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FAQ for Parents & Members


Everything you need to know before you get started. But don't take our word for it; come in, meet the team, and try for yourself!

Often when starting a martial arts training program, parents and students have a lot of questions about what they need to do to get started and what the expectations will be. At Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre we've compiled a list of some of the more commonly asked questions for you.

Q. I'm just a beginner, how will I fit in?

That's quite OK, after all you have to start somewhere. Your first private lesson instructor will guide you through what is expected in class and then teach you the basic movements. In the next two classes you will have a senior student as a buddy that helps you each step of the way. Before you know it you will be on the road to black belt in no time at all.

Q. As a new beginner, will I have sore muscles?

This will depend on your physical fitness level but yes, this is very likely. Body strength and toning are lost through inactivity so if you feel sore after training then your body is communicating to you that it needs exercise and conditioning. Start your training at your own pace, then build your intensity. Always give yourself plenty of time to recover to avoid injury.

Q. What about sparring, will I get hurt?

We place a high emphasis on a safe training environment as demonstrated in our student and instructors code of conduct. Your training partners are important, therefore all students are made aware that they must participate at a level that fairly represents the ability of their partner. Safety equipment must also be worn at all times during sparring class.

Q. What should I do to alleviate the pain of sore muscles?

Don't skip class, get the blood circulating in those muscles with light stretching and light martial arts conditioning so that your muscles become stronger and able to deal with any strenuous activity. The key is frequency of strength and stretching conditioning rather than intensity.

Q. What should I eat before and after training to become a healthier athlete?

Basically, fresh fruit and vegetables that are high in water content because they are absorbed quickly into the body and require little energy to digest, saving that energy for your training. They are converted quickly into energy which you can use in your workout. These high water content foods are essential for hydration before and after training. Avoid lots of high sugar foods, lollies, energy drinks and full meals before training.

Q. How long will it take to get my Black Belt?

With consistent practise, it should take you approximately 2 to 3 years for an adult to reach 1st Dan Black Belt. Depending on the age of a child they may go through the Little Ninja Black Belt and Junior Black Belt programs before they attempt their 1st Dan Black Belt. It really depends on the age, physical strength and maturity of the child to pass the grading criteria. If in doubt you can arrange a meeting with your instructor to map out a training program. Set goals and objectives for your training is the best way for you to remain on the road to Black Belt success.

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Q. How many classes can I do a week?

We have a very flexible time table where there is something you could do almost every day. That way you get great value for your investment with maximum physical and mindset results. We encourage you to do 2-3 classes per week at least. As a current member you can train at any of our Centres for the one fantastic monthly or term fee. It really is a case of the more you train, the more skill you gain.

Q. Will I lose weight whilst practising martial arts?

Most likely, yes. Although results for each person are different. Combined with proper nutrition and exercise, you will lose body fat and tone your muscles. Always consult your doctor before entering any physical fitness program.

Q. Do I have to go into tournaments or competitions?

It is entirely up to you whether tournaments are part of your martial arts goals and objectives. It is not compulsory to take part in a tournament although we will assist you if you like. There are numerous tournament circuits that you can participate in.

Q. My child is having problems at school, will martial arts help stop bullying?

The children's programs at Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre include martial arts anti bullying components. If parents are concerned about bullying issues at school then they should inform the instructor and the school. Long term martial arts training will give your child the ability to cope with stressful situations and long lasting friendships that develop with fellow students in a positive training environment. Martial Arts help to develop a child's self-esteem and self-respect to stand up for themselves and the courage to speak up for what is right.

Q. My child has a learning disability, can they still do martial arts?

Absolutely. Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centres encourage a diverse and inclusive training culture where students that have unique learning disabilities such as ADHD, ADD, low level autism or asbergers disease can participate as members of the school and feel the sense of achievement that comes with earning their Black Belt. There is a lot of supportive documentation that martial arts helps children with learning disabilities. but always check with your family doctor, specialist or paediatrician. Keep us informed and we will work together with you.

Q. Will my child be doing the cage fighting that is on TV because I don't want them doing that?

Martial arts training takes many forms and cage fighting is at the very elite level of competition that appeals to a very small percentage of the martial arts market. Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre is a family martial arts and fitness centre where you will learn all the skills and conditioning drills without having to step in the ring. Each age specific martial arts class is designed to suite the age group - so we have something for everyone including;

ATA Tigers and Little Ninjas class for 2-7 year olds,

Cadet Taekwondo and ATA Leader Taekwondo for 8-15 year olds,

Sports Advanced and ATA Legacy Taekwondo for 16 years to adults,

Fitness Kickboxing for 13 years to adult,,

Brazilliam Jiu Jitsu for beginners aged 5 to adult

Apeiron Parkour Functional Fitness for ages 5 to adult,

Acrobat Kicknastics for ages 5 to adult,

Extreme Martial Arts weapons for 5 years to adult,

At Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre we are constantly reviewing our programs to ensure that they meet the needs of our members. There is more to do at Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre.

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