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What is Karate?
Karate is a Japanese word that means "empty hand". It is a method of unarmed combat. Apart from teaching you how to strike, block and kick effectively, karate is great training for both body and mind.
What is Kyokushinkai?
Kyokushinkai is a traditional style of karate. It incorporates punching, blocking and kicking. It is an excellent form of self-defence and a fun way to get/stay fit and strong.
Kyokushinkai first came to Britain in 1965 when Hanshi Steve Arneil (10th dan) began the British Karate Kyokushinkai (BKK). He began his karate in Japan with Sosai Mas Oyama, the founder of Kyokushinkai. In 1991 Hanshi Arneil founded the International Federation of Karate (IFK). The BKK currently has around 70 clubs and the IFK has over 100,000 members in 19 countries worldwide.
If you would like to try karate, just come along and join in, or come and watch a training session. Your first training session is FREE!
We train every Tuesday and Thursday in Maes Y Coed Community Centre, Jubilee Gardens, off Maes Y Coed Road, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 4PP (opposite Memory Lane Bakery). For times and prices please see the
club information page.
What to Bring
When you start you only need some loose clothes to train in. We train with bare feet so it is important to make sure that your toe (and finger) nails are short and clean. Also, bring a bottle of water and something warm to wear after training.
Eventually you will need to buy a gi (white karate suit): we can supply these at a reduced cost or recommend suppliers, when you're ready.
What to Expect
When you first start training you will join in with the class, learning the basics of Kyokushinkai Karate. You won't be expected to know anything because a lot of karate is taught by being shown and watching what others do. You don't have to be fit to start as the training will develop your fitness, stamina, co-ordination and strength.
After training for a minimum for 3 months it may be possible for you attempt your first grading. This is similar to a training session but you are tested on what you have learned in the previous months. Passing your grading will result in you gaining your first coloured belt. The colour of someone's belt indicates their grade. Beginners wear a white belt and advance through red, blue, yellow, green, brown and finally to a black belt.
You may also want to compete in or watch tournaments. We regularly attend tournaments in no-contact, semi-contact and full-contact fighting and in kata (pre-arranged sequences) so there are plenty of opportunities to choose from.
You will be taught by a number of different instructors, most of whom will be black belts. Black belts have a title which depends on their grade and our club has first to fifth dans. You can tell what grade they are by the number of gold stripes on their belt, one stripe for each dan. First and second dans are called Sempai, third and fourth dans are called Sensei and fifth dans are called Shihan.
"I've trained before - what can I expect?"
You are most welcome to visit or join our club! Please bring along your license (even if expired) and introduce yourself to one of our black belts when you arrive so we can help you fit in at the appropriate place in the line:
* if you train/have trained in kyokushinkai in a BKK / IFK dojo, you will be able to join the line with the others of your grade.
* if you train/have trained in kyokushinkai in a different organisation, please contact us so we can find your place in the line.
* if you train/have trained in a different style of karate, or a different martial art, we are unable to recognise your grade, but your experience will be invaluable in your training with us.
Hopefully this has answered most of your questions. Please email us for more information. We look forward to meeting you soon!