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Answers to some common questions about karate at Golden Cobra Martial Arts Inc.

Is karate suitable for me?

Absolutely! Karate is is suitable for everyone, regardless of fitness levels or ability. We welcome all students and are able to adapt our training to accommodate everyone. Our unique program allows participants to progress at their own pace, ensuring that everybody is able to participate at their own level, and progress in their own timeframe.

What should I wear?

If you are coming along for a FREE trial, you should wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move about in. No shoes are worn on the mats and students train in bare feet (no socks). Members should wear their Gi (karate uniform) and belt at all times during training. No jewelry is to be worn during training.

Protective equipment including hand mits, shin pads and a mouth guard are required when sparring.

How much does it cost?

Our fees are outlined on the about page. Click here >>

Will I get kicked and punched?

Students are taught to use karate for defence only and all classes are conducted in a safe and controlled manner in order to minimise the risk of injury. For the most part, karate is taught as a non-contact sport at the mascot level and lower grades, however some contact is required as students progress through the belt system.

Prospective students should be aware that karate is a contact sport, and as such, there may be times when you are on the receiving end of a punch or kick – however this is uncommon as our core focus is to teach control and discipline in technique.

What is the belt system and how do I go up a belt?

All students begin at white belt level, regardless of any martial arts rank they may have received through other Dojos.

At the conclusion of each class, students have the opportunity to check in with their instructor and get a particular technique ‘marked off’ in their book if they are able to demonstrate it correctly. Only when all items have been marked off in the handbook, and, the student has attended the required number of classes (minimum equivalent to training twice a week for three months), will the student be eligible to grade. Gradings are held once a month.

Each successful grading elevates the student’s rank, with ‘bar’ grading indicated by a bar of colored tape on the end of the student belt signifying the halfway point to a new belt.

Our belt system is as follows:
Orange Belt – Purple Belt (Little Cobras)
White Belt – Blue Belt – Yellow Belt – Green Belt – Brown Belt – Black Belt.

How long until I get my Black Belt?

The journey to black belt is different for all students. Black Belt gradings are physically and mentally grueling events, the exam itself taking upwards of two hours. No student will be eligible to grade for a black belt until they are nominated to grade by an experienced instructor, and only after a minimum 12month period of dedicated training and study after achieving a Brown Belt Rank.

The minimum number of training years a black belt can technically be achieved in is four years, however this is rarely the case, with most students taking much longer to develop the fitness, strength, technical ability and mental preparedness to successfully complete a Black Belt grading.


Join us for a free trial class and discover the benefits of Karate. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Call 9754 7892 or book online using the button below.