ADULT MARTIAL ARTS FAQS
Can I try a class before I start training?
Of course! We offer a FREE trial to all new students, so come down and try us out.
Are the Instructors qualified?
Yes - all the Instructors are qualified and have over 24 years experience teaching six styles of Martial Arts. All our instructors are fully insured, qualified in first aid and DBS checked. You are in safe, experienced hands.
Will I get hurt?
No. Everything is strictly monitored and controlled. You will begin slowly and work at your own pace. You will work with someone else who is also a beginner and we have assistants in class to help you. You can rest at anytime. You will not do any sparring/contact unless you want to. We pride ourselves on looking after our beginners.
What do I need to bring?
Wear loose fitting clothing, e.g jogging bottoms, t-shirt, socks and bring some water with you. We have everything else you need. We invest a lot of our money in providing up-to-date kit for our members, which is replaced every six months.
I'm totally unfit - will the classes be suitable for me?
We make sure that we cater for a range of fitness levels - from total beginner to superfit athlete. The Instructors will make sure that you are comfortable at all times and will gradually increase the intensity as your fitness develops. You can stop and rest at anytime, so don't worry - you will be fine.
How big are the classes?
As classes are divided according to grade/experience they tend to be smaller in nature which means that the Instructor can pay more attention to each individual's development. The maximum number of students we allow in each class is 30. In most classes there are at least two Instructors teaching at the same time so you get lots of attention and support.
Can I get personal coaching/private lessons?
We can arrange private training sessions if you want to top up your training or want to work on a specific goal. These lessons are with one our fully qualified coaches for one hour and can be on any topic that interests you. Please enquire for information about costs/times.
Do you hold gradings?
We hold Kickboxing gradings every four months which will allow you to track your progress as you develop into a capable, confident Martial Artist. There are ten grades which means it takes roughly three years to achieve ones Black Belt. Gradings are done as a group in a relaxed atmosphere and you will be assessed by the Academy's Chief Instructor James Evans-Nicolle. Gradings are however optional - some people just like to train and not grade, which is fine with us.
CHILDREN'S MARTIAL ARTS FAQS
What do you cover in your children's Martial Arts classes?
We emphasise FUN during Martial Arts training. If children are not having fun, they will not want to come back or be motivated to train. We have over 200 drills and games that increase fitness, build character, teach self-defense skills and are FUN! We believe kids should be learning and enjoying themselves at the same time. So FUN is our primary focus.
Are the classes safe for my child?
Yes. All classes taught are strictly monitored by our Black Belt Instructors to ensure complete safety. All of our Instructors attend regular child safety courses through recognised training bodies and are DBS checked. We also operate a recognised child safety policy and an anti-bullying policy. All of our Instructors are qualified in emergency first aid.
Do I have to buy equipment and uniform?
After your FREE trial period, we do require all students to wear the Masters Academy uniform which is included in our membership once you are enrolled into our Academy. You can buy other bits of kit - gloves, shin guards and pads - if you want but they are not compulsory.
Will Martial Arts make my child aggressive?
Children are taught that Martial Arts are not to be used as an offensive weapon, but rather to defend oneself in certain situations. Aggressive behavior is channelled into assertiveness to increase the child’s self esteem, improve self-discipline and build character. Our programme also helps a shy child to develop self-confidence and become more assertive. We do not tolerate any bullying or bad behaviour from parents or children.
What about children sparring?
We do not allow children under 10years old to spar. After that age, contact is to the body and legs only - no strikes to head are allowed - as we do not believe a growing brain should be smacked around.
Participation in sparring activities is not suited to all students so is not compulsory. All students interested in sparring are required to wear protective equipment (shin instep guards, boxing gloves, mouth-guard, and protective cup for boys) and are strictly supervised.