Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is it like being a beginner in a class?
A. Starting anything new can be a challenge so we teach beginners separately to the main group. This means you will be at the same level as the other people in the class.
Q. What about if I have friends who want to join?
A. Just give us a call in advance if they want their own information pack or bring them along with you to a class. Our administrators will do the rest.
Q. Will I get hurt?
A. Lots of people think karate is all about hurting, being hurt and being thrown around. Karate is a physical sport but we train on a controlled, light-contact basis and as a beginner, your training will not involve any throwing.
Q. Do I have to wait for a new term or can I start straight away?
A. We do not have terms - classes run for fifty one weeks of the year. As there is no waiting list, you can start as soon as you like. Refer to 'How to Join' for further information.
Q. What about if I have done karate or other martial arts before?
A. This is not a problem. Call us, let us know your karate background and we will advise you of the most suitable class.
Q. How do I find out what is going on in the club?
A. Each venue has a dedicated ESKA notice board with current and future events. In addition, this website is updated regularly and has a detailed calendar of events. Reminders of forthcoming events are also given by the instructors at the end of training sessions. Copies of monthly newsletters and promotional fliers will be available from your administrators. In addition we may also send you information through the post.
Q. How often are gradings?
A. Gradings are held every three months in March, June, September and December.
Q. How will I know if I'm ready to grade?
A. Each grade has an appropriate syllabus, details of which appear on the back of your training record card. Once you have met the training and syllabus requirements, your instructor, who will be aware of your progress, will advise if you are ready to grade.
Q. Do I have to grade?
A. Gradings are not compulsory.
Q. What if I lose my training record card?
A. We can supply an up-dated replacement card on payment of a £5.00 administration charge.
Q. What if I have any other questions?
A. You can use the enquiry form to e-mail your questions. Alternatively, telephone our office on 01603 418751/ 07860 554235 or speak to an administrator or instructor at training sessions.