Frequently Asked Questions
Is it OK if I’ve never done it before?
Absolutely! Most of our members, and even our committee, are completely new to the sport when they join. Our early sessions are aimed at people trying out the sport for the first time. You might also be surprised what could give you a headstart. Some of our best fighters have been boxers or powerlifters, but people have also transferred skills from football, dancing, and even Olympic Gymnastics.
Is it OK if I’ve done Kickboxing or another martial art before?
Absolutely! We’ll never force you to change your style or belittle other sports. Instead, we hope to give you other tools to add to your skills, and maybe even learn a few new things from you. People with backgrounds in boxing, taekwondo, Muay Thai, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Capoeira, have all joined and gone on to compete at events with us.
Is it OK if I haven’t got all the gear?
Absolutely!! All you need to bring is yourself, and some clothes that give you some flexibility. You don’t even need trainers! We’ll provide the rest of the equipment!
Could I get hurt/injured?
No more than going for a run! We give full explanations and protective gear so that you’re training realistically but safely. If you want to try sparring, you’ll receive all the protective equipment, a thorough briefing and start with someone experienced who’ll guide you through it at your pace. We’re a semi-contact club, and if your partner (not opponent!) is hitting harder than you’re comfortable with, you can always tell them or our qualified coaches.
Will I be forced to do anything I don’t want to?
Never. Not at socials, training, or anything with our club. We’ll always give the option to spar or other challenges, but there’s never any expectation or judgement. Many of our members don’t want to spar, and our sessions always have an alternative workout. If you ever feel forced into anything, let a coach or committee member know. Our inclusivity officer, Tom, is dedicated to making sure this doesn’t happen, and everyone feels comfortable at all times.
How often do I have to train?
As much as you want. We have 7 sessions a week, but we don’t expect anyone to make it to all of them. There’s no commitment or minimum expectations, so you can join for 10 hours a week, 2 hours a month, or just the socials.
How far can I take my training?
How far do you want to take it? We offer the chance to enter competitions, join our first team and compete in front of hundreds at our annual Fight Night. If that’s not enough, we’ll support you in any events you’re interested in, which in the past has included National, European and World Championships. We also offer experienced fighters the option to train and compete in full contact events with dedicated captain Richard.
Is it OK if I….?
Most likely! We’re hoping you’ve got the idea by now. Our aim is to be as open and welcoming as we can be to everyone, and to ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable at all times. Feel free to contact one of the committee or come along to one of our sessions if you haven’t found the answer to your questions.