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Frequently Asked Questions

What age can I start Karate?
All ages above 5 are welcome; come along and try.Very young schildren may not have developed the concentration span to get full benefit from their training however. Please come and talk to us if you're not sure.

Am I too old to start training in Karate?
You’re never too old to join Levern Tora-Kai - we accept students up to age 105

What do I need for starting Karate?
On first attending the class you should wear tracksuit trousers or shorts and a loose fitting t-shirt or top. All karate-ka (a karate student) train in bare feet. Wait until you are happy that Karate is for you before you spending any cash on a new Gi (Suit). Gi's can be purchased from the club at very reasonable prices.

How much does it cost for training?
Kids cost only £3.00 per night. Adults are £3.50. Families and monthly payers will find it even cheaper.

What is a Karate Licence?
A licence is insurance cover for you to take part in activities within the Scottish Traditional Karate Federation and the Scottish Karate Governing Body. The licence book is also a grading record for you to maintain throughout your lifetime karate career. The current cost of a license is £30.00

Do I have to fight in competitions if I train with you?
No, but you can if you want to.

How long will it take me to obtain my first grading?
Normally about 3 months training is needed, based on training twice a week.

When will I get my Black Belt?
After about 4 years training you should have reached a level of basic skills that may allow you to attempt the level of 1st Dan, but this varies from student to student.

What does karate mean?
Kara (empty) and Te (hand), an unarmed person who uses their hands and feet for blocking and striking. It’s a system that originated in China and then was developed in Okinawa and Japan.