Information for parents and students
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Young boy training karate


Is the club recognised by local authority schools 

Established Martial Arts Organisations such as the Yoseikan Karate Association

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.


How do I pay for your services ?

All YKA Tuition is usually charged for in advance,

by standing order due into the YKA account by the 30th of every month,

regardless of the students expected attendance each month.

Missed sessions are not refunded and your payments should be continued for as long as you

wish to hold your place in the club.

Annual Membership Licence fee is: £30.00 per year.

Junior tuition fees are: £24.00 per month per student.

Senior Tuition fees are: £48.00 per month per student.

After school club students pay £6.00 per week for the first term.

Please Note:

All after school club payments are required no later than 5.00pm on the day before the class takes place

so as to be included in the class ins cover, if you miss the deadline your child will have to miss that class

as we cannot add students to the list later than this deadline time.


You are therefore encouraged to take out full YKA membership

and then set up the regular junior standing order fee as above.

They then may benefit by attending all Woodham Ferrers head dojo Tuesday classes during school breaks,

take part in grading examinations.

Grading examination fees for all student grades cost £35.00 per rank.

Junior Training Camps are charged at £40.00 per student. 


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 held at the Head Dojo during class times or whilst on 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.

As junior ranks are not the same as senior ranks in knowledge or skill,

children moving up to our senior class will have their ranks reassessed following a settling in period

and then be given the appropriate senior belt rank to continue with.

This is so that they do not become overwhelmed with the additional knowledge 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 the 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 Chris Clarry Shihan 8th Dan.


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.


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 Chris Clarry in 2001,

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