The minimum age to start training at Ashington NKA Karate Club is 5 years old, however, you must be able to tell the difference between your left and right!
You don't need to have any experience in any sort of martial art to join, as all of our instructors have many years of teaching experience, having taught a range of people from new beginners, all the way to people who have won the world championships!
If you have any questions about the club feel free to contact Sensei Jill Kelly using any of the methods available on our Contact Us page.
A five year-old girl practicing for her kyu-grading.
NOTE: We do not expect our five year-old starters to be at this standard, we will be happy if all they know is the difference between their left and right!
How old do you have to be to take karate lessons?
You must be over five years old, but there is no upper age limit.
What are your training times?
Saturday morning class 10:00am-11:30am at the NEW Ashington Leisure Centre (all grades).
Thursday evening class 6:00pm-7:00pm (junior grades) and 7:00pm-8:30pm (senior grades) at Josephine Butler Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy.
Other classes are listed in our 'Clubs' page.
Who do I contact for more information about starting karate classes?
Sensei Jill Kelly - 07930 324 556
An email form is also available in our 'Contact' page.
What is the cost per session?
Both the Saturday and the Thursday classes are £6.00 each. The cost for our other classes is listed on our 'Clubs' page.
What other costs are there?
You need a karate licence (approximately £20.00 per year) and to apply for club memberships after three sessions (£15.00 per year for under 16s, £20.00 per year for over 16s).
Do I need to bring anything else with me?
Yes, please bring a drink with you - preferably water but juice is okay too.
What can I wear before I get my Gi (karate suit)?
Tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, bare feet. No jewellery or watches. Jewellery that cannot be removed must be taped over.
Do I have to take part in competitions?
No, we encourage participation but it is not compulsory. You have to want to do it.
Can you tell me about grading for a belt?
We normally have a grading session three times per year. They are usually held at Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington. A senior KUGB instructor will assess you on your ability to perform the necessary requirements for the belt you are going for. You must train regularly to enable yourself to progress and be able to demonstrate in a mock grading at our club that you are suitably ready to attempt the grading before you will be given permission to grade. Permission to grade does not guarantee that you will pass on the day, but is an indication that your instructor feels that you have achieved the required elements in class and are ready to attempt the grading.
Standards of behaviour expected form our students.
In the dojo
- Students should always bow on entering or leaving the dojo (training area).
- If you are late and the class has started, you should kneel at the edge of the floor where Sensei can see you and wait until you are invited onto the floor. You must bow to your Sensei when acknowledged and then join in.
- It is polite to walk around the edge of the floor rather than across the centre and impolite to walk in front of fellow students when they are lined up (walk quietly behind the line to where your grade is situated).
- Instructors must always be referred to as Sensei and not by name.
- When your Sensei is giving instructions you must be respectful and listen carefully, giving your full attention at times.
- Students must seek permission from the Sensei before leaving the floor for any reason. If you need to go to the toilet please put your hand up! (Please use the bathroom before the lesson to try to avoid disruption).
- Please be respectful to everyone, and all equipment and facilities at the dojo.
- Your Gi must be clean, in a good condition and fit correctly.
- You must wear the appropriate belt for your grade.
- Feet and hands must be clean, and nails kept clean and short to avoid injury. All students irrespective of grade are expected to pay special attention to personal hygiene.
- Any wounds or verrucas must be covered.
- Jewellery or watches must not be worn and any jewellery items that are not possible to remove should be safely covered.
Outside the dojo
- Students of karate have a responsibility to behave in a manner which maintains and enhances the reputation of our dojo and the art of karate.
- Our younger members must know that techniques learnt in class must never be used in the playground or outside playing.
- Our older students and senior grades should ensure that the set a good example for the junior grades to follow.