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We know it can be daunting to take that first step through the Dojo door - so we've collated a selection of common questions asked by new students.

If you can't find the answers to your questions please email or call us - we're always keen to hear from new potential members, we'll answer any questions you may have!

Demonstration in Wantage square Demonstration in Wantage square

Q: What can I expect form my first (FREE) session?

A: Your first session will consist of working one-to-one with one of our assistant instructors who will take you through some basic techniques and core principles of Goju Ryu Karate. Safety comes first and we will ensure that you are completely comfortable and enjoying what you're doing.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Any loose clothing that you can comfortably wear for physical activity; we also train barefoot. Once you become a member you will be given a Karate Gi (uniform) and white belt.

Q: What safety equipment is provided?

A: For your first few months of training the club will provide all the safety equipment you will need. Eventually you will be required to buy your own items of personal protective equipment which includes a groin guard, gum shield and gloves; females also require a chest protector. These items are available through the club at trade price.

Q: What equipment do I need to provide myself?

A: You aren’t required to provide any training equipment but it is recommended that you bring a bottle of drinking water to every session.

Q: Will it hurt??

A: Our training is full contact and so we would be lying if we told you training doesn’t sometimes hurt! Don’t worry, training is progressive and we take every precaution to ensure your safety and avoid injuries.


Q: Is there a contract to sign or a minimum commitment?

A: No – you will stay because you want too. There is a joining fee which is payable after a month of training with us, this covers the cost of your insurance, student record book, Gi (Karate uniform), belt and club badge.

Q: How do I pay for my training?

A: Your first session is free. Until you become a member each session costs £5.00 which can be paid in cash or by cheque. When you decide to join us we ask that you make your monthly training payment via standing order. You remain completely in control of your payments and may cancel at any time without incurring a charge.


Q: Do you take children into your classes?

A: Grove Martial Arts runs junior classes (4 to 13 years) once a week from 8:45am to 9:45am on a Saturday morning at Wantage Leisure Centre, OX12 9BX.