Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach children?

Not at the moment. There are rightly very strict requirements for teaching under 18s including a safeguarding qualification and an enhanced DBS check. We are working towards meeting these criteria and will update this advice as soon as possible.

Will I need a lot of expensive kit.

No you won’t. Obviously, we recommend that students invest in their own equipment but we don’t demand that a lot of money is spent straight away. Safety equipment and other gear is available for students to use until they aquire gear of their own. A list of equipment that we suggest students should have is below.

I’m not young or fit. Can I train?

Of course! Everyone is welcome to EMA. We train individuals and you’ll only ever be asked that you do the best that you can to your own ability. We’ll give you every help and encouragement to be the best you can be.

Can I come along and watch to see if it’s for me?

You’re most welcome to come and watch us train but you will want to join in. There’s no charge for the first lesson, so give it a go.

Is this just a re-enactment club?

Absolutely not. This is a living martial art with real life self defence and fighting applications that are second to none. The roots of the art are ancient but the principles that underly the art are timeless.

Do I have to spar?

Not if you don’t want to. Although be aware that sparring is strictly supervised and is a really good way to build up your nerve and test out your skills and we encourage everyone to have a go.