Karate FAQ

I’m an adult but I have never done martial arts before.

Sensei Sandra’s classes are suitable for beginners and no particular level of fitness is required. You’re welcome to book a trial to have your first go at it. During your first year of practice you’ll learn strong foundations that will lead you all the way to black belt. We have prepared an outline of what can be expected in our karate classes. Follow this link.

Can I start martial arts lessons anytime, or should I wait until the beginning of a season? 

You are welcome to start training at anytime! The sooner the better, we say. Here is a link to our trial form. We would love to have you attend.

May I watch my child’s class?

We love having parents watch their children training! For the time being, due to Government restrictions, we have to ask parents to drop off. Those attending a trial class or young ones in our Kindy Karate classes may have one parent/guardian enter the DOJO and watch their class.

Am I able to come in and watch a karate class before I book a trial lesson?

Karate classes are private events intended solely for the viewing of student’s family and guest friends. As we maintain a safe and suitable training environment, we do not open classes to the public for viewing.

Where did Sensei learn karate?

Sensei Sandra obtained her black belt as a direct student of Panamerican Shitoryu President Master Shoko Sato (8th Dan), after training in Venezuela for many years  Her most admired teacher there was Master Sato, but she also received instruction from a wide range of key teachers. While training in Venezuela she became an elite competitor, national champion in the specialty of ‘kata’ and member of the Venezuelan National Team. See more.

If I want to compete, how many hours of karate training should I do per week?

Three or more lessons per week. But adult training programs and kids training programs for this purpose are individualised. Consultations to plan a specific training program are available for tournament prospects.

Do you spar in the karate classes? 

Yes. You can opt out of sparring. There will be alternative activities for those who have no interest in sparring.

How do I buy a karate uniform?

We organise uniforms and provide them in the DOJO. You’ll be able to select your uniform size on the online enrolment form, but we’ll make sure you receive the right size/fit. We embroider the uniforms and will have them ready for you before your first class.

Do I have to buy a uniform?

No, you don’t have to buy a uniform. You can wear clothing suitable for the class, if you’d like, until you’re ready to take that next step. No rush whatsoever!

I am a member and am now ready to buy a uniform. How do I do that?

If you have already joined and are now ready to buy a uniform, just let us know by sending an sms or email and you can receive it at your next class.

I already have a uniform. May I use it?

You can use your current uniform if it is plain white with no logo. If your jacket has a logo of another school or style, please remove the logo or turn your jacket inside out.

Is there free parking? 

We have plenty of free parking right outside our Dojo. There is also free street parking and we are also located very close to the hundreds of 3 hour free Woolworths and Coles parking. We value plentiful and easy parking!

My child will miss one or two classes and I want to make sure I don’t pay for those classes. 

Tuition enables your child’s place in the class to be reserved and cannot be ‘adjusted’ or ‘deferred’ if a class is not attended. The minimum commitment we require for training is once-per week. If your child missed a class, they can easily upgrade to twice-weekly training.

My child missed a class.  What happens now?

We encourage regular and sustained attendance. If your child attends just one class a week, we suggest they upgrade to twice-weekly training. 

Tell me about pricing

Tuition is four-weekly as a recurring charge. There is no contract. We offer different pricing for more frequent training, and also offer once-weekly training. We have a once-off membership fee and no recurring annual fees. Contact us to find out more.

Do you offer family discounts?

Yes! Family discounts are offered for spouses/partners, siblings and full-time students upon enrolment. We also offer tuition discounts for two or more family members who are training, (includes partners). Full-time students receive 10% off tuition fees. 

What are your payment methods?

We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express, as well as visa debit card and debit mastercard.

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Will my credit card details be safe?

Yes. Our website is secure and you can make a secure payment from our site. You know our website is secure because our URL begins with ‘https://’ and not ‘http://’. The ‘s’ refers to the fact that the site has active Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, creating a secure and encrypted connection on the internet. You will also see a padlock symbol either in the address bar or in a corner of your browser window, depending on which browser or browser version you are using. If you don’t see these two things on a website, it means it is not secure and you should not make a purchase from it. In addition to this, we use Stripe as our payment platform. Stripe uses technology called Stripe.js, which means that your credit or debit card information is never sent to our server. Instead, data is sent directly to Stripe, who maintains the highest and most stringent level of internet security: they are certified PCI Service Provider Level 1.

My Amex card doesn’t have a CVC / CVV code. What do I do?

If you would like to pay using American Express but your card is without a CVC, enter ‘000’ instead. Alternatively, some AMEX cards have a four-digit CVC/CVV code on the front of the card.

How does Karate differ from Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art with strong emphasis in sparring (fighting). The sparring in taekwondo is composed mainly of kicking, with little use of the upper body. Taekwondo incorporates elements of karate and Chinese martial arts, as well as indigenous Korean martial arts.

Karate, on the other hand, is a Japanese martial art with a longer history. Modern karate is about twice as old as Taekwondo. Karate has a larger and more complex kata component, and incorporates 50% kata and 50% sparring. Sparring in karate is composed of a mix of 50% upper body and 50% lower body.

The Olympic event for taekwondo is sparring only.
The Olympic events for karate include kata and sparring.

How does Karate differ from Kung Fu?

Kung Fu is a Chinese martial art that is older than karate.Some karate styles were, at birth, influenced by Kung Fu, but not all karate shows the influence of Chinese martial arts. Karate was developed within the Okinawa Islands. Karate is heavily influenced by Samurai fighting arts from mainland Japan and Okinawan native fighting practices. Due to exchanges between China and Okinawa (these are delicate matters, as exchanges were not always peaceful), the Okinawan people learned and adopted some fighting principles from their Chinese counterparts.

Today, Japanese karate tends to be more prescriptive and detailed in the practice of kata (for example, in the specificity of the angles of the feet in stances!). In the Dojo, the detailed definition of karate movements is a result of the urge of Senior karate practitioners to technically improve and share quality practice.

In sports karate, regulation has responded to a need to comply with IOC standards (International Olympic Committee). Karate is an Olympic sport (a recent and wonderful change) whereas Kung Fu is not an Olympic sport.

What happens if I arrive late to class?

Great question! Sensei will explain all these things to you when you start out, but here is a sheet showing how to come into the dojo if you’re late to class. 🙂

How do you tie a karate belt?