Training Times
Every Monday and Thursday
Beginers 19:30 - 20:15
Intermediates 20:15 - 21:00
Advanced 21:00 - 22:00
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SVJ Karate Club

c/o St. Josephs Primary School
Fairview, Dublin 3
089 417 9931
(Calls only, no SMS please)

Karate Frequently Asked Questions

  • Karate sounds violent, is it dangerous?

    Karate is a martial art and a combat sport so minor bumps, bruises and sore muscles are not uncommon, but accidents are extremely rare. We do our best to train as safely as possible. We have never had to report any serious injury to our insurers yet and we aim to keep it that way.
  • At what age can children begin Karate?

    We accept children over 7 years of age as we have found that at that age they begin to possess the coordination and discipline required to successfully practice karate. They will also train for longer if they start after their 7th birthday.
  • Do I need to purchase a Karate suit straight away?

    No - you don't need a suit until your first grading. You can train in a tracksuit or shorts and tee-shirt until then.
  • How long does it take to get a black belt?

    Assuming you train consistently, it generally takes four to five years.
  • Can I join midway through a term?
    Yes, no problem.
  • Who can do Karate?

    Anyone! Many people have reached black belt level with the club, male/female, young/not so young.
  • Is there a minimum fitness level required to practice Karate?

    No, as long as you have medical clearance, you can practice karate. Don't worry if you are not very fit, this will change quickly.
  • Am I too old to start Karate?

    Not at all. Several of our club members are in their fifties. Some Japanese masters are still practicing martial arts in their eighties.
  • Is Karate any help against bullying?

    Certainly! By providing benefits such as confidence, discipline, respect, self-control, leadership, stress relief, and self-defense, karate helps both the children who are being bullied, and the children who are bullying others.
  • Will I have to participate in competitions?
    This is your choice. There are a lot of things that can be learnt from karate competitions, but we don't require anybody to compete if they prefer not to.
  • I haven't done any sport during the last 10 years or I have a serious medical condition, is it safe to start karate?

    We'll ask you to get clearance from your doctor. You do need to let us know if you have specific medical conditions which may impact on your ability to train safely.
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