Some exciting news – 1-2-1 training coming soon

Posted on: March 20th, 2020 by David Finch

1-2-1 Training : COMING SOON!

As you know, due to the challenges facing us all regarding COVID-19, after Friday, 20th March, all of our training is going online.  This will have some very exciting benefits for you all and will add to your Martial Arts knowledge and development.

As part of this new service we will now be offering exclusive, NEW 1-2-1 training with our MF Kent members.

More details will be coming out over the next few days, but for now, here some details for you all:

  • sessions will be available from Monday, 6th April onwards
  • if regulations and safety concerns allow, we will run sessions from a hall facility (there will be strict health guidelines put in place)
  • if we are unable to train face-to-face we will have sessions on the group meeting app: Zoom
  • sessions will be 30-min (all ages)
  • individual / families welcome
  • there will be a limited number of sessions per student per month
  • sessions will either be with myself or one of the MF Kent Team

I hope you are all staying safe and well and are looking forward to this new chapter in your Martial Arts journey.

All the very best and I will see you all online very soon.

Master Finch

 

COVID-19 update (19th March) – School closures

Posted on: March 19th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 update, 19th March

SCHOOL CLOSURES – Classes postponed after Friday, 20th March

Due to the Governments decision yesterday to close school, the MF Organisation have taken the decision to stop face-to-face teaching after FRIDAY, 20TH MARCH.  We will monitor the situation on a daily basis and keep you all informed as to the duration and when we will be back in the hall.

*** Does this mean my training stops? NO – we have plenty for you to do!

ONLINE PORTAL: There will be an on-line portal available from next week which will contain (link to be sent out soon):

  • curriculum DVD
  • videos of training aids / hints and tips
  • fitness ideas and challenges
  • challenges
  • homework and life-skills for the younger ones
  • lesson plans for you to follow

MF KENT ONLINE TRAINING FACEBOOK GROUP: We have set up a private MF Kent Online Training Facebook group (click to join). If you have not done so already please join and share it with as many members as you possibly can.  We aim to stream live classes for members from next week at the same times as the normal timetable.

SCHOOL WHATSAPP GROUPS: As well as the usual bulk text system we use, we have also set up school WhatsApp Groups to keep the lines of communication quick and open.  If you have not been added and feel you should be please e-mail Master Finch: kent@mattfiddes.com

LESSON PLANS: We will be developing lesson plans for you to follow at home.

PERSONALISED LESSON PLANS: These can be tailored so that if you want an individualised one you can have one.

*** What happens when we return?

As well as maintaining the online support for you all we will also put in place:

  • Extended class times
  • Free, large seminars for all ages
  • No summer shut-down

We appreciate this is a challenging time and our thoughts and efforts must firstly go out to those in need, the vulnerable and those at the front line keeping us safe.  Thank you for all of your amazing support now and in the future and I look forward to seeing you online so be sure to clear out those living rooms!

See you all soon.

Master Finch

COVID-19 update – Broomfield Classes

Posted on: March 18th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 update (18th March) – Broomfield Classes

Due to the current challenges we all now face, Broomfield Church Hall have taken the decision to close to all external lettings.  This is effective immediately.

All our other classes are continuing as normal so do feel free to attend when and where you can:

TUESDAY – Herne Bay

  • Mighty Matts – 4:15pm
  • Family – 5:00pm

WEDNESDAY – Canterbury

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

SUNDAY – Canterbury

  • Mighty Matts – 4:30pm
  • Juniors – 5:15pm
  • Adults – 7pm

Please watch this space for lots of ideas and things we are putting in place to continue your training no matter where you are as well as everything arranged to make up for any missed classes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

Master Finch

COVID-19 Update – Upcoming Grading Postponed

Posted on: March 18th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 Update

Ref; the upcoming Grading on 29th March 2020 – POSTPONED

Due to the current situation and the large numbers of students and families who would have attended we have taken the decision to postpone the upcoming Grading on Sunday, 29th March.

We have re-scheduled this for the weekend of 9th May 2020 (Canterbury).  We will confirm whether it is a Saturday / Sunday for you / your children.

Please note that we are having to monitor events daily and so this may change but we will keep you all posted.

KEEP TRAINING – this is important.  You have all worked so hard this year and it is important to maintain what you have accomplished.  May will come around very quickly and we want to be ready.

At this moment in time classes are continuing as normal but please do make note of the actions being putting in place:

  • All students must wash their hands before class.
  • Parents etc must wait outside the hall during the class to reduce numbers.  Please just drop-off and pick-up.
  • All students are to wait outside (in a safe dry place) until the hall has been emptied of the previous class.
  • If you / family members show any symptoms of COVID-19 or just feel unwell please do not come to class.

Thank you for your patience and understand during this challenging time.

Master Finch

COVID-19 – update (17th March, 12pm)

Posted on: March 17th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 update – 17th March (12pm)

Good afternoon parents, guardians, students and friends,

At this challenging time I firstly would like to wish you all the very best and hope that life has not been too disrupted.  Understandably, we have been inundated with questions regarding classes, training and the upcoming Grading on 29th March.

We are constantly reviewing the situation and advice on an hourly basis as well as speaking daily with venues and schools and aim to keep you all informed should anything change.  For the moment, all classes and events will continue as normal this week however, this could change and we are prepared for that.  That being said, we will be implementing the following:

  • All students MUST wash their hands before the start of class.
  • We will only allow those students training in the room.  All parents / guardians / friends must wait outside or in your cars to limit the number of people in one space.
  • We will ask all students waiting for class to wait outside until the class before has left – again, to limit the number of people in one space.
  • If you or anyone in your household display any symptoms or generally feel unwell, please do not come to class.

We are putting plans in place should we be forced to close classes and will keep you all informed should this be necessary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this challenging time.

Master Finch

Grading day (29th March) – new venue

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by David Finch

Grading Day – Sunday, 29th March 2020

*** CHANGE OF VENUE ***

Due to the number of students attending the Grading on Sunday, 29th March we have changed the venue slightly.  Instead of being at the Primary School, we will be hosting the Grading at the Canterbury High School in the main school hall (look out for signs and flags).

Here is a link to the school.

All times are as advertised – please arrive in plenty of time.

Coronavirus advice

Posted on: March 13th, 2020 by David Finch

COVID-19 Letter

Thursday, 5th March – no classes

Posted on: March 3rd, 2020 by David Finch
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Thursday, 5th March 2020

REMINDER – there are no classes this week due to the school being used.

We will start tag-testing next week (12th March).

Practice – practice – practice

Tag-testing starts this week

Posted on: March 3rd, 2020 by David Finch

We will start tag-testing this week for the upcoming grading day on Sunday, 29th March.

As always, if we feel a student is ready to move up to the next level we will add a black tag to their belt and issue a grading letter.  Please do not worry if your son / daughter does not receive a tag.  We have plenty of time for you to practice at home or they may just need a little extra time.

Here are the details of the grading day:

  • Sunday, 29th March 2020
  • Canterbury Primary School, Canterbury
  • Mighty Matts – 9:30am (start)
  • Juniors & Adults – 10:15am (start)
  • Panel Grading – 12:00 – 3:00pm (for red-stripe – deputy black students only)

Half-term classes

Posted on: February 15th, 2020 by David Finch
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All classes will be running as usual this week during this half term.

If you are away, have a lovely half-term and we look forward to seeing you all back in class ready to work hard towards the Grading in March (29th, Canterbury) and the South-East Championships (26th April, Burgess Hill).

Staplehurst Classes (20th Feb)

  • Mighty Matts & Juniors – 4:00pm
  • Seniors – 5:00pm (class will be in the large sports hall)
  • Black Belt Class – 5:45 – 6:30pm

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