Frequently Asked Questions2023-05-25T14:48:58+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Will My Child Become a Bully?2023-04-06T16:42:36+00:00

Karate teaches students to treat everyone with respect and stand for those that need help. We find that our students become more confident in standing up to bullies, and they show more humility and kindness to others, as taught through our martial arts lessons.

Do Parents Need to Stay?2023-04-06T16:43:38+00:00

We don’t require parents to stay during classes, as children can initially be easily distracted (please note that for trial classes we advise parents to stay). However, we have found that parents involved with their children’s martial arts lessons build a solid connection as they see their child grow in confidence, gaining skills while progressing through their belt ranks.

Building strong family bonds is important to us. As a matter of fact, more than 60% of parents that bring their children to class also end up training with us. Karate at EMAR Dojo is the most bonding experience you can have with your child. We specialise in adults’ karate classes so why don’t you sign up for a free trial class.

What Do I Bring to My First Lesson?2023-04-06T16:44:08+00:00

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes for sports participation. Ideally, no pockets, which can catch fingers and cause injuries.

It’s good to bring a bottle of water, towel, big smile and a willingness to have fun while learning the most rewarding style of karate in the world.

My Child Has ADHD. Will Martial Arts Help?2023-04-06T16:44:31+00:00

Yes! One great thing about martial arts classes is that they’re an individual sport done in a group environment. We find that all of our students improve their focus, self-control, discipline and social skills. The best part is that they don’t even realise the growth being achieved because they’re too busy having fun!

Are Parents Allowed to Watch?2023-04-06T16:44:54+00:00

We DON’T encourage parents to watch their children in their kids’ martial arts lessons, as we want to keep our students 100% focused in class. For parents who drop their children and want to wait nearby, simply drop them off and go grab a coffee or just outside the dojo. They’ll greet you with a huge smile when you return because they’ll have had so much fun. Just make sure to stay close to the dojo (in case of an emergency.

Conversely, we highly recommend that parents try our extremely popular adult Karate classes. Your kids will love that you have something in common, resulting in a strong family bond.

My Child Is Not Athletic. Will They Feel Left Out?2023-04-06T16:45:13+00:00

Not at all. You’ll find that martial arts classes are the perfect sport for kids who aren’t connecting with other sports. The journey from white to black belt is different for each student, but what is the same for everyone is the improved coordination, balance, motor skills, focus and discipline. Children also tend to make a lot of great friends in the process.

My Child Is Addicted to Computer Games. Will This Be Suitable?2023-04-06T16:45:39+00:00

This is probably the BEST kids’ activity for children who enjoy screen time. Getting kids to be more active without them realising they are learning, is our skill. Kicking and punching pads is such a great stress relief, and kids feel better when they leave our studio. Many EMAR Dojo parents find that once their kids start martial arts classes they see a happier, more social child right before their eyes.

At what age can my child join EMAR Dojo?2023-04-06T16:45:58+00:00

The youngest age we accept is four. The Sensei in charge will evaluate your child’s ability during the free trial class, then discuss it with you and decide what’s best for your student.

Does my child have to spar?2023-04-06T16:46:25+00:00

No child is allowed to do sparring until they have learnt sufficient skills in order to be able to defend himself/herself. Our prime concern is safety and keeping the child confident, so we assess each child (not the class) in order to gauge their ability level. Once they have been training for a while, and have grasped the basic understanding of karate, then we’ll start them off with non-contact drills. We also make sure students have adequate protective gear before participating in any contact training.

My child is very shy. Can Karate help?2023-04-06T16:46:43+00:00

A main concept behind martial arts is the building of confidence. We’ll encourage your child to do the warming-up session, which will ultimately improve their self-esteem and confidence. Classes are also very interactive, which significantly improves confidence and leadership skills.

My child is being bullied. Can you help with that – without teaching my child to be violent back?2023-04-06T16:47:04+00:00

As a martial artist you discover an inner strength and the confidence that gives a different aura to the martial arts individual. Bullies prey on those weaker than themselves, either in stature or confidence. By creating self-assurance in your child, and adding to that the knowledge, they are better able to protect themselves if they ever are in a dangerous position.

My child is too boisterous and sometimes too strong for his own good. What can I do to settle him down?2023-04-06T16:47:25+00:00

At EMAR Dojo, we teach our students self-control and self-discipline. We love students that are too strong or hyper active, as we are experts in channelling this ‘excessive level of energy’ in the right direction. Nothing calms a student more than a karate session.

I have a little girl. Aren’t martial arts more for boys?2023-04-06T16:47:46+00:00

NO! Some of our best champions and our most dedicated students are girls. On average half of our students are girls, and they all enjoy the beauty of karate. Teaching young girls self-defence is one of the most important traits that will give them a strong head start in life by developing leadership skills and their confidence.

I hate doing gym workouts, I find them boring. Will this be similar?2023-04-06T16:48:35+00:00

Definitely not! You’ll get fit, burn off unwanted calories, and find it an awesome stress relief. Every session is different, and we’ll be sure to keep you on your toes. Boring it is not! Students can burn on average 800 to 1000 calories per session*.

The variety, challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when you master a self-defence skill or technique is why students love our adult martial arts classes at EMAR Martial arts Academy.

We find it’s the friendships, fun and community that keep students coming back, like a second family.

How long will it take to learn?2023-04-06T16:48:59+00:00

Kyokushin karate is designed to be quick to pick up and easy to remember. You’ll gain useful practical knowledge from your very first lesson. Of course, you need to commit to regular sessions if you want to progress with your belts ranking and eventually enter tournaments.

How often do you take on new students?2023-04-06T16:49:18+00:00

We don’t have set periods when we take on new students. You’re welcome to come along and join in at any time during the year. Contact us for a free trial class.

How do I pay for the classes?2023-04-06T16:49:36+00:00

This is very easy. We use professional software that automatically collects your monthly fee using a Direct Debit system. There are no contracts that force you to stay with us – should you decide to leave just give us 1 month notice, and you’re free to go.

Do I need a licence?2023-04-06T16:49:52+00:00

Yes, you do. We are a fully licensed karate academy, registered with Chikara Kyokushin Karate International. You only need to pay your annual licence fee once per year; in return, we’ll register you with the academy, and get your International Karate Passport.

Do you practise kata?2023-04-06T16:50:11+00:00

Yes, kata is an integral part of our training, and we provide regular kata training sessions.

Amongst other traits, it helps to build physical strength, discipline, coordination, balance, concentration and technique.

Do you teach self-defence such as how to escape from someone holding you against your will?2023-04-06T16:50:39+00:00

Yes, we practise practical self-defence techniques that may be useful if you’re ever forced into a confrontation on the street or elsewhere. We also encourage awareness of how to avoid sticky situations on the street.

Do you take part in competitions?2023-04-06T16:51:02+00:00

Yes, the British Karate Federation regularly organises regional, national and international events for students who so desire, and have attained a standard that would give them a chance of competing. Some tournaments are subject to selection, specifically, international tournaments when fighters are usually part of a national squad. Since we opened our Martial arts Academy, we have attended over 80 tournaments and won over 250 trophies. As well as fighting competitions there are also kata competitions. We encourage students to compete once they are ready.

Are there any examples of Kyokushinkai Karate I can look at on the internet?2023-04-06T16:51:22+00:00

You’ll be able to find some interesting videos on our YouTube Channel at Elite Martial Arts Richmond. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok for more interesting training videos.

How old do you have to be to start training?2023-04-06T16:51:42+00:00

We usually suggest four years old as a good starting age for kids. The reason for this is that often very young children find it difficult to concentrate. Those wanting to join adults’ classes should be at least 13 years of age. Once a student reaches that age, we slowly integrate them to adults’ classes, where we help them realise their true potential.

Do I have to wear a uniform or special clothes?2023-04-06T16:51:58+00:00

When you first start training you’re not required to wear any special clothing other than what you find comfortable for sports participation. Normally, loose fitting tracksuit bottoms and a loose t-shirt are fine. If you decide to continue training, we would encourage you to buy a karate DoGi, which is the white uniform you may already know. Wearing a karate DoGi will definitely boost your determination to train, and help you feel more part of the team.

Do I need any special equipment and where can I get it from?2023-04-06T16:52:21+00:00

Having a full set of protective gear will keep you injury free, and make it possible for you to fully enjoy our sessions. You’ll also need to have protective gear should you decide to enter any tournaments or gradings. Protective gear will also keep your training partners safe during training. We sell all necessary equipment at a very competitive price. Our karate uniforms (DoGi) are of the best quality and last years. Upon registration, we’ll provide you with a link from where you can purchase anything you need.

Please note that if you want to use equipment that’s been purchased elsewhere please check with your Sensei first to see if it meets our required quality standards

Can Females Train in Martial arts?2023-04-06T16:52:39+00:00

Karate has long been viewed as a male dominated sport. Here at EMAR Dojo, we can’t think of a single reason why it should be, so it’s time to break the mould! Over half of our members are females of varying ages. Everyone is always treated with equal respect. Our classes are designed to incorporate everyone and create a fun, friendly and safe environment to get fit, learn a martial art, and enjoy yourself. We teach real Karate, which is why so many women join us to learn and enjoy the vibe in the class.

I’m not very sporty or co-ordinated. Will that be a problem?2023-04-06T16:52:58+00:00

Not at all. Many students starting our adult martial arts classes would describe themselves as being like that before they started. (o, you’ll fit right in!).

Give yourself some time, and you’ll be astounded by your improvement! You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts Instructors are trained to keep their teaching simple. So even the most uncoordinated person will quickly develop combat sports skills.

How long until I get a Black Belt?2023-04-06T16:53:23+00:00

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one. Everyone can progress at a different pace. There is no judgement on students for how long it does take. What we can tell you is that it is so worthwhile!

However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self-discipline lead to life-long success.

You’ll find that your Instructors at EMAR Dojo Martial arts Academy are dedicated to helping on your journey to a Black Belt, or any personal goals you may have.

Progressing through the grades can give a student a sense of achievement, and it recognises a certain level of knowledge and competence. The speed at which a student moves through the grades can vary enormously, and is influenced by many factors. With diligent regular training it is technically possible to achieve the status of black belt in about 5 years, (Although for most people it takes a little longer).

Why does it take so long to become a black belt?2023-04-06T16:53:48+00:00

Kyokushinkai karate has a set syllabus which is designed to give karateka a broad range of skills, and set them on their way to a thorough understanding of martial arts. A high standard is demanded, and those who achieve black belt status in Kyokushinkai karate can consider it a significant achievement. As you may be aware by now, this is one of the strongest, most prestigious and respected styles of Karate because every student needs to go through a vigorous training programme before achieving the level of a black belt.

What do I wear for my free trial class?2023-04-06T16:54:08+00:00

At a bare minimum, you’ll need shorts and a t-shirt. Please note that you need to avoid wearing loose clothing and anything with pockets – we don’t want fingers and toes getting caught anywhere while throwing kicks and punches.

Do I Need to Be Fit for This?2023-04-06T16:54:26+00:00

No, not at all! We find that people start at varying fitness levels. But you’ll find that you do get super fit by doing our martial arts classes. Isn’t that the point though? A fun workout that gets results!

Karate is about realistic self-defence for everyone. A by-product of the training is that your fitness will improve and you’ll get in the best shape of your life. It’s also great fun and the class community spirit makes it far easier to stay motivated.

What happens after my free trial class?2023-04-06T16:54:49+00:00

If you would like to move forward following your taster, just complete an online registration form and you’ll be ready to go. It is as easy as that.

I have to leave early/come late. Is that a problem?2023-04-06T16:55:08+00:00

That’s fine. We live in London, a busy city with a lot going on. We recommend coming for the warm-up though, as this will prevent unnecessary injuries and help with your mobility. But if you happen to be running late just make sure you quickly warm up alone before joining the group. If you have to leave class early, raise your hand and let the instructor know.

How do I know if I’m ready for grading?2023-04-06T16:55:28+00:00

We’ll send information and dates ahead of gradings, which we hold regularly throughout the year. Your coach will let you know when you’re ready to grade (focus on training, and belts will follow).

How fit do I need to be to start training?2023-04-06T16:55:48+00:00

As fit as you are now! One idea of karate training is that whatever level you’re at, you’ll be pushed to go a little bit further than before, which is how your fitness improves. If you aren’t taking any regular physical exercise right now it’s a fantastic idea to start karate lessons as soon as possible. . You’ll find it exhilarating at first and that’s quite normal – most people have a few cobwebs in their system they need to shake off.

You know your level of endurance, and whether you’re exceeding it. The only person who loses out if you don’t try is you. We recommend being willing to give it a try. If you find the exertion too intense at first it’s quite alright to either slow down, or take a few minutes break.

Will I be sparring or undergoing other contact fighting?2023-04-06T16:56:08+00:00

At first, you won’t be performing free sparring. Karate has a sequence to its learning syllabus that has been developed to ensure students are both challenged and kept safe. To this end, we first teach techniques that are arranged into short sequences. This allows you to practise defences and attacks with a partner without the risks involved in free fighting. These sequences grow in complexity as you develop; later there will be chances to practise free sparring.

I train with another club/association/style. Can I train with you, too?2023-04-06T16:56:28+00:00

Absolutely. Our dojo is always open to everyone regardless of your experience, style or association. Remember, new students can join us at any time of the year. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced – coming from another club or style – we welcome you and will do our very best to accommodate you. As long as you’re respectful towards everyone, and do your best at every session, we are happy to have you at our dojo.

We believe in the unification of Karate, and that the spirit of training is paramount. We regularly have the pleasure of receiving guest instructors and athletes from other associations and styles, who actively participate in our classes, and we are grateful for their contribution.

I’m a woman and want to learn karate & self-defence. Is this for me?2023-04-06T16:57:03+00:00

EMAR Dojo is a great place for women to learn self-defence. We have roughly equal numbers of male and female students, so you won’t feel out of place. On top of that, you may find that you’ve become fitter and more toned after a few weeks training, as karate involves cardio workouts, strength training, and stretching. Karate has all the benefits of working out at the gym, with the added advantage of practical learning. Our women love our Karate classes, and all feel empowered after learning real combat skills.

I have an injury/condition but I want to train. What should I do?2023-04-06T16:57:18+00:00

We strongly recommend that you always consult with a doctor before you resume classes.

Then, make your Sensei aware of any injury/condition you may have. Work with your body, and don’t overdo anything. In some exercises, alternatives can be given to avoid stressing existing injuries. Often, we have injured students coming to watch dojo classes in order to keep their karate spirit alive during recovery.

Why should I use a Personal Trainer?2023-04-06T16:59:10+00:00

Some people are happy to follow their own programme in their own time and place; for those who lack the time, motivation or the energy to train effectively on their own, a Personal Trainer can be the answer. The support, advice and encouragement come with safe exercises to help you avoid injuries.

How often should I train?2023-04-06T16:59:27+00:00

This really depends on your goals, your own motivation levels, other commitments, and budget. As part of your free initial consultation, we’ll talk through and agree on a number of sessions per week that is realistic and achievable. Generally, three times each week should be sufficient for you to start feeling and seeing results. Like anything else, you’ll get more out of it if you put more in. Whether you work out with your trainer every time is up to you, and how motivated you are, how often you can afford to train, and your weekly schedule.

Will my trainer put me on a diet, make me stop smoking, or give up drinking?2023-04-06T16:59:44+00:00

Most personal trainers are fully aware that in order to change unhealthy lifestyles you have to work within them. You’ll find that many Personal Trainers can give you nutritional and lifestyle advice – whether you take it is up to you. We are only with you a few hours a week, but the fitter you become the better you’ll treat your body (as a natural consequence).

What sort of people are personal trainers?2023-04-06T17:00:01+00:00

Energetic, committed, motivating, enthusiastic, bright, sympathetic, dedicated, understanding, busy, interested, professional, healthy, intelligent, flexible, knowledgeable, approachable, confident, trustworthy, and friendly ordinary people….

Can I set the time I work out?2023-04-06T17:00:20+00:00

You’re the client, so should be able to train when you want. However, please remember that trainers will have existing clients, and your first choice may not be available; it’s best to be flexible. If you’re changing your training time, always give at least twenty-four hours’ notice – otherwise you’ll be charged full price.

Where will we train?2023-04-06T17:00:55+00:00

This will depend on where you’ve agreed your sessions will be. Generally, our private sessions are done at our full-time gym at “Richmond Olympus” but trainers may also come to your home or office or you may use the local park. We also do regular online personal training sessions that have proven to be a huge success with amazing results for our students.

What happens during a personal training session?2023-04-06T17:01:15+00:00

A personal training session will normally last for one hour. This will follow along the lines of a brief warm-up followed by your main training programme where you’ll focus on your goals using cardiovascular, strength or flexibility exercises. You’ll cover fight combos on focus pads and punching bags, as well as all technical aspects of combat sports. Your trainer will talk you through simple breathing techniques that will aid in your recovery during and after sessions. Finally, there will be a cool down or relaxation period. Any programme may vary from one session to the next according to the clients’ needs and progress.

Will my Personal Trainer ask questions about my lifestyle?2023-04-06T17:01:39+00:00

The nature of personal training is such that it incorporates your needs, goals and preferences. The trainer will need to ask some initial questions during the consultation, which gauge the demands placed on you by your job and lifestyle. Typically, the first session will include questions about: basic personal details, medical background, fitness background, lifestyle factors (e.g., smoking/drinking), nutritional habits (you may be asked to keep a diary), personal goals, and fitness objectives.

Is personal training suitable for everyone?2023-04-06T17:02:00+00:00

Yes. No matter what your sex, age or fitness level, everyone can benefit from a personal trainer, from a complete beginner needing advice on proper exercises or help with nutrition, to a regular exerciser needing professional knowledge on improving the efficacy of their training, to athletes wanting to fine-tune their movements, or improve strength and conditioning for an improved lifestyle.

If I trained once a week with a personal trainer would that session be enough or would I need to do more exercise outside seeing the trainer?2023-04-06T17:02:18+00:00

Yes, you would need to do more exercise in addition to seeing your personal trainer. One session a week without doing any extra work yourself will get minimal results. If you want big results then you have to put in the work yourself, however we are on hand to give advice for the best way to achieve the results.

Is There a Minimum Commitment?2023-04-06T17:02:35+00:00

No. You can stop any time you want. Obviously the longer you train the better results you’ll get. It takes time for the body and mind to change so patience and consistency is the key to success.

Do you offer semi-private and family private classes?2023-04-06T17:02:51+00:00

Yes, we offer semi private training sessions, as well as family private sessions. Classes can be done at our boutique private gym or at your place, at a time convenient for you

How difficult is the camp in fitness terms?2023-04-06T17:11:10+00:00

Be prepared to be pushed. For most students, this will be the most intense training you’ve ever done. This will encourage you to explore health and fitness in a new light ,and help you find things to enjoy. The whole goal of the camp is to push yourself beyond your limits. We all have unlimited potential hidden deep inside us, and the only way to tap into that unlimited potential is by doing something new and exciting. We create a safe and fun environment where you’ll be pushed past your limits to find the warrior inside of you.

Are there any females in the camp?2023-04-06T17:11:29+00:00

Of course. The camp is well balanced, and nearly half of our students are females of different ages. The camp is tailored for everyone regardless of age, gender and experience.

How long is the camp and when?2023-04-06T17:11:49+00:00

The camp is 5 days long and normally held in July.

Am I fit enough for EMAR Dojo summer camp?2023-04-06T17:12:11+00:00

YES! We have a huge variety of students that join our summer camp, from seasoned athletes to people with health conditions who haven’t trained for years. It really doesn’t matter how fit you are. What does matter is your willingness to work hard and push past your comfort zone. Sensei Simeon and his team at EMAR Dojo have years of experience, and are experts in the field of fitness and martial arts. We know how to support people with different abilities. You’ll be pushed and challenged to your own limit, not compared to anyone else. Every camp has students who haven’t exercised in decades as well as students who are very fit and experienced. You’ll never be made to feel like a burden to the group. We make adjustments for everyone so you can get the most out of your camp. You’ll be amazed at how supportive everyone is!

Can I Attend a Summer Camp with An Injury?2023-04-06T17:12:32+00:00

If you have an injury or health condition, your training will be adapted to cater for that injury and condition. We promise, no matter what ability you’re when you come here, you’ll leave much stronger, happier, fitter and empowered.

Who Will I Be Training With?2023-04-06T17:12:52+00:00

At our international summer camps, you’ll be training with a huge variety of people from all sorts of backgrounds. Some of our participants are professional athletes and some are total beginners with zero experience. We guarantee you that everyone, regardless of gender, age, religion, skin colour, experience or social status, will be treated equally. You’ll make long lasting friendships and great memories (not to forget the fun stories). Besides your team mates from the dojo, you’ll have the opportunity to train with world class professional athletes and instructors which is a common ultimate goal for those looking to improve their combat skills.

Where will I be staying?2023-04-06T17:13:23+00:00

You’ll be staying at the 5-star Luxury Spa Park Hotel Pirin in Bansko, Bulgaria. . You’ll share a double bedroom with one other person of the same sex. Partners, friends and family can stay together. If you prefer your own room please get in touch with us to discuss availability (an extra charge applies).

I am a vegan, what will I eat?2023-04-06T17:13:42+00:00

We’ll not ask any client to change their eating preferences or cultural approach to food. If you’re vegan, we’ll cater for you! Our award-winning chefs are highly qualified and experienced in dealing with all allergies, cultures and preferences.

What do I need to bring?2023-04-06T17:13:59+00:00

Once you have made your booking you’ll be sent a full kit list. If you do regular dojo classes, you’ll likely have everything on the kit list already.

How many people will I be training with?2023-04-06T17:14:16+00:00

A typical summer camp is for around 20-30 people.

Am I too old for this?2023-04-06T17:14:34+00:00

Not at all, we’ll always adjust the Programme to all students.The oldest student to ever join our summer camp is 68 years old, and he loved it.

Can I book for a friend or partner?2023-04-06T17:14:51+00:00

Of course,you can bring a friend, partner or family members –even if they have zero experience in martial arts. Just tell when you’re booking. They can either join some of our sessions and experience something new, stay by the pool, or visit the spa and relax while you train. It’s a win – win situation.

Can I have my own room?2023-04-06T17:15:11+00:00

Yes. Please note that single occupancy rooms are subject to availability, and an extra charge applies.

What if I can’t do some of the exercises2023-04-06T17:15:33+00:00

There will always be an alternate to every exercise at camp.

If I cancel my booking, do I get a refund?2023-04-06T17:15:50+00:00

We require at least thirty days’ notice period for a full refund of your camp fee. No refunds will be given for notice provided after this time. No airline tickets will be refunded.

How many sessions per day will I do?2023-04-06T17:16:07+00:00

On average, we’ll do three sessions per day, but this will be adjusted depending on the ability level of the group and intensity of the sessions. Classes are mixed level and intensity, but well balanced in order to make sure students have enough time to recover for the next session.

What facilities does the hotel have?2023-04-06T17:16:25+00:00

Park Hotel Pirin is a luxury 5-star spa hotel that has indoors and outdoor swimming pools filled with 100% natural mineral water that helps with your recovery after training. There is also a spa that you can use (sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, fitness centre, power showers, meditation room, salt room, foot spa and much more). There is also a pool side bar with a freshly squeezed range of juices. The hotel also has 3 restaurants with freshly made to order food. An evening piano bar is also available with live music, perfect spot to chill out after a long day of fun activities. The hotel also offers laundry service in case you want your sportswear washed between sessions.

What is the minimum age for participants?2023-04-06T17:16:46+00:00

Minimum age for camp participants is thirteen, and everyone under eighteen must be accompanied by a guardian.

How do we get from the airport to the hotel and back?2023-04-06T17:17:09+00:00

The camp fee includes our own private transport that will take you from the airport and back.

Are all meals included?2023-04-06T17:17:28+00:00

Camp is half board. You’ll receive a buffet breakfast and dinner, although students usually leave the hotel to explore the town, and experience traditional Bulgarian cuisine.

Do I need insurance for the camp?2023-04-06T17:17:44+00:00

We highly recommend that you get some insurance for camp. This is a training camp,so there is a possibility of getting injured (although this has yet to occur).

What other activities are there besides the training sessions?2023-04-06T17:18:17+00:00

We have a full programme of fun, relaxing and exciting activities between sessions. You can use the 5-star spa services in the hotel, book one of the amazing spa procedures, or simply dip in the mineral water swimming pool to help you recover from training. There are saunas, steam rooms, salt rooms, relaxation rooms, foot spa, pressure showers, tropical showers and much more.

We organise night visits to an extinct local volcano where we cover ourselves with healing mud from its crater. We also have organised tours around the town that cover its historical and cultural spots. A shopping tour in the town can also be organised. We’ve also visited an old monastery to learn about Bulgarian history. For wine lovers, we have organised wine tastings at one of the best and most popular wineries, one of which is where British Prime MinisterWinston Churchill used to get his wine.

The best and most rewarding activity is of course the mountain hiking, which is something we cannot recommend highly enough.

Who is teaching classes and what are the classes?2023-04-06T17:18:36+00:00

We always have a very special world class renowned guest instructor. At last year’s summer camp, one of our guest instructors was Absolute World Kyokushin Karate Champion Sensei Zahari Damyanov, who delivered outstanding lessons that everyone found easy to understand and apply. We also have Sensei Simeon teaching regular classes together with his Sensei, Dimitar, and Sensei Kiril who is the head MMA and wrestling coach of team “Be Real”.


We have very diverse classes during the camp. Of course, we mainly focus on Kyokushin karate and all aspects of it. We also cover MMA, wrestling,sSelf defence, kickboxing, callisthenics, athletics, grappling, HIIT, boxing, meditation, yoga and much more.

Where is the camp held?2023-04-06T17:18:55+00:00

The camp itself is held in Sandanskiin southwestern Bulgaria. The town is about an 1.5 hour drive from the capital city Sofia, and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Bulgaria. With over 82 natural mineral water healing springs, beautiful parks, organic food, and crisp clean air, the town was voted “Best Natural Asthma Clinic in Europe” *

Sandanski town is often the host to many national and international training camps and sport events. Situated 20km from the Greek border, it enjoys a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The unique microclimate is even suitable for lung disease treatment. Because of the healing properties of its climate, Sandanski is a popular balneological and spa centre.

What is Nutritional Therapy?2023-04-17T10:36:03+00:00

Nutritional Therapy focuses on the overall nutrient value of a client’s diet to ensure optimal wellbeing and sustained health. The therapy also encompasses lifestyle and environmental factors that might contribute to or detract from ultimate wellbeing. During this process a client is educated as to the benefits of dietary and lifestyle intervention, so that they can feel empowered to take charge of their own health following the necessary number of consultations.

What is a Nutritional Therapist?2023-04-17T10:36:25+00:00

Nutritional therapists apply nutrition science to promote health and well-being. To do this, a nutritional therapist will use a range of tools to evaluate the health of a patient, then subsequently give advice on lifestyle and dietary/nutritional practices to maintain good health, reduce the risk of disease and help support chronic conditions. This is all underpinned by the recognition that every person is unique and, therefore, the programmes our nutritional therapist devices are personally tailored to the client.

Nutritional therapists also follow the Functional Medicine Model which looks at, amongst other things, how diet, lifestyle and genetics can all play an important part in the makeup of an individual.

It’s important to remember that nutritional therapy is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and if our practitioner identifies any ‘red flag’ symptoms indicative of a serious health issue, she will refer clients to an appropriate medical professional.

What’s the difference between dietitians and nutritional therapists?2023-04-17T10:36:46+00:00

Dieticians work in a variety of settings, from the NHS to education, publishing, sport and in government roles. Their expertise can be applied on a one-to-one basis to treat diagnosed conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney disease or on a wider scale to inform the general public about food and health policy or educating health professionals about nutrition. They are statutorily regulated by the Health Professional Council. Nutritional therapists typically work in private practice seeing individuals on a one-to-one basis to focus on optimising health or helping to manage symptoms associated with chronic disease. Nutritional therapists take into account that every person is unique and has an individual set of dietary requirements as a consequence of factors such as current and past diet and lifestyle choices plus genetic predisposition.

Nutritional therapists apply nutrition science to promote health and well-being. To do this, a nutritional therapist will use a range of tools to evaluate the health of a patient, then subsequently give advice on lifestyle and dietary/nutritional practices to maintain good health, reduce the risk of disease and help support chronic conditions. This is all underpinned by the recognition that every person is unique and, therefore, the programmes they devise are personally tailored to the client.

Nutritional therapists also follow the Functional Medicine Model which looks at, amongst other things, how diet, lifestyle and genetics can all play an important part in the makeup of an individual.

It’s important to remember that nutritional therapy is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and if a practitioner identifies any ‘red flag’ symptoms indicative of a serious health issue, they will refer clients to an appropriate medical professional

Why use Nutritional Therapy?2023-04-17T10:37:06+00:00

Nutritional therapy can support those seeking to improve their everyday life by choosing a healthy pattern of eating, those looking to maintain a healthy weight or to optimise energy levels plus those dealing with chronic health issues.

Nutritional therapy takes account of how body systems work together, and that an imbalance in one body system can affect the balance of others. The therapy promotes personalised dietary and lifestyle recommendations that recognise the unique nutritional requirement of each client as well as acknowledging the interaction between different body systems, forming a more complete strategy for health.

Nutritional Therapy is unlikely to be described as a quick fix, one-size-fits-all therapy but with the help of our nutritional therapist and your commitment it could become a way of living that allows you to thrive in the future.

How long should I see a Nutritional Therapist for?2023-04-17T10:37:27+00:00

Every case is individual and very much depends on your starting point and support required. We recommend a minimum of 3 sessions to ensure you are able to start seeing some changes with the nutrition plan provided for you. For many people however, it makes more sense to take a period of 3 months to embed changes and create a more sustainable change.

All individuals vary greatly in their response to nutritional therapy depending on their current condition and level of compliance. It is important to understand that Nutritional therapy is not considered a quick fix, so the number of appointments will depend on each individual’s health issues and their commitment and compliance to their personalised health plan.

How nutritional therapy helps2023-04-17T10:37:45+00:00

Nutritional therapy is the practice of using food, supplements and healthy diets, tailored towards an individual to help them move forward with their health goals. The practice consists of working with a nutritional therapist to support a healthy lifestyle.

Increasing nutrition will never have a negative effect on a person and for this reason there is no person that will not gain some benefit from the advice of a Nutritional Therapist.

Some of the Common complaints that Nutritional Therapy can help with:

  • Digestion
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Hormones
  • Fertility
  • Sleep
  • Skin
  • Stress
  • Immunity
Do I need a nutritional therapist?2023-04-17T10:38:05+00:00

Whether it’s for a specific reason, or just to help stay fit, healthy and confident, a nutrition professional can be invaluable to anyone and everyone.

  • With so many conflicting messages about healthy eating, a professional can help sort through what applies to the individual, giving them confidence that they are eating healthily.
  • Those who are in training for an event, a marathon, for example, may benefit from a nutrition professional to help them achieve their goals.
  • People wanting to lose weight can also turn to a nutrition professional to help them change their habits and become healthier, step-by-step.
  • Those with diet-related illnesses, such as diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome can help control and manage their illness by knowing what kind of food is good for them, and what isn’t.
  • People recovering from a long-term illness often use a nutrition professional as part of the rehabilitation process, building up their fitness in manageable steps.
  • With increasingly busy lifestyles, a nutrition professional takes the hard work out of planning meals and fitting in exercising.
  • Those who have specific food allergies or follow specific diets can seek advice on making sure the body is getting all the nutrients it needs.
What will happen during the sessions?2023-04-17T10:38:29+00:00

Each session varies depending on the client, and what the purpose of the sessions are.

Before the first session, the client may be asked to complete a questionnaire, detailing their diet, lifestyle, and any health problems they may have. During the first session, our nutrition therapist will discuss the findings, going into greater detail. She may make some simple recommendations that can be carried out straight away, and, if needs be, suggest some supplements. The nutritional therapist will also develop a personal plan, to be carried out and monitored long term. It will include meal plans, exercise regimes, supplements, and suggestions of any alternative therapy which may be beneficial.

The subsequent sessions then monitor progress, amending the plan as necessary, and providing motivation and support. These sessions may take place face-to-face, or online, she may offer phone and email support instead of, or in addition, to this. Typically, sessions can last from 45 – 90 minutes.

Can I have sessions with a nutritionist online?2023-04-17T10:38:49+00:00

Our nutrition professional offers dietary support and advice online and over the phone, and this can be beneficial for clients who cannot attend face-to-face sessions.

Do you recommend supplements?2023-04-17T10:39:09+00:00

Our aim is always to use food first with clients, and review diet. Depending on the level of nourishment, the health symptoms and the desire of the client, our nutritionist therapist will recommend supplements that she thinks would be particularly beneficial and appropriate. We try not to overload our clients with supplements.

Who might benefit from Nutritional Therapy?2023-04-17T10:39:28+00:00

The answer is simple – anybody! From those that want to simply improve their overall diet, to individuals with more chronic health conditions.

How difficult will it be for me to follow the health plan?2023-04-17T10:40:01+00:00

Nutritional Therapy usually requires some level of dietary or lifestyle modification. Our nutritional therapist will work with you to make recommendations that fit in with your lifestyle and budget nevertheless managing any behaviour change in any area of life requires a degree of individual commitment and compliance.


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