St. Michael's Karate Club
At St. Michael's Karate Club we always strive to keep sessions informative, interesting and above all, fun. This is achieved by varying the content of the session whilst keeping to the grading syllabus.
Students, both male and female, may start training from the age of six years and there is no upper age limit.
Juniors: 6-15 years
Seniors: 16 years and upwards
Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Age group: Mixed juniors and seniors.
Time: 7.45pm – 8.45pm
Age group: Junior blue belt and above and all senior grades
We have a cost promise to all students who train at St. Michael's Karate Club. You can read this promise by clicking here.
Training fees are on a 'pay-as-you-go' and 'pay-per-month' basis. The latter is more suited to those students who attend every session as this affords them a substantial saving. Family discounts are available and can be tailored to suit on an individual basis.
It is advised, especially for parents of younger starters, that any equipment, including the karate gi (training suit) not be purchased for the first few sessions until it is certain the student wishes to continue karate training after their 'trying it' period - none of us want to spend money on things we will shortly not need again! The only compulsory cost is for the Annual Licence Application to Independent Martial Art and Sports Association (IMASA). This will be requested after the 'trying it' period of thirty days. Without this licence the student will not be permitted to train. All equipment can be purchased from the club at very reasonable prices although students may supply their own as long as it is considered 'regulation' and safe by the club instructor.
Standard Training Session
Normally a training session is scheduled to last for one hour and in general is broken up into several elements, these being:
- Class is called to line out and rei (bow) before starting
- General exercises, team and combatant games to ensure a good warm-up
- Stretching and balancing exercises
- Basics (blocks, kicks, punches, stances)
- Combinations (using basics in linear i.e. forward and rearward movement)
- Kata (using basics to move in all directions in a set pattern, simulating multiple attacks)
- Kumite (sparring/controlled fighting)
- Pad and blocking work
- Cool-down exercises to ensure the risk of injury and muscle soreness is minimalised.
Not all elements will be included in every session, this will depend on the lesson plan and the requirements of the class on or at any given session. There is always a short break of approximately five to ten minutes during any one hour session.