Things to know

Equipment for different belts listed below


  • Shorts and t-shirt or a track suit is fine to begin with. Once you’re sure of your commitment an association Karate gi (suit) will be required before you attempt your first grading
Orange Belt:
  • Once you have achieved your orange belt you will need fighting equipment (head guard, mitts and leg pads)


Brown Belt:

  • At this level you will need a Bo staff

All equipment can be sourced through your club instructor

Dojo Etiquette

1. On entering the Dojo all Karate-Ka (Students) should say “Osu” loudly and with confidence.

2. Always pay attention to the instructor and follow his instructions to the best of your ability.

3. No eating, drinking or smoking is permitted in the dojo.

4. Karate gi’s should be kept clean and in good repair at all times.

5. Finger nails and toe nails should be kept clean and well cut.

6. Jewellery must not be worn. If it cannot be removed, it must be taped over.

7. All Karate-Ka (Students) should use the time before class as a period for warming up and asking higher grades for information and advice

8. Instructors must be addressed appropriately: Sensei (3rd Dan or over) or Sempai (highest grade up to 3rd Dan).

9. When arriving late, you should kneel by the side of the dojo and wait for the instructor to let you know if you are permitted to join the class. Always ask permission to leave the dojo for whatever reason.

10. Students found using the art of Karate for personal gain or conducting themselves in a violent or rude manner will have their membership terminated.

11. The dojo must always be kept clean and tidy. This is the responsibility of the lower grades.

12. When sparring, association recommended fighting equipment is mandatory.