Beginners Information

First Lesson

Firstly, you will need to choose a club near to you. Please see Find Us page. You will then need to contact the club to book your free trial session.


On arrival for your first class you will need to register with the main club instructor. 


You will need to wear loose sports type clothing and will be training in bare feet.


The whole club does a warm up together and then split down into groups i.e. beginner adults, beginner children, coloured belts and brown/black belts (varies for each location). Each group will have its own instructor.


To ensure the traditional etiquette of the Martial Art is upheld, we do not allow spectators during the lesson.

First Few Months

In your first few months of training you will learn the basic punching, blocking and kicking techniques of Karate. Please note that Tokon Kai teaches non contact karate. You will also learn basic self defence. Occasionally kick and punch bags are used to focus power and channel aggression.

To begin with, training once a week is acceptable (especially for younger children). However, twice a week is recommended.

Fees, Karate suit and Joining

You can train for a maximum of one month before you will need to purchase a karate suit (gi) and a membership/licence.

First class is free, after which payments for evening classes are via monthly standing order.

Afterschool clubs are paid up front per half term.

Training Fees

There are 3 monthly training level options for evening and weekend classes which are listed below.

One lesson per week (4 per month)
Two lessons per week ( 8 per month)
Unlimited Training
  • The levels are flexible, so you can always upgrade to silver or gold if you wish.

  • For bronze and silver levels, if you want to do an occasional extra class (e.g. once or twice a month), then you can pay for the class on the day; £6.25 adults and children.

  • If you miss a class for whatever reason (e.g. you are away on holiday or all the clubs are closed for 1 week i.e. Christmas), then the lessons you missed can still be used provided they are used within that month period. At the end of the month the lessons expire and cannot be carried over to the next month. Please note this scheme is not for after-school clubs.

  • AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS- paid up front half termly. £5.50 per class.

Karate suits (gi's)

Lightweight polycotton suits, pre embroidered with the club logo.

Heavyweight gis are available. Please visit the shop for prices.

180cms, 190cms, 200cms & 210cms
150cms, 160cms & 170cms
110cms, 120cms, 130cms & 140cms

Heavyweight gis are available. Please visit the shop for prices.


Tokon Kai Karate requires all students to hold a valid membership/licence in order to train, grade or attend events. It also offers personal insurance in addition to Tokon Kai Karate’s public liability and professional indemnity cover.

Membership/licences are renewable annually and are the responsibility of the student, however reminders will issued.


Combined annual payment = £30. Discounted membership/licence is available for new applications. 


Upon successful application you will receive a licence book, grading attendance card and an endeavour award card (under 16yrs only). Renewals will receive only a new licence slip.


First Belt


Once you have your membership/licence & Gi, you will receive an attendance stamp card, Junior endeavor award card and a licence book. Once you have completed 18 lessons and your instructor agrees you have reached the required standard you will be assessed for your first belt-orange. (fees apply)


All subsequent belts vary in requirement (see Tokon Kai Belt System & Syllabus)


Tokon Kai Karate Dojo Rules

Tokon Kai teaches traditional Shotokan Karate, where discipline is very important and Japanese etiquette is observed

  • Good etiquette (behaviour) is essential at all times.

  • Always bow and say “oss” when entering or leaving the dojo.

  • Karate-ka must make an effort to always be on time. If the karate-ka is late and the class has already started, they must kneel down at the front of the class until the instructor invites them to join in.

  • All karate-ka will comply with the dojo health rules. Personal hygiene (cleanliness) is essential. Finger and toe nails should be clipped short.

  • Karate-ka must keep their Gi clean at all times.

  • Eating, smoking or chewing gum is forbidden in the dojo. Bottled water is allowed.

  • Jewellery must not be worn. If the item cannot be removed it must be covered.

  • Karate-ka must obey and respect their instructor at all times.

  • In the dojo always address the instructors as ‘Sensei'.

  • When the Sensei gives a karate-ka a command, they must respond with ‘oss’, which shows they understand the instruction they have been given.

  • In the dojo, karate is the only concern. Talking during class, not paying attention to the Sensei or practising anything else is disrespectful.

  • Karate-ka should always line up in grade order. If a fellow karate-ka is the same grade then (if possible) line up in the order of the date graded and then eldest first.

  • Karate-ka must turn away from the front of the class to adjust their Gi.

  • Do not criticize other karate-ka.

  • Karate-ka must not leave the lesson without asking their instructor. If a karate-ka does need to leave the lesson they must kneel down at the front of the class, until the Sensei instructs them to leave. Upon their return the karate-ka must again kneel at the front of the class and wait for their instructor to invite them to rejoin the lesson.

  • When 'Yamae' is called, all students must stop immediately.

  • When you pair up with a fellow karate-ka greet them by bowing and saying "oss". When you leave them again bow and say "oss". These are ways of thanking them for the opportunity they have given you to work and train with them.

  • No Kumite without the Sensei’s permission.

  • Do not use the equipment without the Sensei’s permission.

  • Karate-ka must not show anyone who is not a club member any karate techniques or demonstrate karate in public.

  • Karate-ka must only use the techniques they have learnt in self defence. They must never be the first to attack.

  • Visitors are always welcome, subject to them observing the above rules, where applicable.