Frequently asked questions

Do I have to register my hands when I become a black belt?

No, that is an urban myth. Martial Artists are not required to register their hands.

Do I have to be in good shape before I start?

No, you will get into shape as you train. We have a series of exercises that you will learn as you progress through the ranking system which will enable you to perform the self defense techniques.

I am 41 years old, am I too old to start martial arts?

No, you are not too old to begin martial arts training. Martial Arts regularly has students start from adolecense through their 50's and older. Kickboxing is a practical and effective martial art that does not incorporate gymnastics. Years ago I went to a grading and there was a 64 year old lady who at that time was grading for her 2nd Dan Blackbelt.

I am very busy with my work schedule, how much time do I need to devote to classes?

That is dependant on you. We have students who can only train either 1 hour a week or every other week, or every available session. As you progress through the ranks if you want more 1:1 attention we offer 1hour private lessons which can further help hone your skills.

How long does it take to get a black belt?

In Kickboxing and Krav Maga it is an average of 3 years. However, we have had students complete within 2 1/2 years as they have had extra lessons. But to be totally honestits not about how long will it take to be a blackbelt. It is really abou when both yourself and your instructor feel the time ready. All Pre Black belt graders, have mock teststo check that you are ready, before you are put forward for your Final grading.

What sort of things should I consider when choosing a school?

To be honest, all schools should offer you a free lesson, and also a trial period before you buy uniform, membership, insurance etc. At Zen we offer free lesson, and then we recommend you train with ourselves for 3 -4 lessons. Before you decide to Become a member with the club. We are associated with WakoGB and WKU England. The other thing to think about before choosing the club is to watch a class before your free lesson to see how the students react with the Instructor, atmosphere, friendliness, and how you feel about it it. Our students at Zen are not just students, we become a family. And we also organise events outside that involve just not the students but their families. For the Little Ninjas and Juniors, we have easter eggs hunts, Halloween Party, Christmas Presentation with presents. The adults may go Paintballing, have a meal out and every year we have a family fun day.

Do I have to train to go towards a black belt, Or can I just train with grading?

Yes you can, we have a couple of classes that are just for students who do not want the stress and worry about grading belts, but just want to learn the techniques for fitness and self defence.

I want to train to fight in the ring, can I do this with Zen Combat Sports?

Yes you can, We have a Kickboxing, MMA Adult and Junior Fight team. We have a couple of adults who are currently training for their Semi Professional Fights. On board we have a in-house Nutritionists, PT Instructor, Sports Therapist, and First aiders.