You can train in karate with very little equipment as it is centred around the use of your own body. To begin all you will need is your license Gi (karate suit), a grading record book and a copy of our association book, this provides the latest version of the syllabus and other useful information such as Japanese translations and terminology used in the club.
As you continue with your practice there is a recommended equipment list for each grade which includes items such as elasticated mitts and a gum shield for the more advanced kumite, you will need sparring mitts and groin/chest protection (depending upon your sex) at the higher grades.
There is always the option of training weapons, head-guards, books, DVDs, breaking boards, etc – but it would be unusual for someone under brown belt to consider buying these items.
We can supply all of the above or point you in the direction of places that give the best prices, withe the core items being available at a heavily discounted rate as joining packs.