What is Karate?
Karate is a martial art developed in Japan. It is a fighting skill which uses all parts of the body. Karate techniques are mostly comprised of attacking (striking, punching and kicking) and blocking moves, and are different from those of Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido which focus on throwing techniques. Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that is based on Shotokan Karate. Kung Fu is a collective name for the various styles of Chinese Karate. There are many different styles of martial arts, but there is no ultimate style or best art. The fighting methods are just different and the difference is mostly in rules and what techniques they emphasize. Please read the Shotokan section for further explanation of Karate. Also, you can get an idea of how we practice Karate techniques by reading the Training page.

What is traditional Karate?
It is non-contact Karate. There is another kind of Karate that allows full contact (with or without protective gears). At our dojo, we allow no physical contact in our sparring. The punches and kicks are thrown but aimed at about an inch away from the target for the maximum safety. More information on traditional Karate can be found under Shotokan and more on the training we do under Training.

How do I find a good training site for myself?
First, you need to select the art that you want to learn by comparing techniques and exercises (you can do this from books in a library.) Then you need to find a good studio that teaches that art – what you need to do is to find an experienced and well-educated instructor. This should be the deciding factor as only such an instructor can teach you the art correctly. Visit as many studios as possible and get information on the instructors to determine their qualifications. We recommend you to watch one of the classes. You can learn a lot about the studio and its management by observing a class. If a studio does not allow you to observe their training, that should raise a big red flag for you.

Do female students practice together with the male students?
Yes.

Do you provide cardio vascular exercises?
Excellent cardio vascular exercises are embedded in Karate training. The training also works on improving your body weight to keep you healthy.

How flexible do I need to be?
There is no requirement, but if you are flexible it will help with some techniques. Many people that are less flexible practice Karate and constantly make advancement.
 
How often should I practice?
We recommend three times a week to make healthy improvement. However, many people have other commitments and activities and are not able to practice that often. Training at the dojo once a week is the minimum requirement to expect any improvement.
Is there any meditation in the training?
The beginning and ending rituals have short meditation periods. Karate is moving Zen (meditation), so as you become familiar with the movements, you can get meditation benefits through body movements.

Do you teach any weapons?
No, not at this time.

Do you teach any throwing and/or joint techniques?
In applications, there are throwing and joint techniques. But while you are at the beginning stage of Karate training, we concentrate on punching, striking, kicking, and blocking techniques.

Will the training of Karate apply to any other martial arts?
Yes, the balancing, body shifting, and the ability to control and manage partial body movements will surely help when a Karate practitioner engages in another martial art.

How effective is the training at your dojo with regards to self-defense?
The more skilled you become in the art of Karate, the more effective you will be in defending yourself. We believe Karate is more effective in self-defense situations when compared to other martial arts such as Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido if the defender is at similar skill levels.

What is IKD?
IKD is an International Karate Daigaku organization that this studio is affiliated with. You can get more information at the IKD page and by accessing other links at the Links page.

What benefits do I get from training in Karate?
Please consult our Training page for more information.

How is IKD Dojo of Australia different from other Karate studios?
We provide martial arts training as found in Japan. Our instructors are well experienced in teaching the art of karate. Quality is not compromised in our training so that the true art is transferred. More information is found under Become a IKD Member.

Are the instructors at this studio experienced and qualified?
Yes, our instructors have more than 20 years of experience each and they are all well qualified to teach. Please see their qualifications at our Instructors page.

How much does it cost to train in Karate?
This information can be found at the Registration page.

When are classes held?
Our classes are held on:
Kata   Training Monday
Intermediate   1 (White-Blue) 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Intermediate   2 (Purple-Black) 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Basics   Training Wednesdays
 Intermediate   1 (White-Blue) 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Intermediate 2 (Purple-Black) 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kumite   Training Fridays
Intermediate   1 (White-Blue) 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Intermediate 2 (Purple-Black) 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Where are you located?
Our Dojo class meets at APEX Hall, 11 Red Hill Road, Gympie, QLD 4570. We train on Mondays, Wednesdays,Thursday,  Friday and Saturday. Please consult the location page for detailed maps.
 
I am a complete beginner and I do not know any technique and customs. How will you teach me?
We practice in a group so a novice will get lost if he/she is thrown into such training at the very beginning. Therefore, a new student will receive private lessons by a black belt to learn the basic techniques and common etiquette and customs. After a new person has learned enough to follow what the group is doing, he/she will be asked to join the group training. Even in a group situation, the class instructor will pay extra attention to the new student to make sure he/she is following the instructions. In addition, one of the black belts will be assigned as a big brother/sister student to assist you.

Do you actually hit or kick each other during a sparring practice?
No, we practice non-contact Karate. With blocking techniques our arms may come into contact with each others’, but the punches and kicks are delivered and completed before hitting a target. It takes a lot of practice to be able to control one’s attacking technique; therefore, the novice will not be involved in sparring training for a few months. A student will not be doing any free sparring until he/she becomes a black belt. Below the black belt level, students will practice only the closely managed fixed sparring (read Training for more information about sparring).

I belong to another traditional Karate organization. Can I belong to your dojo?
Yes, IKD is open to anyone with any traditional Karate experience and affiliation.

How soon can I become a black belt?
That depends heavily on how often and seriously you train. You could reach that level in 2 to 3 years if you train often and consistently. However, it could also take you 10 years or longer if your training is not consistent. Regardless, the true aim of Karate training is not to just become a black belt even though there is no harm to have a goal. At Shodan (first degree black belt), that is where we consider real Karate training begins.

I have a black belt from another studio. Can I wear it?
Yes, as long as you can perform at the black belt level of our dojo. A transfer student from another organization will be asked to take an examination after a reasonable transition period in order to determine his/her level at our dojo.

I am 65 years old – am I too old to join?
Never too old As long as you do not have any physical illness and your physician does not prohibit you from exercising, you are welcome to join and train with us.
Do you have any children’s program?
Yes, there is 5.30-6.30 every Mon; Wed and Fri 3.30-5.00 .

At what age can a person join IKD Dojo of Australia?
You need to be at least 5 years old. For someone who is under 5, parental permission is required.
 
Do you have a program for people who use wheelchairs?
Yes, the IKD Australia opened its doors to accommodate wheelchair karate courses as of 24 April 2010.
 
Do you give private lessons?
The IKD Dojo of Australia does not provide private lessons at this time.
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