FAQ

Class Timetable

Tuesday: 14+ @ Close Combat HQ.

Arrival time:

18:15

Warm-Up:

18:30

Padwork

18:40

Grappling

19:10

Free Time

19:40

Finish

20:30

Thursday: 14+@ Close Combat HQ.

Arrival time:

18:15

Warm-Up:

18:30

Padwork

18:40

Grappling

19:10

Free Time

19:40

Finish

20:30

Saturday: 11-16 +Family @ Close Combat HQ.

Arrival time:

10:45

Warm-Up:

11:00

Padwork

11:10

Grappling

11:40

Free Time

12:10

Finish

13:00

Based on size and strength, we usually put the bigger boys (14+) in Tuesday and Thursdays classes. Saturdays are for younger/smaller boys and girls up to 16+


How do I join?

Students will need to complete the club forms here before being accepted to join one of our group sessions.

Students may be placed on a waiting list until a place becomes available, at which time students will be invited to attend a free trial lesson.


How much are the classes?

Lessons are £40 a month, payable via the website store as a recurring card payment through PayPal here:

Monthly Lesson Subscription

An account is not necessary as card payments are accepted without an account.

Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time with no fuss, just simply request for the subscription to end if you no longer wish to continue to train, or with an account, you can cancel the subscription yourself if you prefer.

Some students wish to train 2 lessons a week and if so, a second subscription can be set up to reserve a place in another class. We have limited places in our classes so subscriptions reserve those places.


Club membership?

Before your free trial lesson, using the information provided on the student forms, you will be signed up for 28 days of free insurance, after which you will have to pay the annual membership fee of £35, which includes insurance and membership to BMABA, a white grade t-shirt and a white belt. This is a separate yearly subscription.

During your 28 days, free insurance period students can pay £10 per session, but students who wish to continue are required to pay BMABA club membership (described below) at which point it is prefered that students pay a subscription of £40 a month via the website shop.

(Prices may change in the future subject to inflation and club running costs).


What do I wear?

Shorts and a T-shirt. socks or bare feet. And any joint supports you may need. You’ll get a white grade T-shirt when you pay for your membership and you’ll be given a new t-shirt to represent your grade level after your grading, but duplicates will also be available for purchase in the online store for your grade level if required at some point in the future.

No jewellery or watches are allowed to be worn during training. Long hair must be tied up preferably in a tight bun, tight plats or french plats.


Glasses or contacts?

No glasses or contacts should be worn during training, mildly short sited people should train to fight without vision enhancement anyway, but if you have really poor eyesight, you can speak to your optician to discuss the options, there are sports glasses/goggles available, designed for your protection.


How much is the Close Combat clothing?

The Close Combat t-shirt appropriate for your grade level will be included in your membership/grading fee, but if you lose or damage your t-shirt or wish to buy additional spares, they can be replaced for £15 in our store. Other clothing and products will also be available in the store in future.


What else should I bring to lessons?

Students should always bring:

  • Bottle of water.
  • Small towel.
  • Club Tshirt (if a member)
  • Your own training equipment (if you have it)*
  • Gum Shield (Get one ASAP, we have them on sale)
  • Groin Guard (get one ASAP)
  • Joint supports (if you need them)
  • A hairband if you have long hair

*We have basic gloves and pads for beginners to use, but, as with most contact martial arts clubs, students should aim to purchase their own gear, most students will start with their own boxing gloves, hand wraps, shin/instep guards and gum shield and groin protection, but also knee, elbow, wrist and ankle supports if required, some students even prefer to purchase their own air focus pads. All of which will be available for purchase on our online store in the future.

Students won’t be able to make the most of training as they advance through the grades without the correct equipment, so we have instated a required equipment system that runs alongside the grading system to ensure that all students have what they need as a minimum requirement at the right level.

Advice can be given about equipment if required, recommended equipment is purchased from Adidas, Blitz or RDX Sports, or our own CCMA branded products in the online store. Please consult us before purchasing equipment as we can provide advice and help to pick our decent quality gear and I know about the many flaws in a lot of the products on the market.


How often do I need to train?

We follow a tight syllabus, so it is recommended that you attend and train at least once a week on the same night, otherwise you will miss important lessons and have gaps in your knowledge which will affect your grading.  If lessons are missed, students will most likely have to cycle through the grade again, but it is better to attend all primary lessons throughout the syllabus when possible. Attending twice a week (subject to availability) will help you obtain the skills quicker to work towards grading.


Who is allowed to train?

Respectable and friendly adults  (18+) are always welcome, under 18’s need to be mature enough to fit into the class and show respect We have 2 14+ classes with mostly adults and a 12-16+Family group for younger teens. I usually have older teen boys in the adults class, but younger boys and teen girls do well in the Saturday class.

Anyone with disabilities or health problems can train, as long as they consult their doctor and inform our instructors and admin team of any risks to health, or issues that affect fitness on the Health and Fitness Form provided, these will need to be updated as and when any new health concerns arise, we reserve the right to refuse to train anyone on medical grounds if the risk to health is too great.


Do you have gradings?

We have a grading system that goes through 10 grades from white to black, we train skills individually and then combine them dynamically as we work through the syllabus towards the next level grade colour, and each grade colour represents a student’s ability based on a certain number of skills learnt, but also mastering previous skills from lower grades. Students move up through the grades when they reach the required competency for each skill for their level in the syllabus, we maintain a record of students’ individual progress on our computer system and students can display their grades on their club t-shirts and belts provided at the time of grading.

Gradings run on Saturdays after the morning class from 1:15 pm until 3:30 pm and are scheduled as and when students are ready and have an appropriate partner to grade with. The grading fee is £30 which covers the cost of the grading itself, the new graded T-shirt, new belt and certification.

A more in-depth look at the Close Combat grading system and the syllabus can be found on the grading page available in the top menu.


Do you do courses or seminars?

No! we run a long term, continuous, comprehensive striking and grappling MMA syllabus. We will also run regular gradings for different grades on Saturdays.


If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01590 670795 / 07858 908164, or you could visit us on Facebook or send us an email on the Contact Us page.