UPDATED ON 08/05/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How much are the classes?

All new students get a 1-week FREE TRIAL (can attend 4 classes during this week).
After the trial, it is £55/month for UNLIMITED TRAINING. We have 4 classes for each age group during the week. However, additional seminars, training, tournaments and other events occur constantly. 
 
Also, there is a yearly membership fee of £25.

We have a direct debit system to make payments easy to manage.

Can I get a discount?

We offer a half-price discount for the third family member.
In public Karate classes, the first two people in your family will pay the full price, and then all immediate family members after that are half price.
 

Where are the classes?

Recently we moved from Bretton and Hampton to one full-time location in Woodston.
 
The full address is:
HAITO Karate UNIT 3,
Wharf Road Industrial Estate,
Wharf Rd, Woodston,
Peterborough
PE2 9PS

Can parents stay and watch their children in the class?

Absolutely yes!
It is even encouraged to do so as you can learn new things as well (and maybe join the training as well?). Also, if the child wants to practice at home – you would be able to assist as you watch the class.
If parents stay during the class, they are asked to stay quiet (phone sounds off and no talking).

What do I need to bring to my first class?

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your class.
  • Have comfortable clothes to change into if not coming wearing them.
  • Have a bottle of water.
  • Come with a parent or guardian if you are under 18 years old.

Will I need any special equipment or clothes to start?

No.
In the beginning, all students wear comfortable clothes, like a T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms (no skirts or dresses). We train bare feet so no shoes are required.
You will eventually need to get a Karate uniform (we call it Kimono or GI), gloves, shin pads and a groin guard or chest protector for the ladies. Your Sensei will let you know and guide you as the student progresses.

What is the minimum age to start training?

As usual, we accept students from 6 years old.
However, experience showed that some 5-year-olds cope very well with the structure of our classes and can start earlier.
Equally, some 6 or 7-year-olds struggle with structured class environments.
So it differs for every child, which is why we offer a 1-WEEK FREE trial as the only way to know, is to try them out.
Oftentimes, parents who were initially concerned about their child’s attentiveness are pleased with how well their child performs in Karate.

What will the first class be like?

Sensei Gabi will meet and greet you before the class to make sure you are welcome and know what is going on. Also, Sensei Gabi makes sure that older students have a warm welcome for new students and guides them through the class if needed. In your first class, we will run you through some basic Karate techniques and probably some practical self-defence skills that you can use straight away. None of the new students are expected to know anything about Karate on their first day and it is highly encouraged to try their best in the first class.

Will I get hurt while training?

Safety is our top priority for training.
New students will be explained the rules and partnered up accordingly with people who would be able to guide them through the drills/techniques etc. Also, Sensei always keeps a close eye on the students and their behaviour to avoid any injuries.
You have to keep in mind, that to learn true and effective Karate techniques and self-defence we will have to be as realistic as possible. It means, we will use attacking/defensive techniques but we will do them with gloves and other protections for maximum safety.

Do I need to register for my first class?

It would be great if you register online or via phone, but if you did not have time or forgot – you are very welcome just to walk into the class and approach Sensei. Most likely, it will be no problem to let you or your child join the training straight away (exceptions would be only if we have a grading, tournament or seminar-type lesson that day which information can be found on our website timetable).

What are the contact details to get information?

Sensei Gabi is the owner and main instructor of HAITO Karate.

Find her details below:
Email: gabi@haitokarate.com
Phone number: 07544862183

She is also available on WhatsApp under the same phone number.
Also, we have Facebook, Instagram and Google where you can contact Sensei Gabi directly.
 
Please keep in mind, that Sensei Gabi never answers calls/texts during the classes, but she will always contact you back as soon as available. 

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