Here is a list of the most Frequantly Asked Questions...
It's clear you have an interest in our Martial Art program so I'm not going to bore you with a history lesson and all the usual sales stuff that most websites throw at you!
Instead I'm going to list the questions potential students and parents put to me when enquiring about starting with us:
What age can my child begin training?
We have just reduced our minimum age to 4 years old!
What should my child wear to their first class?
Loose fitting clothes such as joggers and a t-shirt is ideal. Remember it will be bare foot training and don't forget to bring some water or squash.
What martial art will my child learn?
As our style of Karate is Sport Karate it incorprates some Kickboxing techniques BUT the traditional element of their training comes from a traditional Karate style called Wado-Ryu.
Do children ever get hurt in class?
This is a very rare occurrence BUT of course kids will inevitably trip and fall over as they would do at home at play. When the children first start they are either punching the air or pads so the risk to them is tiny.
Can girls attend your classes?
Of course! I have had the pleasure of teaching some amazing girls who reached BLACK BELT.
Simply put girls make amazing Martial Artists.
Can I watch my child train?
Yes. We welcome parents to sit and watch while the training session continues.
My child is very shy and I am concerned they won't want to train with children they don't know.
This is very common and when I first meet the child I can evaluate how confident the child is before they start. I know when to give lots of praise and encouragement when it's needed...Plus I have an amazing rapour with the kids.
How big are the kids classes?
As we have 6 clubs it can depend on which venue you are visiting.
Some classes will have 10 kid's and some will have 30 kid's so it's best to email me for the finer details.
How much will training cost?
Ok here's where we stand out from our competitors!
The SSKO is a family run business with 20+ years experience but more importantly WE ARE NOT A FRANCHISE!
We understand that kids are very fickle...one minute there into this...then there into that...and six weeks later they don't won't to do it anymore!
So to make thing's easy we give you 4 WEEKS COMPLETLY FREE (No Strings)
Then on week 5 you pay your £6 subs and this is paid on the day of the training NO TERM FEES, NO DIRECT DEBITS, NO CONTRACTS.
Do you have experience teaching children with a physical disability or ADHD /Autism / Asperger’s etc?
Absolutely! Over the years we’ve worked with many kids who need a little more attention with great results.
Ok so here are some specific questions put to me by our adult members over the years...
Is there a risk for injury with martial arts?
Any sport or form of exercise comes with a risk of injury. However, there are a few things that make our program very safe. It's because of these few things that we barely see any injuries with our program.
Stretching: At the beginning of every class we go through a series of stretches. These stretches get your muscles and joints ready and warmed up for exercise.
Supervision: Every class is supervised by trained, licensed professionals. We watch carefully to make sure no student is doing anything in a dangerous or unsafe way.
In short, we place a tremendous amount of focus on fun and safety. It's because of this that we feel confident telling you that while there is risk for injury with our program - it's a very small risk.
What level of fitness is required for martial arts?
People come to us of all fitness levels. We get natural-born athletes, and we get people who have a harder time with athletic endeavors. However, everyone gets the same focus and attention.
If you're not in great shape, don't worry. Go at your own pace, and we'll do everything we can to help you learn each and every technique. Soon enough, your physical fitness will improve, and you'll be in better shape than ever!
Is martial arts violent?
No! Because self-defense technique is taught in martial arts, it's often thought of as violent. However, the philosophies behind martial arts revolve around peace and harmony. The moves are more of a way to become connected with your body. We teach diplomacy and friendship. However, if a violent situation ever arises in your life, you'll have powerful tools to defend yourself and your loved ones.
How many people are generally in a group class?
Each training venue is different so email me direct for the finer details.
Will there be other beginners in my class?
Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.
Will I have to wear a white Karate suit?
No, we are a modern Sport Karate Organisation and you have the option of a smart SSKO T-shirt and Adidas style martial art training trousers
How much will training cost?
We understand that you may be trying Martial Arts out for the first time and your checking it out to see if it's for you.
This is why we give you 4 WEEKS COMPLETELY FREE!
Then on week 5 you pay your £6 subs and this is paid on the day of the training NO TERM FEE'S, NO DIRECT DEBITS, NO CONTRACTS.
ADDITIONAL BONUS OFFER
ON WEEK 5 WE ALSO OFFER YOU A BONUS OFFER
We invite you to enrol as a Full Member of the SSKO with a 20% discount.
This a one off single payment which takes your training to the next level.
Membership benefits include:
1. Membership allows you to begin your 12 step journey to the ultimate goal in sport...BLACK BELT.
2. Be invited to our Members only specialised training and social events.
3. Membership comes complete with our quality modern Martial Art uniform 100% FREE.
ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF FULL MEMBERSHIP ON WEEK 5 FOR ONLY £51 (NORMAL PRICE £69)
of course you don't have to take this additional 2nd promotion of discounted membership on week 5 if your not quite ready.
The SSKO aims to provide quality and expertise Martial Arts through teaching 'Sport Karate' which is a combination of traditional 'Wado Ryu' Karate and Kickboxing.
WE DON'T RUN OCCASIONAL BEGINNER COURSES HERE & THERE...WE WELCOME BEGINNERS EVERY WEEK!
"I Iook Forward To Meeting You At One Of My Training Venues Soon"!