FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Location and time of the classes?
Tuesday Evening: Pennington Guide Hut.
Adult (18+) Class: 6:30pm – 8:30pm COMING SOON!!!
Friday: Pennington Guide Hut.
Adult (18+) Class: 6.30pm – 8:30pm
New students should arrive 15 minutes early for the health and safety brief and to fill out the health and fitness forms. All students should arrive 5 minutes early each week, to pay at the desk before the start of the lesson.
How much are the classes?
Each session is:
£8 for members
£10 for non-members
(This may change in the future subject to inflation and club running costs).
How do I join the club?
To book your free trial lesson, call us on either the land line or mobile phone number at the top of this page, send us an email on the contact us page, or message us via Facebook and we will answer any questions you may have.
Depending on the number of students at the club we may invite interested people to join us straight away and advise new students on what to wear and what to bring.
We ask new students to come in 15 minutes early for a safety brief and to fill out health and fitness forms, although our forms are available to fill out online, on the forms page the top menu of this website.
Do you have a club membership?
Yes we do, you will join the club as a guest paying the non-member fee’s above for class, we offer club membership for an annual fee of £30, this will included:
A club t-shirt.
A grading book.
A reduction on the class fees.
What do I wear?
We train for everyday situations, so we prefer students to wear comfortable, casual, training clothing, preferably nothing too expensive as clothes can sometimes get damaged, but any gym wear is suitable. We have our own club clothing range available for purchase as described below.
No jewellery or watches are allowed to be worn during training. Long hair must be tied up preferably in a bun, if students with long hair forget to do this, please ask Leighann as she will have a pack of brand new hair bands specifically for this reason.
Glasses or contacts?
No glasses or contacts should be worn during training, mildly short sited people should train to fight without vision enhancement anyway, but if you have really poor eyesight, you can speak to your optician to discuss the options, there are new methods of correcting eye sight for sports and there are a vast array of spots glasses / goggles available, designed for your protection.
How much is the Close Combat clothing?
The white grade Close Combat t-shirt will be included in the membership joining fee, t-shirts for higher grades will be included in the grading fee once that grade has been achieved.
What else should I bring to lessons?
Students should always bring:
- Bottle of water.
- Small towel.
- Grading book.
- Your own training equipment (if you have it).*
- A hair band if you have long hair.
*We have gloves and pads for beginners to use, but, as with most contact martial arts / self defence clubs, students can bring along a holdall for their own gear, most students will start with knee, elbow, wrist and ankle supports if required, but may also want to purchase their own gloves and focus pads.
More advanced students will consider a head guard, groin protection, gun shield and shin guards, which are a must for various levels of contact sparring and students won’t be able to make the most of these advanced lessons further down the line without the correct equipment.
Advise can be given about equipment if required, my preferred equipment is purchased from RDX Sports .
How often do I need to train?
We follow a tight syllabus, so it is recommended that you attend and train at least once a week on the same night, otherwise you will miss important lessons and have gaps in your self-defence knowledge which will affect your grading. If lessons are missed, students will have opportunities to catch up in reflex development sessions, but it is better to attend all primary lessons throughout the syllabus when possible.
Who is allowed to train?
Adults (18+) are welcome at this time, we train up to full contact so the syllabus is not really suitable for minors, although I am considering opening a class for children and younger teens with a no contact / semi-contact syllabus at a later date and we may consider older teenagers who wish to come and train with their parents.
Anyone with disabilities or health problems can train, as long as they consult their doctor and inform our instructor of any risks to health, or issues that effect fitness on the Health and Fitness Form provided, these will need to be updated as and when any new health concerns arise, we reserve the right to refuse to train anyone on medical grounds.
Do you have gradings?
We have a grading colour system from white to black, we grade skills individually and dynamically as we work through the syllabus, and each grade colour from white to blue represents students ability based on a certain number of skills learnt, then students restart the syllabus and work towards expert level through purple to brown grade, restarting the syllabus again to work towards the mastery level of black grade. Students move up through the grades when they reach the required competency for each skill set in the syllabus, we have a grading book for students own record of achievement, although we maintain a record of students individual progress ourselves.
A more in depth look at the Close Combat grading system and the syllabus can be found on the grading page available in the top menu.
Do you do courses or seminars?
Not at present, but it may be something we develop in the future, possibly an all day advanced seminar on a Saturday focusing on specific area’s of self-defence, or possibly an introductory seminar or open day for new students to come and try before officially becoming club members.
We may be able to offer BTEC Level 2 Break Away and Self Defence Awards and BTEC level 3 Self Defence Instruction Awards at some point in the future and may branch out to include other qualifications also.