In my last post I talked about the importance of age appropriate classes in training. How having a big age gap in the same class is never a good idea. Different age groups have different developmental needs and learning styles. A good school should recognize this and structure their program to best suit the needs of the students by providing age appropriate classes and a curriculum designed for that age group.
Today I want to talk about another important piece of the puzzle in a martial arts school.
Safety should be at the forefront of everything we do, and yes, no matter how safe we try to be occasionally someone gets hurt. It sucks, but it happens. People get hurt doing pretty much every activity imaginable and we are lucky to have a very high safety record compared to other sports.
But to the point, By far the most important piece of safety equipment in any martial arts school is the floor. It doesn’t matter if you are doing throws, wrestling or punching and kicking, the floor is going to be one of the biggest risks in training. Whether it’s from a takedown or someone just slipping while trying to throw a high kick, the floor is huge danger if ignored.
We went all in on mats. Our mats are 2″ thick, cleaned daily and we have padding on the walls. We spent nearly $20,000 on mats alone when we opened this location. Top of the line stuff, because safety is going to always be priority #1.
The fact that some places still train on cement floors concerns me. I get it, mats are expensive. But if you neglect vital safety equipment you are inviting injury in a way that it just doesn’t need to be invited. It’s like putting a 5 year old on a bike without a helmet… why take the risk when it is easily managed?