Matt Hudd Martial Arts have now moved to their own premises, and it is a dream come true for founder and Chief Instructor Matt Hudd. Settling in their dedicated centre means having all equipment handy at all times, and the time previously spent on travelling between different locations can now be used on teaching more classes. This move could not have come at a better time – the MPs’ latest plan to crack down on gangs and knife crime recommends encouraging teenagers to “try group singing, boxing and martial arts instead”. “It is what martial arts instructors have been saying all along,” says Matt.
Skills For life
Martial arts training helps children and adults develop a number of physical, mental and emotional skills, the benefits of which carry over to other areas of life. For example, everyone can benefit from having more strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, but practice also improves focus and discipline, leading to more confidence. Then there is the fun and camaraderie, the social element that training with others brings.
“Recently, a videographer came to do a promotional video for the club, and he was so impressed with the atmosphere in the Kung Fu class and people’s comments, that he wants to try a class himself,” Matt says. “The basis of our training comes from the Chinese martial art Kung Fu but we also like to bring in elements from other arts like Kali Sticks from the Philippines. They are great for coordination and fun to learn. Often, participants who have never thought of doing martial arts try it and they love it.“
Quality Teaching In A Friendly Community
Matt Hudd Martial Arts have built a reputation for quality teaching by great instructors in a friendly environment with a sense of community where everyone is welcome to take part. The timetable at the new centre is packed with classes ranging from Little Dragons for 3 to 6 year olds and Kung Fu Kids for age 7 to 12, to Ladies Only Classes as well as Adult Classes in Traditional Kung Fu, Chinese Kickboxing,with one-to-one sessions also available.
If you prefer the gentlest form of martial arts training, then Tai Chi is for you. Learning the art of meditation and mindfulness is among the top skills needed to manage the stresses of modern life and busy work schedules.
Ladies can take part in a Ladies Only class, a fun filled session with a very mixed bunch of stuff, starting with Kali sticks, some light sparring, a bit of grappling, and finishing off with some pad work. Judging from the happy faces after the class, this could be the best reason to ditch the solitary time on a treadmill, and instead keep fit with martial arts, training with like minded individuals.
Little Dragons Classes: Creating Future Kung Fu Masters
“Teaching three year olds can be hard work, especially when they first start, but when you see how much progress they make after a year, it’s one of the most rewarding classes to teach,” says Matt. The Thursday class had a waiting list for a while, so with the new centre allowing for more classes, Little Dragons can now also train on Wednesdays. Within the first month the new Wednesday class reached its full capacity, so it is looking likely that a third Little Dragons class is in the pipeline.
Matt Hudd Martial Arts is now based at Unit 3 at 16 Coningsby Street, Hereford HR1 2DY
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