Information for parents and students
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Before taking your child to join a Martial Arts club its worth considering a few things first.


1. Is the organisation or club recognised by local authority schools ?

Established Martial Arts Organisations such as the Yoseikan Karate Association U.K

also run after school clubs, which can only be run by qualified and established professionals.

This means that the Instructors will have had to undergo the most stringent regulations and teacher training requirements relating to child protection, child safe guarding, DBS background checks as well as hold the appropriate Professional Instructors liability Insurance,

Finally, the instructor will have had to prove the authenticity of his qualifications.


2.  How do i pay for the lessons ?

All YKA Tuition is charged for in advance,

Head Dojo sessions are to be paid by Bank transfer with your fees being due into the YKA account before the 1st of every month, regardless of your expected attendance.

Missed sessions are not refunded and your payments should be continued for as long as you wish to stay a member of the YKA.

After school club tuition fees are also to be paid in advance of the term you wish your child to attend,

missed sessions are once again not refunded as you will be paying for the terms course,

fees may vary dependant upon how many weeks the course term runs for,

Cancelled lessons are either refunded or carried over, the choice is yours,

Personal tuition is by appointment only and may be paid on the day of your lesson,

appointments for our therapy services may also be paid on the day of your visit,

Training Camp fees are to be paid before the closing date.


3.  Yoseikan Karate Association Grading Rank Structure ?

Acquiring Martial Arts skills takes lots of time and lots of effort.

The recommended time scale between gradings in Yoseikan Karate is no sooner than every 3 months,

YKA gradings are usually held in March, June, September and December

and are held at either the Head Dojo, at the after school club venue or at our training camps which are also held at our Head Dojo on Fridays during half term breaks.

Junior Kyu Grade Ranks have two stages to each rank, level one and level two,

often referred to as half ranks, these are in fact full rank levels.

level one is displayed by a white belt with a coloured stripe running throughout the length of the belt,

level two is is shown as a coloured belt with a white stripe running throughout the length on the belt,

 at Brown Belt 3rd kyu level ranks this changes.

Children whom display exceptional abilities have been known to jump levels.

See your Licence Book for more details on our rank structure and kata requirements.

Senior Ranks are designated by Plain Coloured belts up to Brown Belt level where coloured stripes are used from 3rd Kyu to 1st Kyu.

Senior ranks are considerably more difficult to achieve due to our complicated syllabus requirements at Senior level.

Black Belt levels start at 1st Dan which is shown by a Red Bar at one end of the Belt,

The Highest achievable Black Belt within the YKA is currently held by our own

Head & Chief Instructor Chris Clarry Shihan 8th Dan.


4.  Does the club enter competitions ?

Make sure you know what your signing up for.

 Not all children want to enter competitions, understand the costs involved as well as the risks,

The difference between Sport Karate and Karate practiced as a Traditional Martial Art

is simple, Sport focuses on competitive engagement guided by a system of rules.

Where as,  Yoseikan Karate focuses is on the cultivation of the individuals character by virtue of a code of ethics and the development of skills over many, many years.


5.  How long has the club existed and where did you here about it ?

The last thing you want to do is sign up, purchase a uniform and start training

only to find that the club closes at the end of the month due to a lack of students attending.

Established clubs have a proven track record and tend to have members that have been

with them for many years.

Yoseikan Karate was first established in Japan in the 1930's by our Master Minoru Mochizuki 10th Dan,

then introduced into the United Kingdom by Dr Vernon C F Bell in 1956,

then passed to our Head Shihan Clarry in 2001,

Who has been teaching Yoseikan from our Head Dojo in Woodham Ferrers since around 1987.

6. Understanding the YKA Online Booking system.

Our online booking system was put into place back in 2015 so as to comply with changes to this associations Insurance criteria.

Before we can operate any class effectively, we require a confirmed number of paying students, 
their names and of course in the case of a children's class, the parents consent for them to attend.
We achieve this by asking parents to book their child a place in advance online via our official web site.

Parents are then required to pay for the term in advance at the time of booking.
late payments void the booking, so we suggest you pay at the time of booking.

The Online Booking facility closes once the class has reached its allocated numbers or by the start date of the class.

By doing this, we ensure that we have in place the appropriate YKA insurance cover for those attending,
and that the instructor does not compromise his own professional teachers insurance indemnity criteria.

if you miss the booking date you will not be permitted to send your child along until the next time of booking.

Contact to our members / parents is through an email system and text message service which is operated by our YKA Admin team,
it is essential that parents / students have set up a good line of communication with our admin team via email or text for you to be included in all future class opportunities.