Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If I join my club can we keep our existing syllabus?
By all means. Many clubs that come into membership come from very traditional, ‘style’ organisation don’t want to create more change for students. In the fullness of time Instructors may, however, look to broaden their syllabus and we will be there to help with the process, if asked. The majority of clubs come to us so they can have freedom to grow.
Q. What happens with gradings?
We expect Instructors to carry out their own gradings and we have no interest, financially, or otherwise in this process. If an Instructor feels a ‘panel’ grading for the students is best then we are happy he/she finds another appropriate Dan grade to sit on the panel and if that is a problem we can usually find someone within the BCKA to help.
Q. What help is available for broadening our syllabus?
As we explained earlier, whenever an Instructor feels ready to broaden the scope of the grading and teaching syllabus then we can help, and to the extent of officially approving the syllabus. This is a gradual process and however long it takes we are there to support the process.
Q. How do I grade as an Instructor?
Instructors can grade in front of the BCKA panel, either to our syllabus, or to their own syllabus, providing we feel this is adequate and appropriate for the grade. Typically, an Instructor will have worked with us to re-structure their grading syllabus and we’re both happy this can be the basis for the grading
Q. Is the BCKA a member of a governing body?
In England there is no Karate organisation at the moment that is recognised by the Sport & Recreation Alliance and Sport England due to the political ‘splits’ and competing organisations. We are members of the English Karate Federation (EKF), the governing body in England for the World Karate Federation (WKF) chosen by the IOC for Karate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In Scotland, BCKA Scotland is a member of the Scottish karate Governing Body (SKGB) governing body for Scotland.
Q. Will I be left on my own as an Instructor
You will have as much or as little contact with us as you want. As we have a ‘light touch’ management we leave clubs to get on with what they want to do without interfering, but we are always available to help with any matter that’s of concern, or is to do with development and growth. We are the ‘agony aunts’ of the Karate world...!