Japan Karate Association Brisbane Shotokan at Indooroopilly
"Do not think karate training is only in the dojo."
-Gichin Funakoshi, founder of shotokan karate.
Why are there no specific kids classes?
Almost everyone at JKA Indooroopilly has joined together with a family member. This includes many parents with their children. One of the great advantages of joining our school is that we are one of the few physical exercises a parent can do with their child. Our demographics meet almost every combination possible: husband and wife, father and daughter's/son's, mother and daughter's/son's, brother's and sister's, and even an uncle and his nephews. This makes training with our school a family event that is experienced together.
Finally, there is family discount of 50% applied to each family member who joins after the first, making it cost beneficial to join with a parent or sibling.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
If you train on a regular basis and commit to every grading examination then you should be ready to test for black belt after 4 years.
Why JKA karate?
The JKA (Keeper of Karate’s Highest Tradition) is the most scientific and traditional karate there is. We see it not as a sport, but as a whole way of life. That is alway our emphasis: the whole. The goal is to help you develop every aspect of who you are.
How hard is karate?
Karate is not an easy art. But it is an art and like any art the more you put into it, the more it will repay you. Discipline is the key. Karate enriches you physically, mentally, and spiritually; developing your body, mind, and character. Therefore, train hard!
Will I ever get hurt?
All sports have their share of injuries. However, karate ranks as one of the lowest, lower than ice skating or even golf!
Within all the classes offered, at all times, the karate student is under constant supervision by the instructor. Additionally, no student will ever be expected to perform tasks beyond their abilities or skill level, or coerced into doing anything they are uncomfortable with. Sparring will always be performed under supervision and between students of similar rank, or with senior students who show utmost composure and control.
Therefore, during class the chances of injury are slim to none!
How often should I train?
Obviously, the more one does a thing the better they will get at it. However, the study of karate is a lifelong endeavour so burning out by over training, or over doing it, is just as bad as not training at all. Therefore, one should start slow, allowing your body and mind to strengthen over time until during class you can devote 100% effort. Once your body is familiar with the stresses of training, your growth and skill improves dramatically with more training. "You need to learn to walk before you can run!". The same applies for karate training.