FAQ / INFORMATION
Please read our New Members Information Booklet that includes information on:
– Our Values & Ethics
– Dojo Etiquette & Rules
– Our Lineage
– Karate, Muay Thai & MMA Rank Progression
– Uniform & Belt Meanings
– Frequently Asked Questions
& much more.
Click the below button to view/download the book.
Class Timetables & Calendars
Our current term calendar & class timetable can be found on our website for your convenience. Simply access the homepage & select your desired option from the menu selections.
Weapons are part of our Karate curriculum & are used during class by students who are 10 y/o+. There are 4 standard karate weapons (Bo, Nunchaku, Bokken, Sai Swords) which are rotated each term. Reminder emails are sent advising members as to which weapon is applicable for each new term. All weapons are available for purchase via our website.
Class Structure & Age Groups
Classes are structured by age in 2 year increments (4-6yo, 7-9yo, 10-12yo, etc). Students 16yo and above can join an adult class. Each class has a variety of mixed belt/singlet ranks & can easily accommodate new members. Prior experience is not necessary.
Ranking System & Colours
Belts, tips on belts & Kickboxing singlets are coloured from white to black (see new members info booklet). The starting rank is white. Your rank also indicates your line up position during class. Familiarizing yourself with the ranking order will also help ensuring your grading registration is correctly submitted.
Compulsory Advanced Training
Advanced training days are held at Head Office 1-2 times per term depending on age group and rank. These classes are for brown and above ranks. These classes are compulsory for students wanting to progress further and grade. They offer students advanced training techniques which are not covered during regular classes. These sessions are also where higher ranking students will be assessed for possible future grading. If you are unable to attend your session, please notify your instructor or Head Office staff.
All of our centre programs, classes and equipment can be purchased anytime via our website at your convenience. Alternatively, members wishing to make a purchase can do so on our members computer located near the reception desk. New users will need to first REGISTER by going to SHOP, BENTLEIGH & LOG IN TO MY ACCOUNT. Once this has been done then go to SHOP, BENTLEIGH and make your selections. Then add to cart & follow the payment prompts. For all subsequent purchases & for existing users please LOGIN via the same process described above. Feel free to contact staff if anything is unclear or you are experiencing any website difficulties. *Please note your purchase will NOT process if the Registration/Login step has not been taken. Users must log in or register first.
What are gradings? How do I register for a grading? How often are gradings held?
New members generally spend their first term learning the curriculum & should not expect to grade. Gradings are held at the end of every term for students that are ready to grade. At the beginning, students usually grade every 1-2 term’s however the students should not expect to grade every term as they do slow down as students advance in rank & age. Assessments for grading eligibility are conducted in class mid-term & are based on competence & attendance record. Gradings are not compulsory and do incur an additional fee ranging from $30 for tip/bar to $115+ for black belt & above. Payments & registration will need to be made online via our website. Gradings are held at the East Bentleigh head office either in-class or at the end of term grading. Your grading permission slip will have all the relevant information. See our staff prior to making a payment if anything is unclear.
How much are term fees? When do I need to pay term fees?
Term fees are due prior to the first week of each new term. Early payments are appreciated. All payments are made via our website. Please go to Shop, select your training location & log in prior to shopping. New users will need to first register themselves prior to shopping. Please note we do not issue invoices; however, a term commencement reminder is emailed to all members prior to term commencement.
No Refund Policy
All Stars have a No Refund Policy in place. Please discuss with staff if further clarification is needed. Most of our payments are processed online or via eftpos. We have a no cash policy in our office & cash is not kept on site.
When does the term start and finish?
Our term dates run in conjunction with the Victorian State school terms. In term 4 we close 1 week prior to term end. We are closed during the first week of the school holidays. We are also closed on Sundays & all Public holidays. Personal training via appointment is still available during break periods.
New Student Enrolments
New enrolments & ongoing term fees can be completed via our website, via telephone or in person at our centre (business hours). Any pro rata or part payments will need to be completed in person or by phone. New users may need assistance navigating the site. Please contact our staff during business hours if you require website assistance.
Where can I park?
Our centre has a large car parkjust opposite the main entry for our members to use. Onsite parking is free.
Training Class Changes & Taking a Break
Students wishing to change their training day & time can do so by calling or emailing our staff. Class changes can create disruptions to both students & instructors and should be kept to a minimum whenever possible. If a student wishes to have a term break or cease training, we ask that you notify our centre asap. This helps to ensure our records are kept up to date.
Make up classes
Make-up (replacement) classes are offered to all members who have missed their regular class for any reason, including Public Holiday closures. The missed classes can be made up in another class of the same style/age. Please book makeups with staff by phone or email to confirm availability as some classes are at capacity. We offer 2-3 make-up lessons per term. Make-ups do not carry over so book early to avoid missing out. For extended illnesses or accidents which require additional time off please speak to our staff.
How Often Should I Train?
Frequency of training is at each student’s discretion. We do not recommend younger students (4-9yo) train more frequently than once weekly. 10yo+ students may choose to introduce an additional class such as another karate class, boxing, kickboxing or MMA to their training schedule. Adults are encouraged to train more than once per week.
What is Karate?
Gradings how often and the grading fees
What is Kickboxing/Muay Thai?
The ‘kickboxing’ style we teach is traditional Muay Thai Boran. This style of Muay Thai not only utilizes fists, feet, knees and elbows as we commonly see in the mainstream Muay Thai, but also uses forgotten elements of throwing, pressing, clinching and joint breaking, they are no less dangerous than the throwing and joint locking of other martial arts.
What is Boxing?
Boxing is a popular sport in which gloved opponents throw punches and pit their striking skills, strength, agility and speed against each other. It is becoming increasingly popular as a new, fun way to get fit, lose weight, or tone up. At All Stars, you can train like a professional (without the contact) in a relaxed and controlled environment. Our Boxing classes focus on cardio and technique, making it the best choice for those who aim to improve their fitness and condition their body. A typical Boxing class will include skipping, footwork drills, pad and heavy-bag work, core exercises and circuit-style training. Our Boxing classes are open to men and women of all ages, fitness and skill levels.
What is MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)?
Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world. MMA encompasses disciplines from various martial arts and Olympic sports, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, karate, wrestling, judo and more.
MMA utilises striking and grappling techniques both standing and on the ground. A complete fighter is able to engage his/her opponent effectively within the four primary ranges of combat – punching, kicking, takedowns/ working in the clinch, and ground fighting.
All Stars MMA classes are for the athlete who wants to build an all-rounded skill set, as well as the everyday person seeking an effective, intense workout or a new challenging hobby.
All Stars does not often host Martial Arts competitions. Interested members are welcome to enter in them. Any relevant completion flyers are displayed in our reception area or can be looked up online. Please contact the competition organizers directly for all related enquiries.
School Holiday Program
Our School Holiday Program is held every term in the week prior to the new term commencing. The program runs over 4 days in the second week of the school holidays and is a full day program 9am to 5pm. On the last day there is a chance to grade for students who have completed all 4 days of the program and are competent, however it is not guaranteed. The program is available for new & existing members.
For adults & children wanting to do extra training we offer 1 on 1 personal training as well as group personal training in small groups. This is available for all club programs, Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, MMA, Weapons. All personal trainers are also qualified fitness professionals (Cert IV in Fitness).