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How does your Introductory Program work?
Let’s walk you through the whole process so you have a clear picture of how we’ll get you started from your first lesson right through to the point you make the decision to continue training with us long term.
Step 1: You get a free half-hour long private lesson to start things out.
It’s been our experience that when we throw brand new people into a class setting without the private lessons, they can end up having a bad experience because they felt like they were only person with no clue what was going on. We want your first experience training to be one where you learn some fundamentals that will make your first class a better experience than if you had just jumped in. We also want to give you the chance to see the gym and feel the culture with no pressure to perform at anybody’s pace than the right one for you.
Step 2: If you enjoy your free lesson, you can choose to go ahead with our Introductory Program.
The Intro Program includes 2 more half-hour private lessons and then two weeks of access to the All Levels Kickboxing classes. The 2 extra private lessons give us more time to smooth out the fundamentals which makes your transition to group classes much easier than if we had thrown you into one right away. The two weeks of classes begin after you take your first class instead of immediately after purchase. This allows you to book the two private lessons as is convenient for your schedule without the concern of burning through the two weeks of classes. The goal of the Intro Program is to give you some time to test drive the school before making a longer-term training commitment.
Step 3: Once completed, you have the option to choose which longer term training option suits you best.
You will be able to choose from monthly memberships, punch card options, drop-ins, private lessons, or maybe even one of our family-discount plans if any apply to your situation. See our Pricing tab on the site to see our rates.
What gear is required for me to train?
For the first few weeks of training, you’re not required to have your own gear. We have lender gloves and shin pads to service our new members and we provide the pads for padwork. Once you have completed your intro and have decided to continue training with us, that will be time to start acquiring your own gear. Starting a new sport that requires your own equipment can be cost prohibitive so we let you pick things up as they are affordable for you. The acquisition of your own equipment should probably happen in this order.
- Handwraps – Just get them and start practicing wrapping hands as soon as you get started. They protect you from injury and they soak up sweat so that your gloves are less disgusting and last far longer!
- Gloves – 16oz gloves are what is used for sparring so if you intend to spar, get gloves that are that size. If you are on the smaller side, we may approve you for 14oz or 12oz for sparring. If a 220lb man can wear 16oz, it is fair that a 115lb lady can wear 12oz! Smaller gloves than 16oz must be approved by an instructor for sparring! 8oz to 12oz gloves are perfectly acceptable for use on the bags or pads. Fingerless MMA style gloves are not appropriate for our sport and are not permitted for use in regular classes. Sparring approved gloves are 100% mandatory in our Intermediate and advanced classes as well as for any sparring.
- Shin-pads – Even though we have both gloves and shin-pads to lend, we want you to get these things first as our supply of lender gear is limited. We love to use shin-pads in our classes so having a class full of people with good, proper shin-pads is great. Cloth shin-pads provide very little protection and shift around too much. Proper, thai style, leather shin-pads are required. Shin-pads are 100% mandatory in our Intermediate and advanced classes as well as for any sparring.
- Mouthguard – We can’t lend you these and even if you opt not to spar, you will want to have one eventually. They are not mandatory in our All Levels classes but they are nice to have. If we are doing blocking drills, a mouthguard means you can go a little bit harder without an ever-present concern of chipping a tooth. If you don’t have one, you can still take part in all of the drills but will have to go much lighter removing a lot of the efficacy of the training. Wearing a mouthguard doesn’t mean you suddenly have to, or get to, train dangerously hard. It should always be comfortable (… or even just north of comfortable), but it shouldn’t be dangerous. Mouthguards are 100% mandatory in our Intermediate and advanced classes as well as for any sparring.
- Groin-protection (cup) – This one is for the gentlemen. You could, we suppose, opt not to wear a cup. It’s been our experience that people who opt not to wear a cup eventually opt to wear a cup. While they are not mandatory, you might ask yourself, “why not?” We’re sure you can think of reasons “why”. There are DEFINITELY better and worse cups so don’t go buy the standard old cup and jock strap. Let us help you find something that does more than float around and in front your assets and instead provides a gentle yet protective hug.
Can I jump into classes without the introductory private lesson if I have previous experience in martial arts?
The reason it’s a “maybe” instead of an outright “yes” or “no” is due to a few reasons. One is that we need to make sure that your experience is relevant. If you have 20 years of BJJ, Judo, or Aikido experience, it won’t help you one bit when it comes to a kickboxing class. Even those of you with a background in a striking art like Karate or Tae Kwon Do don’t really have a relevant background if your training was particularly traditional in nature. Your experience will make things easier for you to be sure, but the movements and stances are markedly different and learning a few of those differences in a private lesson will help you transition much more easily than simply jumping into a class. Since the intro lesson is free, we really encourage you to take us up on the offer. The worst-case scenario is that you get a private lesson. The best-case scenario is that you get the fundamentals of stances, punching, and kicking and thus your first class will be enjoyable instead of you feeling completely lost on what’s going on!
In some cases, it can work fine for a person to jump into a class, but we will want to qualify your experience before we let you do that. If we can have a quick chat and check all the right boxes, we will let you jump right to class but as mentioned, we’re offering a free private lesson which is pretty good value for your dollar so you should take it unless there is some good reason not to.
Do I have to sign a long term contract?
Not with us. We feel that our services should be what keeps you coming back for more rather than a signed commitment you made. It is somewhat outside the norm to operate this way but we feel it keeps the pressure on us to provide quality training so our members can’t wait to come back for more rather than wishing they had never signed a contract in the first place. Many schools offer month to month payment options but the prices are often inflated to encourage a longer term commitment. Our rates are highly competitive and you won’t feel like you just bought a car from a used car lot when you sign up. You can pay for whatever amount of lessons you wish and if we are not providing you what you need you can use what you have paid for and discontinue your training with us . . . We don’t see that happening.
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70 Gorge Rd. West, Victoria BC, V9A 1M1