Attend
6. What Will Taking Up Karate Cost Me?
7. What Sort Of Things Will I Learn?
8. What Do I Do Next?
Takes Up Karate?
A: You do hopefully! Anyone can take up karate, young or old,
male or female. People start for a variety of different
reasons, some of which include Fitness, Self Defence or simply to
learn something different. The minimum age for kids is 7 years
old due to insurance requirements but our oldest ever student did
not start training till he was 70 years old.
Q: I Am Neither Fit Nor Flexible - Can I Still Take Up Karate?
A: Fitness and Flexibility are only certain aspects of karate, and
whilst they are helpful they are not a must as they can be developed
through karate training. We will also show you how to use your
body in such a way that flexibility is not essential. There
are a lot of myths surrounding the Martial Arts especially when
people think they have to be able to do the splits or something.
Q: Does It
A: Yes is the honest answer, but it doesn't have to. Our
teaching methods ensure that safe practice is followed at all times,
but Karate is a "contact" martial art and
in order to block something, you occasionally have to make contact.
You will also probably ache the day after your first class but this
is just your body telling you that you have been using muscles you
never knew you had.
Is It Very Military Like?
A: There are certain aspects which are, such as lining our in order
of grade or rank, bowing etc but this is designed to maintain and
promote things like discipline and respect. It also works both
ways, by you showing respect for your seniors and them in turn
showing respect for you.
Q: How Often Do I
Have To Attend Classes?
A: We have two regular classes per week and ideally you should try
and attend both of these. However, we fully appreciate that
people lead busy and sometimes hectic lives so one class a week
would suffice as long as you make sure you practice out with the
club. The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the
more you learn.
Q: What Will Taking Up Karate Cost Me?
A: Contrary to what people think, taking up karate needn't cost you
the earth. Takumi Karate Do is a "non profit
making" club and all the money generated stays with
the club. Everyone pays dojo fees (class fees) including
instructors if they are non teaching. The money is then used
to pay for the hire of the training hall and the rest is banked and
used for the members. The current costs for the club are
listed on this site at
Q: What Sort Of Things Will I Learn?
A: At Takumi you take out of our training all the things you feel
that a relevant to you. For example younger members might be
interested in competing in sparring events whilst older members
might want to develop their self defence skills. Everyone will
learn how to work and co-ordinate their body into delivering timed,
controlled moves that can help with "self preservation".
Remember that the skill you learn in karate is not all about hitting
people hard, anyone can do that. The skill is in learning to
control the knowledge you attain and to use it wisely. From
this you will then develop other skills such as Self Confidence,
Respect (for yourself and others) and much more.
Q: What Do I
A: Simply complete the contact page on this website and someone will
get back to you to let you know when the next class is (in case of
holiday closures etc). You then simply come along to the class
to the meet the instructors and members and see first hand what out
club is like. You can sit and watch a class, or even take part
as your first class is free. We don't believe in charging
people for trying something out.