Kids Summer Boot Camp 2021

This Summer School Holidays the Academy is again offering a martial arts training program for the 8 – 12 age group (Combat Kids).

*eligibility will also be extended to students who will become Combat Kids in the first term of the New Year.

This will comprise 4 intensive training boot camps on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of January 2022 5th and 12 February. All classes will run from 12pm to 2pm. Each session will focus on a different aspect of martial arts. The cost per class is

1 class- $35 2 classes- $60 3 classes- $80 4 classes- $97

5 classes- $110

6 classes- $120

That’s a full 2 hours of focused training, in the best equipped martial arts facility that Christchurch has available. All sessions are taught by Academy Chief Instructor Geoff (PhD).

A student may attend any number of sessions. Each session will focus on different aspects of martial arts training, including:

· Stand up striking skills of Muay Thai

· Groundwork and grappling

· Self Defence.

· Sports specific conditioning drills to increase fitness, speed, power and co-ordination.

The training will be presented in a manner such that students of all levels will benefit and develop their skills. The numbers will be limited to ensure that each student receives a high level of instruction and attention.

“All students will be given a certificate of completion for the training”

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive focused semi-private training that will increase their knowledge and boost their ability in martial arts.

Please note: Children that attend at least three classes will have the opportunity to grade.

Children to bring:

Water bottle Martial Arts Uniform

Please register and pay at reception before Saturday 8th January. The program will be dependent on numbers.

The program is independent of normal membership fees as this is a one-off opportunity.

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This week Monday, December 6 to Saturday, December 11 is grade testing week for the Mat-ratz and Combat Kidz. They may come any of the days that the classes are on. The Brown and Black Belt grading eligible students shall grade on Saturday, December 11 between 12pm & 2pm.

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The Academy

Special Announcement to all Members of the Academy of Combat

As of 11.59 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2021 all members, aged 13 years and older, who wish to train at the Academy of Combat will be required to show COVID vaccination Pass, unless they have a doctors certificate giving them an exemption.

No Vaccine Pass, No Training

This is in compliance with the government regulations that require the Vaccine Mandate to be in place. If you have had the first injection you will have until Jan 19 to get the second injection, you will be allowed to train after the first injection, however, by January 19 you must show the second injection having been administered.

In addition, this is in the interests of not only your own personal safety, the safety of the other people that you train with and those that come in to contact with them. The Academy and especially myself will not compromise the safety of any of the members.

Those parents of children 12 years and under, that do not wish to comply may drop their children at the Academy and return once the class is over, to pick up their children.

Vaccines work, save lives and are our best tool to fight the virus. They prime the immune system so that it is prepared to fight the virus if it tries to propagate in your body.

I am a scientist whose area of professional knowledge gives me scientific based knowledge of both the virus and the vaccine mechanics.

The current anti-vaccine rhetoric is based of nonsensical conspiracy theories and statements made by people who have no science-backed knowledge of what they are talking about.

My personal issue with the vaccine requirement is solely based on the method by which Ardern and the government in power has handled the pandemic response and is forcing the mandate on us. It is truly authoritarian in nature and should have been discussed in a democratic manner.

That aside, even if a member chooses not to be vaccinated, then I wish them well and suggest that they get vaccinated to prevent, not only, a severe sickness to themselves but potentially spreading it and harming others.

I am open to discussion by members as to their path forward, however, there will be no exceptions except on medical grounds as shown by a registered doctor’s certificate. My decision was also based on ensuring the safety of all of my members from this unprecedented public health danger.

Once restrictions of movement are lifted the ability of the virus to propagate will be amplified. Just as vaccinations have kept polio and many other potentially fatal diseases under control, so to will the vaccine help to get this potentially fatal virus under control.

I would like to thank all members of the Academy who have expressed their support for my requiring the Vaccine Pass for members of the Academy.

This ensures that members can attend training at the Academy, under normal training conditions and be assured that we have done the utmost to maintain our students safety.

I have consulted with the NZ Business Institute and they inform me that the orange level of the Traffic Light system does not allow facilities, such as Martial Arts, kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu Academies to operate without a Vaccine Pass requirement.

Without the Vaccine Pass requirement we are required to be closed at Orange and Red and could only operate at the Green level with restrictions.

Students can just show their pass at reception and we will record it on our database, That will mean that it will not have to be shown every time that they come to train.

If you have any questions you are very welcome to discuss the situation with me or the girls at reception. Dr Geoff Aitken Chief Instructor Academy of Combat.

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