A martial arts class for women with joint issues like arthritis or other chronic physical illness. Our knees are as stiff as our nunchucks are dangerous!
How to Join
Contact us for information on how to join.
The whole pandemic situation means we have had to frequently change our schedule to comply with public health regulations, so to find out the latest class information we recommend getting in touch.
As of early June 2021, outdoor socially distanced sessions are taking place Tuesdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 2.30pm (weather permitting). These are in two separate locations, which are noted for members in the club’s Google Calendar. Please get in touch if you can’t find the details!
In a distant ‘normal’ future, classes will likely take place on Tuesdays and Fridays in the Dining Hall at Queen Edith Primary School. We ask for a £5 donation per class, £15 per month for 1 session/week, or £25/month for 2 sessions+/week, if possible.
Classes are structured around martial arts skills or principles, for instance ‘dealing with a punch’ or ‘teamwork’ or ‘grace’. Each individual works on their method for accomplishing the goal. Sessions begin with a warm-up, largely comprised of exercises each individual already does for themselves, followed by various drills to meet the goal of the day. Most sessions contain ‘forms’, which are memorised sequences of movements that members perform together. Finally, we have a brief cool-down at the end and members log their learning, ultimately developing their own syllabus. Please note, many sessions include weapons. Why kick when you can stab?
Fiercely Fragile (FF) started as a way to support a key member of MAUL as they underwent chemotherapy. It grew to include another member who had been in a car crash, wherein the two supported one another as they healed. They united to receive MAUL’s first (and only) ‘Indomitable Spirit Award’ as their first grading post-chemo and post-knee surgeries.
Both members ultimately returned to MiNi-MAUL sessions. As adaptive as our main sessions are, the ad hoc FF endeavor demonstrated the critical importance of caring for the mental health side of coping with injury and pain. As I (Instructor Wendi) journeyed through a number of surgeries myself for both acute injury as well as developmental bony abnormalities, I’ve learned a great deal about the mentality of coping with injuries, both acute and chronic. The right environment can make learning martial arts a joyous escape from what can otherwise be a quite negative relationship with your (ailing) body and sport. A great strength of martial arts is the wide variety of movements and skills, such that each person can find what works for them. This is seen at grand scale in Fiercely Fragile, where the addition of a few nunchucks early on also helps!