What Did I Want to Know about training Martial Arts?

Q. What Types of Martial Arts do you teach at Point Blank?

You can find a list of classes and details under our training section of what we offer by class in terms of training.  All of our efforts are guided under the Principles of Jeet Kune Do.  Follow the link above on our menu line for the options

Q. Is contact Martial Arts safe for Kids?

If you have kids, you know they get hurt doing everything!  However, with the right Martial Arts Instruction, kids are taught contact in a controlled environment and injuries are exceptionally rare.  In fact, Martial Arts holds the lowest rating of injuries compared to Hockey, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball and a host of other sports, while providing a lifetime journey of learning.

Q. I'm not in the best shape and I want to make sure I am not holding up class and being embarrassed.

It really does not matter what shape or condition you are in, we are here to help you work towards and achieve your goals.  Every human being learns at their own pace.  Everyone attending Point Blank brings a great attitude, creating a great environment and leaving each class with a positive experience. 

Waiting until you're in shape to start training Martial Arts is like a child waiting until they are smart enough to go to school.

"Smile - Laugh - Focus - Work - Leave - Repeat"

Q. I Want to Get a Black Belt, how long will that take?

At Point Blank Martial Arts, we offer a FAST TRACK program to accommodate the students driving their desire to achieve their goals.  Belt programs for kids up to the age of 16.  In 13 years we have had only 2 students make it to the Junior Black Belt level.

 

We are NOT a Black Belt Factory.  Everything is earned, nothing is given.  Our objective is to get you to the Instructor Level over a time period that rests with each individual and their abilities.  

For adults, we provide a grading program (for those that want to opt into it), where we provide ranks for the following categories/ranges:  Striking; Clinch, Ground, MMA, JKD and Weapons.

Q. What is your Class Structure?

Each class will contain both physical and technical elements, as well as general fitness and muscle endurance elements (Follow this link for more information on Fitness).

  • You will learn what techniques work for you and develop a skill set with respect to stance, punching, kicking, closing the gap, controlling the clinch, executing takedowns, ground control, transition, position and submission

  • We spar/roll at least every other class, although we try to make it every class, technique, drills, time and questions permitting

  • The reason for this is:

  • You can learn to hit pads all day long, but pads don't hit back

  • You need to know for yourself if what you learned is something you can apply

  • You also need to know if it works for you.

  • Never worry, you will not be sparring with any meatheads or people who do not respect your level of experience.

  • You will be challenged, but never overwhelmed.

Q. Is JKD the same as Mixed Martial Arts?

I don't consider JKD to be a form of "mixed martial arts" because of my understanding of its true nature. I view martial art as a single unitary whole, in it's "totality," as opposed to various separated segments such as kicking, striking, grappling, etc., or 'this' art and 'that' art combined. The idea behind JKD is not to create a melting pot of different arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Western Boxing, or put a bunch of techniques from various arts together and call it "mixed martial arts." One of the fundamental principles underlying JKD is to do away with the whole notion of styles entirely. It is about being free from styles or even combinations of styles. JKD is about cultivating your body as a martial instrument and then being able to express yourself with maximum efficiency and effectiveness, and without any restrictions or limitations. This is why I refer to it as "the next step beyond mixed martial arts."

Q. What are Terms and Conditions of becoming a member?

  1. In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way, in the classes, events, and/or activities of Point Blank Martial Arts and Fitness (PBMAAF), on behalf of myself or the minor I am responsible for, I

  2. Recognize and understand that martial arts training is an activity that involves physical exercise and contact involving travel in three dimensions; that my participation might result in serious injury, including permanent disability or even death, severe social and/or economic loss. 

  3. Recognize and understand that such risk may be due to not only my own actions, but also the action, inaction or negligence of others, the regulations of participation, or the conditions of the premises, or of any of the equipment used, that there may be other risks that are not known to me or to others or not reasonably foreseeable at this time.

  4. Agree to inspect the facilities, equipment and pairings prior to participation. I will immediately inform an instructor if I believe that anything is unsafe or beyond my capability and refuse to participate.  If I use or handle any equipment I will do so in a reasonable and safe manner so as not to endanger the lives of persons or property of any individual.

  5. Assume all of the foregoing risks and accept personal responsibility for any damages that may result from injury, permanent disability or death.

  6. Enter physical exercises, Martial Arts training and/or competition entirely of my own free will and understand the importance of following the rules of training and competition.

  7. I certify that I am in good physical condition, and have no disease, injury or other condition that would impair my performance or physical and mental well-being during intense training practice and/or competition.

  8. Grant permission in case of injury to have a doctor, nurse, athletic trainer or other emergency medical personnel provide me with medical assistance or treatment for such injury.

  9. Release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue, PBMAAF, its affiliated organizations and governing bodies, their Owners, Directors, Officers, Instructors and personnel, other members of the organizations, participants, supervisors, coaches, sponsoring organizations or their agents, land and building owners, leasers of the premises from any and all liability to the undersigned, his or her heirs and next of kin for any and all claims, demands, losses and damages which may be sustained and suffered on account of injury, including death or damage to property, social or economic loss caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the releases or otherwise.

  10. Agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD PBMAAF, it’s Owners, Directors, Staff, Volunteers, Affiliates, Members and RELATED RELEASED PARTIES HARMLESS from all claims, judgments and costs, including attorneys’ fees, incurred in connection with any action brought against them, jointly or severally, as a result of my attending or participating in any activities. That any and All contract disputes will be decided within a maximum 2 hour time frame, by mediation and/or arbitration of a certified 3rd party, within the GTA.

  11. I grant permission to PBMAAF and its agents or employees, to use video/photographs taken of myself or my minor child/children in classes or events of PMBAAF for use in publications such as brochures, newsletters, and magazines, and to use the photographs on display boards, and to use such photographs in electronic versions of the same publications or on PMBAAF web sites or other electronic form or media, and to offer them for use or distribution in other non-company publications, electronic or otherwise, without notifying me.  I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve the finished video/photographs or printed or electronic matter that may be used in conjunction with them now or in the future, whether that use is known to me or unknown, and I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the video/photograph.  I hereby agree to release, defend, and hold harmless PBMAAF and its agents or employees, including any firm publishing and/or distributing the finished product in whole or in part, whether on paper or via electronic media, from and against any claims, damages or liability arising from or related to the use of the video/photographs, including but not limited to any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion or use in composite form, either intentionally or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction or production of the finished product, its publication or distribution

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