Frequently Asked Questions


Can I watch a class before joining?

Yes you can. Come see us in action at any of our classes. Better still, why not join in and have a go - you can try two classes for free.

How do I join?

Just turn up to one of our classes and introduce yourself to the instructor (see the Training page for details of training times and locations). They'll give you a membership form to fill in or you can download one from here.

Do I have to be a student of the Adelaide University to join?

No, we're open to everyone.

But you'll need to become a member of the Adelaide University Sports Association. We take care of this for you when you join.

I have no martial arts experience. Can I still join?

Of course, we're here to teach!

All of our classes are for mixed grades so you can attend any of our classes. See the Training page for details of training times and locations.

What age groups do you teach?

We mainly have teenagers and adults in our classes but we do sometimes have children as well.

Is there a cut-off date for the intake of new members?

No, you can join at any time throughout the year.


When and where are your classes held?

See the Training page for details of our training times and locations.

Which classes should I attend?

All of our classes are for mixed grades so you can attend any of them.

How many classes should I attend each week?

We hold three classes each week but we don't expect you to attend all of them. You can attend as many as you like. Of course, the more classes you attend the faster you'll progress. We find that regular attendance (even if only once a week) is better than attending all three classes for a short burst.

How many people usually attend each class?

We don't usually have more than about ten people at each class. This lets us give you more individual attention.

Do you have classes for females only?

We don't have classes just for females, but we do we have a number of female members at our club.

Do you have classes for children?

We don't have classes just for children, but we do have children (and family groups) in our classes from time to time.

Fees and Payment

How much does it cost to join?

You can try two classes for free. When you're ready to join, choose from the fee options set out on the Fees page.

When do I have to pay?

Fees are payable at the beginning of each membership year, which usually runs from around late January / early February (or upon joining) to December.

If you join as a casual member, class fees are payable at the end of each class.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash payment or direct deposit (speak to one of your instructors for bank account details).


How does your grading system work?

We use the traditional Kyu and Dan grading system. There are 10 Kyu grades before black belt (10th Kyu to 1st Kyu) and then 10 Dan grades for black belts (1st Dan to 10th Dan).

Every club has its own set of belt colours for Kyu grades. We use four colours: White (10th Kyu to 7th Kyu), Yellow (6th Kyu to 5th Kyu), Green (4th Kyu to 3rd Kyu) and Brown (2nd Kyu to 1st Kyu).

We also take our members to international black belt gradings held by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai. A Dan grade awarded by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai is recognised internationally.

How often do you hold gradings?

We usually hold gradings at least once a year but you can also request a club grading at any time. International black belt gradings are held at the discretion of All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai.

Do you recognise grades awarded by other clubs?

Grades awarded by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai and Seishikan are automatically recognised at our club.

In all other cases, you'll need to re-grade with us but this doesn't mean you have to start at white belt again and move up through each and every grade. We'll award you the grade that reflects your skill level in line with our club standards.


Do I need to wear a uniform?

You're welcome to train in casual clothes (anything loose-fitting is fine) but most people do eventually buy a traditional white Karate uniform, known as a gi. One reason is because you'll need a gi if you want to participate in external championships and seminars.

Can I wear my uniform from my previous martial arts training?

We're fairly relaxed about people wearing their previous uniforms when they first start, but you'll need a plain white gi if you want to participate in external championships and seminars.

What colour belt should I wear?

If you're a beginner, you should wear a white belt. If you've been graded by another club, you can wear your previous belt but your actual grade at our club (unless awarded by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai or Seishikian) will be determined when you next grade.

Where can I buy a uniform?

We don't sell uniforms. You can buy them from any martial arts shop and they generally start from about $40. Most of our members buy their uniforms from Martial Arts Corner which is located at 212 Morphett Street, Adelaide, South Australia.


What is Gojuryu Karate?

Gojuryu is a system of Karate developed by Chojun Miyagi Sensei in Okinawa, Japan.

Gojuryu has its roots in Naha-te, the most popular of the three main styles of Karate in Okinawa and is influenced by Chinese Nanpa Shori-ken Kung Fu.

Literally, Gojuryu means hard soft style.

Gojuryu is characterised by:

1. hard / soft power variation;

2. close range combat;

3. a combination of linear and circular techniques; and

4. emphasis on breathing techniques (including abdominal breathing).

What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Karate?

Karate is a Japanese martial art whereas Tae Kwon Do is Korean. The language used is therefore different and the formalities are also different because of the different cultures. In terms of techniques, Tae Kwon Do focuses more on kicks, particularly high kicks, and techniques with the legs. Karate is a bit more balanced but there is a slight bias towards techniques with the arms and hands.