Frequently Asked Questions

I have no experience in Martial Arts, can I still join your Adults classes?

Yes of course. At any time during the year we welcome beginners, past and present martial artists. We have many adults who may have done karate when they were young and would like to get back into it.

You also do not need to be athletic or fit, just willing to learn and grow in confidence.

We offer free trials to any new enquiry on Wednesdays at 7pm – 8.30pm. Contact Sensei Belinda on 0421 416 119 if you would like to book in for a trial.

What's the difference between Taekwondo and Karate?

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Their system is primarily based on kicking. Karate is a Japanese martial art. Whilst Karate does use kicks, it is primarily a hand or fist art.

At what age do you accept students?

The minimum age to train with us is 4 years old. They will start in our fun half hour classes called ‘Tiny Fists’.

What should I bring to my first class?

A water bottle and loose-fitting clothes are recommended. Shorts and a t-shirt are great and if it is hot, a sweat towel may be useful. Shoes are strictly not worn on the dojo.

A free karate suit is provided to new members upon joining.

What are the fees?

There is a once off Membership fee for all new members of $90. This includes your first karate suit. Karate lessons differ slightly depending on which class you are enrolled in. Please book into a class at MindBody or contact Sensei Belinda at

How can I trust my child will be safe while learning Karate?

All Instructors have a Working with Children’s Check and have been trained in basic first aid. Some instructors are qualified and/or experienced teachers and will always pay close attention to ensure correct technique and karate etiquette is being followed by all students.

At Lee’s Karate, our focus is training using the Goju-Ryu style of karate which is a non-contact style; encouraging respect for your opponent with controlled and sustained movements.

Am I likely to be injured in the Adult class?

The Goju-Ryu Karate style offered at Lee’s Karate is a non-contact style.

Whilst there is partner work in class, pressure is applied slowly and with control – we do not hit or aim to hurt our opponent. Partners are taught to co-operate and be prepared to ‘tap out’ once they begin to feel the technique is working.

Do you offer private training?

Yes, private training is available. You may approach your Instructor for more information. Lessons can be one-on-one or in a small group. Some students may also have an extra session before grading.

What happens if I am late for a class?

Late comers will need to wait at the back of the mat for the Instructor to acknowledge their arrival and Bow In. They will then need to warm themselves up at the back before joining the class to prevent injury.

Why do we need to bow at the Dojo?

This is a sign of respect for our place of training. The Japanese way is to bow to show politeness and courtesy. In the dojo it shows we are ready to learn with good intentions. Thereby respecting others who are training with us. (Students who begin training will learn when are the appropriate times we need to bow during class)

Can I change which class I attend each week?

Subject to availability you may change your class times. Please email Sensei Belinda,

What if I miss a class?

If you miss a class, with appropriate notice and subject to availability, you are entitled to two make up classes per term. Please ask your Instructor if you need a make-up class. Class lessons follow the Victorian school curriculum, so there are no classes during the school holidays.

How long does it take to earn a new belt?

Lee’s Karate conducts colour belt gradings (test) once every 6 months. However, students advance in level when they are ready. You will be recommended to go for grading when your Instructor deems you have trained long enough and improved to earn a higher grade.
For Juniors, parents must also agree for you to be graded. Once the test is completed and assessed, you will be presented with a certificate and your new belt.
For higher grades such as Brown and Black belts, this may take longer than six months as this testing involves higher level skills and much more to remember.

Do you offer entertainment for children's parties?

Yes! We conduct Karate parties for members as well as non-members. You may hire one of our fun karate instructors for a minimum of 2 hours with all karate equipment provided by us. During a party we teach safety, Karate basics, self-defence and lots of karate-based games.

Contact Belinda

Ivanhoe Acquatic Centre
170 Waterdale Rd, Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Ph. 0421 416 119
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