When starting anything new there is always an initial outlay. At AAKA we try to keep this as minimal as possible and any equipment you may need can be acquired on a gradual basis or all at once, it’s up to you. Before taking on a new student we like them to have at least 2 lessons, making sure they are going to enjoy being in the class and for younger students assessing whether they are ready to take instruction. You will be surprised at how well children as young as 5 can concentrate in a disciplined environment. Once we are happy to take a student on and you are happy, your initial expense is the monthly training fees. Your trial lessons are free! The only other expense you will incur is your licence fee. Every single Martial Artist, no matter how young or old must be licensed. Our licence fee is only £20, students must take out a licence within their first four weeks of full training. When first starting karate training you may wear tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt, karate is practiced in bare feet. Once you find that you or your child enjoy Karate and intend to carry on training you should wear a karate suit (Gi). These must be purchased from your instructor. Please see the Equipment page for price of suits, other items you may need or require in time are listed. We also we have a range of smart, high quality embroidered jackets, bags, etc. you might like. With AAKA there is no time limit for purchasing your new suit. You can have one for your first lesson or wait right up until your first grading, it’s up to you!