FAQ

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Is training in martial arts safe?

The truth is, just as in any sport, training in martial arts carries a certain amount of risk. If you train at high intensity with an aim to compete, you are certain to suffer minor injuries from time to time. Any major injuries are just as likely to occur in many sports as they are in martial arts training. There is a misconception that fighters bash each other in the head every day but the truth is that at a good school, the training is intense but very careful. If not, competitors would never make it to fight day! The good news is that not everybody needs to train like competitive fighters. Most people (even some who think they want to compete) do not really want to go through the necessary work that is required to prepare for actual competition. Our school offers the recreational martial artist a safe environment to learn martial arts techniques and get fit at a pace that they are comfortable with. We do not subject our members to dangerous situations they are not comfortable with. Sparring is NOT a requirement and any member who does not respect the boundaries of other members (regardless of how tame they feel those boundaries to be) will be asked to seek training elsewhere. Members who wish to take their training to a competitive level to be tested will work together in their own group with the understanding of the risk they are undertaking. If you are looking to study martial arts recreationally for fun and fitness, you can come to us and we will take excellent care of you.

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.

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.

 

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Come on In!

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Contact us

Phone

(250) 590-1977

Email

info@MartialArtsUnlimited.ca

Address

70 Gorge Rd. West, Victoria BC, V9A 1M1