Q: Will training in martial arts make my child more likely to get into fights at school?
Not at all. We teach children about respect and how to deal with aggressive peers. We instill within them the confidence to deal with situations appropriately and to not escalate to a confrontation unless it is absolutely necessary.
Q: Is there a greater potential for injury when training in the martial arts?
All sports and in particular contact sports, have some potential for injury. Having said that we take safety very seriously at UMA. Our training areas are covered in high quality training mats and our experienced instructors ensure that our students are sufficiently warmed up and are practising techniques appropriate to their level.
Also when required appropriate personal protective equipment is used, including mouth guards, boxing gloves and shinguards. Lastly one of the underlying principles instilled into our students from day one, is to always look after your training partner. “Tap early, tap often, don’t get hurt”.
Q: What’s a good age to start martial arts, can you be too young or too old to start?
Q: Are martial arts classes unisex?
Generally all classes, both children’s and adults, are unisex. Having said that we do run regular seminars specifically targeting women’s self defence which are female only.
Q: My child isn’t particularly athletic. Will he still benefit from martial arts training?
Absolutely. Martial arts teaches children to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Children who don’t naturally have these qualities will develop them through training. Kids who already have these qualities will find them enhanced by training. All children who train will benefit from increased self esteem and confidence.
Q: I really don’t want to get hit. Is there much contact involved in martial arts training?
It really depends on the training program you are enrolled in. With Brazilian JiuJitsu (BJJ) there is no striking involved but there is a great deal of body contact, as BJJ is a grappling art. With the My Fitness Kickboxing program the only things getting hit are pads, shields and punching bags. Kids Karate has very minimal contact, once the children have reached the appropriate level. With Adult Combatives contact is introduced when the instructors judge the student is at sufficient level to handle it safely.
All programs have the requirement that appropriate personal protection gear be utilised when required. This may include mouth guards, boxing gloves, shin guards, groin cups. The safety of our students is foremost at UMA.