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Here we aim to bring you martial arts news and articles from around the web, especially the more whacky and weird aspects. We will also post blogs here from the Bear Martial Arts team, and also from you guys.

If you fancy writing a blog or posting an article, please email your article and we will publish it on our site. You'll get full credit for your article, and we will even promote your own website / blog if you have one :)

Please note that any articles which are offensive, or are deemed inappropriate, will not be approved for publication.

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  • Enter our September 2017 Competition!

    Date: 5th September 2017


    To enter our competition and have the chance to get your hands on one of 5 of our t-shirts and a Bear Martial Arts notebook, please simply fill out the form below. We will pick, at random, 5 winners on 1st October 2017. Good luck!

    Competition terms and conditions:

    • Entrants must be 18 or over
    • Winners are picked at random by Bear Martial Arts. Bear Martial Art's decision is final
    • Winners will be given a choice of one of 3 t-shirts, in one size from S, M, L or XL
    • No cash alternative
    • Bear Martial Arts will never sell on your data, or pass it on to any third party. Your details be kept strictly with Bear Martial Arts
    • By entering this competition you agree to receive occasional promotional emails from Bear Martial Arts
    • Only one entry per postal address. If 2 or more entries are found to be from the same address, all entries from that address will be discounted
    • Entries are valid until 11:59pm on 30th September 2017. All entries after this time will not be included in the draw

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  • Motivation for 2017!

    Motivation for 2017!

    Date: 3rd January 2017

    It's 2017 and there is never a better time to kickstart a new and improved training program, or even to get started if you aren't currently training. 

    Here are some of our favourite videos to get you in the mood.

    Also, here are some of our favourite blogs to get your 2017 kickstarted:

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  • 7 Things You Need To Start Your Own Martial Arts Club

    7 Things You Need To Start Your Own Martial Arts Club

    Date: 27th December 2016

    Many of us who train in martial arts dream of one day running our own class. But have you ever wondered what you actually need to put a class together? Here are 7 of the most essential things you need to get started.

    1. The Correct Grade To Teach

    Not all schools require you to reach black belt before you teach - each school will have a minimum grade requirement before you branch off with your own class. Find out what that grade is from your instructor and you will have a target to aim for so you can start your own class.

    If you plan on teaching independently of your school, we highly recommend getting your black belt first - it's the best way for new students to respect you as a teacher, as a black belt carries a magical aura with it to novices.

    2. Insurance

    Teaching martial arts means teaching a physical and dangerous art to people with no or little experience, and also people with experience. Accidents will happen, so cover and protect yourself by taking out the appropriate insurance. A quick google search will bring up many providers who can help you with this.

    3. A Place To Train

    This almost seems to silly to mention, but you need a place to hold your classes. This means finding a space, paying for it, keeping it clean when you use it etc. Also, making sure your students can reach it easily, it has adequate parking etc are all important things to consider. 

    4. Students

    It's a risky strategy to start a class and just hope people turn up. Numbers will probably be low initially. A good idea is to ask friends from your existing class to come along, so any newcomers will see other people who have been trained, so they won't feel intimidated. 

    There's nothing worse than holding a class and then one novice appears!

    5. First Aid Experience

    As mentioned with the insurance, you are teaching a dangerous art. Make sure your first aid course is up to date so you can deal with any minor incidents. Also, make sure you carry a first aid kit to every class.

    6. Teaching Experience

    Before you start your new class, get experience in your existing class with teaching. Ask your instructor if you can take a group of students through a technique, or even take a few classes under their guidance. This experience, along with the feedback from your instructor, will be invaluable when you go it alone.

    7. Marketing

    "Build it and they will come" - this old saying doesn't really work. In the modern day advertising does not have to be expensive, or even cost money at all!

    Check out our Marketing 101 guide for some free advertising tips. Also, list your new club on online databases like our Find a Club Locator Map (for free!) to reach new students to improve your SEO.

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