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Make Universal Martial Arts your preferred martial arts studio in the Newcastle area.

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When it comes to picking up martial arts for the first time, it can be hard to work out where to begin. The team at Universal Martial Arts aims to be supportive, and help you unlock your potential below you can find answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you can't see an answer to your questions, our friendly team will be happy to help.

We offer a range of adult and children's classes from our centre in Newcastle. Visit today, or get in touch to learn more about us.

  • What age groups do you teach?
    There is a 4-6 year old class called Little Dragons. After graduating from there, the Kids/Advanced Kids/Junior Boxing classes will teach anyone aged 7-13. Anyone aged 14+ will be enrolled into our adults classes.
  • Do you have to have done a martial art before?
    No! Not at all. We have a range of lessons from beginner to advanced. Once you have tried our lessons, we will agree on the best level for you to start at.
  • What can I wear to train?
    Initially, anything you feel comfortable in. Ideally your outfit should allow for a range of movement, so t-shirts and shorts/leggings are generally a good choice. However, we do offer a uniform for those who would like to become long-term members.
  • How often can I train?
    As many times as your payment scheme allows, from the lessons available Monday to Saturday. We recommend 2 or 3 lessons each week. Usually within a certain class type (e.g. Little Dragons) you are free to attend any of the available sessions. This flexibility may vary between instructors, but generally, unless it's your first time, booking ahead or attending a session on a specific day each week is not necessary.
  • When are the classes?
    There is a list of classes on our timetables page, where the timetable can be viewed.
  • Do I need special equipment?
    For most classes, the only personal equipment used is boxing gloves. These can be borrowed from us, or if you wish to buy a pair of your own, we also offer pairs for purchase. The type of gloves required may vary between disciplines. In the sparring/sport sword classes, there will be pads/visors/padded swords used. Again, if you wish to take part in these classes all of this equipment can be initially borrowed (except gum shields). Later if you want to purchase your own sets of these items, you can get them from us.
  • What are 'forms'?
    Forms are set sequences of moves that are part of the curriculum in the Kids and Advanced Kids classes; they are used to demonstrate good technique. In the time before a belt test (~1 month away) the class is tested on their form. If they know it well enough then they are 'tagged' and can take part in the belt test. This is done so that if the belt tester is nervous during the actual belt test and don't perform their best, then there is indication that they have performed it to the correct standard previously. Those who do forms must have completed the form and been tagged in order to take part in a belt test. When your child first joins, the rest of the class may be halfway through learning a form - this is fine, they don't need to start learning it immediately. However, after each belt test the class will start learning a new form from scratch, and at this point, if they haven't already, they can start learning the form with them.
  • What are belt tests?
    For the kickboxing and karate classes, you can choose to take part in belt tests. Belt tests occur every three months and allow you or your child to progress through the different belts, with an end goal of reaching black belt. In order to partake in belt tests, the participant must have: Attended at least 21 classes between the current test and the last Completed the karate form for their class and been tagged (Kids and Advanced Kids only) Completed and handed in the paper form (forms can be handed in up to and on the day of testing) If they have fulfilled this criteria then the participant will take part in the test, which is a longer session than usual, and will aim to demonstrate progress in all the areas they have covered during classes (boxing, kicks, mixed combinations, fitness, etc.). At the end of the test, provided they have shown commitment and tried their best, they will be awarded with the next belt. Belt tests usually take place at these times (times may be subject to change): Little Dragons - Saturday 10:00am Kids - Saturday 11:30am Advanced Kids - Saturday 1:30pm Beginners Adults - Thursday 6:40pm Advanced Adults - Sunday 10:00am
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