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Martial Arts FAQs

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What types or martial arts are available? 

Martial arts are various sports, which originated in countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. Martial arts are all about respect, and not just about kicks, punches and throws. They are traditionally used as forms of self-defence, but also develop plenty of skill, self-discipline, self-confidence and fitness. The martial arts recognised by Sport England are:

Where can I find a club?

Most of the National Governing Bodies listed have a ‘find a club’ page or a general enquiries contact number or email listed on their website.

What happens if I don't use an NGB approved club?

All martial arts must be carried out using the standards and controls laid down by the appropriate National Governing Body. The easiest way to make sure you meet the standards and controls is by using a NGB approved club.

If your club is not recognised by a NGB, then unfortunately there is no way of confirming it is operating to the standards of the relevant NGB, so must not be used.

Can adult members participate with young people? 

Yes, but please remember the yellow card rules about physical contact and be mindful of the way in which the group will participate. This should also be considered for joint Explorer Scout and Scout Network events. 

Martial arts appear to be about physical contact and fighting. Is that allowed? 

Although evolved from ancient fighting techniques; modern martial arts are not taught to deliberately injure. The training focuses on self-discipline and self-defence.