Rising Sun Karate Association

Q. How old do I have to be before I can start Karate?
A. The minimum age is 4 years old but we recommend 6 years old.

Q. Will I be sparring straight away?
A. No. Usually after you have been training for at least 3 months and have taken a grading.

Q. How do I find out when the lessons start?
A. Look on the Clubs page and find the club you are interested in. The times will be there.

Q. Do I need to buy a karate suit?
A. Not straight away. You need one to take a grading though.

Q. How do I start?
A. Just turn up in some loose clothing and take your shoes off.

Q. Do I need to book an appointment to join or can I just turn up at a lesson?
A. Just turn up. We like to keep it simple.

Q. Do I need to fill in a form?
A. Yes. Basic contact and health questions.

Q. Do I need to be fit?
A. No, but you should be in reasonable health. If you are not sure, ask your doctor.

Q. Does R.S.K.A. sell karate suits and equipment?
A. Yes, but you do not have to buy from us. It really is your choice.

Q. Do I need to pay in advance?
A. Pay each time you train if you want. Your choice.

Q. How do I get a black belt?
A. Train and progress through the gradings.

Q. How often are the gradings?
A. Every 3 months for junior grades. Every 6 months going for brown belt grades. 1 year going for black.

Q. How physical is the training?
A. Sparring is touch contact and you get to hit a pad a lot.

Q. How hard is it to train in Karate?
A. You get out what you put in. We will start you off slowly, the rest is up to you.

Q. Can I train at any R.S.K.A. club?
A. Yes, but different fees may apply (dependant on lesson length and hall hire etc).

Q. What is the maximum age?
A. There isn't one, but insurance cover is affected after 70 years of age.

Q. Do I need insurance?
A. Yes, but it comes with the Karate licence which you must have to train. Beginners need a licence after 3 lessons.

Q. Does R.S.K.A. do any self defence?
A. Yes. It is part of the grading requirement for the final 2 brown belt gradings and above.

Q. What if I don't like Karate?
A. Discuss your reasons with your instructor, but you can leave at anytime.

Q. If I leave R.S.K.A. can I come back at a later date?
A. Yes. We have seen students return after 20 years.

Q. How often do I need to train?
A. Twice a week is recommended, but you can do less. Minimum lessons apply for each grading. Ask your instructor.

Q. Do I have to enter competitions?
A. Only if you want to. Most people just want to train.