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Frequently Asked Questions 

Beginners Questions

1. Where is the club?

We have clubs around Australia, first you need to click on the State that you are in, then click on the club that is nearest to you. Click on the "Clubs" page.

2. How much does it cost?

As each of the clubs is owned by different people, and the hire of the various facilities varies, so does the fees, you can click on the "Application Form" page, and fill in the questions including the club that you are interested in, and we will get the relevant person to contact you via email.

3. What do I wear?

Initially just wear loose fitting clothing, no tight jeans or dresses. If you have a white karate uniform you can wear that also. But please remove any logos that you may have on it. And please leave jewellery at home.

4. Is the organisation recognised?

We are part of the Seishikan group, which is a Japanese based organisation. We are members of the WKF (World Karate Federation) The JKF (Japanese Karate Federation) and the AKF (Australian Karate Federation)the only Government recognised Karate Association in Australia. Each of the club (Dojo) instructors (Sensei) have many years of experience. Some started way back in the late 60s. We are also well represented in tournaments with some people who have ranked highly around Australia and around the world. Also our instructors hold accredited coaching certificates with continued update courses including first aid, and we hold regular senior instructor training seminars to ensure uniformed instruction across the organisation.

5. What ages can train?

Most ages can be accomadated, but check with the club that you are interested in. As each club has it's own policy on ages.

6. How fit do I have to be?

If you don't think you are fit, that shouldn't be a problem, as fitness will increase as you train. If you have any medical issues it may be a good idea to see your doctor and speak to your instructor. We can generally accomadate people with various medical issues, and these can be generally worked around.

7. How long does it take to get a Black Belt?

It pretty much depends on how often and how hard you train. It can take between 3 and 4 years on average. Obviously if you don't put in the work it will take longer. The best advice I can give you is "turn up and train hard".

8. Who does the Gradings?

The Gradings are done by Shihan Phil Bates. As we have clubs around the country it isn't possible for him to go to every club for every grading. And each club will have a panel of senior instructors under the auspices of Shihan to conduct the gradings.