See if we can answer some of your most common questions.
What benefits will I realise from the classes & how many times a week do I have to train?
How Long Does it Take to Become a Karate Black Belt?
This varies greatly among our students. For our youngest members, e.g 5 year olds, about 4 to 5 years average. They will join our exclusive, progressive junior belting system which helps them to slowly and steadily progress further in their karate. For slightly older children, say 6 years and above, possibly 3 to 4 years.
years with dedicated hard training and commitment. This is usually what we expect of our adult members with regular training. Of course, if many classes are missed and not made up for, these timescales can lengthen greatly. However,it should be no student's wish to obtain a Black Belt by tomorrow. You must be willing to work hard and to be patient and to have the right mindset. Only then you will be worthy of wearing a black belt. Do remember though that the first Black Belt is the first step up the ladder and not the last one !!.
How do I join & how much is the Membership Fee?
You need to book at least one out of the two trial qualifying classes we offer. Upon qualifying after this, you may then join us. Membership Fees are dependant on your current starting level as a beginner, intermediate or advanced level & discussed after undertaking the trial qualifying class. You can expect to budget approximately £50 per month training twice weekly for your classes as a beginner.
What about other Advanced Brown & Black Belt Courses ?
Apart from our regular classes at our locations, Advanced level students e.g Brown/Black Belts will also be required to take part in our Brown/Black Belt courses, which are run three times during the year, February, April and November. These are independently run by the JKAWF. ll these courses are with one or several high grade Japanese masters held at: Windsor Leisure Centre, Stovell Road, Windsor, Bucks, SL4 5JB . Your Chief Club instructors permission is required to attend them.
Also all younger coloured belt students are encouraged to take part in our yearly UK National JKA Championships, which are held at the same venue every year, as well as local club competitions which may also be held in their own club.
Do I Have to Buy my Own Kit?
No. You could purchase your karateGI at the club. Sometimes we have offers where on qualifying to join us a FREE GI (Uniform worth at least £20..!! ) is also given.
What is the JKA
JKA (Japan Karate Association) This is the world's largest shotokan karate organisation, based in Japan, it founded and refined the shotokan karate system originally.This is the most popular from of karate practised in most of the countries of the world today. JKA Shotokan karate is much more than merely physical fighting. It is an art of self-development founded on the philosophy and strategy of the Samurai Warriors. Through repetitive hard training and practice over a period of time, JKA Shotokan karate develops not only a strong body, but also a strong mind and positive character. Thus enabling a practitioner to overcome obstacles, both tangible and intangible in their life. The karate you will learn at our Academy will be this sort of karate as expounded by Aktar sensei 6th Dan who has trained with the very best masters of the JKA in this martial art and has therefore the physical skills and the knowledge capacity to help take your karate way beyond your expectations if you are enthusiastic, committed and dedicated.
Why the JKA ?
The JKA has a strong structured progression syllabus with character building as well as self-discipline automatically built into its structured program by its predecessors. So you are learning the ultimate self-defence skills yet you have to progress within this self-discipline & character building guideline. Which is very good as it turns out great Black Belts and great, successful, & responsible people in life.
What is Required of Me to Join ?
Over his more than 4 decades of karate practise, Aktar sensei 6th Dan has set out an ideal for all members at the Shotokan Karate JKA Academy to follow, which is in line with all humanistic philosophies and all his masters' training expectations & teachings, and which also provides a true meaning for training in martial arts for a dedicated student . His vision is to see all our students progressing as a big happy family, along our ideals of the Student Creed ( Mostly applicable to our Tiny Tigers & Junior Students ) and the Dojo Code & Principles of Black Belt Excellence (Applicable to all). We expect all our students who join us to get familiar & believe in these ideals, and apply them into their daily life whereever possible. It is also vitally important to believe in your self and most importantly your chief coach/instructor and all assistant instructors as they are your role models and have all followed the same tenants above, and are in a better position to help you achieve your aims, not only in martial arts but in your life. If you are not prepared to believe and follow the precepts described, then your progress will be very limited and you should question why you want to practise at our Academy. The ultimate aim of the Shotokan Karate JKA Academy as set out by Akyar sensei is to help build up a stronger, smarter, and wiser community, towards a positive human potential. It requires the training of both your mind and the body and through it we will aim to produce future generations of leaders who are strong and responsible people in the community.
So karate at our academy is more then about just fighting, although you do learn fighting/self defence techniques as part of the progress,and aslo have some fun whilst doing it, it's a process of character & self-development where the physical techniques and yourself, need to be mastered first through the process of self-discipline in the dojo under an understanding & guiding sensei, (instructor) who knows , & who can push you to your limit , both physically and mentally. This is the requirement as set out by Aktar sensei 6th Dan for all students who become our members to follow. If you are happy to follow these guidelines as a member,then you are welcome to join us. We hope that every aspiring member will follow these joining guidelines for the mutual benefit of themselves and others, so that we will continue to grow together positively in the community.
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Our unique karate lessons have been devised so that you will have tremendous benefits for your whole body, mind and spirit. Physically, our karate classes are structured so that they are not only a method of learning fighting but also good for the heart, strengthen bones, build & tone muscle, create resilience, develop hand-eye coordination, and make the body less susceptible to sickness and injury. Mentally, our karate training helps you to develop patience,a never-giving-up attitude and many other positive qualities needed to become successful in your life. It is vitally important to find an instructor who really understands these qualities & concepts himself,and who practises them diligently himself, as then he can develop them in his students effectively. Once you join our club, we expect you to train at least twice a week regularly. Why twice a week? it is very important to keep your bank of knowledge updated so you don't forget anything, and also so that the techniques spontaneous muscle memory. Advanced level/BBC students are expected to train 3 times a week.