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COVID & Classes update (23rd Sept) – PLEASE READ

Posted on: September 23rd, 2020 by David Finch

STAY CALM – STAY SAFE – CLASSES ARE RUNNING

Following on from yesterday’s government announcement I wanted to just update you all and reassure all parents and students about classes.
 
Class are still running
The recent government announcement (22nd Sept) does allow us to continue our classes as long as we continue to monitor the situation and put into practice our COVID-Safe protocols and guidelines. With your help and patience we will continue to provide fun and safe classes for both Instructors and students
 
1 NEW Addition to our COVID Guidelines – WAITING IN CARS
One of the biggest concerns discussed in the government announcement was the congregation of groups. Therefore, from today (23rd Sept) we will insist on all students and parents to wait in their cars until an Instructors signals for you to come in to class. Parents please stay in your cars. Points to note:
  • all students & parents to wait in cars before & during classes
  • there is to be no spectating through windows until further notice
  • if you do not arrive by car please wait at a safe distance from other people that may be waiting
  • new parents will be allowed to accompany their child / children to the door
  • please ensure children know to use the toilet as they come to class (max. 1 x student per toilet at any one time)
  • at the end of the class please stand by your vehicles so the Instructors can send your chid / children to you
** If parents are found to be congregating together we could be fined or closed down **
 
Reminder for all parents & students
  1. Always book you child / children for every class
  2. Arrive early and ready to start (one of the biggest disruptions to classes is late arrivals)
  3. Bring water
  4. Wear appropriate footwear (no flips-flops / crocks / sandals etc)
  5. If you have symptoms please follow the government guidelines and act appropriately
  6. Students are welcome to wear face masks & gloves during classes should they wish
 
What happens if we go into another full lock-down?
We are prepared and we have a plan. If the worst should happen we will notify you all as soon as possible and go straight into our online programme (all details and timetables will be released at the time). Training and learning will continue. This online programme does include the Grading scheduled for 15th November.
 
Thank you for all of your help and patience as we work through this. Together, we will ensure classes remain safe, challenging and fun.
 
Master Finch

CLASSES RUNNING AS NORMAL – COVID update (11th Sept)

Posted on: September 11th, 2020 by David Finch

All classes are still running under COVID safety guidelines

We wanted to update you following the COVID-19 Government Announcement yesterday introducing a new “Rule of 6” to be implemented as of Monday 14th September.  Please rest assured that this guidance does not affect our School or your training in any way. As a COVID-19 secure establishment following strict guidance and protocols, we will not be required to restrict training groups to 6, but rather continue with the strict social distancing rules we currently apply.

To support this, please see below official guidance offered by Sport England which states:

“The Government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue” 

“People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools – classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six”

With this in mind, we remind you that for any parents or guardians that remain either within or outside the venue during lesson time, please make sure you remain in groups of 6 or less.

We will continue to monitor Government guidance as and when it is released in an effort to make sure our School is 100% compliant meaning that both our students and staff are kept as safe as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

ASHFORD CLASSES – change of timetable

Posted on: September 8th, 2020 by David Finch

Change of timetable

From Tuesday, 15th September the new timetable for MF Ashford will be:

  • Mighty Matts – 5:00 – 5:30pm
  • Juniors – 5:45 – 6:30pm

Please remember to book your places each week via the grey “Book Appointment” on our website.

Summer shut-down & well done!: 10th – 16th August

Posted on: August 8th, 2020 by David Finch

Summer shut-down – no classes 10th – 16th August

It has been a very strange and challenging few months and, on reflection, I think we all deserve a good rest both mentally and physically.

I am so proud of the MF Kent family for all that you have achieved since March and all that you have maintained throughout this period.  As we look back at this time this will sere as a very important lesson to us all; that, no matter what challenges lay ahead, if we want to achieve anything in life, sometimes the path will be hard and unknown but if we stick to our values and believe in ourselves we will come through the other side.

A huge thank you to all our students and families for your determination to continue your training and to our wonderful Instructors and Juniors Instructors who have given such a significant amount of time, energy and resources to enable everyone’s Martial Arts journey to continue.

Have a well deserved rest and I cannot wait to return with you all and see what exciting things the latter part of 2020 will bring.

All the best

Master Finch

Maidstone classes returning

Posted on: July 23rd, 2020 by David Finch

Maidstone classes re-starting – 31st July

We are delighted to announce that our MF Maidstone School will be able to re-open from Friday, 31st July.

As with many centres across the UK, difficult decisions have had to be made and sadly Welcome Gym in Maidstone had taken the decision not to hire out their facilities to external parties.  Therefore, we have moved location just 3.5 miles up the road to what will be a better facility long term.

Our new facility is: DITTON COMMUNITY CENTRE, AYLESFORD, ME20 6AHclick here for map

This facility offers:

  • better, safer parking
  • more space for the future once the school starts to grow
  • safer facility for younger students

Our timetable will be very similar:

  • Mighty Matts: 4:30 – 5:00pm
  • Juniors: 5:15 – 6:00pm
  • Black Belt Club: 6:15 – 7:00pm
  • Adults: 7:00 – 8:00pm

As with all our venues all students will need to:

  1. Read the COVID-Safe guidelines for this location (on the “MF Kent Online Training” Facebook group page / this website)
  2. Book your space for every lesson (via this website)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch and, in the meantime, I very much look forward to seeing you all again face-to-face.

Master Finch

CANTERBURY CLASSES – opening 25th July

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 by David Finch

Canterbury Classes are back!

We are delighted to announce that classes in Canterbury will be re-opening from Saturday, 25th July with the following timetable:

SATURDAYS:

  • Mighty Matts: 9:00 – 9:30am
  • Juniors: 9:45 – 10:30am
  • Adults: 10:45 – 11:45am

WEDNESDAYS:

  • Mighty Matts: 6:00 – 6:30pm
  • Juniors: 6:45 – 7:30pm
  • Adults: 7:45 – 8:45pm

For all classes it is absolutely vital that:

  1. You book your space for each week – click here
  2. Students parents read through the safety guidelines available online (Facebook / website etc)

Students who have a twice a week membership will be able to book 2 classes per week if you wish.

Are you looking to return to training?

If you are looking to return to classes with us we would be delighted to see you again.  Please contact Master Finch and we can sort that for you very quickly and easily: kent@mattfiddes.com

Herne Bay – change to Saturday classes

Posted on: July 15th, 2020 by David Finch
HERNE BAY CLASSES – Saturdays
Due to numbers I have made a small tweak to the JUNIOR & ADULT timetable.
From this week (18th July) they will now run as follows:
  • Juniors: 9:45 – 10:30am
  • Adults: 10:45 – 11:30am
You do not need to alter your bookings if you have made them already.
REMEMBER: if your membership is for 2+ classes per week (not including Black Belt Club / Weapons) then you are allowed to book in to 2 classes per week (not on the same day).
The Wednesday timetable will remain as it is for now.
Regards
Master Finch

NEW Timetable starting this week (6th July) – UPDATE

Posted on: July 5th, 2020 by David Finch

We are very excited to be heading into a new phase of our return to classes with the launch of face-to-face class in Herne Bay.  For all the details of these classes please refer to:

  • Previous news posts
  • MF Kent Online Training Facebook group page
  • Log in to this website
  • Your school WhatsApp group

There is one small change to the new timetable – there will no longer be any classes on a Friday on Zoom.

If you have any questions regarding the new timetable please do not hesitate to contact us, but please remember:

You MUST book you classes for Herne Bay

 

COVID Safe Classes – safety video

Posted on: July 1st, 2020 by David Finch

With the exciting news that we will be returning to face-to-face classes from 8th July (in Herne Bay only initially), we have produced a safety video for all students and families to watch so that they are aware of procedures.

You can watch the video by:

  • Logging in to this website and going to the videos section
  • Go to our YouTube channel; click here
  • Go to our Facebook pages – here is a link to our MF Kent Facebook Page;  click here

For all those students who will be attending the classes in Herne Bay please ensure:

  1. You have watched the safety video
  2. You have read the COVID Safe Lessons document (log into this website or go to one of our Facebook pages)
  3. You have booked in online: click here

See you soon!

Master Finch

COVID-19 & Training update – 30th March

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 & Training update – 30th March

After a week of going “live”, here is a little information to keep you updated for the week ahead.

If you would like to see a more in-depth video on how things are progression, please go to the MF Kent Online Training Facebook page and watch Sunday night’s chat with Master Finch.

Here is a brief overview:

  • Firstly, well done for all of your fantastic efforts to continue your training & learning this week – it has been a learning curve for us all.
  • Please see below the timetable for the week
  • There is a small change to the Junior & Adult classes on Tuesday & Thursday this week (15-min later start)
  • We will be trialling a Zoom class at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 31st March for Black Belts (30-min)

Weekly timetable:

Tuesday – classes (MM = 4:30pm, Juniors & Adults = 5:30pm, Black Belts = 6:30pm)

Wednesday – “Workout Wednesday”

Thursday – classes (MM = 4:30pm, Juniors & Adults = 5:30pm

Friday – challenge day

Saturday – classes (MM = 9:30am, Juniors & Adults = 10:15am)

Sunday – Facebook live chat with Master Finch (brief 20-min update and Q&A)

 

*** MF Online Portal – remember, you have access to this 24/7 – click here!

Have fun and stay safe!

Master Finch

 

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