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What is it?

Karate is a martial art which originated in India and has been developed into lots of different styles.

Why is it good for me?

Karate can help you feel confident to defend yourself, should you ever need to. It’s also a great cardiovascular workout that can help improve strength and flexibility.

How much does it cost?

Karate clubs charge for lessons in several ways. You might pay a joining fee for Club membership, a fee per lesson, or a monthly payment which entitles you to more lessons.

Japan Karate Association England is a governing body that operates a licensing system which protects members with insurance as part of an annual membership fee. As part of your membership, you will receive a book which records your successful “gradings” as you progress to achieving the black belt, or Shodan.

What equipment do I need?

To start you just need loose, comfortable clothing.

As you progress, or enter competitions, you’ll need a white karate suit, mouth guard and hand and chest protectors.