Q – Why do we need to wear a special suit?
A – You don’t really have to. Martial Arts can be practiced in a track suit or other ordinary clothes, but the wearing of a camouflaged cotton Gi and black trousers, is the culture of Atemi Ryu – Self Defence Academy, and gives one a sense of identity and it’s very functional.

Q – Why are there different colour belts?
A – A colour system belt is used to denote the skill-level of the wearer.

Q – How many times a week should I practice?
A – As often as you are able, but at least twice a week.

Q – I suffer from Asthma, should I still practice?
A – Oh yes, most certainly! In fact, as long as you make sure that whoever is taking class knows that you suffer from Asthma, and as long as you are sensible and rest when you feel an attack coming on, then your training will do you good. Many types of physical disability in young students can be helped by martial arts training, however it is important that you inform your instructor of any problems

Q – Do I have to go to Japan to get the best Instruction?
A – No, although there are of course good teachers in Japan, there are teachers outside Japan who are more able to teach in a scientific and safe manner.

Q – Is there anything to look for to show whether the club I want to join is a good or a bad one?
A – That is a good question! First, ask your parents to try and find out about the instructor:  What are his/her qualifications? What do other members of his/her class think? Do they enjoy the classes? Does he/she seem to be “into” his/her classes or does he/she merely stand in front issuing directions?

Q – Instructor, why do we call you “Sensei”?
A – It simply means “teacher” in Japanese and it is a sign of respect.

Q – I keep hearing people saying “Uss” or “Oss”. What does it mean?
A – “Osu” is a special word in Japan and it can mean many things. From a simple greeting to acknowledgement of a command as well as being a sign of determination before you start practicing any particular technique.

Q – Why do we bow as we enter the practice hall and when we meet another teacher or student?
A – The bow, or REI in Japanese is a sign of respectful greeting, much as the handshake in the West.

Q – Why do we meditate?
A – To begin with, meditation has nothing to do with religion. Basically we do it as a way of calming the mind so as to prepare ourselves for training or to relax after training.

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