Practical information

What should I wear? We train barefoot, you will need to remove all jewellery and have trimmed nails. For your first classes, loose jogging trousers and a t-shirt will be fine; avoid buckles or zips and any garment that could become dangerously restrictive. If you keep training, you will need to get a traditional white karate style uniform but a robust ju-jitsu uniform is generally more appropriate than a lightweight sports karate one.


Does it hurt? Occasionally it can do, yes (but not that much), it is a martial art after all. However, training is controlled to minimize the risk of injury and students’ progress gradually. We do not practise uncontrolled, “full-contact”. There is, however, some unavoidable risk in practising any sport. 

Are there other training possibilities? There are national and international training events with many experienced Instructors. This includes trips to international KU training events. The yearly trip to Holland is an amazing experience.

Will I be able to grade and receive a coloured belt?  Yes, once a year. 

Do you enter competitions? No. The goal of KU is self-defence, not competition. We train to learn new skills, have fun and improve ourselves.


How long will it take to get a black belt? A long time! And anyway, that is just one step along the journey and really only signifies a certain level of proficiency. There is still a long way to go after that.

I have never tried martial arts before, is it right for me? The only answer to that is to try it. If you like it, fantastic. If not, no worries, then at least you know and all it will have cost you is a few hours of your time.

Do I need to be fit before I start? No, we will improve your fitness gradually. That is another goal of KU.

I am apprehensive about starting. So were most of us, its OK. Learning to do something that you are initially concerned about will improve your self-confidence, one of the goals of KU, and this confidence can be transferred to other parts of your life. Although KU teachies self defence, that is not its only purpose, there is a holistic element to it too.

Can I practice other martial arts as well as KU? Yes, absolutely. in fact that is a great way to broaden you knowledge.