When can I join?
You can join up anytime during the school term on the day of the week the classes are run.
Do you accept the Active Kids Vouchers?
Yes, we do. Please have them printed and present to front desk person. Make sure the birthday of your child is written on the voucher.
How do I get started?
We make it super easy. Just arrive at the scheduled time listed under Sydney karate Locations on this website. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class to fill out a standard athletic waiver form with a parent or legal guardian. You do not need to call ahead to book in. Please read Sensei Matt’s post on Your Child’s First Day of Martial Arts.
What does it cost?
New students receive a free trial class! After which, the first class of each term is $18. Each additional class is $15. The $3 is our rego/membership fee, which is the lowest in Sydney. If you pre-pay for the entire term, it works out about 10% cheaper. Further family discounts are available at some locations.
How do I pay?
All locations accept cash, and some locations also accept card payment and cheques (please enquire); card payment fees may apply. Fees should be paid prior to the start of each class, unless prepaid for term.
What if I just want to watch? You are welcome to watch before joining, and parents are encouraged to watch our karate classes every week. We do not offer lock-in contracts so there is no risk.
What should my child wear?
Loose fitting clothing and soft-soled shoes for the feet are recommended. Karate uniforms may be purchased at any time but are not mandatory.
What happens in the class?
Your child can play with the other students until the class begins. We then bow in and start the class with a fun warm up game, giving each student a great chance to get to know their new classmates. We usually start the class in a circle so that all students feel equal and they are all in the “front” of the class. We keep them moving so there is no time for boredom!
Do children stay with this program
Our retention rates are very high, up to 90%. The reason is that we make the classes fun and exciting for kids. The games are designed to build self-defence skills, but enable the kids to have a lot of fun in the process.
What if my child was sick and missed class?
Make-up classes can be arranged. Please talk to your instructor about this as soon as possible.
What type of martial arts is taught?
Our foundation is the Kenpo Freestyle system, based primarily on American Kenpo Karate, with emphasis on self-defence, kickboxing, boxing, and grappling. There is weapons training at the higher levels.
What is the belt system?
In the Kenpo Freestyle system, belts range from white, through yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, brown, and black.
What do gradings cost?
Our grading fees are included in the class fee, which is unusual for a martial arts organisation–and a big plus!