I get asked so many questions about my classes and Karate in general that I thought it would be a good idea to answer some of the more frequent ones here. If you have any others then please don't hesitate to call me or send an email - see my Contact page for details.

How many people are there in a class?

No more than 15 and often between 8 and 10.

Do I need any previous experience?

No experience needed, we help you every step of the way.

Will I need any special equipment?

Not to begin with. If and when you do need something we can provide it.

What are the benefits of Karate?

Good self-defence techniques and no upper age limit. You can train well into old age with positive benefits.

What is the difference in styles?

We teach a self-defence system (Budo) as opposed to a sport Karate that you often see in the movies. But as is often said in Karate circles, we are all climbing the same mountain but using different pathways.

How much does it cost?

The first lesson is free. Bring a friend if you are nervous and just join in. Because our classes are small you will get all the instruction you need from day one.

Do I have to be fit?

Lessons are not about being superfit but Karate can help you develop and maintain good levels of fitness as well as supporting a weight loss or rehabilitation programme. Even just learning Kata (pre-arranged forms) can be very fulfilling and teach you a move that could one day save you from an assault.

Can I come along and just watch?

We welcome visitors who just want to watch but there is no better way to get a feel of the system than by joining in.

What do you expect from me?

To succeed you need reasonable commitment. We understand the pressures of modern life but we can only help you progress if you attend classes. Even if you only attend every other week you will still learn good basic Karate.