And that spells the June holidays for the kids!
For the rest of us (adults) who haven't got started on that New Year's resolution of
- getting FIGHTING FIT;
- learning SOMETHING *practically NEW;
- STIMULATING the body, mind and spirit;
or simply to
- make NEW FRIENDS and HAVE FUN;
well, your second chance is here!
How do we know your pain?
And two, we've certainly been listening and replying to your generous queries. =D
I am old, fat and my body is inflexible. Can I still learn Ashihara Karate? Do you take in older beginners, say aged 50 and above?
As long as you are medically fit for physical activity and have the interest to learn, age and physical abilitiy is not a matter (we have had students who are enjoying their golden years!). We train in a progressive and non-imposing manner, so that you can take your time to improve and meet your personal goals.
However, we do recommend consulting a medical professional to ensure of your physical fitness for exercise before joining.
Is Ashihara Karate an all-male affair?
Definitely not. There are many female students across our training locations that vary in ages and lifestyles. In fact, Ashihara Karate is especially applicable to ladies since it advocates practical techniques that is applicable even against someone who is more physically dominant.
Finesse is an important aspect in Ashihara Karate since grappling and throwing techniques are involved. This is in case you have the impression that Ashihara Karate is all about an aggressive, macho-man culture.
I heard that Karate is a violent activity. Will I get hurt?
Like any other activities, accidents are prone to happen without us expecting it. Hence, while we cannot realistically guarantee that you will not get hurt, we can give the assurance that a safe training culture is always emphasized in our classes, thus putting unnecessary injuries at bay.
Do I need a martial art background before starting?
While it might be easier to understand certain concepts if you have prior martial arts experience, it is not a requirement. What is most important to us if your open-mindedness, desire to learn and curiosity to explore.
- About Equipment
Do I need to purchase any equipment immediately?
No. You can start your karate practice with us with regular exercise attire (without footwear) and purchase uniforms and equipment at a later time. However, students are required to have a full set of uniform and protective equipment (for those who are sparring) should they choose to participate in Grading.
What equipment will I need?
A dogi (traditional karate uniform) is a standard attire during classes. As students progress to full-contact sparring (typically at Blue belt), they will eventually require safety equipment such as protectors for the head, shin-instep, groin, chest (for female) on top of gloves. Purchase of the equipment can be made with the coordinating instructors.
Why wear protective equipment?
The impact-buffering effect of protective equipment allows students to fully and properly execute strikes onto each other, without causing excessive damage. Not having to over-control striking techniques means cultivating proper striking ability and minimizing physical damage means that training can go without being debilitated by injury.
Can I use my own brand of equipment?
Yes, but only if they have been approved by AKKS. Due to reasons of safety and etiquette, we strictly enforce this requirement and will not allow non-approved equipment, whether uniforms nor protectors to be worn for classes or Grading. Hence, we strongly encourage you to consult the instructor prior to making a purchase.
What is a typical class session like?
Find out more here.
How long is an Ashihara Karate course?
The practice of Ashihara Karate is a lifelong learning experience. For as long as you seek to improve, that is how long you can continue learning.
When does a class commence?
You can check with the community club that you are looking to sign-up at here.
Is training once a week sufficient for me to become proficient in self-defence?
Different students have different rates of progress. Hence, the sufficiency of one session a week is subjective.
Students are welcome to sign up for extra sessions at more than one training venues to increase their frequency of training. Apart from this, workshops and activities are available to complement students' learning in Ashihara Karate.
Do you accept children younger than 7 years of age?
No. Presently, our Ashihara Karate instruction is only catered for participants aged 7 and above.
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