Q. What age do you teach?

Within our Academy, we have members of both sexes from the ages of four.

Q. What do I need to bring to the class?

For your first few lessons, all you need is some loose fitting clothing such as a track suit, shorts and a t-shirt. Bring a drink of water in a sports top bottle.

Q. Will I get injured?

All classes are strictly controlled to minimize the risk of injury. There is no more risk practicing this art than playing many other sports such as football or hockey.

Q. Am I fit enough to learn?

If you are in good health, it should be possible to learn. If you have any disabilities and are unsure, then check with the Instructor and your Doctor. Whether you regard yourself as fit or not, the classes are structured towards enjoyable learning at an easy pace giving progressive fitness development.

Q. Do lessons run all year round?

Lessons run all year round, the only exceptions are;

• 2 weeks over the Christmas period
• Bank Holiday Mondays
• Four days usually over Easter (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
• Usually the late August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)

During School Holidays, we run Karate and Activity Sessions open to all our Junior members.
For all our Adult Class members, we also do weekly Circuit Training. A great way to build fitness.

Q. Are you Covid-19 safe?

We have lots of small friendly socially distanced classes at the moment.

We take great care in our classes to prevent transmission of Covid-19 with temperature checks and use of hand sanitisers.

All our Students have commented how safe they feel in our Classes.

Q. Does the Academy compete?

We do competitions internally (within the club) and externally (outside the club against other clubs/regions etc). 

Only a handful students choose to compete at regional level and beyond.

It is not required to compete.

Q. Who is the NWKA affiliatied too?

The NWKAs parent association is the ‘Karate Do Federation’ who are in turn members of the governing body for Karate the ‘English Karate Federation’. The ‘English Karate Federation’ are members of the ‘World Karate Federation’ who are the recognised world governing body for Karate through the ‘International Olympic Committee’

Q. What are the Academy's origins?

The First NWKA club was established in 1972
Anko Itosu 1830 – 1915 (founder of Shorin Ryu)
Kenwa Mabuni 1889 – 1952 (Shito Ryu)
Chojiri Tani – Founder of Shukokai
Shukokai Karate Union (SKU) Est in 1969 – NWKA members 1984 – 2001
Amateur Martial Association (AMA) NWKA members 2001 – 2007
Karate Do International (KDI) NWKA members 2007 – 2008
Karate Do Federation Established in 2009 – NWKA founder members

Q. Do you provide private tuition?

A. Yes, We provide private tuition before and after all regular karate classes

• 1 hour private lesson £30
• 30 minute private lesson £15

Q. What style of Karate do you teach?

The club isn’t bound by the confines of the relatively modern Karate ‘styles’.

We teach a blend of Reality Based Combat and Sport Karate.

The Katas we teach are Shito-ryu/Shukokai based however our striking and grappling system is not restricted by the confines of styles.