New Practitioners, Transferring Practitioners & Returning Practitioners


All newly enrolling practitioners fall into one of three categories:

  • New to the club, new to martial arts in general --> BEGINNERS COURSE is most suitable for you.
  • New to the club, but an existing (or formerly practising) martial artist --> CONVERSION COURSE is most suitable for you.
  • Returning to the club, former student of our club --> REFRESHER COURSE is most suitable for you.

 

Click on the blue box (in the flow diagram below) that is most relevant to your situation:

 

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Taikyoku_Shodan * Subject to proof of status

 

If a student is in hardship, e.g. low income, they may apply for chief instructor's discretion to put them on the unwaged rate...but only if they provide proof of status (e.g. a payslip). Thus we keep the training affordable for as many people as possible.

 

BEGINNERS COURSE

 

Beginner courses assume no prior knowledge or experience of martial arts.

 

On 'enrolment night' (usually, but not always, the first Wednesday of each month), we start a 3 month beginners course for each new batch of students. The purposes of the beginners course are:

 

Give YOU a period of time to:

    • See what the club is like, without any formal commitment to becoming a full member.
    • Adjust to the club, make new friends and learn the rules of our Art.
    • See if you enjoy the training and decide whether or not this is for you!

 

Give THE TEACHERS a period of time to:

  • Assess your suitability for our martial art.
  • Decide whether or not to accept you as their student.
  • If you are under 16 years of age, this period of time is also used by the teachers to ascertain how much interest or involvement your parents show in your training and dvelopment (parent/child combinations who both enrol as students of the club are given preference for membership than children alone).

 

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

 

STEP 1: Provisional registration

Submit an online pre-enrolment application (called 'provisional registration'). This is necessary for the temporary insurance during the 3 month course. To do this, you need click here.

 

STEP 2: Pay the course fees

We do not accept cash or credit/debit cards. We do accept cheques (made payable to 'LKDSA'), as a last resort, but would prefer it if you could do a direct bank transfer to:

 

Account name: LKDSA
Account number: 01965923
Sort code: 30-96-40
Bankers: Lloyds TSB, Paddington Branch

 

  • Waiting list applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable 50% of the beginners course fee, as a gesture of commitment.
  • Applicants hoping to start at the next enrolment night are expected to pay 100% of the beginners course fee (also non-refundable), as a gesture of commitment.

 

It should be stressed that the club incurs administration costs as well as lost income if a student applies, blocks a seat on the beginners course and then pulls out. That ‘seat’ could have been utilized for a more committed potentially long-term student. That is why the beginners course fee is non-refundable. This is regardless of when a student pulls out (i.e. at any stage between applying for the course/waiting list and the end-of-course assessment).

 

STEP 3: Come to enrolment night with your documents

For health and safety, as well as insurance and regulatory requirements, we need to see the original documents that you used to do the online provisional registration BEFORE your first lesson. You just present them to us, we look at them, then hand them back to you. We do not keep them.

 

STEP 4: Enjoy your training and learn about the club!

For the three months, you are welcome to come and go to the lessons and practice at your leisure. Feel free to approach any of the teachers or the administrator for help and advice.

 

During this time, you may wish to:

 

Get a karate suit.

This is not necessary as a loose pair of trousers and loose top (e.g. t-shirt) is sufficient initially. However, if you would still like to get a karate suit, please contact the Equipment and Uniforms Officer. You will need to tell them your height in centimetres.

 

Attend training courses or events.

You are welcome to do so. To give you a feel for what we do at such training courses or events, as you are not yet on the special members 'packages', we offer you the chance to attend courses at 50% of the normal cost during your beginners course. Please contact the Administrator for further information.

 

STEP 5: Undertake your membership assessment

At the end of the three months, your progress and suitability for the Art will be assessed by the teachers of the club. Those beginners who complete the course successfully and pass the membership assessment are:

  • Awarded their first belt/certificate of rank.
  • Offered full membership of the club. They will have 7 days to accept/decline the offer.
  • If they accept the offer of membership, their online provisional registration status will be automatically upgraded to full registration by the administrator.
  • They will then be asked to choose a membership package (level 1, 2 or 3) depending on how extensively they wish to train.

 

If you are unsuccessful, at the teacher's discretion, you may be offered advice on alternative options (e.g. we may recommend an alternative club or martial art that you may be better suited to).

 

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION

 

 

CONVERSION COURSE

 

Conversion courses assume SOME prior knowledge or experience of martial arts.

 

This is designed for those practitioners who have trained in another martial arts school. Most clubs would make such individuals start again as a beginner, claiming that they did not award that practitioner their grades etc. and so do not recognise their prior experience. We do not agree with this approach.

 

Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL): Students from other arts clearly have some skill. We acknowledge this and therefore exempt them from the beginners course. Rather, they take part in a 3 month conversion course. At the end of the conversion course, they undertake a 'transfer assessment', to ascertain where in our syllabus their skills lie. That becomes their 'starting point' in the our Art. The cost for the conversion course is the same as for the beginners course.

 

 

On 'enrolment night' (usually, but not always, the first Wednesday of each month), we start a 3 month conversion course for each new batch of students who are transferring from other martial arts schools. The purposes of the conversion course are to:

 

Give YOU a period of time to:

    • See what the club is like, without any formal commitment to becoming a full member.
    • Adjust to the club, make new friends and learn the rules of our Art.
    • See if you enjoy the training and decide whether or not this is for you!

 

Give THE TEACHERS a period of time to:

  • Assess your suitability for our martial art.
  • Decide whether or not to accept you as their student.
  • If you are under 16 years of age, this period of time is also used by the teachers to ascertain how much interest or involvement your parents show in your training and dvelopment (parent/child combinations who both enrol as students of the club are given preference for membership than children alone).

 

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

 

STEP 1: Provisional registration

Submit an online pre-enrolment application (called 'provisional registration'). This is necessary for the temporary insurance during the 3 month course. To do this, you need click here.

 

STEP 2: Pay the course fees

We do not accept cash or credit/debit cards. We do accept cheques (made payable to 'LKDSA'), as a last resort, but would prefer it if you could do a direct bank transfer to:

 

Account name: LKDSA
Account number: 01965923
Sort code: 30-96-40
Bankers: Lloyds TSB, Paddington Branch

 

  • Waiting list applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable 50% of the course fee, as a gesture of commitment.
  • Applicants hoping to start at the next enrolment night are expected to pay 100% of the course fee (also non-refundable), as a gesture of commitment.

 

It should be stressed that the club incurs administration costs as well as lost income if a student applies, blocks a seat on the course and then pulls out. That 'seat' could have been utilized for a more committed potentially long-term student. That is why the course fee is non-refundable. This is regardless of when a student pulls out (i.e. at any stage between applying for the course/waiting list and the end-of-course assessment).

 

STEP 3: Come to enrolment night with your documents

For health and safety, as well as insurance and regulatory requirements, we need to see the original documents that you used to do the online provisional registration BEFORE your first lesson. You just present them to us, we look at them, then hand them back to you. We do not keep them.

 

STEP 4: Enjoy your training and learn about the club!

For the three months, you are welcome to come and go to the lessons and practice at your leisure. Feel free to approach any of the teachers or the administrator for help and advice.

 

During this time, you may wish to:

 

Get a karate suit (if you don't have one)

This is not necessary as a loose pair of trousers and loose top (e.g. t-shirt) is sufficient initially. However, if you would still like to get a karate suit, please contact the Equipment and Uniforms Officer. You will need to tell them your height in centimetres.

 

Attend training courses or events.

You are welcome to do so. To give you a feel for what we do at such training courses or events, as you are not yet on the special members 'packages', we offer you the chance to attend courses at 50% of the normal cost during your 3-month provisional registration period. Please contact the Administrator for further information.

 

STEP 5: Undertake your membership assessment

At the end of the three months, your progress and suitability for the Art will be assessed by the teachers of the club. Those students who complete the course successfully and pass the membership assessment are:

  • Awarded the most appropriate grade that reflects their skill/standards in our school's syllabus. This becomes their 'starting point' in the club.
  • Offered full membership of the club. They will have 7 days to accept/decline the offer.
  • If they accept the offer of membership, their online provisional registration status will be automatically upgraded to full registration by the administrator.
  • They will then be asked to choose a membership package (level 1, 2 or 3) depending on how extensively they wish to train.

If you are unsuccessful, at the teacher's discretion, you may be offered advice on alternative options (e.g. we may recommend an alternative club or martial art that you may be better suited to).

 

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION

 

 

REFRESHER COURSE

 

Refresher courses assume that, at some point in the past, you have been a member of this club

 

This is designed for those practitioners who were former members of LKDSA. Most clubs would make such individuals start again as a beginner, claiming that they have not been in continuous training and so do not recognise their rank any more. We do not agree with this approach.

 

Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL): In our experience, students do not usually forget everything they have learned, even if there has been a 20 year gap since they last trained! Skills come back relatively quickly, once the student gets back into the swing of training. We recognise this and therefore exempt them from the beginners course. Rather, they take part in a 3 month refresher course. At the end of the refresher course, they undertake an 'appraisal', to ascertain how much of their past knowledge and skills they have retained. That becomes their 'resumption point' in the Art. The cost for the refresher course is the same as for the beginners course.

 

 

On 'enrolment night' (usually, but not always, the first Wednesday of each month), we start a 3 month refresher course for each new batch of students who are returning to the club as former members. The purposes of the refresher course are to:

 

Give YOU a period of time to:

    • See what the club is like (as it may have evolved/changed substantially since you were last a member), without any formal commitment to becoming a full member.
    • Adjust to the club again, make new friends (or re-acquaint yourself with old ones!) and remind yourself of the rules of our Art.
    • See if you still enjoy the training and decide whether or not to continue.

 

Give THE TEACHERS a period of time to:

  • Assess your suitability to return to training.
  • Decide whether or not to accept you as their student.
  • If you are under 16 years of age, this period of time is also used by the teachers to ascertain how much interest or involvement your parents show in your training and dvelopment (parent/child combinations who both enrol as students of the club are given preference for membership than children alone).

 

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

 

STEP 1: Provisional registration

Submit an online pre-enrolment application (called 'provisional registration'). This is necessary for the temporary insurance during the 3 month course. To do this, you need click here.

 

STEP 2: Pay the course fees

We do not accept cash or credit/debit cards. We do accept cheques (made payable to 'LKDSA'), as a last resort, but would prefer it if you could do a direct bank transfer to:

 

Account name: LKDSA
Account number: 01965923
Sort code: 30-96-40
Bankers: Lloyds TSB, Paddington Branch

 

  • Waiting list applicants are expected to pay a non-refundable 50% of the course fee, as a gesture of commitment.
  • Applicants hoping to start at the next enrolment night are expected to pay 100% of the course fee (also non-refundable), as a gesture of commitment.

 

It should be stressed that the club incurs administration costs as well as lost income if a student applies, blocks a seat on the course and then pulls out. That 'seat' could have been utilized for a more committed potentially long-term student. That is why the course fee is non-refundable. This is regardless of when a student pulls out (i.e. at any stage between applying for the course/waiting list and the end-of-course assessment).

 

STEP 3: Come to enrolment night with your documents

For health and safety, as well as insurance and regulatory requirements, we need to see the original documents that you used to do the online provisional registration BEFORE your first lesson. You just present them to us, we look at them, then hand them back to you. We do not keep them.

 

STEP 4: Enjoy your training and learn about the club!

For the three months, you are welcome to come and go to the lessons and practice at your leisure. Feel free to approach any of the teachers or the administrator for help and advice.

 

During this time, you may wish to:

 

Get a karate suit (if you don't have one)

This is not necessary as a loose pair of trousers and loose top (e.g. t-shirt) is sufficient initially. However, if you would still like to get a karate suit, please contact the Equipment and Uniforms Officer. You will need to tell them your height in centimetres.

 

Attend training courses or events.

You are welcome to do so. To give you a feel for what we do at such training courses or events, as you are not yet on the special members 'packages', we offer you the chance to attend courses at 50% of the normal cost during your 3-month provisional registration period. Please contact the Administrator for further information.

 

STEP 5: Undertake your membership assessment

At the end of the three months, your progress and suitability for the Art will be assessed by the teachers of the club. Those students who complete the course successfully and pass the membership assessment are:

  • Awarded the most appropriate grade that reflects their skill/standards in our school's syllabus. This becomes their 'resumption point' in the club.
  • Offered full membership of the club. They will have 7 days to accept/decline the offer.
  • If they accept the offer of membership, their online provisional registration status will be automatically upgraded to full registration by the administrator.
  • They will then be asked to choose a membership package (level 1, 2 or 3) depending on how extensively they wish to train.

 

If you are unsuccessful, at the teacher's discretion, you may be offered advice on alternative options (e.g. we may recommend an alternative club or martial art that you may be better suited to).

 

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION