Martial eligibility

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To train taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist), weapons training, self defence, chin na, shuai jiao or baguazhang you must fulfil the health and safety criteria presented by our insurance company.
It states that all students must be taught relative to ability/competence/health.

Mandatory factors

These six items are essential for martial arts training with our school:

  1. No medical/health problems *

  2. Age (over 18)

  3. Good attitude & humour

  4. Weekly attendance

  5. Prepared to practice at home between classes

  6. Not studying another martial art

* this includes being notably overweight

If you’re looking for something easy, then kung fu is probably not for you.

(Anna Spysz)

Fitness & attitude

We reserve the right to decline martial tuition:

• if we feel that a student is physically unable to study taijiquan safely
• if an individual demonstrates the wrong attitude for taijiquan study

Rachel will always act with the
wellbeing of the student in
mind. Insurance regulations prohibit a student from training material that is unsuitable for their fitness/ability level.

Martial arts are dangerous

The British Medical Association Guide To Sports Injuries states:

Combat sports such as boxing, judo, karate or kung fu make tough demands on the body; training is intense, and participation requires all-round fitness. Regardless of the fitness of the participants, however, the aggressive blows traded between opponents means that these sports always carry a serious risk of injury.

Worth reading

Are you a martial artist?
• Are you strong enough?
• Condition
• Cross-training in our school
• Fitness level
• Full strength
• Kung fu fitness
• Martial arts fitness
• Martial expectations
• Strong mental attitude
• Tailored learning

Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated 5 July 2011