FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Location and time of the classes?
Tuesday: Pennington Guide Hut.
Adult (18+) Class: Closed until further notice!
Friday: Pennington Guide Hut.
Adult (18+) Class: Closed until further notice!
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:
£10 for a 2 hour session*
*Payable in advance at the beginning of the lesson, regular dedicated students who cannot pay in advance for whatever reasons can make arrangements to pay later on occasion, but this is not allowed to become a regular occurrence.
(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 start as a guest on a trial basis, and can officially join the club when we see that you are a good fit for the group, the initial membership fee is £20, this will include:
The white grade t-shirt.
A grading book.
Membership is renewed when you pay your grading fee, unless a year has past since you last trained, then a renewal fee of £10 to rejoin the club is applicable.
What do I wear?
We train for everyday situations, so we prefer students to wear comfortable gym wear to start, preferably nothing too expensive as clothes can sometimes become worn or damaged. 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 as we will have a pack of brand new, unused hair bands on stand by 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 sports glasses / goggles available, designed for your protection.
How much is the Close Combat clothing?
The Close Combat t-shirt appropriate for your grade level will be included in your membership / grading fee, but if you lose or damage your tshirt, they can be replaced for £15.
What else should I bring to lessons?
Students should always bring:
- Bottle of water.
- Small towel.
- Club Tshirt (if a member)
- 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 should aim to purchase and bring along a holdall for their own gear, most students will start with their own boxing gloves, under gloves, shin instep guards and gum shield, but also knee, elbow, wrist and ankle supports if required, some students even prefer to bring along their own jab/thai pads.
More advanced students will consider a head guard, groin protection, which are a must for various levels of contact sparring and students won’t be able to make the most of training as they advance through the lessons, further down the line without the correct equipment.
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 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 system that goes from white to black, we grade skills individually and dynamically as we work through the syllabus towards the next level grade colour, and each grade colour represents students ability based on a certain number of skills learnt, with that number of skills increasing with each grade, but also mastering previous skills from lower grades. Students move up through the grades when they reach the required competency for each skill for their level 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?
No! we run a long term, continuous martial arts club with a complete, all round stand up and ground fighting syllabus, pushing for real fitness. We don’t run day long self defence seminars or short courses Although we may run day long events for long term students in the future