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In an effort to address some of the most common questions we are asked, we have provided an extensive FAQ section. The links below have been added so that you may navigate this information more quickly and efficiently.

Who will teach me?  |   How fit do I have to be?  |   Am I to old?
Is karate suitable for children?  |   Is karate suitable for women?
What will I learn?  |   How much does it cost?  |   How often should I train?
What do I wear?  |   Where are you located?  |   What do I do next?

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WHO WILL TEACH ME?

It is very important to start correctly and choose the right instructor. The chief instructor is a 7th dan black belt with over 44 years experience, a qualified First Aider and has advanced life saving skills, a retired EMT trained by South Central Ambulance Service from the UK. He has an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check, therefore you can be safe in the knowledge that your children are protected, and we have personal and public liabilty insurance. When you join the Shuri Karate Dojo you can be sure of top class, professional tuition.

HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?

You don't. Some of the people who start karate maybe unfit. The instructors know this and will teach you accordingly. If you want all the superb benefits karate has to offer then you will BECOME fitter as you practice.

AM I TO OLD?

Of course not!. Your never to old to start. If you are over 40 and have not exercised in a while it may be wise to check with your doctor just to make sure. But there are many older karate-ka (one who practices karate). This is one of the many benefits of karate practice. You can keep going as long as you want and are able to, some Okinawan and Japanese masters practice well in to their 80's and 90's..

IS KARATE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

YES! Karate is one of the best activities a child can practice, with the degree of discipline, respect and etiquette taught in the class the child will learn to accept more responsibilities, become more aware and confident. Add to this fitness and the ability to be able to stand up for themselves. You can see why so many parents enroll their children in karate classes. Children from 6 years of age are accepted.

IS KARATE SUITABLE FOR WOMEN?

ABSOLUTELY! Karate is perfect for women. It will increase your confidence and awareness, you will learn to use the strong parts of you body against the week parts of your attackers, along with ways of using your whole body to defeat an opponent rather than using strength. Karate also exercises and tones up the entire body helping you look and feel great!

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will learn traditional karate. Our style of karate is one of the oldest and most popular styles of karate throughout the world. You will learn SELF DEFENCE from the first lesson starting with simple easy to remember techniques and exercises, you will be surprised how quickly you will learn.

Every 3/4 months we hold promotion's and so it's up to you how much you do and how far you go, you will be able to train with other beginners and be allowed to develop at you own rate and without pressure. We have a structured syllabus, which is designed to take you in easy steps from beginner to black belt and beyond, in a friendly, helpful, and safe atmosphere. You will be treated with respect, courtesy and patience at all times. Everyone in the dojo was once a beginner (even the instructors) so they all know how nerve racking it is when you first start training, because of this everyone tries to help make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to learn.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We have a per lesson fee of $10.00 there is also a one off registration fee and annual membership to our karate association. Please visit this page for our current fees.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRAIN?

Two classes a week are recommended, more classes are required for advanced students. Remember that you get out what you put in. As with any sport, hobby or pastime, the more you practice the more proficient you will become. CLICK HERE for Dojo opening times.

WHAT DO I WEAR?

To start with, anything loose and comfortable, a track suit or jogging bottoms with a tee-shirt or sweat shirt is ideal. A Karate Gi (karate uniform), must be purchased within a month of starting classes and can be bought from the dojo along with any other equipment. We train in bare feet.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We are located at: 8648 West 103rd Street, Palos Hills. IL 60465 (click here for map).

IT SOUNDS GREAT, WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

Contact us for more information.

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