Can I come and watch a lesson?
Yes, you are welcome to watch a lesson if you want, or your first lesson is free so you can take part and try it out.
How does the fee structure work?
Fees are payable on a monthly basis.
After your first free lesson the first month costs £30, this pays for your membership to the UTA and UKITF. Along with your membership comes your insurance.
Fees are then £25 per month thereafter.
The first month is payable by cash or cheque and then by direct debit on the 1st of every month.
We run our classes all through the holidays except the Christmas break when we normally stop for two weeks.
Your monthly payment includes all assessments, certificates and belts, and includes the annual break at Christmas and Bank Holidays. This monthly payment also assures your/your child’s place in the class. There are no refunds on missed classes.
Please do not cancel or amend your direct debit without prior arrangement. Also, please inform us in advance about any foreseen absences (which might necessitate a pause in payment).
Each year you will be required to pay the membership fee, for which a reminder will be sent to you via email.
Do I need any equipment or clothing?
Not initially. All you need to begin with are loose clothing and a water bottle (ideally labelled with your/your child’s name – these are often left behind).
You will need to purchase a UTA/UKITF recognized approved Dobok (uniform) from us. Under the UTA regulations we do not allow any other form of Martial Art Uniform to be worn. There is no need to buy a dobok until you/your child are settled in the class.
How does the Little Dragons attendance card and stickers system work?
Each child will be given an attendance card. At the start of the lesson they will get a coloured circle. The colour depends upon which belt they are working towards – for example, everyone starts as a white belt and is working towards their yellow stripe belt so new starters will get a yellow sticker.
Assessments are carried out in the class the week after the attendance card has been completed. Depending on attendance, it will take approximately six months to achieve.
What about the Little Dragons belts?
There are four belts: Yellow Stripe, Green Stripe, Blue Stripe and Red Stripe.
There are also tags which can be achieved in-between stripes, and these tend to be for our younger Little Dragons so that they are progressing as they should be for their age and capabilities, but also seeing that they moving on as well.
What do the colour of the star stickers mean?
At the end of each lesson your child will receive a star sticker on their attendance card. The colour of the star reflects their behaviour in the class.
Gold – very good. Well behaved, listening, and trying hard with their techniques. This is what we are aiming to achieve each week.
Blue – average. Not bad but could do better.
Green – naughty. For example not listening or talking too much, having been repeatedly told to concentrate.
Red – very naughty. Maybe they have deliberately hit or pushed another child, or are persistently not doing as they are told. Three red stars mean they won’t be able to attend Little Dragons anymore.
Silver – outstanding! Excellent behaviour, concentration and focus throughout the lesson. Silver stars are quite rare but get three (at any point, not just in one attendance card) and your child will earn a special prize.
For the vast majority of the time we give out gold stars but occasionally we do need to give out blue and green stars (and extremely rarely, red).
Children will push the boundaries as a natural part of growing up; this is normal behaviour! (Especially after a few weeks when they become comfortable in the class).
If your child is upset if they receive a blue/green/red star then this is a good thing – it means they care about it and we can work towards improving their behaviour.