Frequently asked questions

Joining

Classes

Fees and Payment

Gradings

Uniforms

Technical

 

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JOINING

Can I watch a class before joining?

Yes, it is free to come and watch. We encourage you to attend a class and speak to one of our instructors. That way, we can give you a better picture of what we're all about.

How do I join?

To get started, simply turn up to one of our classes and introduce yourself to the instructor in charge (please refer to the Classes page for details of training times and venues). He or she will provide you with a membership form to fill in and guide you from there.

You do not need to make an appointment in advance.

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

No, we are open to the general public as well as to Adelaide University students.
However, to become a member of our club you will need to become a member of the Adelaide University Sports Association. We take care of this for you when you decide to join.

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

Of course, we are here to teach!

You can attend any of our classes. Please refer to the Classes page for details of training times and venues.

What age groups do you teach?

We teach a broad range of age groups, from teenagers to adults.

We do not have classes especially for children but we do have experience in teaching children as a part of our general classes. We also welcome attendance by family groups.

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

There is no cut-off date. We accept new members throughout the year.
Our classes generally run from February to November. Our training program is not divided into semesters and so we do not have semester or mid-semester breaks.


CLASSES

When and where are your classes held?

Please refer to the Classes page for details of our training times and venues.

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 have three classes each week but we do not expect members to attend all three sessions. You can attend as few or as many classes as you like. Of course, the more classes you attend the faster you will progress. We find that regular attendance (even if only once a week) is more beneficial than attending all three classes for a short burst.

How many people usually attend each class?

Class numbers vary from class to class. On average there are about six attendees per class. We find that a smaller class size allows us to give members more attention.

Do you have classes for females only?

We do not have classes for females only, but we do have a number of active female members at our club.

Do you have classes for children?

We do not have classes especially for children but we do have experience in teaching children as a part of our general classes. We also welcome attendance by family groups.


FEES AND PAYMENT

How much does it cost to join?

Please refer to the Fees page for details of our fees.

When do I have to pay?

The Annual Membership Fee is payable at the beginning of each membership year, which runs from February (or upon joining) to November.

The Class Fee is payable at the end of each class.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash payment only.


GRADINGS

How does your ranking system work?

We use the traditional Kyu and Dan ranking system. There are 10 Kyu levels before black belt (10th Kyu to 1st Kyu) and then 10 Dan levels for black belts (1st Dan to 10th Dan).
 
The colour allocation varies from club to club. In the olden days, there was only black or white. Most clubs these days have introduced intermediate colours to motivate students and give them an indication of their progress. Our club uses four colours before black: 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 participate in international black belt gradings conducted by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai. These are held at the discretion of All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai. A rank awarded by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai is recognised internationally.

How often do you hold gradings?

Our gradings are generally held on an as needed basis. Members may request a grading at any time.

International black belt gradings conducted by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai are held at the discretion of All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai.

I have been graded by another club. Do I get recognition for the rank I achieved?

Your rank will be automatically recognised at our club if it was awarded by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai.

Otherwise, your rank will be determined at grading time and will be determined on the basis of merit. This means that new members are not required to start at white belt level and move through each and every rank if their skills are reflective of a higher rank.


UNIFORMS

Do I need to wear a uniform?

You are welcome to attend our classes in casual clothes (anything loose-fitting is fine) but most of our members do eventually purchase a traditional white Karate uniform, known as a gi. One of the reasons is that you will need a gi if you wish to participate in events such as championships and seminars conducted by external instructors.

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

We are fairly relaxed about new members wearing their previous uniforms when they first start, but you will need a plain white gi if you wish to participate in events such as championships and seminars conducted by external instructors.

What colour belt should I wear?

If you are a beginner, you should wear a white belt. If you have achieved a higher rank at another club, you can wear your previous belt if you wish. However, your actual rank (unless awarded by All Japan Karate Federation Gojukai) will be determined at grading time and will be determined on the basis of merit.

Where can I purchase a uniform?

Our club does not sell uniforms. They can be purchased from any martial arts shop and generally start from about $40. Most of our members purchase their uniforms from Martial Arts Corner which is located at 212 Morphett Street, Adelaide, South Australia.


TECHNICAL

What is Gojuryu Karate?

Gojuryu is a system of Karate founded 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:

  • emphasis on breathing techniques (including abdominal breathing);
  • a combination of linear and circular techniques;
  • focus on training according to the practitioner's combat abilities and physique; and
  • the goal of achieving a strong and balanced body.

What is the difference between Tae Kwon Do and Karate?

Karate is a Japanese martial art whereas Tae Kwon Do is Korean - the terminology and instructing language are therefore different and the formalities are also different as a result of the different cultures. Technique-wise, Tae Kwon Do has a greater emphasis on kicks, particularly high kicks, and techniques with the legs. Karate tends to be more balanced but there is a slight bias towards techniques with the arms and hands.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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