FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    • Where and when do you train?
      • We train at 4 different venues allowing us to train every day of the week except Sunday! You can find the days and locations here.
    • How much does it cost to train and are there any other costs?
      • It is free to join, but we do charge for training sessions. Up-to-date costs are here.
    • What is the minimum age someone can join?
      • Dovecot MAC offers a smaller class for youngsters aged from 4 to 6, and the main class is for ages 7 and over. The Holly Lodge, Halewood, and the Walton classes are all designed for ages 5 to Adult.
    • I see lots of competitions mentioned on the site, is it a requirement to go?
      • No, you do not have to go, although we like to encourage people to.
      • There’s a really good team spirit amongst our members, and also their families and friends make them exciting days out.
    • How often are the competitions and where are they?
      • You can see competitions listed in the Calendar section here.
      • For details on competitions in the past, you can see them archived here.
    • What is a Dojo?
      • A Dojo is the the term we use to describe the place where we train, as per Wikipedia it is “a Japanese term which literally means ‘place of the way'”.
    • Who or what is a Sensei?
      • The Sensei is the teacher, or leader of the class. Our main Sensei is Chris Cray.
    • Can you explain the belt system to me, and what is Kyu and Dan?
      • You start out on the coloured belts, which are the Kyu grades. Once you have passed all the requirements, you can finally get your Black Belt which is the Dan grade.
      • The coloured belts order is as below, the Kata next to each colour is the required kata to reach that belt [that you learn whilst the Kyu grade below]:
        • Novice: White Belt, n/a,
        • 9th Kyu: Orange Belt, Kihon Kata
        • 8th Kyu: Red Belt, Heian Shodan Kata
        • 7th Kyu: Yellow Belt, Heian Nidan Kata
        • 6th Kyu: Green Belt, Heian Sandan Kata
        • 5th Kyu: Purple Belt, Heian Yondan Kata
        • 4th Kyu: Purple Stripe Belt, Heian Godan Kata
        • 3rd Kyu: Brown Belt, Tekki Shodan Kata
        • 2nd Kyu: Brown Stripe Belt, Bassai Dai Kata
        • 1st Kyu: Brown Two Stripe Belt, Bassai Dai Kata
        • 1st Dan: Black Belt
    • What are the rules with regards Grading?
      • A copy (as of 04/18) of the KUGB Official stance on grading can be found here. (Official KUGB link here although external website might move their links).
    • What are the KUGB?
      • They are the Karate Union of Great Britain, and Malvern are affiliated with them. You can see a full History of Karate and how the KUGB formed here.
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  • I have a question that is not answered here, how can I get in touch with you?
    • We have an online form you can fill in which will email us with your question, you can find it here.
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