Frequently Asked Qusetions
What is Karate?
Karate is a martial art and system of self-defence that originated hundreds of years ago in Okinawa, but was greatly influenced by an even older tradition from China. Literally, “karate-do” means “the way of the empty hand,” referring to the fact that its practitioners use no weapons to attack and defend, but only the hands, feet, and body. Yet karate is much more than merely physical. It is founded on a grand philosophical and spiritual tradition based on Bushido and Zen Buddhist principles. Through hard training and practice, karate develops not only the body,but also the mind and character.
What are things I should look out for in a Martial Arts School?
Beware of year long contracts, “Black Belt Clubs” and Test fees.
Many schools are businesses now and will try to have you pay more by getting you to join an extra Black Bet Club or have high hidden Test Fees. At Steve Nugent’s, we do not use any of these techniques. Just “Old School” Karate.
What is the purpose and goal of karate?
The ultimate purpose of karate is not physical prowess or the winning of matches, but the development of balance, harmony and spiritual and physical strength through strict, disciplined training. Karate schools you in natural, effortless action, and imbues you with an openness, peace and wholeness of character that vastly enrich day-to-day life.
Can anyone practice karate?
Yes! The only real requirement is a disciplined commitment to work hard and train patiently. As long as that commitment is there, karate is for everyone regardless of age, sex, or ethnic background.
What are your class times.
Please click on the link Schedule for more information.
I have trained at another club and have attained belt X. If I join your school can I keep my same rank?
This is an evaluation period after which time it will be decided which belt you may wear in our institute. It depends on what your prior rank was and how long it has been since you stopped training.
How often do I have to grade?
Up to black belt, the quickest you can grade is once every 3 months. Note that you don’t have to grade every 3 months- you can choose not to grade if you don’t feel you are ready, or if for some reason you are unable to attend. However if you don’t grade, you won’t move up through the belts, and you won’t learn the more advanced techniques.
Do I need to warm up before the class?
Each class begins with an extensive warm up led by an instructor.