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Frequently Asked Questions

Karate FAQs.

The following information lists the most common frequently asked karate questions and answers. Details specific to the running of our school are below the heading "About Our School". If you have other questions we haven't covered, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Introduction

What is karate?

Karate is a martial art that originated in Okinawa, Japan. It focuses on striking techniques using various body parts, such as punches, kicks, knee strikes, and elbow strikes.

Are there different styles of karate?

Yes, there are various styles of karate, each with its unique techniques, forms (kata), and training methods. Some popular styles include Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Wado-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, and Kyokushin.

At what age can my child start learning karate?

The ideal age to start learning karate can vary depending on the individual and the specific dojo (training school). However, many dojos offer classes for children as young as 4 or 5 years old.

Is karate suitable for adults?

Karate is suitable for individuals of all ages. Many adults find karate a great way to stay fit, improve focus and discipline, and learn self-defence skills.

Is karate safe?

Karate is generally considered safe when taught by qualified instructors in a controlled and supervised environment. Proper techniques, safety guidelines, and age-appropriate training are emphasised to ensure the well-being of students. However, like any physical activity, there is always a risk of injury, which can be minimised through proper training and supervision.

Do I need to be fit to begin karate?

Karate is designed to be accessible to people of different fitness levels and abilities. However, it's always a good idea to consult with your instructor if you have any specific concerns or health conditions.

Training Benefits

Can karate improve physical fitness?

Absolutely! Karate provides a full-body workout, enhancing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular fitness. Regular training involves practising various techniques, drills, and exercises contributing to overall physical well-being.

Will learning karate promote discipline and respect?

Yes, karate is known for instilling discipline, respect, and self-control in its practitioners. Alongside physical training, karate emphasises mental focus, self-discipline, and adherence to a code of ethics, which can positively impact a student's character development.

Can karate help with self-defence?

Yes, karate is an effective martial art for self-defence. It teaches practical self-defence techniques, strategies for situational awareness, and ways to defend oneself from potential threats. However, it's important to note that self-defence skills require regular practice and a comprehensive understanding of personal safety principles.

Will karate training help me lose weight and get in shape?

Yes, karate training can contribute to weight loss and improved fitness. The physical demands of Karate, including cardio exercises, strength training, and flexibility drills, can assist in weight management and overall health.

Can karate training improve my mental focus and concentration?

Yes, karate training requires mental focus and concentration. Through regular practice, participants can enhance their ability to concentrate, maintain focus, and improve mental clarity.

What are the psychological benefits of karate training?

Karate training can provide several psychological benefits, including increased self-confidence, improved self-esteem, stress relief, and positive character traits such as discipline and perseverance.

Can karate training help me develop a sense of community and make new friends?

Yes, karate training often occurs in a group setting, providing opportunities for social interaction and forming new friendships. Karate dojos often foster a supportive and inclusive community environment.

Starting your journey

How do I find a reputable karate school or instructor?

To find a reputable karate school or instructor, consider researching local dojos, reading reviews, and asking for recommendations from friends, family, or trusted community members. Visit different dojos, observe classes, and have conversations with instructors to assess their teaching style, experience, and the environment they foster.

How much does karate training cost?

The cost of karate training can vary depending on several factors, such as the location, reputation of the school, and the frequency of classes. It's best to contact local karate schools to inquire about their specific pricing and any additional fees.

What equipment do I need to start learning karate?

To begin learning karate, you typically need a uniform called a gi or dogi. In addition, you will also require specific protective gear, such as mouthguards, groin protectors (for males), chest protectors (for females), gloves and shin/instep guards.

How often should I attend karate classes?

The frequency of karate attendance depends on your personal goals, schedule, and availability of classes. Attending classes at least two to three times a week is recommended to make steady progress. Consistency and regular practice are essential to improving your skills.

Are there competitive opportunities in karate?

Yes, karate offers various competitive opportunities, including tournaments and championships at local, national, and international levels. Competitions allow practitioners to showcase their skills, compete with other martial artists, and further develop their techniques. However, participation in competitions is optional and is not a requirement for learning karate.

About our School

What makes Goju-Ryu different to other styles of karate?

Goju-Ryu is a short-range combat martial art with powerful close-range strikes and blocks. The style focuses on body conditioning and breathing techniques while maximising efficiency to help develop the hardness and toughness needed in a real fight. Fighting applications in Goju-Ryu traditional forms also involve grappling, sweeping, breaking, and different arm and neck locks. Although the style is not primarily a grappling art, the parts it does have of grappling are powerful.

How long does it take to earn a black belt in karate?

Earning a black belt can take several years of consistent training, typically 4 to 5 years or more. However, the time it takes can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the intensity and frequency of training and the individual's dedication and progress.

Can I try a karate class for free before registering?

Absolutely. Students are welcome to try a class and attend for free. Then, if they decide to continue, they can register for the beginner introductory offer, or if training with prior karate experience, register as a club member.

Do I need to wear a karate uniform to my first class?

First-time students do not need to wear a karate uniform to their first class. However, one will be provided when the student registers for our introductory offer. Karate uniform size measurements are per the student's height, so tell the instructor your height before attending your first class so they can order one for you and have it available to give after registering.

Do I need to participate in sparring to learn karate?

Beginner students do not need to begin participating in sparring until their 7th kyu or Orange Belt level for at least seven months from the first training day. This level is before their 6th kyu or Green Belt level, where sparring is part of their grading assessment. Instead, students can use this time to prepare and discover if sparring is right for them. However, participating in sparring is essential to karate learning, so we encourage students to get involved as soon as possible, even with slow, controlled and supervised exercises to help the student develop confidence.

Student and Parent Testimonials

What our members say about us on Google.

I have trained with Sensei Ben on multiple occasions, and each time he has shown to be a proficient practitioner and competent instructor. I encourage anyone in the area to consider his dojo. Context: I am not a student, but another martial arts school owner.
Reece Cummings
Reece Cummings
5 March 2024
Exceptional Karate Dojo Transforming Lives! We've been part of Goshukan Karate Academy for nearly a year now, and the positive impact it has had on my daughter's life is truly remarkable. Sensei Ben is not just an expert in karate but also an outstanding mentor who exudes professionalism in every aspect. Under his guidance, my daughter has not only honed her physical strength and self-defence skills but has also experienced a significant boost in confidence. The supportive and nurturing environment of the dojo has played a pivotal role in shaping her personality positively and it stands out as the only after-school activity that has made such a profound difference for us (and we've tried many!). Our heartfelt gratitude to the entire team for creating a space where personal growth is not just encouraged but celebrated. This dojo truly deserves its spot among the best, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a transformative and enriching martial arts journey.
Jenny Shaviv
Jenny Shaviv
13 January 2024
Great Sensei,Good Groupe and learning.
Davinder Singh
Davinder Singh
23 August 2023
A good place to cultivate kids’ sport spirit, guts, and manner.
黃永孚
黃永孚
15 June 2023
This dojo inspires, and is committed to students moving forward, regardless of where they are in their karate journey. The emphasis is on understanding what you’re doing and why; integrating your mind and body.
N Carnahan
N Carnahan
17 February 2023
Led by a very knowledgeable instructor in a family friendly environment of learning that doesn't compromise on the rigour or the finer points of the Go-Ju ryue karate-do. I am an adult with some prior exposure to the art. I joined the do-jo for health reasons along with my desire to advance in the art. Beginner classes have a diverse student body ranging from white belts to a couple of black belts enabling me to advance at my phase without having a shortage of support such as sparing partners. I recommend without reservations.
Sudantha Balage
Sudantha Balage
5 February 2023
Goshukan Karate Canberra has helped me begin my karate journey and gain confidence, fitness and greater mind body awareness. Goshukan Canberra also has a number of highly accomplished practitioners who are passionate about helping fellow students and providing a very welcoming atmosphere.
Beau Olsen
Beau Olsen
5 February 2023
After two years with no training, I came to Goshukan Karate Academy Canberra as almost a beginner again. It has been a wonderful experience to renew training and to have the help provided by Sensei Ben to overcome the differences from the style I trained in for the past 20 years. The support and camaraderie has been fantastic, and while the differences present a major challenge, I know I am making headway thanks to Sensei Ben and the Canberra team. Thank you for allowing me to train with with.
Tony Blackie
Tony Blackie
5 February 2023
GOSHUKA Karate Academy is one of the best in Canberra. Sensai Ben and his team teach you with a very high standard. If you a beginner or on black belt they respect you all the same and the students leave with more and more confidence after each class. I highly recommend them.
Aleksandar Trpeski
Aleksandar Trpeski
23 January 2022
Traditional Karate with a modern and practical approach. It's attention on what's important and high standard make it a significant level up from some other karate clubs around town.
Ben Pfitzner
Ben Pfitzner
7 January 2022