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Kansai Joe, the real last Samurai
Kansai Joe, the real last Samurai


Frequently Asked Questions;

  • Do I need to wear anything special for training?

“When we are training, we wear the usual white karate suit but for the first few lessons, just wear something comfortable you can move easily in; we also usual train with bare feet.”

  • What age can children start training?

“Within our group, the Ho Ei Juku, we welcome young people from about age 12. This is later than some groups but to be comfortable in our classes it is important to know certain things, such as the difference between left and right, to have developed  a certain amount of concentration and so on.”

  • Is there space in the class for me, or my child, to join now?

“We meet for training every Friday and the class size varies so it is never a problem inviting new people to join in as we make the classes suitable for those attending each night. As long as we are there, you will be welcome to attend, join in, or watch the class.”

  • How much does it cost to train with the Ho Ei Juku?

“We now have a £20 per month fixed fee. For more details see the downloads section of the website for an introduction sheet with this sort of information on.”

  • What equipment do I need to learn karate?

“Once you have a karate suit, that’s basically all you need. In sparring we use gloves, body armour and head guards but these can be borrowed from the club. A membership form will be given in your first week or two of training to register your details with the group. This is the only other essential item.” 

  • What order do the belts go and how long does it take to get a black belt?

pl3746240-custom_karate_belts_martial_arts_color_belts_180cm_360cm_green_blue“The belts are; white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and black.  In the downloads section you will find the Ho Ei Juku Manual. This lists the requirements for belt tests as well as a lot of other information.”

  • Are the instructors qualified coaches, first-aiders and CRB checked? 

“Yes, definitely. Safety in all respects is most important in practicing any martial art. We have a structured syllabus for developing coaches within the Organisation.”

  • How isGoju-Ryu Karate different to other styles? 

“Goju-Ryu has typically closer-range fighting with more grappling and throwing than most modern styles of karate. This, along with the exercises we do for power, breathing and balance, make it a very useful, all round system of self-defence.”   

  • Do I have to enter sports events to train with you?

“Goju-Ryu is not really a style that goes well with modern point-scoring sport karate as we train differently. If people wish to practice sport, we can do that and most of the seniors in the group have many years of sport karate experience. The important thing for us is that everyone trains and benefits from the classes.”

  • If I get on well at the club, will I be able to go to Japan one day for training?

“This is definitely a YES. We are fortunate enough to be part of the All Japan Martial Arts Federation and they hold an annual event in Kyoto where you can see and try many different Martial Arts.”IMG_0231

  • I have graded with another club, do you recognise that grade or do I start with a white belt?

“Joining a Goju-Ryu club after training in another style will mean you have different ways to perform most things. Basically, we do most of what you find elsewhere plus all the other things that make our style unique. It would not be necessary to take off the belt you had previously but if grading in our style, you will in time be placed at an appropriate point in the syllabus after a period of training. It is the practice itself that is the most important thing.”