FAQ's Karate Lower Hutt

What happens in a class?

No two classes are exactly the same! There is such an abundance of techniques to learn that no classes can be identical. But they do have big similarities.
We have classes designed just for kids (up to age 9), just for adults/teens. Also classes that cater for our many parent/child students who want to train in the same session.
All classes start with a general warm up as one large group. We then bow in and often start our basic techniques as a technical warm up.
The classes are often then split into smaller groups based on age and/or grade and training becomes more specific. We can do this as we have  qualified instructors. Each class ends with a formal bow.
During your training you will learn karate techniques (stances, punches, blocks, kicks), kata (pre-arranged sequences), kumite (fighting skills) and self defence applications. You will train on safety mats and make use of training aids such as kick bags, focus mits, blocking sticks and plyometric aids.
Your safety and enjoyment are paramount and all our instructors are accredited with the Australian Sports Commission and also hold first aid qualifications.

Too Young? Too Old?

A common question we are often asked is "how old should children be before they start karate?". And a similar one of course is "am I too old?".

We have students from age 5 to 50+. The simple answer is that it isn't the age of a person that determines their suitability for martial arts, but rather their desire, determination, motivation and focus.

All students progress at their own rate. Although you will find yourself standing amongst many others, you train at your pace and to your abilities. All students progress at different rates. Karate has the great benefit of the team sport atmosphere without the pressure of needing to perform at a similar level to everyone else.

Our kids are all attending school (children of pre-school age are encouraged to try a few free lessons to see if they are ready). Our syllabus caters for our primary school aged children by allowing them to take "half" grades. This makes each big jump to a new belt more manageable and they get the great sense of achievement when they attain a new belt.

Our adults all share a common feature - a desire to learn a practical new skill whilst gaining in fitness and confidence. We often hear "I've always wanted to do this" when an adult joins our club. Many join after watching their kids for many months and see the benefits that they would gain for themselves.


Within Ishinryu Karate there are 10 kyu grades leading to black belt and beyond.