My child is interested in trying karate, do I need to buy them a karate suit first?
No, there is no need to go out and buy a karate suit before you start training.
We are keen to ensure that prospective members do not waste their money.
It is more important that your child enjoys their first experience of karate – if they enjoy themselves then they are likely to want to come back again.
My child has had a great time at their first few classes and is keen to train regularly, what equipment do they need?
As a minimum, we require our students to wear a karate suit (gi) and to have their own pair of sparring mitts. We also encourage their students to wear other protective equipment for sparring sessions, e.g. a gum shield, shin and instep protectors, a groin guard (male and female), a chest guard (female) and possible lightweight body armour.
As with most sports and clubs, etc. there is also a wide range of other bits and pieces of equipment and accessories that you may wish to buy for your child, e.g. a karate holdall, impact pads, t-shirts, tracksuits and karate themed accessories.
Please check with the Club to see what we have available.
Where can I buy the equipment that my child needs?
You can buy a karate gi and sparring mitts directly from Kugatsu Karate-Do at discounted prices, from a specialist martial arts supplier and from most good sports shops.
Prices vary depending on the size, make and supplier. However, a good quality karate gi and a pair sparring mitts for your child, bought from the Club, should not cost you more than £25 - £35.
Generally, any other equipment that you require for your child can be purchased directly from Kugatsu Karate-Do or a martial arts supplier. Good sports shops may be able to supply some, but possibly not all, of the additional equipment required. Prices vary depending on the size, make and supplier.