Is there any age restriction?
How much are the lessons?
What style of karate is covered?
What clothing do I need to wear?
When can I start taking grades?
What is the grading structure?
How safe is Wado-Ryu?
Are there courses available?
What happens if I miss a session?
Can I go to any club in the chase area?
Can I enter tournaments?
Do I have to enter tournaments?
Do I need to be fit before I start training?
Can we train as a family?

1. Is there any age restrictions? We take students from the age of 5 and there is no practical upper limit. However we do advise that you consult a doctor before training, particularly if you haven't taken part in any physical activity for a long period, or have any health concerns.

2. How much are the lessons? Lessons are of 1 hour duration and cost £4.00 This is the standard rate throughout the clubs.

3. What style of karate is covered? The Martial Art practiced throughout the clubs is Wado-Ryu. See the History of Wado-Ryu page for more details.

4. What clothing do I need to wear? When starting your training you can wear shorts, or jogging bottoms and a T-shirt. Graded students should wear a Gi and a coloured belt that reflects their current status.

5. When can I start taking grades? Chase Wado Kai Karate club run approximately 3 gradings each year. These are held at local sports centres and students will be advised by their instructor/s of the details as they are announced. Your instructor/s will also let you know when you are ready to grade and will take you through a pre-grading before putting you forward for promotion. Students require a CWK licence in order to participate in the grading system.

6. What is the grading structure? Each grading is rewarded with a different coloured belt (and a certificate) these are as follows;

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7. How safe is Wado-Ryu? As with all Martial Arts there is an element of danger in the techniques used, however our clubs place safety at the top of their agenda. When sparring, all students must wear the appropriate protective equipment and all students must be in possession of a current CWK licence. Sparring is supervised at all times by an experienced instructor. Licence forms are available from your instructor. PLEASE REFER TO THE NOTE ON THE TRAINING VENUES PAGE REGARDING LICENCE DETAILS.

8. Are there courses available? Yes. The association will be running many courses throughout the year. See your instructor for more details.

9. What happens if I miss a session? No problem! You can train as often, or as little as you like. We understand that people have different circumstances and different personal commitments. You choose when you train not us. Please note however, that you must attend the stipulated number of sessions between grading’s (see your instructor/s for details) and all students will be assessed before they are put forward for promotion.

10. Can I go to any club in the chase area? Yes! You are welcome to train at any of our clubs. See venues.

11. Can I enter tournaments? Yes! Tournaments are available, many of which are open to all grades and ages. Your instructor/s will have full details of the courses and tournaments available and as a licence holder you will be informed of these via the postal system.

12. Do I have to enter tournaments? No! You decide what suits you best. You can do as much, or as little as YOU like.

13. Do I need to be fit before I start training? No! We will help to get you fit through the proven training methods we adopt throughout the clubs. We would remind beginners that you should consult a doctor if you are in any doubt about your health before starting any new physical training programme. It is the students’ responsibility to notify the club instructor/s of any issues that may affect your ability to train.

14. Can we train as a family? Yes! We are more than happy for parents to train with their children at any of the classes and family discounts are available!