Many people want to improve their fitness and learn a new skill but tend to feel overwhelmed, especially with the view that they may get stuck in a beginners class full of kids.
Our Adult Only Classes are designed for those 16 and up, from beginners to Purple belts (as we encourage any adults above this to come to our High Grade Classes).
Adults can train at any of our Family Classes, which are for all ages and abilities, however we know that these classes can be more overwhelming and busy, especially when you're a beginner.
These lessons can take you from complete beginner through all of the coloured belts, also known as Kyu Grades.
We want you to be the focus, which is why we are only allowing our Lower Grades into this lesson. These are to help you progress at your own pace in smaller, more detailed classes.
Karate helps improve mental and physical health. Many of our students describe it as "an escape from the stress of work", and say that once they are in the Dojo their only focus is on their training.
“I started Karate because I wanted to learn some martial arts to defend myself, incase one day I needed to.
But, after a few weeks, I became more motivated and set the target to become a Black Belt.
Now, Karate is a part of my life and it helps me to become more disciplined and confident."
We encourage all our students to work towards completing Gradings, to allow them to earn a new belt. This class is specifically to help you achieve the first set of belts, also known as the Kyu Grades.
We have three main Gradings a year, where Sensei Sherry (9th Dan), the Chief Instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), travels down to Chelmsford to host both a Masterclass training session and a Kyu Grading afterwards for all ages.
Leading up to these Gradings, we structure our lessons in order to prepare you as well as we can, doing Mock Gradings and focusing on specific areas of the Gradings. If you pass, you will have earned your next belt and will continue your progress by learning more advanced Karate. With each belt you achieve, your Karate skills and technical knowledge will become more advanced.
Along with this, passing your Grading also means you will receive a Grading Certificate, signed by Sensei Sherry and our Chief Instructors, and you will get a photo taken with this at a Grading Ceremony the following Sunday lesson.
You should be aiming to train twice a week leading up to Gradings, or have trained 24 sessions before your first Grading. As we currently only have one Adult-Only Class a week, we hope that you will also look into attending one of our Family Classes, which are for all ages and abilities.
For those still in full-time education, you can enter the National Students Championships. This competition tends to be smaller than the rest, making for a shorter day-out, but is still fun no less!
As well as this, you can also enter the Karate Union of Great Britain's (KUGB) Southern Regional Championships and the KUGB National Championships at any grade.
The events for these competitions are split into Junior (Under 16) and Senior (Over 16) categories, as well as by Grade, so you'll be matched with people of similar ages and abilities.
As with all our competitions, we always compete and support each other as a Team, so keep an eye on our Upcoming Events to make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to compete!
Of course there is is no pressure to compete if you don't want to, though we do encourage our students to put themselves out of the comfort zones a little, and it is a great team bonding experience.