10 Days to go!!!

With only 10 days to go until Launch Lesson, I wanted to write a quick article reminding everyone who has booked their spot of the basic info and how they can get in contact if there are any unanswered questions.

Friday: Pennington Guide Hut.

Adult (18+) Class: 6.00pm – 7:30pm

Reflex Development: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Launch Lesson is free!!  But each session after that is:

£5 for members

£7 for non-members

If attending both sessions, reflex development is at a reduced price:

£2 for members

£3 for non-members

Otherwise it is the normal session price.


Contact Details:

You can send me an email via the contact us page, or email me directly at closecombatives@gmail.com, you can message the facebook page or message me directly on facebook, or you could call me on my land line: 01590 670795, or mobile: 07858 908 164.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching the 3 video blogs about the Grading Page, located on the News and Blog page and check out the FAQ page for general frequently asked questions.

Cheers everyone!! See you in 10 days.

Vlog 2 Grades on the Grading Page!

Vlog 2 for Close Combat Self Defence looks at the Grading page on the website, describing the grades and how to achieve them, I have had to edit this and reupload it in 2 separate video’s, as I’ve just changed the syllabus schedule which will come in a separate Vlog, I also talk a lot about there being 2 separate grade classes in this video, but these classes are going to be all in one for the time being until such time as we need to separate the grades.

10th FEBRUARY LAUNCH: Things to know…

As students who have booked your spot for the launch lesson on 10th of February, you may have already been checking out the website and be aware of this information, but I thought I’d create this article to make sure everyone knows what they need too before the first lesson.


We have recently updated the pricing system for membership and lesson fees which everyone should be aware of, the first lesson is free for all new students, so this isn’t an issue for the launch lesson on the 10th of February.

Each lesson will normally be £5 for members and £7 for non members for the first session from 6pm to 7:30pm after the initial trial lesson.

We have decided to have the hall for an additional hour straight away, this advanced lesson will be for reflex development and combat simulation, we have also decided to open this lesson up to all students until we have a distinct need to separate grades as the club develops. This advanced class will be an additional discounted price of £2 for members and £3 for non members who attend the first class. Although as this is launch night, we are going to let new students try this additional reflex development class for FREE .

Membership is £30 for the first year and includes various benefits, more details of which can be found on the FAQ page, membership renewal is £15 due before 1st of April each year.


The lesson warm up will be starting at exactly 6pm, this means that new students will need to arrive at 5:45pm to prepare everything before the lesson starts, to fill out the health and fitness forms and run through the health and safety brief, this will usually be the time to pay, but as its the launch lesson and everyone gets a free trial, no one will be paying this time, but in the following weeks, students are asked to arrive 5-10 minutes early to make sure payment is out of the way and everyone is prepared for the 6pm start time, the admin team will always be there at 5:45pm to make sure the venue is prepared for training.


Students should arrive in appropriate clothing, there are not appropriate changing facilities, a t-shirt and jogging bottoms will do the trick, knee length shorts are fine too, anything you would wear for other sports or exercise like yoga, boxing or MMA is acceptable as long as it doesn’t have zips. If its raining and you are walking to the venue, an outer waterproof layer should be worn to make sure your training cloths stay dry, training in wet clothes is uncomfortable for yourself and your fellow students.


As it may be quite wet and muddy outside especially in the winter months, bringing a change of clean and dry trainers is probably the best option, there is a risk of puddles creating a slip hazard in the training hall, also our training mats are quite expensive and students must wear appropriate and clean footwear or go bare foot whilst training on them, especially as we will be doing ground work in the second half of most lessons and students wont want wet, muddy patches on the mats whilst rolling on them.


Its very important to turn up clean and ready to train, take a quick shower, use some deodorant and brush your teeth before coming to each lesson, nails should be cut short and filed to keep the risk of accidental scratching to a minimum, clothing should be clean too, we will be training in close proximity to one another and it is a mark of respect to your fellow students to make sure you are clean and tidy.  If you are prone to heavy sweating, it is advised to bring your own towel and possibly a change of t-shirt if you consider it necessary.


It is vital that long hair be appropriately tied up for each lesson, preferably in a bun so that loose hair does not get in the face of your training partner or accidentally flick someone in the eye, if a student forgets to put their hair up, please speak to Leighann who will have a pack of brand new hair bands available, although it is preferred that you remember your own.


No jewellery or watches are allowed to be worn during training, it is a health and safety risk and can also damage club equipment.


It is very important that mobile phones be put on silent for the duration of the lesson, if for any reason you need to be able to hear your phone, then please have a chat with David or Leighann and we will inform the class that it may occur and apologise in advance, but in most cases it is an unwanted distraction that wastes lesson time for yourself and the other students.


I have only allowed for 10 spaces for the launch lesson, this is to keep the class manageable and for health and safety purposes while we get set up, until such time as I think its okay to open up more slots for other students based on health and safety, other instructors etc. We have a waiting list, so if for any reason you can’t attend the launch lesson or no longer wish to come, then please let us know as soon as possible, so that another student can fill the place.

I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to meeting some new faces, we have a great, all inclusive self defence syllabus for you, that I’m very proud to say isn’t available anywhere else in the local area, you would have to go much further afield and attend multiple martial arts clubs to learn what we have on offer and I look forward to helping people improve their fitness, learn new skills and increase their confidence as we all learn together in a fun and social training environment.

If there are any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or you can refer to the FAQ and Grading pages for more information.

Important Announcement: First Venue Confirmed!

We have confirmed our first venue, we have taken a Friday night slot from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm at the Guide Hut in Pennington, starting 10th February and the first lesson will be FREE.

I don’t want to start too big, so I’m going to offer 10 PLACES to start with and then expand from there, depending on the skill levels of students, if and when I get assistant instructors and how the club develops.

We already have 5 confirmed students who have booked their slots, please get in contact to register your interest and confirm a slot, either by using the Contact Us page, calling us on either of the numbers at the top of the site, or sending us a message on Facebook.

Visit the FAQ page or send us a message if you have any further questions.

Its not going to be on the intended Tuesday, which is a shame as a few people won’t be able to make it, I am still in talks with a couple of places to try and secure a Tuesday night venue.

I know I said we were going to start in January, but its been far more difficult to get a venue than I thought, nonetheless we have a venue and can get started, I’ve tried to pick reasonable times so that people can have a light meal beforehand and can still go out after if they chose to, it is Friday night after all.

Those detail again:

Venue: Pennington Guide Hut.

Day: Friday.

Date: 10th February.

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

Video: Rolling with the Opposite Sex (Featuring Rener and Eve Gracie)

The Gracie’s are such an inspiration and have taught me so much from afar, not just Jujitsu, but how to teach and things to look out for as an instructor, this video is particularly good as it deals with the awkwardness between women and men in a training environment, as well as many other things and has given me a lot to think about in the future as Close Combat develops, especially as I’ll be teaching the basic Jujitsu self defence combatives , but it also applies to other area’s of training.