Check Safety Standards

With most Martial Arts, you will sooner or late be pairing up with a parter or opponent to attack them or defend them. When you are “attacking” another person, safety may not be a concern to you. But if you or your child are “defending” and are on the receiving end of stronge uncontrolled attacks you may wonder what you got yourself into! This is where you need good safety standards and controls. 

Most good karate or Martial Arts clubs should tell you what you can do and what not to do. The amount of contact you receive should be a gradual process, depending on your age, health and capabilities. 

A good instructor should point out any safety concerns of any techniques you maybe attempting ‘before’ you attempt it, and not after. Generally, good duty of care is a legal duty to take reasonable care not to injure any other person that could have been reasonably foreseen prior to the event. For example, bad duty of care is ‘letting a brown or blackbelt beat up a beginner or yellow belt who has nowhere near the same skill set of the blackbelt’, or forcing a 5 year old beginner to do 150 press ups in one go.