Safety is our number one concern as a martial arts school. It’s our job to make sure that not only students get a great experience, but also that they don’t get hurt while doing it. It’s for that reason we have several safeguards in place to prevent our students from getting hurt.
We use Zebra Mats in our school to protect our students during their training. Used even at the olympic level, zebra mats have been known to last more than a decade without too much wear and tear. Training on carpet and concrete might be great if your old school, but we want to keep training long into our golden years. Even instructors teaching on the mat say their backs hurt less while they are on the mat teaching just from the support. These are truly the best martial arts mats money can buy. This is what you deserve when you learn self defense 4S Ranch and RB Families!
Students who are 7 and up are required to purchase safety gear. We do this for a few reasons. One of them is safety, we have some gear that we clean regularly but we don’t think it is very hygienic for students to share gear after Covid-19. The second reason is we want them to get used to making contact as early as possible. Not hard contact, but enough that the student gets used to the feeling. We want to break that mental barrier that makes students feel like it isn’t okay to hit someone. We ask for headgear, shin pads and gloves. Unless you are on the competition team and compete in point sparring, light 4oz gloves won’t cut it.We want something heavier to protect kids than the typical gear used in karate Rancho Bernardo and 4S kids often use.
Students need to learn that there is a difference between getting hit and getting hurt. Oftentimes students who start training complain that they got hurt when they really just got hit, felt some unpleasant sensation, and it really didn’t damage them at all. It’s that kind of mentality we need to train out of them with contact. We don’t want them to have that reaction when they are defending themselves. We need them to know when someone hits them that they can handle it and be okay.