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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

Grading Day – 15th November

Posted on: September 21st, 2020 by David Finch

Sunday, 15th November 2020 – GRADING DAY (all levels)

After all the hard work and dedication during COVID 2020 we are delighted to be able to provide this opportunity for our students to be tested. This will be open to all age groups and belt levels (invite only).

Venue: The Canterbury Primary School, Canterbury

Times: tbc

(White – Blue belts will be in the morning and Red-stripes & above will be in the afternoon)

We will release all the necessary details as soon as we have finalised them.  For now, please put this date in your diary.

How do I know if my child has been invited?

Due to the COVID guidelines in place we are unable to award the Black Tag to students to indicate that they have been invited.  Instead we will:

  1. Tell the students in class
  2. Send a follow-up text direct to parents / guardians

What is the schedule for the day?

We will release timings as soon as we have confirmed them.  The day will run slightly differently due to the safety measures we will have in place, all of which will be explained in due course.

Do I have to register my son / daughter / myself for the Grading?

If you have been invited (i.e. told in class and received the text) you will be given all the details of what to do and how to do it.  Once invited, you will need to confirm your place by paying online – details to be given out soon.

Do I need to complete any paperwork / homework?

Our younger students will still need to complete their homework to be considered for the Grading.  This must be sent via e-mail to us.  Again, more details will be given soon to those students who have been invited.

You will not need / be allowed to hand in any paperwork on the day.  For the application form you will simply need to read it.  By paying online you are confirming that you have read and understood all the relevant details concerning the Grading.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me (kent@mattfiddes.com) and in the meantime – practice, practice and practice some more.

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.

Online 1-2-1 Training

Posted on: August 20th, 2020 by David Finch

Online 1-2-1 Training – starting 1st September 

If you would like to supplement your Martial Arts training with a little extra then these online 1-2-1 sessions will be ideal for you.  You can book single sessions or get a discount when booking for 5 or 10 sessions in advance.

All the prices, terms and conditions are available to download from;

  • this website (you must log on first)
  • from our “MF Kent Members & Online Training” group page (in the “files” section) – click here

Please be sure to read the terms & conditions first and if you have any questions please do get in touch.

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

Launch of NEW syllabus and online curriculum videos

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by David Finch

NEW MF Syllabus coming soon!

We are very excited to be launching the brand new MF syllabus for all ages.  Some students may have noticed a few extra drills and / or techniques being taught these last two weeks and this is the start.

We will be explaining more to all students as we embark on this after the week break but the most important thing to note is that this is a very exciting change but one that will not disrupt a student’s learning or progression.

New syllabus now available online

The new syllabus has been filmed for all age groups and is now available to purchase online.  As well as the syllabus, this new online membership will be an ever-growing library of videos to help a students Martial Arts journey.  The options for you are:

1. BASIC PACKAGE: (£4.99/mth OR £45.00/yr) – click here

  • Mighty Matt curriculum
  • Junior & Adult curriculum
  • Black Belt curriculum
  • Additional videos for home training & learning

2. LEADERSHIP / WEAPONS PACKAGE (£6.99/mth / OR £65.00/yr) – click here

  • Mighty Matt curriculum
  • Junior & Adult curriculum
  • Black Belt curriculum
  • Additional videos for home training & learning
  • Extra training videos exclusively for Leadership  Weapons students

FAQ’s

What will happen to the free MF Online membership?

  • This will still be available however the content will be reduced over August.  The free package will not contain the new MF syllabus.

Do we have to purchase both packages if we train in both programmes?

  • No. The Leadership / Weapons Package contains everything that the Basic Package has and more.

Do we have to purchase a package for each family member?

  • No. One package is for the whole family to enjoy.

 

 

Important update from Master Finch (3rd Aug)

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by David Finch

3rd August update from Master Finch

You can now view the weekly update from 3rd August either on our YouTube channel (click here), on our “MF Kent Members & Online Training” Facebook Group page or by logging on to this website.

Here is a bullet point summary:

  • Classes are going well now we are face-to-face
  • No classes next week (10th – 16th Aug)
  • Reminder about booking for EVERY class and for every family
  • Online colour-belt Grading; 30th Aug
  • Launch of a NEW syllabus for all age groups
  • Brand new syllabus available to purchase online – click here
  • This is the last weekly update (unless something very important arises).  Communication will continue via:
  1. This website
  2. WhatsApp group for each school location
  3. Facebook group pages for each location
  4. Private Facebook group for members; “MF Kent Members & Online Training”

 

NEW Timetable – 27th July onward

Posted on: July 27th, 2020 by David Finch

The new updated timetable is available to view via:

  • Logging into the website
  • MF Kent Online Training Facebook group page

Please note the following:

  • ASHFORD CLASSES – Tuesdays
  • CANTERBURY CLASSES – Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • MAIDSTONE / AYLESFORD CLASSES – Fridays
  • STAPLEHURST CLASSES – starting 20th August
  • ZOOM CLASSES – will continue on Tuesdays & Thursdays until 13th August
  • SUMMER SHUT-DOWN – there are no classes from 10th – 16th August incl.

 

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

 

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