We understand that people like to try things before making a commitment. We offer the chance of a FREE TRIAL, so you can come along and train in our classes for free before you decide if you wish to join. This gives you the option to try Karate before purchasing the equipment needed and paying for classes.


Firstly, you will need to choose a venue near to you. You are welcome to come along and watch any of our classes before starting. Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whilst viewing the class. You will be able to meet the class instructor and they will answer any questions or queries you may have.


On your first lesson you will need to arrive at least ten minutes before the start of class. You should then register with the class instructor and pay the class training fee (if applicable). During registration you must inform the class instructor of any special health needs you may have. You will need to wear loose sports clothing i.e. jogger bottoms and a plain t-shirt (no logos or football tops); you will also be training in your bare feet.


For the first few months you will be learning the basic fundamental blocking, punching and kicking techniques of Karate, along with the Dojo rules and etiquette. You will also be introduced to various fitness and flexibility exercises to help increase your overall fitness, wellbeing and performance. Please note that it is highly recommended that you should train a minimum of twice per week. This will keep you in pace with the rest of the class and allow you to develop your new skills.


You can train in a maximum of two classes before you need to apply for membership and licence. Forms are available from the class instructor. Once completed, return the form along with the appropriate fee to the class instructor. Membership and licences are renewable annually and are the responsibility of the student. However, reminders will be issued.


Training at Shoshin Karate Centres is not an expensive activity compared to some other sports and activities. In fact, the more you train, the more you save!

At Shoshin Karate Centres we request class fee payments be made monthly by standing order on the 1st of every month. For your first month’s payment you can either pay by cash or cheque until the standing order is processed by your bank. If you join in the middle of a month you can pay per class. After your first month of training we do not accept payment on a class to class basis.

Class fees are simply paid monthly in advance by standing order – the standing order payment is controlled by the student and is simply cancelled if training stops. Attendance is monitored and if any lessons are missed, we allow for these classes to be made up at anytime at any of our venues.


After a maximum of one month’s training has elapsed you will need to wear a Karate Gi during training. Karate Gi’s embroidered with the club badge can be ordered from the class instructor.


Once you have your membership, licence & Gi, you will receive an attendance stamp card and a licence book. Once you have completed the necessary training requirements and your instructor agrees you have reached the required standard you will be invited to attempt your first and subsequent grading examinations. (Grading fees apply).


All subsequent belts vary in the minimum number of lessons and additional requirements. These will be shown on the attendance stamp card. Students must have trained for a minimum of lessons since their last grading and their instructor must confirm the required standard has been reached.