Here we’ll deal with some questions that potential new members ask on the subject of the martial arts and safety when training.
Do you have established safety roles in the dojo?
It’s hard to stress just how seriously we take our safety standards. It is something that guides our every thought and activity.
We also build a deep understanding of best practice safety measures into all of our students from their first few minutes with us.
No student in our dojo is ever asked to do anything that we believe should result in injury.
Do injuries happen?
Virtually all sport involves a small degree of unpredictable risk.
If you are playing soccer, you might fall and say injure your knee whilst running along. It’s a fact that there have even been injuries in chess, notably when a player once fell off his chair!
So yes, injuries are theoretically possible and they do happen from time to time – but they are exceedingly rare and we are all fully trained in dealing with any such problem in the unlikely event it arose.
Can people get “carried away” when practicing the martial arts?
Not in our dojo they can’t! The idea is unthinkable.
We’ve said before and will say again, that if we ever suspected that a student was incapable of grasping the self-discipline and control required to successfully practice the martial arts, we would require them to leave – permanently.
Is safety equipment required?
Yes – or at least it may be.
Exactly what’s needed may vary depending upon the discipline you’re following. For example, what we’d use in Muay Thai Kickboxing might be different to that used in say a free-form match.
Don’t worry, all that will be explained as part of the training.
Do you sometimes get hit or kicked?
Yes, of course!
There are important contact techniques in the martial arts involving various parts of the body and you can’t learn them without delivering and taking some.
However, please be clear. There are critically important techniques we teach via progressive training over a lengthy period of time. They involve delivering less than full force blows and indeed how to take them.
We can assure you that no novice is going to be put up against an experienced practitioner in a full-blooded match-intensity competition. That takes us back to our answer to first question relating to safety. We don’t take chances – ever!