Q. Do I need to be fit to do karate?
A. No, not necessarily to start with. Karate is generally an anaerobic exercise which involves speed and dynamic movement. It’s more of a sprint event rather than a marathon! We will endeavour, however, to get you fit at the club though!
Q. Ok, so I don’t have to be fit, but I have an old injury/disability and I’m wondering whether I’ll still be able to join in?
A. Old injuries can be troublesome! The best thing to do is liaise with an instructor and they will be able to advise you on the best course of action, which may involve consulting your G.P. We can tailor training sessions to suit the individual and some of the instructors have experience in teaching pupils with learning difficulties. The Karate lessons that we do may not suit people with severe physical or mental handicaps, but we welcome any of these interested people to our club to spectate free of charge. Both our training venues have full wheelchair access and toilet facilities.
Q. I feel a bit apprehensive and don’t know what to expect, what do the lessons consist of?
A. Karate is a self defence art but we do need to teach you to punch and kick in order to block and defend yourself! The junior training sessions tend to focus more on technique, timing, awareness and speed rather than power. (There’s plenty of time for that later in the senior classes!) That being said, all lessons will contain one or more of three basic elements, these are:
- Kata – A simulation of defence against imaginary multiple attackers using set moves. As you progress through the grades these Katas become more difficult.
- Kihon – various punching and Kicking Combinations that again increase in difficulty as you progress through the grades.
- Kumite – Partner work. You can find out more about this in the kumite section of this site. Please don’t worry though, you will not be thrown in at the deep end and everything within the lesson is structured.
The sessions are orientated towards fun, that being said, we rate discipline highly and crucial to the students development within the art. We may also combine elements of bag and pad work, groundwork, trapping and grappling as well as ‘street survival’, however we do understand that to able to run, you have to crawl first!
Q. I’m still not sure about the club, can I come and watch a lesson?
A. Visitors to the club are always welcome. All that we ask is that you remain quiet and still during the lessons so as not to distract the students training. If you have any questions please feel free to ask these either before or after the lesson. If you don’t want to do that, you could call or e-mail one of the instructors for further information.
Q. Ok, I’ve decided I’d like to come down to the club to try it out, what will I need to wear and how much will it cost?
A. To start with the ideal clothing would consist of a loose fitting garment like a tracksuit and t-shirt until you manage to obtain a gi (uniform). We can obtain gi’s at discounted prices using a club discount at a martial arts wholesaler. If you already own a gi, or you wish to buy one at a sports shop that’s fine as well. As for the initial cost, the first session you do is a free no obligation trial.
Q. I really enjoyed my first lesson and what I have seen. I’m aged 5 – 15. How much will it cost me to learn Karate at Egham S.K.C.?
A. It will cost you £32.00 per month for training twice weekly, £20.00 for once a week*.
You can also pay by the session (£7.00), but this generally works out to be more expensive.
Q. I really enjoyed my first lesson and what I have seen. I’m aged 16+. How much will it cost me to learn Karate at Egham S.K.C.?
A. It will cost you £40.00 per month for training twice weekly, £25.00 for once a week*.
You can also pay by the session (£8.00), but this generally works out to be more expensive.
Q. A licence and a club membership, is this going to be expensive and what exactly is it for?
A. The annual memberships cost is £25.00 if you are under sixteen and £33.00 if you are sixteen or over. Incorporated within this cost is your KUGB licence book which you will need for grading and licence certificate. The licence certificate acts as your insurance. The remaining money goes into the club funds which are used for admin purposes.
After the first year the cost of renewing drops to £22.00 if you are under sixteen and £29.00 if you are sixteen or over.
Q. You’ve convinced me and I’m going to enlist! So what’s the best way to pay for my training?
A. The easiest and most cost effective way to pay for your training is monthly in advance by standing order. (forms available from the instructor taking the training fees) The other options are; cheques made payable to “Egham Karate Club” or cash.
Q. I train in another martial art, am I still welcome to cross-train at Egham S.K.C.?
A. We welcome everyone. All that we ask is that you have a club membership (see above), a plain white gi or a plain tracksuit & t-shirt. The only other thing is that you respect the dojo and everyone in it.
Q. You mentioned competitions earlier, do I have to compete?
A. All the competitions that the club are voluntary. The more senior grades may find competition experience useful for when they want to grade at black belt level though.
Q. How often will I be able to grade and how long will it take me to get my black belt?
A. We host a kyu grading that students from other clubs also attend on average every four months. These are always conducted by senior grading examiners from the KUGB.
We recommend that you train at least twice weekly. Training less than this may affect your ability to grade. i.e. if you train only once a week, at best you can be graded only every eight months.
As for attaining a black belt, only diligent study, hard work and dedication will get you there. Stick with this recipe though and you could find yourself there in four years!
Q. There is more than one family member that wants to train and we don’t feel that we can afford to pay double. Are there any discounts?
A. The Instructors at Egham SKC strive to make the training and facilities not only some of the best of its kind in the area, but some of the most reasonably priced as well. Unfortunately we can only discount under 16’s that pay in advance though.
Example one, Mr. A. decides to take up training once a week with his 8 year old daughter and pay in advance. Rather than charge both full price, we allow the junior to pay half price! i.e. £20.00 half-monthly senior (no discount) + £8.00 (50% discounted fee) half-monthly junior = £28.00. This gives a total monthly saving of £20.00 if Mr. A. and his daughter were to pay per session!
Example two, Mrs. B. has three children she wants to learn Karate. She wants them to train twice weekly and pay in advance. With no discount this would cost £96.00. We would charge the first full monthly junior £32.00 (no discount) but the remaining two at 50% off each. i.e. £32.00 + £16.00 (50% discount) + £16.00 (50% discount) = £64.00. This is a total saving of £32.00 a month! If they paid per session it would cost £132.00!
Q. I am an existing member, are there any incentives for me?
A. Most definitely, if you introduce a new member, you can claim some free training! For example:
If you introduce someone who pays per session, you can claim a free session yourself.
If you introduce someone who pays half monthly, you can claim half a months training free yourself.
If you introduce someone who pays monthly, you can claim one months free training yourself!
There is no limit to how many people you can introduce, so technically speaking if you introduced twelve people who all paid monthly up front, you could train all year for free + be in with a shout of winning our annual mystery prize, (this won’t be free lessons though!)
Q. Are there any ‘hidden costs’, or do the prices increase after the First year?
A. There are no hidden costs with our club. Karate is a relatively inexpensive pursuit compared to many others.
Q. It seems good, but does the club have anything else to offer?
A. Not only does the club offer an excellent training schedule with first class instruction and discounted training equipment, it also has a friendly social scene with a variety of activities (see events calendar.)