Beginner's Information







Thank you for selecting our club. We pride ourselves on being able to offer everybody the opportunity to learn Karate under safe conditions. We study Shotokan Karate. Kevin 4th Dan Black Belt who has been a Special Constable in our local Police force, started training in 1974. He established the Weston club in 1985 & is supported by three other instructors, Shaun 2nd Dan (above left), Michelle 3rd Dan (above right) & Lewis 2nd dan (above far right). All of our instructors are family people and understand the importance of building confidence, fitness & respect.





Why donít we start children younger than 7 years?

It is important for individuals to be mature enough to understand the dangers of practising Karate & the importance of restraint. Karate must not be exercised outside the training area.

What will we learn?

Individuals will firstly be shown the etiquette of Martial arts. Students will then be taught various exercises to warm and stretch their bodies, this will be done at the beginning of every training session. This will be followed by fun co-ordination routines for the mind and body. Then we move on to the basic movements i.e. Punchs, kicks & blocks. Once control is established we can then start pairing up.





What do I have to buy?

We suggest you purchase nothing for at least 4 sessions, just to see if they enjoy training. Then the only equipment needed to get started is a Gi (suit) these cost from around £14.00.

How much does it cost?

You can pay on a monthly basis (attending once a week per month £20 per calendar month or twice a month is £28 per calendar month). All martial arts should require you to own a valid licence (record book/club membership), ours is £17. It needs renewing annually (cost £15) and this is not required until you have completed 4 sessions. To progress up the belting system, gradings are held every 3 months (£15.00 per grading).



When do we train?

We train every Mondays and Wednesday. 7pm till 8pm for junior student and parents who wish to train alongside their child. 8pm till 9pm for senior student and adults.
We train continually throughout the year except Bank Holiday Mondays and we have a break for approximately two weeks at Christmas.


Where do we train?

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre

Currently we train on Mondays (courts 5/6) & Wednesdays (courts 7/8) in the main hall. Training continues throughout the year with exception of Bank Holidays. Each night we have 2 different sessions of approx 1 hour each. Our first session is 7 pm Ė 8 pm and is for our junior students. Our second session is 8 pm Ė 9 pm and is for our senior students.

Other activities

We hold club kyu gradings approx every 3 months. We also have club BBQs/social evenings several times throughout the year for our club members and junior memberís parents to meet outside training. For further information contact Kevin or Michelle on 01934 624713, or on westonkarateclub@hotmail.co.uk I hope you enjoy training with us, if not, please let me know why.

Many Thanks, Senior Club Instructor