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Martial arts

Kick off the cobwebs and try something new with a martial arts experience.
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What to expect

There are loads of different martial arts to choose from. It’s up to you whether you want to focus on combat and being physical and active or whether personal (or spiritual) development is more your thing. It’s a good idea to do some research before you make a choice to make sure you’ve chosen the right option for you.

What you’ll learn

Most martial arts have a focus on discipline and sticking at it. They’re a great way to get moving and develop your fitness, but you’ll also learn loads about your mental attitude too. Different martial arts mean different things to different people, so you’ll need to give it a go to find out where your martial arts journey will take you.

Fun facts

  • The term ‘martial arts’ comes from the Latin for ‘arts of Mars’, the Roman god of war.
  • The actor who played the original green Power Ranger is a seventh-degree black belt and experienced in at least seven different martial arts.

Handy hints

  • Do your research. There are so many martial arts to choose from: make sure you know what you want to get out of the experience before you decide what’s right for you (and your group).
  • Stay hydrated. Even a quick taster session can work up a sweat. Don’t forget your water bottle.

Safety

You must always:
Joint activities with other organisations:
This activity can be led by you or someone else in Scouts:
  • Acceptable instructor qualifications
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the British Aikido Board
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by British Judo
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the Biritsh Ju-Jitsu Association
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the British Karate Federation
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the British Kendo Association
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the British Sombo Federation
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by British Taekwondo
    • Martial arts - standards and controls laid down by the British Tang Soo Do Federation
You can go to a centre or use an activity leader who is not part of Scouting:
You must find a suitable provider who meets the following requirements :
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Reflection

For most people, martial arts are a great chance to try new things. Everyone’s journey will be different as they have different reasons for choosing different martial arts and different goals. Some people may be fascinated by the history and culture, while others may be driven to perfect their skills or enter competitions. What helped people to decide what they’d like to try? Did they have any goals in mind? Would people like to try another martial art, or would they prefer to stick at the one they’ve tried already?

Martial arts are also a great chance to be active. How did people feel after their first session? People may have felt exhausted or sore, but perhaps they also felt a buzz too. Had anyone tried anything similar to martial arts before? What else did people gain from giving martial arts a go?