Our Martial Arts Programmes At Matt Fiddes Oxfordshire
Our Mighty Matts programme is specially designed to introduce young children aged from 3 to 6 years to the fun and lessons that come from martial arts. Our goal is to nurture these young people in a safe environment and allow their characters and abilities to develop.
We believe that it is only proper to teach such young children in their own dedicated class without the distractions of older children. We want to give them the best possible martial arts education, support and care. We also believe that the early years are the most important, and if you get them to understand the right values at this age you will set them up for life.
We teach the children how to develop respect and confidence, learn how to avoid strangers, and pick up basic self-defence, how to avoid dangerous situations, and how to defeat a bully without fighting.
Parents of the children in our Mighty Matt's classes tell us what great changes we make to the lives of these children. To find out why contact us and come and see a Mighty Matts class in action and talk parents about what their children get from the classes.
Classes are 45 minutes long and our instructors are especially trained to teach children of this age group.
All of our confidence building exercises help to develop hand/eye coordination and motor skills. Through our philosophy of positive reinforcement, and the interaction with instructors and children, your child will develop the security and confidence to accept separation from you, be more focused and attentive, and ready for the upcoming road ahead in school.
The Mighty Matts programme is the largest and most successful programme of its kind in the world. We have got it to where it is because we have the finest staff in the martial arts industry who are qualified and trained to teach young children. They are all CRB checked and completely committed to developing our Might Matt's youngsters.
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Our Junior programme is aimed at children aged 7 years and above and is designed to give your child everything they need to thrive in life from physical fitness and confidence through to improved school work and respect for others.
Our classes are loved by the students, parents and their teachers because we make them fun and encourage the children to grow into young responsible adults in a natural way.
We hear a lot in the media about failing schools and children failing at school. Our aim is to give children and their schools a helping hand to get back on track. The Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Junior Programme works hand in hand with a child's schoolwork, providing improved self-discipline, self-confidence, concentration, mental alertness, co-operation, goal setting advice and anti-bully skills. Our instructors work with their students teachers to make sure they are achieving in the classroom at well as the martial arts gym. This is one of our unique features and why we are so successful in working with children. We are educators and not just martial arts teachers and we run "schools" and not "clubs".
All young students in our children's programme are required to take a specially designed form to their teachers at school once a month. This has to be signed off by the teacher before the student can be considered to be put forward for an exam to take them to their next martial arts grade. The form also needs to be signed by the parents to show that they are being well behaved and are showing respect at home!
An important point to note is that our students are taught that the physical side of what we teach them should only ever be used in self-defence. We constantly remind them that their martial arts skills should never be used for unwarranted aggression.
Here are the key life skills that children find through Matt Fiddes Martial Arts:
Our aim is to progress children through our belt grading system and every student's goal is to achieve Black Belt and beyond. Black belt is a symbol of excellence in martial arts and an important tool for instructors and parents to use for developing desire, determination and for teaching the importance of follow-through in any activity. Our students are taught never to give up at any given task and that they can do anything as long as they just put their mind to it.
None of the above is possible without having outstanding instructors to guide and nurture your children. Matt Fiddes Martial Arts employs only fully qualified instructors who are CRB checked before they join our organisation.
Within our schools the idea of “Family” is very important to us. We strongly encourage parents, family members and friends to be involved in the training and personal progression of all of our students.
Consequently, we have a number of families who train in our schools even as many as 4 members of the same family. With quality family time becoming ever more difficult our Family Classes bring together all the positive elements of health & fitness, the exciting skills of Martial Arts and lots and lots of fun family time.
Children (7yrs+) are able to train with their parents and other family members and learn within a fun and relaxed class environment.
Would you like to do something unique and rewarding with your children / family?
Do you watch your child from the side-lines and think "I would like to try that"
Speak to your local Instructor or book your free trial now and find out how easy it is and how much fun you can have as a family.
Ladies Only is designed to help women learn the fundamentals that will improve fitness, self-confidence and personal safety. The classes are suitable for all ladies, age and ability.
- Weight loss
- Goal setting
- Sense of achievement
Our Instructors want to know about you, what you want to get out of martial arts and what you hope to achieve. They will discuss the individual issues with you and explain how our programme works and what martial arts is all about.
We don’t expect you to start your classes with ability to run marathons or brake concrete blocks with your bare hands. We will start you slowly with warm ups and drills that you will be able to handle and quickly master. Our aim is to build your confidence to allow you to push yourself harder and rapidly improve your fitness level.
Ladies Only is a great way for you to lose weight if you need to and will offer a natural and sustainable route to keeping your body at its ideal weight. The kickboxing routines you learn will allow you to become more flexible and supple, plus they will naturally tone the bits you want to get into shape; thighs, bums, tums, chest etc.
We support women in our classes with advice on sensible eating to allow them to gradually build up the stamina and strength to become experienced students.
The most natural and effective form of self-defence is to avoid potentially dangerous situations. We will teach you how to recognise and avoid dangerous situations. If it comes down to you being in a time and place where you are about to be harmed then we will have equipped you with self-defence techniques that will protect you and make aggressors think twice and back off.
Our classes will teach you that your body is truly an awesome weapon of self-defence once you know how to control and place kicks and punches. What we do not do is turn you into a street fighter who thinks it’s okay to use your skills to hurt people.
In many life situations we could all use a little extra self-confidence; getting a better job, getting the date we want, speaking up when we know we should etc. and this is something Ladies Only will give you.
You will share your journey with other women and gain inner strength and confidence from each other.
As a goal working towards a black belt is a very rewarding experience and this is something you could start right now. Every step of the way you will be improving your confidence and gain the ability to handle what life throws at you!
Our Adult classes are extremely popular because they offer something for people of all abilities who want to improve their lives.
Many of you will be living sedentary lifestyles (a polite way of saying you sit on your backside most of the day) and want to get a grip on your level of fitness or shed some weight. Our Adult Classes are perfect for this and at the same time you will pick up useful self-defence skills and meet new people.
The programme is designed to increase muscle tone, flexibility, strength, confidence, weight loss, self-defence and much much more. Adult classes are also a great way to meet new people who have similar goals of getting in shape and one day perhaps achieving a Black Belt.
The classes are conducted at your pace so you won't be expected to perform like a professional until you are ready to be one!
We teach all students to be safe by using a common sense approach to protection. This means understanding self-defence techniques, self-defence strategy, and conflict resolution techniques. We also teach body language concepts to our students.
The way you make eye contact with somebody, and the way you use your voice. Our communities continue to suffer from crime and violence so some ability in self-defence is very important as one day it could save your life!
You may have tried every diet in the book, but most of us now understand that there's no substitute for sensible eating and regular exercise. Martial arts has been hugely successful in the last 20 years in helping men and women to lose weight and achieve their dream body shapes. Our Adult Classes go beyond this for a number of reasons.
The Matt Fiddes programme is fun and exciting. Every class you take at a Matt Fiddes martial arts school will be different than the last. You will always learn something new. Gyms, aerobics, and fitness videos become very repetitive and after a while most people drop out. That's not the case with us, people come to classes, get hooked, and stick with it.
You train in our classes at your own pace. This means that everyone in your class is in the same situation as yourself. You will not be thrown in a class with a bunch of Black Belts like many other martial arts organisations practice. We are professionals and believe in doing everything we can to help you reach your goals easily and safely. You will only be expected to train to your own level, and the instructor will specifically adjust the class to the student's needs.
Our instructors are experienced and are there to motivate you to reach your goals. At Matt Fiddes Martial Arts we pride ourselves in having a fully trained, highly qualified team of Instructors. The Instructors attend regular courses to keep their martial arts and kickboxing skills and teaching methods up to the high standard required by Master Fiddes.
As well as the physical benefits you gain from the Adult programme, there are many mental benefits such as; self-control, self-confidence, positive thinking, communication skills, goal setting, perseverance, courage, increased motivation, increased level of focus and reduced stress levels.
The Leadership Programme is specifically designed to take your training to the next level.
Invited students will train in Weapons, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Competition Sparring, Street Self-Defence and much more.
This is one of the most exciting Martial Arts Programmes of its kind and students are invited to be a part of it once they have demonstrated the necessary commitment, attitude and personal development to be a Leader within our schools.
The Leadership Programme has been designed to focus on the personal development of students through martial arts. It is a programme available to those students who have been invited to enrol by their instructors.
Special classes have been set up in order to help Leadership students move closer towards their goals.
The Leadership programme is our premier martial arts programme. You will learn new martial arts skills such as Nunchuk, Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, Tonfa, Escrima, Ju Jitsu, Aikido and much much more.
Why hasn't my child been chosen to enter the programme?
Through our normal Martial Arts classes we continually assess whether we feel a student can cope with the demands of the Leadership Programme both physically and mentally.
However, if you wish your child to be considered for the Leadership programme and they have not yet received an invitation to join then please feel free to register your interest with your Instructor immediately.
How will being a member of the Leadership programme affect my current timetable?
These specialist classes will run on the same day as the other Martial Arts Programmes and currently run from Faringdon and Witney although we are looking to open other locations in the very near future. Please speak to your Instructor for times.
As students progress through the belt system we understand at Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Oxfordshire and South Mids that additional training is required to help get you to your Black Belt. The curriculum gets harder and your fitness levels need to be stepped up.
We therefore offer additional training via our master class which is currently run from Shrivenham on a Thursday although we are looking to open other locations in the very near future. Please speak to your Instructor for times.