Everyone have a good summer?

Well it’s nearly September. The kids are back to school next week and life down at The Dojo will be back to the full normal routine.

From next week, the full schedule of classes will be running and this features a few changes, a few new classes and all the old favourites in there too.  

For the adults, there is literally something there for you every day of the week now so monthly membership makes all the more sense. The full class list is here on the website, or on the Facebook page, but I’ve also pulled together a downloadable / printable timetable which you can download by clicking here.  

For the kids, classes are as normal, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 for the younger ones (P1 to P4) and 7:30 to 8:30 for the older ones (P5 +).   There is also a Saturday morning class at 10am. This class will now be a permanent feature so bring the kids down. The Saturday class is also a great time for you parents to take advantage of the free childcare opportunity and get your own gear on for a Saturday morning workout. If you haven’t been down to the Dojo lately, there is a new rowing machine, treadmill, exercise bikes and lots more weights so shake off the Saturday morning cobwebs with a wee session yourself.  

Or, of course, you could do as some members have (not naming any names) and use this time to nip off to the sunbed for a bit. Y’know, if you’re that way inclined.  

OK, so onto the adults and out of chivalry we shall put the ladies first. The ever popular girls Tuesday night class, after a few time changes, is now running in the 8pm to 9pm time. In addition to the Tuesday night class there is now a new class on Monday morning for the ladies and this will be from 9:30 to 10:30am. What better way to start off the week?

Finally, the main classes. First up, we want to point out that while there are the dedicated women only classes, the rest of the classes are for men and women. Everyone is welcome and while the main classes have traditionally been quite male dominated, the girls are very welcome. Ladies, if you don’t want to come along for the sparring or wrestling classes to begin with, at least take advantage of the more fitness based classes to break yourself in “gently”.

Morning classes are now on 4 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) so for the early risers, get down to the dojo for 6am (or 8:30am on Saturday)  and make the rest of your day seem easy by comparison. These are all fitness, circuits and conditioning classes.  

Evening classes are as before from 8:30 to 10pm on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays and from 6:30 – 8:00pm on Tuesday. There are a few minor changes to the evening classes…  

Monday night: Pads and stand-up technique classes.
No change here and the best way to start a new week.  

Tuesday night:  Karate Jutsu for MMA sparring technique
This is a “new” class which is sparring technique and will run before the ladies class from 6:30 to 8:00. There had previously been a Tuesday night sparring classes that was more for the fighters, but this class is now open to all and will teach you a little more about sparring and how to do it right. For those adults who have been attending the fitness classes or the technique classes but nervous about sparring, well this is a great way to get started and come along and learn how to do it.  

Wednesday night: Grappling
For the last few weeks, Danny has been specifically focused on teaching more techniques and drilling them. The grappling classes can seem tough and daunting, especially for the beginners, but now is a better time than ever to get your ass down on a Wednesday night and start learning what to do when you end up on the ground.  

Thursday night: Gi Night!
For a while Danny has been talking about bringing back the gi and for Thursday nights this will now be happening. We will do a full post about the gi and the gi classes soon, but for now, just come down and try it out. Danny has a few spares in the Dojo for those who want to try it out or you can pick them up in decathlon or Sports Direct for around £20. Don’t buy then £100 ones, there is no need, and you will be all the more gutted if it gets ripped while someone is choking you with it.  

Finally, the main Sunday sparring session which has traditionally run from 4pm to 6pm will be moving to a new morning time of 10am. It will still be the usual two hours of full sparring but means that the older folks can spend more quality time with the family on a Sunday evening and the younger ones will just have to spar with a few Saturday night cobwebs.  

So, new season, new classes, new times. There is something there literally every day and twice a day more often than not. There’s never been a better time to get back into the Dojo and bring along some friends. See you there.