How do I start?
If you are interested in Karate and Self Defence, find a Karate Club on our locations page that is covenient for you. There are dozens of Karate classes in many areas from which a new beginner can choose. No special clothing is required to start. Just visit on any of the days and times listed on our Club Locations page, and our secretary will assist with your enrolment and answer any questions that you may have. You can start your Karate training there and then or simply watch a class in progress before you decide to start. There is no need to pre book for your free Karate Class, just arrive 15 minutes before your class begins.
Clubs wishing to join SKE
If your club would like to join SKE and take part in all of the events that we offer please ask your club instructor to contact us. Affiliation is quite easy.
If YOU would like to be part of SKE, simply come along to any one of our clubs and try a free Karate lesson. We will be happy to assist you in your endeavours.
Karate Belts and Gradings
Karate Gradings are held every three months and at these gradings you can test to see how much progress you have made from efforts in your Karate Classes. As a new beginner you will start with a White Belt, but as you progress through the grades you will be awarded different coloured belts. The belts are awarded in this order; Orange, Red, Yellow, Green, Purple, Purple & White, Brown and subsequently Black Belt or Shodan. Pre-Grading Courses are always held to revise and assist you with your progess. Regular attendance and a good effort at your Karate Club will ensure you get good results.
Tickets for Karate Courses & Martial Arts Seminars with top international instructors are best booked in advance, as these events are very popular & sell out very quickly. These courses are open to all clubs, associations and individual students.
Details of these courses can be found on our Club Events page.
Karate in Schools
We supply Fully Qualified Karate Instructors to teach in various schools and colleges. All SKE instructors carry Enhanced CRB Certification and Public Liability Insurance. If your school would like Karate Classes as part of its internal PE program during school time or as an after school activity, we can help you. Please telephone or email using our Contact page and we will do our very best to support and assist you with your ideas or requirements. ‘Karate replaces Cross-Country in PE shake up‘
GCSE and The Duke of Edinburgh Award
A number of our members have taken Karate as a GCSE subject at School or College and we are now able to offer Karate as a choice PE subject used by some GCSE examining bodies. Members can study karate and qualify with us as a part of their GCSE and A level examination. We have also qualified a number of our students for the Duke of Edinburgh Award using karate as one of their achievements.
Instructors, Black Belts and Senior Grades
SKE Black and Brown Belts have special classes available, which are designed for their more advanced level. Please look on our Club Locations page for the times of these popular and more advanced classes.
We also have an Instructor Training and Qualification Program in place, and so if you have the interest and desire to qualify as a Karate Instructor we can help and support you with all the necessary advice and information.
Parents, Children and Karate
For the peace of mind of all parents and young people, and in line with general educational principles, club instructors all carry Enhanced DBS Certification (Disclosure and Barring Service) previously known as CRB. We teach karate to children over the age of six and do not enrol children at our Karate Clubs under this age.