ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR INQUIRIES
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO START?
Karate Byford is free to have a go. If you like the way things go then a registration fee is payable and each year thereafter when you re-register to cover the costs of affiliation memberships and insurance. Term training fees will also apply and price depends on how much or how little you train. Speak to your Sensei at the club for details. Karate uniforms start from around $50 and will need to be purchased before you grade.
CAN I PAY CASUAL FEES?
Yes you can, you can pay per class after you have paid your registration fee. (please note that if paying casual you will need to pay prior to the start of class, in cash or by card at the dojo). Speak to your Sensei for more details.
WHAT ABOUT GRADING?
A grading is held at the end of every school term, however not all students will grade at every term. Karate students naturally develop at their own pace. A student will be offered the opportunity to grade at Sensei’s discretion when they have demonstrated the required accomplishments in class. A grading fee per student is payable per grading. Each successful applicant will receive a certificate and a new belt. these will be presented at the next training session.
CAN I ENTER TOURNAMENTS?
Kofukan Australia aims to hold at least one inter-club tournament throughout the year which all students are encouraged to enter. Aside from this as members of The Australian Karate Federation all our students are eligible to compete in their competitions if they are interested in doing so however sports Karate is not the focus of our style.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRAIN?
Your Karate will only ever be as good as your practise. Aim to get to class at least twice a week and try to spend some time each day running through a kata or two. Overtime you will see great results.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY BLACK BELT?
With commitment, hard work and consistent training it is possible to achieve your black belt in 4-5 years. Juniors work their way through 16 kyu grades, Adults 8 kyu grades.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO TRAINING?
Until you get your Karate Gi, wear comfortable gym type clothing and remember to bring a drink bottle.
IS IT FULL CONTACT?
Yes and No. We would soon run out of partners to train with if we allowed unrestrained full contact partner work and sparring with the techniques that are taught in our style. Our students are taught control and restraint. However, at the senior level we engage in Ju Kumite (sparring) using gloves and mouth guards. This involves kicks and strikes the head and body but is always performed with manners and control. The idea is to help sharpen ourselves and our training partners not hurt them.
WHAT IF I COME FROM ANOTHER STYLE?
The rank that you have achieved at that style will be honoured while you work your way through our syllabus. When you have achieved an equal rank you will be able to grade at that level in Kofukan and continue with our style from there.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE?
Our principal instructor is Sensei Russell Humphreys he is a 4th Dan Black belt (Yondan), Sensei Russell also has a First Aid certificate, a Working with Children Check, Police Clearance and 15 years teaching experience.