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My Online Karate, Suffolk Academy Church Road, Barrow Bury St Edmunds Suffolk England IP29 5AX
Frequently Asked Questions
There are numerous question that may come into your head during training but please be reassured, if we think you should know the answers at that particular stage we will have told you during the modules. However, please search the FAQ’s below which are organised to assist you. Should you NOT find the answer then please email Sensei and he will post your question and answer below, he may not be able to answer emails personally because of the volume of members.
Yes you can. If you miss a payment your membership will freeze and your 2 month grading qualification period will begin again.
Please see the size guide in the shop
I am sure there are many good clubs and Instructors out there, but only a handful of us have trained the true Japanese way as taught in the 1950’s and 60’s. Sensei Moulds spent 11 years training 6 days a week, 6 hours a day this way. Later joining Kanazawa Sensei 10th Dan the highest Shotokan grade in the world to personally train with him followed by Mikio Yaraha 8th Dan
Yes you will as our standards are different from most clubs. If we see your standard is high on your grading we can reduce the time between exams at the chief instructors discretion .
Pure original Japanese Shotokan
We suggest that a minimum of two sessions per week lasting one hour each would enable you to progress, however, it all depends on what time you can make available and how good you want to get. Ideally short sessions every day are better and maintains motivation
Some courses will promise you a black belt in a year. You will not do that with our system. This is karate and self defence that works. Train hard and you will progress well.
Yes, but as well as completing our disclaimer you should seek medical advice before starting our course and you will need to be able to complete our disclaimer.
When submitting an exam for grading please make us aware of any limitations you have so that this can be taken into account.
Yes, this is £25 per exam.
You start as a White Belt then progress to Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Intermediate Purple, Brown, Intermediate Brown, Senior Brown and Black Belt. Further advanced exams are available to black belt 4th Dan
No, the training will begin slowly and increase as you move on developing fitness and flexibility along the way
No age limits, if you are 4 years old or 100 years old, as long as you can perform what is required (to appropriate standard) there is no limit.
No. However we encourage you to find a training partner as you progress but this is by no means a necessity.
Yes as it is structured very simply. If you have any problems we are here to help
Look out for webinars and podcasts. Our forum and Facebook group are a support and ideal place to ask questions.
If you are in the UK you could come and train with us at our dojo in Suffolk.
The content is the same and so is the exam and accreditation, the feel of being in a full live class is the only thing missing
Our standard is world class. Train hard and correctly and your grade will be respected and recognised.
When you are ready to grade you will be guided through the process of uploading a video of you completing the exam.
Most Clubs (including Online Clubs) are taught by Black belts of varying standards, so don’t look at their grade and be fooled, do your homework.
The only standard you should be looking for is the Instructor who has the pure lineage direct to Gichin Funakoshi the founder of modern Karate. Unless they clearly show their own personal grading exams/certificates have been awarded by high ranking Japanese Instructors from the JKA Instructors Class then it is not pure Shotokan karate
We are sure there are many good clubs and Instructors out there, but only a handful have personally trained the true Japanese way as taught in the 1950’s and 60’s. Sensei Moulds spent 11 years training 6 days a week, 6 hours a day this way. Later joining Kanazawa Sensei 10th Dan the highest Shotokan grade in the world to personally train with him, followed by training and grading with Mikio Yaraha 10th Dan.
You can see Sensei Moulds certificates in the Gallery on the home page and see they were awarded at the highest level. This should give you the confidence that you are training under a highly qualified and authentic Shotokan 5th Dan
Yes you will as our standards are different from most clubs. If we see your standard is high on your grading we can reduce the time between exams at the chief instructors discretion. He can also jump you up the grade if he thinks your grade is worthy
Remember you are training the Japanese way, you would never wear your current belt in a new Dojo, please don’t expect to wear it in ours. It is disrespectful for a Kyu grade to question their grade
We suggest that a minimum of two to four sessions per week lasting one hour each would enable you to progress, however, it all depends on what time you can make available and how good you want to get. Ideally short sessions every day are better and maintains motivation. It is a simple process, money cannot but grades, these are determined by the amount of hours you spend on your art. The more you train, the better you get
If you are in the UK you could come and train with us at our dojo in Suffolk. Members from across the globe are welcome at any time to come to our headquarters in Suffolk to train and possibly grade. Please speak direct to Sensei Moulds