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Frequently answered questions

Kickboxing is the most elegant of the three disciplines, where the aspiration is to 'flow like water' with kicks, punches, spins, sweeps and good posture.

Jiu Jitsu is the least aggressive (though highly competitive), where the aim is to neutralise your opponent by turning an apparent disadvantage into a dominant position, and forcing submission. There's a lot of floor work (most real fights end up on the ground, and this is where the battle is won, by someone who knows what they're doing).

Krav Maga takes no prisoners. Developed for Israeli forces in unarmed combat, there is a simple maxim: minimum time, maximum damage. In other words, learn how to finish an attack (including knife attacks!) almost before it occurs. It is aggressive, very fast, and uses grappling techniques as well as psychology to distract and disarm, while delivering a devastating conclusion for your opponent.

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  • Yes, you will get fit from our program and through our training, provided you train regularly and train hard. When training at Meiji Martial Arts and undergoing our program, it is essential to push yourself to your limits. More than anything, however, you will have fun with our training program, while acquiring life skills like being able to defend yourself. And you get fitness as an automatic bonus.

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  • Martial Arts is known to be a contact sport, so health and safety at our Dojos are particularly important to us. Our policy is to give every member a sense of safety and security. We provide an environment for students to work out and develop their martial arts in a safe and controlled environment.

    The Meiji Martial Arts team are world-class, full-time professionals who are fully insured, licensed, DBS checked and qualified in first aid. Our instructors deliver a diverse experience full of fun, under control, where no one is harmed. Meiji Martial Arts is for everyone, at all levels, age, and fitness.

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  • We welcome people of all levels, age, and fitness to our classes. Our Instructors are trained to assess each individual, understand their level of fitness and ensure the program is paced appropriately.

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  • Yes, there are dedicated changing rooms and toilets for our members.

    There are shower facilities at St. John's Wood, no shower facilities at Temple Fortune.

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  • You should arrive at the dojo 15 minutes before your class time. Your instructor will meet and greet you, give you a tour of the facilities, and get you comfortable and ready for when the class begins.

    When coming to your first free-trial class, it is important that you bring:

    • Loose Clothing - so you can kick, punch, and move around in the class (the dojo's will provide boots and gloves for your first session)
    • A bottle of water and a towel

    Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their first session.

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  • You can find our full membership options here:

    At the end of your free-trial class, we will go through all the different options available. This gives you the opportunity to assess what we offer, and decide if the training program is for you!

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