Frequently Asked Questions

1What if I have never tried martial arts before?
The Kyudokan has clases for every ability, so whether you are just curious to know a bit more about the benefits of karate, or whether you are an experienced karate-ka, you will be very welcome at our school.
2What should I wear for my first class?
Any loose clothing, e.g. Track suit & T-shirt is ideal.  We train barefoot so there's no need for any special footwear.
3Are there any 'beginners' classes?
Not really, we find that it's easier for beginners to understand what classes are all about if they can see other more experienced students training alongside them. Also, our students are all very friendly & helpful (everybody says so after their 1st class), so there's no need to be nervous. It is nice to be around other beginners as well, so we are happy to suggest sessions with other new starters in them. Alternatively why not bring a friend for moral support! However, for those who would like to train for the first time with people also treading the martial arts path for the first time, we do offer 6 week (2 hours per week) intensive beginners courses. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

4What do the classes cost?
The first class is free, after that there is a monthly fee of £40 fro Seniors and £30 for Juniors which entitles you to train at our scheduled classes as often as you like. Family discounts and memberships are also available. This is paid by debit or credit card.
5Is there a discount for families?
Yes, if there two members of the same family, we have various discounts for different family sizes. See our training fees page.
6Is there an annual fee?
There is an annual fee of £24 which is collected automatically for all subscribed members, via credit or debit card every year, on the 1st of August. This fee is for ALL Juniors and Seniors and enroles the student in our group third party insurance policy (details available on request), and also allows students to enter our belt grading system.
7How often do I need to attend classes as a beginner?
Beginners are expected to attend at least one class per week. Regular training is the key to progression, so getting into a routine as soon as possible will help.
8I'm totally uncoordinated, will I irritate other students?
Not at all! Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, we will help you whatever your starting point.
9How fit do I need to be to take up karate?
There are no pre-requisites in terms of fitness or flexibility. Whatever your level now we'll help you to improve on it.
10How do I get a karate suit?
You can order the uniform (Gi) from your instructor, or via the online shop. They are priced between £35 for a light weight Gi up to £75 for a heavy weight Gi. We generally have all sizes in stock (up to 190 cm tall).
11How often are gradings held?
Grading sessions are held Monthly. Students are encouraged to grade every 3 months as regular, achievable goals improve motivation. However, we will only grade students who are ready for their grade, irrespective of whether it has been 3 months since their last grade. Regular training and practice outside of the dojo are the key to grading, not specific dates on a calendar.
12What do gradings cost?
Grading fees start from £20.00 for beginners and up to £120.00 for black belt.
13Can I attend a different class if I miss one?
Of course! Everyone is welcome at any class, if you miss a class for some reason the best thing to do is  get along to another one. We have students who work shifts, or travel a lot with work, all of whom find out flexible approach ideal.
14I’m unsure about joining a class at the beginning. Do you do private lessons?
Yes, no problem. Our Chief Instructor, David Morris Sensei would be happy to guide you along for your first few lessons at our fully equipped dojo. David’s 40 years experience will make your first steps into the martial arts less daunting and prepare you for the classes.
15Is this a 'real' martial art?
Kyudokan Goju Ryu Karate Do is a Bubishi lineage school and can be traced directly back to Goju Ryu's founding masters, where throughout history, its efficacy has been proven 'in the field' so to speak. We do not practice 'sport' karate, we study a diverse and complete martial arts system that benefits the dedicated karateka in self-confidence, spirit, practical self-defence and overall mental and physical wellbeing. We will provide the tools, how the individual karateka chooses to interpret them and utilise them is entirely down to their level of study and commitment. Kyudokan is about finding one's own path and the scope of that journey is very much entrusted to the individual.
16Do you have Childrens' Classes?
Yes! The Kyudokan Karate Kids side of our club caters for children from 4 to 16 years. We focus on discipline, respect, fitness, confidence and FUN! All based around a traditional yet innovative and progressive karate grading syllabus that rewards effort and personal achievements. To find out more about our children's classes, held at various locations across Southampton, please call David Morris on 07949 682 378. Alternatively, you can visit our new karate kids website (coming soon).
17What about insurance?

Once you become a member of the Kyudokan, your annual membership fee automatically enrols you into our group public liability insurance scheme. In addition all our instructors are fully insured to teach martial arts and have current Enhanced DBS check certifications.