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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When can my child start?

The youngest age we tend to accept is six years old. We have found in the past that children of this age tend to have better concentration and understating of how a lesson works. Some instructors do accept five year olds and will see how their concentration is in the first lesson.

When can my child start competing?

Students cannot start competing until they are a yellow belt. At this level they have an understanding of how the kumite (fighting) works and start learning katas. Please note that children cannot compete in kata until they have learnt one in full. We aim to hold an in house competition each year.

How often is a grading?

We hold a grading every month except for August at the following address; The Assembly Rooms, Gates Green Road, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 9JW

How long are the sessions?

Each session lasts for one hour.

Do you run for the whole year?

Yes, we run for the whole year except for two weeks at Christmas.

Do I need to buy a karate suit straight away?

No. We always advise parents to wait a couple of weeks until they are confident that their child wishes to continue with the sport. Please note that they will need a suit before they take their first grading.

How do I sign my child up?

Take a look at our areas and find the best one for you. You can then call the relevant teacher and arrange a free trial lesson with him/her at a day that suits you best.

Is the first lesson free?


How do I pay?

Lessons are paid for at the beginning of each calendar month, they can be paid for in cash or by standing order. Lessons are based a four week calendar month and so months that have five weeks in are free. Please talk to your instructor to find out more details.

Do you hold any events during the year?

We hold Easter and Summer Camps (Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm) which children can choose to attend. Children will learn the syllabus for their belt as well as self-defence drills, nunchaku work and board braking. It gives children a big confidence boost, the chance to make new friends and work with lots of different instructors. At Christmas we hold a free Christmas party for all students to attend in order to say thank you for working so hard (and for the parents support!) We also hand out awards for the best attendance, best performed, most improved, best behaved and student of the year.

How many times a week should my child train?

At beginner level, students can train twice a week but it is not essential. At red belt, as long as they are practising at home and work hard in class, training once a week is again, sufficient. Once students reach yellow belt level it is highly recommended that students attend twice a week. The whole syllabus cannot be covered in one lesson and we have found that those who train once a week not only train at a slower rate but are also not as good as those students who attend twice a week.

How do I know when my child is ready to take their grading?

Teachers will inform both student and parent when they are ready to go for their next grading. We hold eleven gradings per year and so there is never long to wait for the next one to come around. All teachers ensure that students are reaching the best of their ability before being put in for a grading. Please be aware that any misbehaviour or lack of practising can mean that your child is removed from the grading.

Question not on the list?

If you have a question you would like to ask us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly where a member of the Kaigaishii Karate Association will happily assist.

Kaigaishii Karate School has 13 karate clubs in London, Kent and Surrey.

If you are outside of these areas, please contact us and we'll allocate your local instructor.

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