Most frequent asked questions

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.

A colour belt system is used to denote the skill-level of the wearer.

As often as you are able, but at least twice a week.

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

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.

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?

It simply means “teacher” in Japanese and it is a sign of respect.

“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.

The bow, or REI in Japanese is a sign of respectful greeting, much as the handshake in the West.

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.