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Karate terms and conditions


Karate Central is owned and operated by Michael Burleigh to provide the services of children's martial arts instruction and structured fitness programs for its Members. By booking a Free Trial, enrolling as a new Member, continuing Membership (including returning Members), or using the website or visiting the Dojo, you agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined below: 


i) Respectful conduct must be adhered to by all Members, including Students, Parents/Guardians, and Visitors, at all times. This includes being polite and courteous when talking to others both in person, over the phone, or by email. Noise is always to be kept to an appropriate level so as to not impact training. 

ii) Use of the Dojo floor is entirely reserved for the Students training while lessons are underway. This includes while entering and exiting the Dojo, supervising other Students or siblings, or accessing amenities, during which interruption to training must be minimised.

iii) All Students are expected to be ready to enter their lesson at its scheduled start time. Students are expected to listen, focus, and give their best effort from this time until they are dismissed. Any Students arriving late or leaving early are asked to bow in or out with the Instructor prior to joining or departing the lesson.

iv) Students are to maintain neat and presentable uniforms at all times. This includes tying jackets and belts, with assistance if needed, and rolling or hemming pants to fit. Please note, during extreme heat, a plain white, black, or belt-coloured T-shirt may be worn instead of the full karate jacket.

v) No jewellery, watches, fitness trackers, or similar items are to be worn while training due to the risk they pose to other Students or equipment. Equipment is to be used safely and respectfully for its instructed purpose only.

vi) All training, including fitness, flexibility, and games, is to be conducted safely and with full control to mitigate accidents or injury. While minor contact is required for certain aspects of training, excessive force risking or resulting in injury is not acceptable. Students will actively self-monitor so as to not risk or exacerbate any minor injuries (scrapes, cuts, bruises) to themselves or others. 

vii) Bullying, harassment, or abuse of any kind will not be tolerated, and Students are expected to be safe, respectful, and responsible at all times. This includes both inside and outside of the Dojo. Students are never to use skills learnt during their training to bully, harass, or abuse others.

viii) Any issues are always encouraged to be respectfully raised at the earliest possible moment, without unduly interrupting lessons, with exception of risk to a Student's immediate health, safety, or wellbeing. Reason and common sense always apply.

ix) Failure to abide by this Code of Conduct may result in Students or Members receiving warnings, being removed from their lesson, being asked to leave the Dojo, or, in the case of severe or repeated offences, having their training and Membership discontinued.


i) An itemised invoice with details for making payment will be issued for each Term of training. These will be raised by Week 3 for current Members, or at the time of enrolment for new Members. Invoices are due by Week 6, or 3 weeks after they are raised if there are any delays or if a Member has joined after the invoice date. Reminders will be sent 1 week prior to invoices being due. 

ii) Members are encouraged to give notice of any dates throughout the term that they will be unable to attend due to previous commitments (such as another sporting event or pre-booked holiday) to receive an adjustment to their term fees. This notice must be given prior to the invoice date. Any classes missed prior to the invoice date for any reason, such as illness, will automatically be adjusted. 

iii) No adjustments will be made for missed lessons after the invoice date. Invoices may only be waived in extreme circumstances if a student is suddenly unable to continue their training, such as due to serious injury or grievance, at the sole discretion of Karate Central. Refunds will not be given for attended lessons, either partially or in full, for any reason. Payment plans can be raised upon request.

iv) All reasonable steps can and will be taken to secure payment for services provided, as outlined in's What to do if you haven't been paid. Final Notices will be issued after the end of Term for any overdue invoices. A late fee of $5 per overdue term will be applied to any invoices which have not been paid within 3 weeks of receiving their Final Notice. Repeated failures to pay a Final Notice may result in escalation to debt recovery or pursuit of legal action. 



i) Each Term of training will run according to the NSW public school term. A standard Term will run for a minimum of 9 weeks, commencing the first Saturday after school resumes. In longer NSW public school terms, training will run for an additional week at no additional cost. Dates and class times for all four Terms of the calendar year (including Grading, Beep Tests, and any changes to routine) are clearly displayed on the Karate Central website's Timetable page.

ii) While all reasonable measures will be taken to ensure continuity, disruptions to training may occur. This includes, but is not limited to the Dojo being used as an election venue or the Instructor being unable to provide services (such as due to illness). Notice for any disruptions will be given prior to the scheduled commencement of lessons on that date via email and/or SMS.

iii) If any disruptions result in a Term length of fewer than 9 weeks, either the Term will be extended for an additional week or a make-up Sunday lesson will be provided (both subject to availability), else a credit will be applied to the subsequent Term.

iv) While every effort will be made to start on time as scheduled, lessons may often run long or short for a variety of reasons. Potential for cumulative time lost will not be considered for credit.


i) Gradings will be held in the second last week of every term, subject to availability. Pre-K students will receive their results on the same day as their Grading at the end of their lesson. Infants and Karateka students will receive their results the following week. Students who have attended at least six lessons (including Grading) will automatically be invited to attempt their next tip grade. Those who have attended five or fewer lessons will be invited at the sole discretion of the Instructor.

ii) Students who are unable to attend their Grading but have otherwise met the requirements and proven commitment and dedication to their ongoing training may be invited to attempt a double-grade in the subsequent Term at the sole discretion of the Instructor. 

iii) Each class uses a separate grading system. This includes white belts with coloured tips for Pre-K, white belts with coloured stripes for Infants, and full coloured belts with intermediate tips for Karateka. The order of colours and full kyu grades are:

  • Ungraded (white)

  • 9th kyu (red)

  • 8th kyu (yellow)

  • 7th kyu (orange)

  • 6th kyu (green)

  • 5th kyu (blue)

  • 4th kyu (purple)

  • 3rd kyu (brown)

  • 2nd kyu (brown, 1st tip)

  • 1st kyu (brown, 2nd tip)

  • Shodan-ho (provisional black)

  • Shodan (1st dan black)

iv) Higher-graded Karateka Students (3rd kyu and above) will not receive intermediate tips for their belts, and so will not attempt their next grade at the end of each Term. Instead, they will be invited to grade based on demonstration and application of an assigned kata for each corresponding grade. Students not attempting their grade are still required to attend Grading each term in order to receive their feedback and invitation to grade.



i) Members are required to disclose any medical or behavioural diagnoses, issues, or concerns which may risk the safety of the Student or others while engaging in their training. This includes, but is not limited to, seizures, fainting, asthma, relevant medications, sensory regulation, or bullying of other children.


ii) Reasonable adjustments will be made in consultation with Members to facilitate the best inclusion of all Students. Significant medical risk may warrant a request to seek clearance from a relevant medical practitioner, however continued training and the extent thereof will be up to the sole discretion of Karate Central. 

iii) Members permitted by Karate Central to continue Student training, including with reasonable adjustments, medical clearance, and/or in a limited extent, accept responsibility for the inherent risks involved in martial arts participation and training for any increased or additional injury or recovery the Student may experience due to their training. 



i) Karate Central may occasionally capture media (photographs, videos, or audio recordings) of Students or other participating children throughout their lessons for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to promotional material, remote training, or record keeping. 

ii) Members, including other Students, Parents/Guardians, or Visitors, may also capture their own media during lessons, however, care should be taken to not unnecessarily include unrelated Students or other children without permission from their Parent/Guardian. 

iii) No media taken within the Dojo containing Students or any other children is to be printed or published by either Karate Central or Members (including Visitors) for any reason without the express consent of a Parent/Guardian for each Student or child appearing in said media. 

iv) Members, including both Students and Parents/Guardians, reserve the right to request that any media printed or published by either Karate Central or other Members, including Visitors, containing themselves or their child be taken down without delay. 


Karate Central is committed to child protection and is WWCC (Working With Children Check) approved, which can be verified using the following link and details:

NSW Working with Children Check

Michael Hugh Burleigh

18 June 1991



i) Members acknowledge martial arts are potentially dangerous and accept all inherent risks involved in martial arts participation and training. Members indemnify and hold Karate Central harmless from all liability resulting from or in connection with the provision of services, including any injury, damage, or any other loss.


ii) To the maximum extent permitted by law, in no event shall Karate Central assume liability for any errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies of content; personal injury or property damage; any unauthorised access of any personal information provided; or other intangible losses arising out of relating to the use, or inability to use, the provision of services.

iii) Any issues arising during Membership with Karate Central are expected to be raised and discussed in a constructive and amicable manner, consistent with the Code of Conduct, in order to resolve the issue provided it does not impact the training of any other Students or Karate Central's continued operation


i) These Terms & Conditions may be changed, modified, or updated in future. In addition, Karate Central may at any time change, add, or remove features of services provided, including but not limited to prices, times, lessons, or equipment, without restriction. 

ii) In the case of any changes, all Members will be notified via email, and all changes will be assumed to be accepted from the start of the immediate Term onwards unless otherwise notified.

iii) The current Terms & Conditions are effective for all new and continuing Members from the commencement of Term 1, 2024.


Code of Conduct
Term Dates
Grading Requirements
Medical or Behavioural Issues
Use of Media
Child Protection
Waiver and Indemnity
Future Changes
Invoicing and Payment
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