I think the word I hear most when I talk to new people about karate is ‘too’. Too old. Too unfit. Too scared. Too injured. Too shy. Too uncoordinated. You name it, and there will be a ‘too’ variation that I’ve heard at some point in the past 20 years.
So forgive me if I smile a little to myself when you tell me you’re also a ‘too’. It’s only because I know you’re in the right place. You see, what makes GKR different is that we love people who consider themselves a ‘too’. In fact, that makes up a good percentage of our students, until they took their first step into a GKR dojo.
Today, I hardly recognise some of those people. They’ve overcome personal fears, injuries and challenges to become outstanding karate students and outstanding people.
So believe it when I say GKR is ‘Karate for Everyone’. It’s not just our philosophy, it’s our people.
– Sensei Gary Luxton
GKR creates the right environment for our members to train in. Although we promote self defence and fitness, our style also fosters positive values, confidence, discipline, focus and well being. GKR teaches you not only how to punch and kick, it teaches you to be a better person.
We encourage students of all ages, from all walks of life to join our club and be part of the supportive ‘family’ that is GKR Karate.
Synonymous with martial arts, self defence and inner self confidence are one of the key takeaways from regular training. From the age of 5 GKR teaches basic self defence and extraction moves, continuing right through to our senior grades.
Karate is a great way to lose or maintain a healthy weight, with most classes consisting of aerobic, stretching and toning activities. For those who may not have exercised in some time, GKR provides a supportive environment where students can train at their own pace and physical ability. Our classes are a mixture of men, women and children of all ages.
Many parents are keen to see their children develop greater focus and discipline through their martial arts training, and GKR’s classes provide the perfect environment. Instructors teach in a respectful and supportive atmosphere through karate inspired games, activities and drills.
GKR promotes a family environment, encouraging kids, parents and relatives to all train in the same class. Staying a few karate grades behind your children, will encourage them to continue a regular training program.
As a traditional Japanese martial arts, karate promotes respect to our instructors, our club, each other and most importantly ourselves. This is a key part of your learnings as a student of GKR karate.
Although karate is considered a solo sport, it is still the foundation for many life long friendships. Classes include games and partner work where children and adults alike take the opportunity to learn about and bond with their fellow class mates.
Your First Class is on Us
Often the best way to see if you’ll enjoy karate is to try it. We offer free, no obligation trial classes for your entire family. Submit the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
“My wife and I started with GKR around 12 years ago and then took a break to raise a family. Now we’re both back with a son and daughter as well. Outside of the fitness and discipline benefits, I love that we get to train as a family in the same class. We get to do something with our kids and for ourselves at the same time.”
“I had always wanted to do martial arts and trained with several clubs before finally settling with GKR 12 years ago. The decider for me was the culture. It’s friendly, supportive and welcoming. I get to do the sport I love, with people I love, in an environment that makes me feel loved.”
“I initially started with GKR to train with my son. Now he’s dropped out and I’ve just graded to my second dan black belt. I will always have karate as part of my life. As an instructor, I get to see my students progress from shy, awkward beginners, to confident, respectful black belts. It’s so rewarding for me.”
Whether it's karate or any other sport, stress and anxiety can take their toll on your 'game day' performance. Here are a few handy words of advice. 1. Recognise that pre-performance jitters are normal, so accept the nervous energy rather than fight it; 2. Prepare...
The sad facts are, one in five children today are affected by bullying. If it’s not us or our family, it’s someone we know and the stories just keep coming.Many parents seek out martial arts to provide their children with the skills, both physically and emotional, to...