About the Beginners Classes:
The beginners classes run for approximately a year to two years on Tuesdays 18:30-19:30 at Bar Hill, Thursdays 18:30- 19:30 at Cottenham, and Saturdays 10:00-12:00 at The Leys. At purple belt members graduate to the next intermediate class from 19:30-20:30 at Bar Hill and Cottenham (The Leys runs for all grades across the 2 hours).
When attaining the brown belt, some members will be invited on merits to train for an extra hour until 9pm at Cottenham.
What to Wear:
Clothing should not cause restriction when training and particularly should not extend past the ankles or wrists so that fingers and toes are not caught up in them, which may obviously result in injury.
Jewellery must not be worn as it may be broken or again may cause injury. (If you can not remove wedding rings or ear rings, they MUST have tape covering them, please see Sensei (teacher) BEFORE the commencement of training.)
Finger and Toe nails should be kept short so as not to cause injury to the practitioner or their opponent.
The training uniform you will see people wearing is called a ‘Gi’ and the belt is known as an ‘Obi’. Belt colours change with experience and on completion of a grading test which will typically take place every three months with regular training and practice.
Students are requested to observe the following rules of etiquette:
- Members should rei (bow) at the door when entering or leaving the dojo (literally ‘Way Place’ or the training hall). This is to show respect to yourself and to your training partners.
- All members should rei to their training partner before and after one to one training or sparring.
- When a Black Belt/Dan Grade enters the dojo, all Students must turn and rei.
- If you are late to a session, you should rei to come in and then when you are ready to join the class i.e. when warmed up sufficiently you should kneel by the door or side of the dojo, where you can be seen, then, when requested by the Sensei (teacher). Rei and enter the class. Once the Sensei has asked you to join in, you must join the line by going round the back of the line up, and rei towards the student on your right before joining in with the class.