Q: What's the youngest age you teach?
A: We start teaching students from the age of 5. The free trail session we provide enable us to see wheather your child can cope with class, that they've developed enough to pay proper attention and able to sit still enough to listen without causing distraction for other students.
Q: How long is a session?
A: Our sessions last an hour (60 mins) for beginners, and 90 minutes for Intermediates & advanced students.
Q: How many students are in a class?
A: Due to COVID-19, class numbers are at the moment limited to 15 students
Q: Do classes run during term time only?
A: No. We have classes throughout the year. We do close for Bank holidays.
Q: Will I get hurt practicing karate?
A: The training is rigorous, bumps, bruises and sore muscles are not uncommon. Because karate focuses on physical and mental control, and respect for your training partner, serious injuries are extremely uncommon. Practicing Karate can be considerably safer than many other popular sports.
Q: How often are karate classes?
A: We hold (Children) classes 5 days a week. Students are encouraged to attend at least twice a week, however they are welcome to come as many times as they want. We have 2 adults classes per week. See our timetable for classes!
Q: How often should I practice?
A: As much as you can. Whenever you have time! View your training like it's a bank account, The more you put in, the more you'll get out.
Q: What do I need to wear? – Do I need to buy a uniform?
A: For the first class you should wear loose clothing i.e. a T-shirt and jogging bottoms or a track-suit.
If you decide to join us, you will be given a suit with your membership. Female students will need to wear a plain white t-shirt under their uniform top!
Q: I'm I too old to start training?
A: Our oldest student is 74 years old. We have students in the club of all ages, Karate offers many challenges which appeal to mature students. We belive your never too old to start Karate.
Q: Can I train with my children?
A: No! We don't mix adults with children. The emphasis with the adult training is different than that of the childrens.
Q: How long must I train before I'm able to defend myself?
A: The ability to defend oneself from attack is dependent on many factors.
It's important for new students not to expect instant results! Karate takes time, it takes years to become good at it, no matter how often you train. In a conflict situaton the beginner may get lucky or the advanced Karate-ka maybe caught during a careless moment. This uncertainty is one of the practical reasons why plans that reduce the chance of conflict are more important to self-defence than physical prowess.
Q: How much does it cost to join PKS?
A: Cost depends on the payment plan you choose. We charge an annual membership which covers the student's insurance & membership to the association. See membership details.
Q: What's the difference between Karate and Tae-kwon-do? or Kung Fu?
A: Tae-Kwon-do is a Korean Martial Art, the name translate to 'the art of kicking and punching' the art focuses mostly on kicking. Kung Fu (Gung-Fu) is a Chinese term meaning "hard work" or skilled. It is commonly used to categories many types of Chinese fighting arts.
Q: What does Sensei mean?
A: Sensei is the Japanese word for teacher. It literally means "One who has gone before" and is a sign of respect. Other titles you may hear include Shihan meaning master teacher, Sempai means Senior.
Q: Why do Karate students shout?
A: The shout is called a KIAI. It translate to mean Spirit shout.
The kiai is for many reasons. It forces the student to exhale at the proper time, helping them to learn
breath control. It serve to focus mind and body on the complete intent of the technique, overwhelming the opponent with strength of spirit.
Q: When do i get my first coloured belt?
A: A grading (Test), is held every quarter March, July and December to assess student's progress. if successful; students are awarded their belt and a certificate .