FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the benefits of traditional karate training?


Karate has tremendous benefits for body, mind and spirit. Physically, karate is good for the heart, strengthens bones, builds muscle, creates resilience, develops hand­eye coordination, and makes the body less susceptible to sickness and injury. Mentally, karate helps develop patience, discipline, perseverance, understanding and open­mindedness, as well as concentration and focus. Spiritually, karate builds confidence, develops self­control and increases calmness and peace.




How long does it take to learn karate?


It’s really up to you. The more you practice, the more you will improve—for your entire life. There is no limit to mastering karate, no “final destination” at which you can arrive. There are benchmarks along the way however. In the JKA, you progress through a series of belt levels (9th to 1st Kyu). After that, you receive a black belt, and progress through another 9 degrees of black belt (1st to 10th Dan). A student with no prior training joins the JKA as 9th Kyu, and is eligible to take ranking examinations every 3 to ­4 months of training. Since there are 9 examinations you must pass to attain a black belt, the 1st Dan requires a minimum three years of diligent training. It takes several years to attain each subsequent Dan. At these higher levels, you will see that karate is not just something to be learned, but something to be lived. And that takes a lifetime.




Do I have to wear a karate uniform?


Eventually, yes. Karate uniforms (dogi) are usually available through our instructors. Prices for each doji will vary on the height of the student.




Can anyone practice karate?


Yes! The only real requirement is a disciplined commitment to work hard and train patiently. As long as that commitment is there, karate is for everyone—regardless of age, sex, or ethnic background Our insturctors in JKA Karate Campsie are skilled at teaching to all skills levels, including students who have never done any physical acitivty before. A typical karate practice session usually begins with a comprehensive warm­up, followed by the various training exercises. The exercises are divided into three main categories: kihon (basic techniques), in which you learn the basic blocks, punches, kicks, stances, etc. of karate; kata (forms), in which you practice and physically remember the various kihon learned; and kumite (sparring), where your kihon and kata techniques are matched against a real opponent. As your skill level increases, so will the difficulty and degree of the exercises. Of course, there will also be times when you are taught theory, dojo etiquette and the more philosophical aspects of karate.




What is expected of me if I join?


You are expected to be committed to your karate training, and to attend classes on a regular basis. You are expected to give your karate training your maximum effort, and to work hard during practice. You are expected to demonstrate the respect, humility and courtesy upon which karate’s long­standing tradition is founded.




Can I have a free trial class?


Yes! We offer a free week of training so you can try our classes suited to your age group. Check out our FREE TRIAL page and our friendly insturctors will contact you shortly.




How much is it to join?


The initial registration fee will vary depending on the number of family members joining together. For more information, please visit our FREE TRIAL page and we will arrange for the latest membership to be sent to you.




Are there opportunities for talented or gifted students?


JKA Karate Campsie are members of the NSW Karate Federation and the Australian Karate Federation. In fact, we are the only school in our area who are members of the NSW Karate Federation and the Australian Karate Federation. This means that JKA Karate Campsie students have the ability to make the NSW Karate Team and the Australian Karate Team.




What does JKA Stand for?


With members in over 100 countries, the Japan Karate Association (JKA), is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization, and the only legal karate entity officially recognized by the Japanese government as an association of members for the promotion of karate. More importantly though, we are The Keeper of Karate’s Highest Tradition, the preserver of the soul and spirit of the art of karate in line with the tradition of Bushido (the way of the samurai). Our mission is to promote the way of karate throughout the world, while ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded. This has been our mission since the establishment of the JKA in 1949.





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