Places available for new kids and mums to learn taekwondo in September

This term we have places available for new children and mums in our kids and families class, MiNi-MAUL.

Adults and children train together in the big MiNi-MAUL family, and we have a strong philosophy of team-work, respect and perseverance.

We welcome students from ages 7+ and no experience is necessary.

Find out more about our MiNi-MAUL classes!

If you and/or your child are interested, please contact Instructors Jenny and Kim to ask any questions!

Returning to the school! Tuesday 15 June 2021

We are returning to our favourite Do-Jang, Queen Edith’s Primary School, for our first to face-to-face Tuesday sessions since March, 2020. To start with, we’ll be in the field (rather than indoors). This will be an exciting day, as we’ve had a number of women trying out our Ori-MAUL sessions over the last couple months, and they will finally get to meet the rest of the club in person!

If you think that’s exciting… imagine the kids of MiNi-MAUL finally getting to see each other after over a year. Pretty certain they’ve all grown a foot since we’ve last seen them… Here’s hoping our instructor team still has a height advantage!

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Eight-week beginners course for women starts Saturday 16 January 2021

Try out Taekwondo with our eight-week beginners course, 2-3pm on Zoom starting on Saturday 16th January 2021.

  • Where: Zoom (because, you know, lockdown…)
  • When: 2pm-3pm Saturdays starting 16th January 2021
  • Who: all women are welcome, no experience necessary!
  • Why: Fun, friendship, feminism and fitness
  • What you need:
    • space to move around without hitting walls or furniture
    • a device you can use to access Zoom (eg laptop or tablet)
    • comfy jogging bottoms and t-shirt or similar – basically whatever you’re happy to wear for exercise
    • a drink of water nearby
  • How: contact Instructor Wendi for details of how to join the sessions or if you have any questions

Cost

This course is free if you need it to be, because we’re not-for-profit and the pandemic has taken enough nice things from us all – including people’s jobs.

If you would like to make a donation, we usually suggest £5 per class.

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Reflection on 2020, or at least the first half…

What a decade it’s been… except we’re only about 7 months into a year.

2020 has been a tough one for many in a whole heap of ways. For MAUL, I (Chief Instructor Wendi), had the great fun of having hip surgery thanks to some poor genetics. This recovery has not been a linear progression, and throughout having to take this past year off of physically teaching or training, MAUL has changed a great deal – and for the better.

The next generation of MAUL instructors, who were growing and assisting and taking the lead almost in the background, have become MAUL’s face. Not only did these amazing women and non-binary members guide the club through the tricky transition of (temporarily) losing its two head instructors, they also then reacted – and fast! – to lockdown and the transition to virtual teaching. As we found our footing, we also reached out to MAULers far and wide to act as virtual instructors from Denmark, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. In the face of darkness and doubt, the MAUL family came together, and held strong.

But not only have we continued to survive the challenges, MAUL has grown in a way only MAUL would.

In just these past 6 months, we have worked on sessions for teen girls, women with joint or chronic illness, and refugees in Cambridge. We have created and developed both instructor and junior instructor support and training, driven by themes of understanding privilege, building confidence, and teaching through empathy. We have constructed a consent session for teenagers on allyship and community defense. And we have had the great privilege of seeing some of our first MiNi-MAULers (members of our families club), growing into young tweens and teens and brown belts, and stepping up during lockdown as leaders for the club. It is unsurprising, and a testament to what we created here, that these particular lockdown stars are young women. Such heroism earned a MAUL first – a park grading, all done at social distancing and under torrential rain.

We have also begun building an international community of women instructors. In reaction to lockdown, we created MAUL Around the World, bringing in a guest female instructor of any art, from anywhere, to lead a virtual session each month. This was inspired by the first MAUL blackbelt test where a panel of female instructors came together to lead the all-women grading. From pilates for kickers to 99 ways to face-palm someone and ending with the joy of Aiki-Yoga we’ve taken something horrible and made something great.

It’s been a rough year, yes, but martial arts is not about what you do when everything is great. The mental strength of martial arts comes from pushing through sweat or fatigue, through brain blanks and mental walls. There is always a reason to quit, there is always a much more comfortable pillow at home. But when you hit the floor, when you are knocked down, when you screw up – you don’t just get up, you get up and go back stronger.

I often tell my students before a grading, “If you screw up, your job is to make the next moves so phenomenal nobody remembers the mistake. You don’t look down, you don’t grimace, you don’t shrug sadly. You stand tall, and proud, and strong.” This is MAUL.