We share your concern - child obesity is an enormous problem throughout the world, and the epidemic is only set to get worse. Martial Arts provides a great all over body workout, forcing participants to use muscles that are rarely exercised.

Yes we understand that social skills is a crucial aspect of childhood and a lack of it can really show and affect the child as they grow older. Martial Arts, with its team work and skill sharing, is one of the activities that encourages and promotes this in a healthy way.

Team work is something required in school, the workplace and everyday life. Martial Arts is impossible without effective team work, enabling them to develop necessary skills in a supportive fun environment.

Many kids suffer from lack of self esteem, however confident they may appear. Martial Arts is rewarding in every sense, and awards and competitions will help to boost their self-esteem and confidence.

With discipline being such a leading factor in Martial Arts it is easy for this routine to cross over into everyday life, ensuring better practices and attitude when dealing with all manner of situations.

The modern world presents many problems for concentration and focus, with distractions everywhere. Each session of Martial Arts will improve your child's focus incrementally as they are motivated to learn something new and different - this will require lengthy concentration.

Getting children to understand the notion of respect for others and their elders is no easy task, but Martial Arts certainly helps, emphasising its value.

Martial Arts is one of the few sports that requires as much listening and paying attention as it does physical activity. Martial Arts is all about self-improvement and growing within the sport, and so target setting and achieving goals plays a big part. With discipline being such a leading factor in Martial Arts it is easy for this routine to cross over into everyday life, ensuring better practices and attitude when dealing with all manner of situations.

Soo Bahk Do is an excellent form of exercise - scientific studies have proven that adults who take part have better stamina, strength, flexibility and muscle endurance.

Soo Bahk Do is a fun way of staying in shape - adults who take up our Art have less body fat than those with a more sedentary lifestyle.

Martial Arts in particular Soo Bahk Do is one of the few physical activities that all the Family can enjoy together it’s a wonderful way for parents to spend more time with their partner and/or their children.

Those who take up Soo Bahk Do can use their confidence and awareness of their surroundings as well as, if necessary, their balance, agility and skills to avoid physical confrontations by quickly recognising potentially problematic situations and preventing them from escalating.

Training in Soo Bahk Do will help to reduce stress and lessen tension by giving an opportunity to relieve the anxiety which has built up during day to day life.

Forget social networks and text messaging - training in Martial Arts develops focus and improves levels of concentration through its set tempo and exercises in-cooperating focus and breath control.

We find most people have reservations about taking up an activity - a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step - what we found it that physical coordination tends to improve rapidly in adults who take up Soo Bahk Do.

Yes we do - Here it is; McKinstry Family Martial Arts acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and UK Soo Bahk Do World Moo Duk Kwan Federation requirements. The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children • have a positive and enjoyable experience of Martial Arts at McKinstry Family Martial Arts in a safe and child centred environment. • are protected from abuse whilst participating in Soo Bahk Do (our Martial Art) or outside of the activity. • McKinstry Family Martial Arts acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare. As part of our safeguarding policy McKinstry Family Martial Arts will • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in McKinstry Family Martial Arts. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in exclusion from the organisation. Monitoring The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances: • changes in legislation and/or government guidance • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and World Moo Duk Kwan. • as a result of any other significant change or event. Last Reviewed September 2018

Outline safeguarding reporting system is available for inspection in reception along with our complaints process and codes of conduct.

Yes we do - Here it is; Safeguarding in Martial Arts: Safe Practice Martial Arts are activities where safe practice is essential to help prevent injury. Children* are particularly vulnerable as they are still developing mentally and physically, so training methods need to be modified as described below. (*also includes Adults at Risk) 1. Warm Ups All activities should first include a thorough warm up which is appropriate for the activity taking place. To help reduce the risk of injury, specific attention should be paid to those muscle groups that will be used during later activity. 2. Techniques involving throwing, grappling and strangling The risks include but are not limited to: falling on unsuitable surfaces; landing on the head; damage to the joints from locks; strangulation. Safe practice should include, but is not limited to: (a) Checking the matted area for suitability, particularly where the mats have been joined. (b) Checking that there are no hard surfaces or sharp/hard objects around the matted area. (c) Having an experience instructor who will ensure that children are not taught to use locks, throws or strangles which will cause injury. (d) We adopt a tap out process where it is understood to release pressure once one training partner taps out 3. Techniques involving strikes, punches and kicks The risks include but are not limited to: concussion (brain injury) from heavy blows to the head; damage to internal organs and joints from heavy blows; injury from inappropriate stretching and other exercises. (a) - Most Techniques are taught as none contact – contact is only allowed when students are 14yrs and over - Head contact is discouraged and only permitted with controlled light contact, no follow through - Head Guard and sparring gloves to be worn by in-experienced students engaging in sparring or in competition? - If sparring is part of a competition students will be classed in accordance with age, gender and height/weight categories. - Competition will be conducted as per federation rules with a referee, corner judges a timekeeper and recorder - Competition sparring will be conducted on 20mm matting - For any head injury the student will be removed from competition and closely supervised for any signs of concussion. - All instructors are trained in concussion awareness. (b) We will avoid excessive stretching and exercises such as press-ups on the knuckles or hitting heavy bags; we are aware the joints of children are still developing and can be damaged by these exercises. 4. Techniques involving weapons (a) No live blades (sharp or otherwise) in the training hall when children are present (b) Safe protocols for the use of training weapons by children include use of soft weapons only and head guards. (c) Good supervision at all times by Instructors

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