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Q – How much does it cost?
A – The first month is free! Thereafter the training fees are £20 every 4 weeks (Junior/Senior) & £10 every 4 weeks (Cubs – Under 8 years of age)(Conditions apply – Please ask for further details).
Q – Is there a joining fee?
A – Yes, there is a fee to become a member of Lenbukai. The current costs are £15 per person per year (April-April) or £20 per family per year (Conditions apply – Please ask for further details).
Q – Are there any other costs that I need to know about to get started?
A – Yes, the only other additional cost is for a Licence which is provided through the Scottish Amateur Shotokan Federation. This is essentially your insurance protection and must be paid within 4 weeks of you commencing training. Every member, including all the Instructors must hold a valid licence to train, grade and compete in competitions. The current costs for a licence which will run for 1 full year are:
£18 Junior (Under 16)
£20 Senior (16 and over)
Q – Do I have to buy a karate-gi (suit) straight away to train?
A – No, all we recommend for new students is that they wear something comfortable and easy to move in. Joggers or shorts and a t-shirt are absolutely fine. We all train in bare feet so there is no need to worry about any footwear.
Q – I feel nervous and worried about my fitness level will I be able to handle the training?
A – Of course, we cater for all fitness levels as we realise that every new member will have concerns about their fitness and flexibility. All that we ask is that you train on a regular basis and give 100% and your fitness will take care of itself over time. We all have to start somewhere!
Q – Is there a beginner’s class?
A – Yes, the first hour of our class is tailored towards beginners where the basic moves, discipline, fitness and education about our sport will take place. Once you have moved up a couple of grades, your class will be extended to incorporate the additional skills and techniques you require to progress towards achieving your black belt.
Q – How long will it take me to achieve a black belt?
A – If you are training on a regular basis you should achieve 1st Dan Black Belt within an average of 3-4 years.
Q – How often are the grading’s?
A – A Kyu grading is held 3 times a year approximately 16 weeks apart. There is also a Dan Grading are held once a year.
Q – How many grades are there before black belt?
A – Here is a list of the grades and the colour of belts associated with each belt:
10th Kyu White Belt
9th Kyu Red Belt
8th Kyu Orange Belt
7th Kyu Yellow Belt
6th Kyu Green Belt
5th Kyu Purple Belt
4th Kyu Purple & White Belt
3rd Kyu Brown Belt
2nd Kyu Brown Belt
1st Kyu Brown & White Belt
1st Dan Black Belt
Q-Is there a family discount?
A-Yes, for full details please contact us.
Q-What is the ratio of instructors to students?
A-In most cases we have a 1-10 ratio, although during basic lessons their are more students due to group instructing.
Q-On your poster it states all age groups welcome but what is the starting age?
A-The starting age is from 5 years old, however, we do take students at the age of 4 as long as their parent/guardian signs a disclaimer allowing their child to participate.