Frequently Asked Questions

From what age can someone join your classes?

Super Sparks is our youngest age group ranging from the ages of 4 to 6. However, we often get asked by some parents if we will be willing to take on a child who is only 3.5 years old? In such a situation, we simply invite the child for a free taster lesson and depending on how the child responds to the class, we make a decision accordingly. Sometimes the child is okay to join and at other times we simply ask the parents to wait a little longer before bringing the child back in.

Am I too old for your classes?

Our eldest student is in his 60’s and he’s absolutely loving the classes, so one is ever too old to join.

I am a complete beginner, can I come to your classes?

Yes. Our classes accommodate both beginners and experienced people who have had other types of martial arts & self defence training.

Will I get hurt during your classes?

Despite teaching no nonsense, reality based street defence; our classes are not only taught in a very fun and enjoyable manner but more importantly are always taught with great care and control to promote a very safe environment for all students.

Getting hurt in our classes should never be a concern for any potential student, especially when we have students ranging from only 4 years old to students in their 60’s.

Do I need to be physically fit before joining your classes?

Absolutely not. In fact, many people join our classes especially to get fit and into shape. We have had people join our classes who started off very unfit and only in a matter of a few weeks, their fitness greatly improved and continues to do so. Read the testimonials of these people yourself on our reviews page.

Furthermore, we make it very clear to all of our students that when it comes to our classes, it is not a race with others but is a personal journey for everyone where each individual will progress according to their own capabilities. As professional Instructors, it is our job to push and motivate you positively as individuals.

What type of people attend your classes and what is the class environment like?

It can be very daunting for many people to come to a new martial arts / self defence class for the first time, especially when many places are notorious for having testosterone and ego just over-flowing in the air.

We are extremely proud that our classes are nothing like that all. It’s something about our training at Defence Lab as well as the overall culture promoted within our classes by our Instructors that just does not allow for any ego. Defence Lab classes are in fact well known to be very warm and welcoming, where even the experienced students are always happy to help any new comers.

When someone new joins our classes, there is a reason why we always say “Welcome to the DL Family!” It’s because people really do get a sense of family when becoming part of Defence Lab.

Why is there no mention of class prices on your website?

We have different price plans depending on various factors.

Our experience has shown us that people often have a pre-conceived idea of what our classes are going to be like based on their own understanding and experience of Self-Defence and Martial Arts. However, what we do and the way we teach is very new and quite different and so these pre-conceived ideas are usually proven wrong with people often saying to us at the end of their taster session that they never expected the class to be like that.

Therefore our procedure is to first invite you and your children for a FREE taster session to experience the class for yourself first-hand. Only then will you truly know what you will be paying for. Rest assured that our prices are not expensive at all and are in fact very competitive. We just want you to have a proper idea of what to expect from our classes first, so that when you are given the prices, you will see the amazing value of what we offer.

After having your free taster session, we will then go through all the different price plans in person according to what options you decide to take. So don’t delay any further and book your free taster session today!

Is your training similar to Krav Maga?

We get asked this question all the time and the answer is that we are very different to Krav Maga. We are proud to say that we have had many Krav Maga Instructors try our classes and they absolutely loved our training.

Therefore many Krav Maga Instructors from all over the world are now incorporating Defence Lab into their training which is just great.

Can I only attend one class per week or do I need to attend two classes each week?

We have some students who can only make one lesson per week due to other commitments and then we have other students who come twice a week.

The progress made by training more than once a week will naturally be far greater. But it is understandable if you have other commitments as training once a week is still much better than having no training at all.

I wish for both myself and my child to train on the same day so how will this work if my child’s class is just before my class?

Parents have the option of simply attending their child’s class also and sitting on the side with their laptop, book etc and then when it comes to the parent’s class, the child can sit on the side and keep themselves busy with homework, a book, an iPad etc.

Do bear in mind though that there is a 15 minute break in between the 2nd and 3rd class so if you live very close to the venue, then you may even be able to quickly pick up drop your child back home.

Are your classes operational only during school term time or throughout the year?

Our classes operate throughout the year and not just during school term time.

If you have any other question then please feel free to give the relevant Lab in your chosen location a call and someone will be happy to speak with you. You can find the contact number for all of our different venues on our contacts page.

To register for a FREE taster session, simply call us on 0800 246 1878 OR send us an email here OR request a call back:
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