Massey University Dojo
Group Fitness Gym
Massey University East Precinct
Dairy Flat Highway (SH17)
Albany, Auckland 0632
11.30 am Coloured belts
12.30 pm Advanced
Whangaparaoa Primary School Hall
6.00 pm All grades
Frequently asked questions
Who can train at JKA Massey karate club?
People from all nationalities are welcome. We currently have members from South Africa, Philippines, China, Thailand, Japan, England and New Zealand with ages ranging from 6 to 65.
What should I wear?
Normally we train in a "gi" (a special training outfit), but for your first lessons we would advise that you turn up wearing some comfortable loose fitting clothing, and be prepared to train in bare feet.
Am I too old to start?
Certainly not! We have students in the club of all ages, and karate offers many challenges which appeal to mature students.
Is my child too young to start?
Normally we take junior students starting at age 6, but for the safety of all our students each child needs a degree of coordination (karate will help to improve this over time).
Can I train with my children?
Yes! Parents are encouraged to train with their children.
Where can I train?
We have four classes every week:
Will karate make me fit?
Karate will certainly help you get fit. It will improve your flexibility. As you get better at karate you will train harder and your fitness will improve too.
Will karate help me defend myself?
Karate contains many elements of self defence, and will improve your self-confidence. We do practice various drills aimed at defending yourself.
Is karate a contact sport?
It is in some clubs, but we practice in controlled situations and only light contact is used. We want you to enjoy your training and come again, and that's certainly not likely if you go home covered in bruises every time you train.
Will I get hurt?
You shouldn't get hurt, your Sensei will only put you in situations that you are comfortable with and in a controlled environment.
How often should I come?
Initially once a week is sufficient, until you've passed a few gradings at which time it would be best to train twice a week.
What are coloured belts for?
In Karate there are many levels and these are divided into teacher (dan) and student (kyu) grades. The coloured belts are used for distinguishing between the kyu grades, whilst the dan grades all wear black belts.