Our answers to many of the common questions about martial arts. Please do contact us if we haven't answered your question below!
From 4yrs in Kung Fu and Kick Boxing, from 10yrs in Ju Jutsu and BJJ from 10yrs and from 14yrs in MMA. Please note classes are split so students are grouped together in size and ability for safety.
New students are partnered with experience student who helps them through learning the basics.
Ideally 2 to 5 times per week to get fitness benefit, however, if you do other sports then some students train only once a week.
No way! Martial arts is about peace, harmony and diplomacy. It teaches children how to AVOID fights - not pick them.
As a parent I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen but we do everything in our power to avoid them including exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible and we're always keeping a very close eye on everything going on.
Absolutely, martial arts teaches kids to be co-ordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them.
Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to martial arts class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work hard and learn, but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!
Not at all! In fact, many people use martial arts as a way to get in good shape. They come to us out of shape and quickly become athletic and limber.
The key is to pace yourself in first 5 sessions and condition your body, then you can step up each session safely without injury and push yourself towards your goals.
Contact your doctor and see what he/she says. If your doctor has any questions for us, let us know and we'll gladly answer them! The great thing with martial arts is you learn to train around injuries for example when a student can’t use legs they can work on boxing, Jiu Jitsu and their upper body & core.
Absolutely. People take our classes for many different reasons including getting into shape, learning a new skill, getting their ‘adrenaline’ fix, learning self defence, etc. but competing is not a requirement.
Definitely. We'll help you tone & perfect your technique to give you an edge over your opponents and in addition our training will improve your physique, increase your endurance and stamina, and boost your strength.
The class format generally consists of:
This involve exercises to raise the heart rate, increasing blood flow and preparing muscles for work.
The warm up is especially important in Martial Arts as many of the techniques taught expose the muscles to explosive movements. The warm up may also involve techniques to help with building strength, core strength or reaction times.
This part of the class takes many varied forms, keeping classes interesting for students. A class might focus on one aspect such as group of techniques, a section of self defence or fitness circuit training.
Sometimes classes focus on sparring (if you do not wish to spar the other options are always available). In addition to the above, classes may involve multiple activities with different coaches.
Just when you think you have it all worked out, your coach might throw in one of a number of fun games (for all ages) designed to supplement the syllabus and enhance core skills. Whatever the activity classes are designed to be safe friendly and fun!
Also called warm down this is carried out at the end of the class. It's purpose is to stretch out and re-oxygenate the muscles used during the work out.
Gi and No Gi are the 2 forms of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gi Jiu Jitsu is grappling with the use of a traditional Gi, which allows you to grab the clothing of your opponent. No Gi is grappling without the traditional uniform, instead you wear shorts and a rash guard.
Compiled by our expert head instructor who has over 20 years of martial arts experience, TMAS uses a structured curriculum for all our disciplines. It is a comprehensive, step-by-step system which provides our students with an easy to follow road map. Our instructors closely monitor progress, giving focused feedback and making sure nobody ever feel left behind. Students can see clearly follow their progression within the curriculum and therefore know when they are ready for their next grading.
Progress is also monitored by Sifu Ross and when ready, students are invited to take part in a Grading Workshop which takes place few weeks before the Grading. These 2 hour workshops* normally take place on a Sunday and help students hone their techniques in preparation for the Grading.
There is no additional cost for our Gradings (or indeed the belts) as these are included in our monthly packages (paid by standing order). Gradings normally take place 3 – 6 times per year (depending on the number of students ready to progress) on a Saturday and / or Sunday and the dates are published at least 2 months in advance.
The Grading sessions are 2 hours long and students are awarded their belt in a short presentation ceremony at the end.
* Separate Grading Workshops are run for Juniors and Seniors and cost £10 if booked in advance or £20 on the day.