Beyond classes

Our philosophy of martial arts through giving back is what drives MAUL – we train together, help each other, inspire one another.

Training outside of classes

Belt buddies (i.e. members of the same skill level, designated by the colour of their belts) are encouraged to get together to practice outside of classes and members are welcome to organise their own meet-ups, in a park, someone’s garden or elsewhere. Such sessions are based on members helping each other and are organised between yourselves, so they’re frequently not listed in the club’s calendar and are often without an Instructor. A lot of us like to combine these sessions with delicious snacks.

Volunteering

We believe that knowledge is both a gift and a responsibility. To that end, in addition to our club for children and families, Mighty Ninjas of MAUL (MiNi MAUL), we participate in festivals and fairs and offer taster sessions in order to empower women through martial arts.

On these occasions we ask members to help if they can. Examples include having a club stall at the annual Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece and a taster session for the local council’s programme aimed at encouraging women to try new sports and other physical activities.

Women’s class socials

There are a number of socials each term outside of class, including meals (in and/or out), film nights and special occasions or holidays from members’ nationalities and cultures. In the past year, we got together for MAULsgiving (a multi-cultural pot luck take on the USA’s Thanksgiving), birthdays, BBQs and Eid, amongst other occasions.

Socials aren’t compulsory, of course! However, getting to know the women you trust in class not to kick or punch you is usually enjoyable, if we do say so ourselves.

Socials are noted in a separate calendar, to avoid obscuring class and training information. RSVP-ing is usually handled in WhatsApp. We are very happy to cater for any dietary requirements, so if you see ‘pizza and a film’ but you don’t eat pizza, rest assured we will find an alternative that suits your needs.

Members: if you have something you’d like to do as a social, do mention it – no need to ‘ask permission’. 🙂

Reading group

From September 2018, we’re piloting a reading group using goodreads.com. The link to join the private group is available in the club’s Trello.

This group is open to both Ori- and MiNi-MAULers, although we recommend that parents/guardians supervise younger teens’ participation.

MAULiday

On two memorable occasions, we’ve even had an Ori-MAUL group go on a (totally optional) three-night trip to Brittany for training and socialising – see: