The London Karate Club was founded in London, Ontario in 1990 by Master Richard Fall, 8th Dan Okinawan Meibukan Goju Ryu karate. Over the past two decades, Master Fall has been honoured to teach thousands of students, young and old, the way of karate.
Through Master Fall’s dedication and passion, our strong core values and referral-driven membership growth, the London Karate Club has become the city’s leading Goju Ryu dojo. In addition to Meibukan Goju Ryu karate, our club offers expert training in Kobudo (traditional weapons).
Learn more about our karate school and its benefits below the Instructors section in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
Kyoshi Richard Fall's decades of karate training began at the age of 16 in his home province of Prince Edward Island. After moving to London, Ontario, he continued to train and was elevated to karate teacher in 1986.
Through years of dedicated practice and instruction, Kyoshi Fall has achieved the following ranks:
Kyoshi Fall is the first foreigner to receive the rank of 8th dan from Master Yagi Meitetsu and the first foreigner since 1995 to receive 8th dan from the Meibukan Hombu Dojo in Okinawa, Japan.
Kyoshi Fall is the President of Meibukan Yagi Dojo Association and the lead international representative for the Hombu Dojo outside of Okinawa.
Ms. Kirstene Warnell has studied with Sensei Fall since 1985 and leads kids and adults classes, as well as co-captains the LKC Tournament team. Karate is a family affair - her daughter and son are both black belts.
Mr. Keith DeNard has trained with Sensei Fall for over 15 years and is a leader in adult and children's classes. He is also a co-captain of the LKC Tournament Team. Mr. DeNard's son & daughter are both LKC members.
1. What should I look for in a karate club?
There are many important considerations when choosing a martial arts club. Here is a list of key factors:
· Passion for Karate and Active in Teaching
· Proof of Rank
· CPR/Safety Training
· Police Background Check
· Values & Atmosphere Match Your Personality & Goals
· Good Ratio of Black Belts to Junior Belts
· Strong History & Sustainability
· Reputable Affiliations
A great way to determine if a sensei and club is the right fit for you is to view or, even better, try a class.
2. Do you accept new students who have studied or are studying other martial arts?
Absolutely. Over the years, we have accepted many students from other clubs and different martial arts and styles.
3. How will karate benefit me?
Karate offers significant physical, mental, emotional and social benefits. Training in karate helps to develop strength, coordination and cardio. Karate is also a great way to clear your mind, reduce stress and build self-confidence. The London Karate Club is so fortunate to attract good people who make it feel like a family and participate in our numerous social events throughout the year.
4. Can karate improve my health and help me lose weight?
Yes. Classes can be quite intensive, involving cardio and strength conditioning, followed by karate basics, kata and kumite practice. It is common to burn hundreds of calories per class. So, regular karate training combined with a healthy diet can definitely help shed the pounds.
5. What are the chances I will be hurt doing karate?
Karate is a physical sport, and as with any sport, there is the risk of bumps and bruises. More serious injuries are extremely rare. The London Karate Club is committed to providing a safe and controlled training environment where the risk of injury is as low as possible.
6. Do I have to spar in class or at tournaments?
No. We would never force a student to do training that makes them uncomfortable. Sparring can be a fun and valuable skills development exercise when done safely. The London Karate Club practices traditional point kumite (sparring) with no head contact permitted.
7. How long does it take to earn kyu belts (yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown)?
The time it takes to earn each kyu belt depends on one’s ability to train regularly. Beginners training two to three times each week may be able to grade every 3 to 6 months. Graduation to advanced kyu belts (green to brown) may take between 6 and 12 months.
8. How long does it take to earn a black belt?
There is no set amount of time to reach black belt. It depends on each person’s commitment to training and learning. By training several times each week, a black belt may be earned in approximately four to five years.
9. Do you have any age restrictions on members?
Not at all, except for our Tiny Tigers, who must be at least 4 years old. Of course, we encourage people aged 50 and older or who have any health concerns to consult with a physician prior to beginning karate.
10. Can you accommodate people with long-term injuries or disabilities?
Absolutely! Sensei and our instructors enable our members to modify their training in order to manage their injuries and limitations.
11. How much does karate cost?
Karate is a very cost-effective activity. London Karate Club offers competitive pricing and flexible payment plans. A great way to try out karate is our one week free or one month introductory offers. Please see the Pricing page for more details.
12. Do you offer Mixed Martial Arts training?
No, we are focused on traditional Meibukan goju ryu karate. However, it is well known that many of the top MMA fighters started their martial arts career in karate.
If you did not see your question in the list of FAQs, please do not hesitate to contact us for an answer.
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