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Cross Combat FAQ's

The "Can I come?" questions

Can I come?

Yes.  Please do.

Can I come... to Class X though?

Despite having a big yellow star extolling "Beginner's Always Welcome" on every page of this site, I'm frequently asked:

 

"Yes, I saw that.  But I just wanted to check... can I come to the 7am classes?"

or

"Oh absolutely, I know beginners are always welcome, but I'm only free on Saturdays... can I come then?"

 

Beginners (and thus everyone else) are welcome to every single class.  Every single one of them.  Yes, that one too.  Yup, even that one.


Uh-huh, that one too.

Yup... even considering what you just told me.

Can I come... I’m really out of shape?

Of course.  You’ll get in shape quickety split.

Can beginners come... I’ve never done a martial art before?

Of course they can.  Of course you can.  Few people are born assassins, you have to train and you have to start somewhere.  Start in the right place by starting with us.

 

Can I come... I also train at another club?

Yes.  We’re not jealous.  You’ll know we’re the best.

Can I come... I also train another martial art?

Yes.  We’re not jealous.  You’ll know we’re the best.

Can I come... I’m 17 time national champion in a totally different sport?

Brilliant.  You’re going to love us.  That commitment to excellence will have you excel very quickly.

Can I come... I trained a lot in another club in another city and I’m moving to Edinburgh?

Of course.  You may find us different to your previous club, but you’ll quickly see the benefits.

Can I come... I’m just visiting Edinburgh for a week or two?

Sure.  Come along and showcase your skills.  It’s lovely having visitors.

Can girls play?

Fo' shizzle.


See our girlie bits here.

Can I come... I’m young?

Probably.

 

Obviously, the majority of our students are of voting age, but that's not obligatory so if you're under 18 and would like to train with us, that's just dandy.

However... we'll want you to behave well - not run round the place screaming
 
while high as a kite on Refresher bars and Cherry Cola - and we'll want you to chat to us as equals - not timidly hide behind someone's leg and stare at the floor when asked, "'Sup?"

 

We've had 9 year olds train with us who've been absolute delights and we've had 12 year olds be nothing but a pain in the tits.  If you're a delight, you're welcome.

Can I come... I’m old?

I've known people take up jiu jitsu when over 70 years old – and since they got along just wonderfully, I would wager you will too.  Currently we have some excellent students at around or over the half century mark.  Be inspired.

 

In fact it often surprises me the number of people in their late 20s/early 30swho worry about being too old.  Jeebus!  What have you been doing to yourselves?  You should come play with us and remember what life’s about.  If you’re out of puff after just ten years of adult life, just think what you’ll be like after another 50 of them!  Come now, before you lose it completely.

 

Likewise, if you’re in your 40s and worried about creaking bones, creak those old limbs into action, for god's sake. Get 'em lubed.

 

Jiu jitsu is about finding your own pace, making your own style and playing with that.

If you feel you want to be weak, stiff and inflexible, you can play like that - and you’ll get good by doing so.  If you want to be more spritely than you currently are, we can help you get there ... and then you can train like that, and you’ll get good by doing so.


The young fellas will be there to help you feel alive and amazing.  It’s all about the love. Just stay calm and remember you're "starting somewhere".

Can I come... I have a bad back/neck?

My answer is yes - but then I'm not a medical doctor, am I? (No, I'm not.)

 

Being a country boy, my answer to everything is to get out of the house, have fun and keep active.  If you want the advice of a doctor - who probably grew up in the city - then get that instead.

 

Maybe jiu jitsu would do you the world of good; maybe it'll do you quite the opposite.  One thing’s for sure though, if you tell us your problem we'll do our best to look out for your health and well-being - you just need to make sure you do that too.  We really are a considerate lot and consideration may be all you need.

 

Generally, though, things like lower back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain are all down to muscular imbalances or tightnesses.  If you train with us, it'll work all kinds of muscles that don't get worked sitting down, and it’ll probably increase your flexibility too.  So who knows, our classes may help with your problem!

 

If not, several of us are perfectly capable of giving you (totally unqualified) rehabilitation advice.  You won’t be the first among a sporty group to have had a sore shoulder or wobbly knee throughout the years.  The difference is that a lot of us will have fixed ours.

 

It's up to you.  Do you want to come?  Is it worth it?  What are the alternatives?  What can you do to make sure you can train and be safe when training?


Is Home and Away still on?  You could just watch that.

Can I come... alone? Or do I need to bring a friend?

Of course you can come alone - we provide the friends, you provide the friendliness.

What kind of place would we be if we insisted you have friends with identical interests as you before you we let you train.  Not a friendly place, I'll tell you that much.


However you come - with a pre-made friend or without - you'll meet people with the same interests as you and so presumably you'll get on at least a bit.  After all, you know you have even just one thing in common.

Can I come... with a friend? Or do I have to come alone?

Of course you can bring a friend.

Genuinely.  Seriously.  Bring all your friends.  Convince all your friends to come along, join the club and have an amazing time.


And if you can keep bringing more friends forever and ever, I'll be able to ignore everyone's peculiar questions and never write a FAQ again.  So please do that.

Seriously.  Please bring your friends.

The "how do I go about coming?" questions

How do I go about coming?

You just show up at the gym and say "hi".

A lot of people like to email and ask if it's ok if they just show up unannounced.  I say it is, but then they announce their arrival by adding, "Brilliant.  I'll see you on Thursday then".

You don't need to book anything, register anything, or announce anything, just show up and have fun.

When should I get there?

If it's your first class, maybe get there about 10-15 minutes before the class starts.

 

I say "maybe" because if your first class is the 7am class, you should probably get there around 6.57am.  But for the later classes we like you changed, ready and chatted to before the class starts.

Do I need to bring anything?

Nope.


All the classes provide all the equipment required for the class - boxing gloves, shin guards, thai pads etc.

However, if you'd like to bring your own super-spiffy gloves and sexy-as-hell shing guards, that's just fine too.

The "When can I come?" questions

Can I come today?

Yes.

Can I come tomorrow?

Yup.

Can I come later this week?

Uh-huh.

I was going to come today, can I come tomorrow instead?

Certainly.

Is it ok if I come to a morning class?

Of course you can.

Is it ok if I come to an afternoon class?

You certainly can.

I was going to come to a morning/afternoon class but can I come to an evening class instead?

Please do.

I was going to come with my friend this week but he can't come till next week. Is it ok if we come next week instead?

Fo' shizzle, my nizzle.

I previously said I was going to come on Day X is it ok if I come on Day Y instead?

For sure.

I'm going on holiday for a couple of weeks, is it ok if I come after my holiday?

Yup.

I'm actually going travelling for the summer and want to come when I get back, is it ok if I come then?

It certainly is.

I live in England but am moving to Edinburgh later this year. Is it ok if I come when I get to Edinburgh?

Of course.

I'm just changing jobs, is it ok if I come when I've got my new job?

Yup.

I don't finish work till 7.30pm so I can't get to the 6.15pm class on time. Is it ok if I come to the 8pm class instead?

It most certainly is.

Is it ok if I come when you're closed?

You can, but we're closed.

About Equipment and Clothing

Do I Need to Bring Anything?

Nope.

 

All gloves, pads, helmets etc are all provided.|

Can I Bring My Own Equipment?

Of course.

 

It amazes me how many people ask me if it's ok if they bring their own gloves or pads along.  Does this mean other clubs say, "What?  You want to wear your favourite gloves?  Outrageous.  Definitely not."

If that's the case, I guess I've just found another reason why Cross Combat is better.

Do I Need a Mouth, Groin or Ear Guard?

None are obligatory, earguards and mouthguards are available in the foyer in various sizes and styles.
 

Some people wear none, some wear one, two or all three.  Feel comfortable.

What Should I Wear?

Shorts and t-shirt is just fine.  Tracksuit trousers and t-shirt is just as fine.

 

Ideally wear a relatively close fitting t-shirt otherwise it can get tangled up.

 

Only more confident women should wear, shall we say, more “revealing,” lower cut clothing.  You don't want fall outs.

 

You could also wear any kind of martial arts clothing you have or like to wear.  Gi trousers are probably a bit of an advantage.  A gi jacket, while welcome, isn’t that relevant.


Or buy the fancy stuff off the internet and show up looking like an old hand.  Oh we will be fooled.

Questions about first attending

Which is the ideal first class?

The obvious answer is "the first one you can come to”.

Indeed, my answer is always “Come tonight at 6.15!" but that never goes down well for surely there's a "best" first class.  Conversations go like this:

 

When's the best time for me to come to my first class?

Come tonight at 6.15.

I don't finish work 'til 7pm.

Then tonight at 7.45

But I've got ballet at 8.00.

Well how about tomorrow at 6.15.

I'm only free on Thursdays and Saturdays.

How about Saturday?  That’s a great first day.

Well I'm away to my aunt's this weekend.  I can come the next Saturday.

No, there’s no need to wait till then, come as soon as you can.  How about next Thursday?

Are you sure that's all right?  Is there a better day I should come?

 

There is a best time.  And that really is as soon as you can.  When's the best time to start at Cross Combat?  As soon as you know you want to.  Which is now.

Is it ok to start in the middle of the month?

Yup.


Honestly, we do our best to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome at all times.  Come as soon as you can - that's what we're here for.

Are beginners really welcome?

Of course they are.  How else would we get people good?  We have to train them up, they’re not born that way.

 

More than that, we've got rent to pay. Come help pay the rent.

 

 

As I've said, we're a very friendly lot so it's much more important that you're friendly than you have any experience.

 

Because of the way we train, it doesn't take long to get the hang of things so you won't be a "beginner" for more than a few hours.

Every class is structured according to the level of the people in that class.  We start with the "basics of the day" and gradually add to them and complicate things.

 

Our goal is that at the end of every class you are able to use what you learned in a real situation.  This wouldn't be possible if we didn't start with the basics and work up.

 

Our classes are taught in ways you will never have seen before and it results in very fast progression.  This is good because no one feels like a beginner for long.

 

The downside, however, is that beginners often over-estimate how long other students have been training and so feel far behind.

 

Often other beginners are thought of to be advanced students even though they only have a 5 class head start.

 

The point is it doesn't matter what level you're at.  You'lll get good and you'll enjoy it and you'll be welcomed.

 

Can I bring a friend?

Of course.  Bring as many as you like on your first class or for any class thereafter.

My friend's decided not to come. Can I still come?

Of course.

Describe a class to me

Well, obviously the different things we teach – grappling, striking, wrestling & mma – are all a little bit different, but the classes all follow the same successful approach.

 

First there’s a warm-up, a bit of socializing and some light sparring (more specifically, "flowing") to get everyone in the mood, to help the beginners gain an awareness of what the class will be about, and so we can chat and get to know each other a bit.

 

Then we’ll get you good at a technique or two.  We’ll start that technique somewhere near the beginning and work our way forwards.  So if you need balance for a technique to work, we might start with that, then add control, then build it up so you can do the technique.  If you still have energy after all that, we play.

 

We try to keep everything light-hearted and social while aiming to get you good as quickly as you can.  Bring your socializing skills with you.  We change partners a lot and everyone mixes in with everyone else and helps them get better.  It’s not only the best way, it’s also more fun too.

Describe how I should first come in ... from the street, up the stairs, to meeting everyone

First you may have trouble finding us.  We’re easy enough to find, but that doesn’t stop people walking around the wrong side of town. We're here.

 

Once you’ve found the door, you’ll see the stairs.  As you can’t see any other lovely people, you might be tempted to feel nervous.  What’s going on up there?  Are we nice?  Will you be welcomed?  What does it look like?  What if everyone’s evil and dangerous and you can’t get out once you’re in?

 

These thoughts are normal and I know coming up the stairs of a fighty place can be nerve-wracking (and I’ll admit they’re not the most beautiful stairs ever) but you’re going to have to trust me a little here... we are lovely.  So do come up.

 

Once you’re in the door, it may well slam behind you.  That’s a good thing, it’s like a doorbell for us and it tells us we should look up to see who’s arrived.  We always look up when the door bangs because we’re excited to see who’s coming in.

 

If you want to stop it banging, that’s fine too but if you do that there'll be nothing to tell us to look up so we may not notice you for a while.  This only means you may need to find some other way of attracting our attention once you’re up - be creative and friendly, we are.  Just remember that it’s not because we don’t love you that we haven’t seen you, it’s because we didn’t hear the door bang, nor your silent footsteps above the sound of the music or laughter.  

 

And that’s another thing... the music is another thing that might concern, excite, thrill or intrigue you.  We play music when we train because it gives us a more energetic mood than raw silence.  We play blues, pop, dance, 80s, 90s, hip hop, metal, dance, rock, rave, movie scores... almost everything.  It all depends on whose mp3 player we’re using that day.  So if you like your rock and you hear techno, don’t worry.  And if you like your drum and bass but you hear metal, feel confident.  We’re not “that kind of club”.  We’re not a thrashy metal place or a dodgy ravey place.  We’re just a friendly place who play music.  Your music.

 

Depending on when you arrive, you’ll either see us lingering around relatively near the stairs or further away on the mats.  Walk in, be proud, say "hello," come up to us and the mats.  A lot of people - particularly those who’ve studied other martial arts - have this strange “respect” thing going on which means they think they have to linger in the background for ages - even after they’re invited in.  Come in.  Can I say this enough: we’re friendly and we welcome new starts.  We want to meet you.

 

Of course, different people are different.  Many of our students will rush up and say hello straight away, some will get chatting right away, whereas others will claim not to be good at small talk.  They’re not being unfriendly, they’re probably just shy too.  If you say hello, they’ll chat back.  We have a couple of shy-retiring types of course, but they’re still pleased to meet you.

 

Here are some nice conversation starters that always seem to work:

“So William sounds cool online, but what’s he really like?”

“So, how long have you been doing this?”

“Did you see the last UFC?”

“Is it true that rats can’t vomit?”

“Wow, nice cup.  I take it your club won some really amazing competition or something”.

“So what does a hot single lady like me have to do to get a date around here?”


And then once you’re in, you’re in.  The more people you speak to, the more names you learn as quickly as possible, the more fun you’ll have.  It’s easy.

Can I start off with private classes/one-to-one tuition?

For sure.  It's a great way to get off to a running start.  You'll develop much faster, of course, and everything will be tailored to your needs and progression.  I'd do it.

 

Clicky here for private classes...

Should I be scared? Will you butcher me with a carving knife?

One of the hardest jobs I have is convincing newcomers that we constantly and always do our very, very best to keep them safe, that we care for their health, and that we're nothing more than a group of lovely people with a hobby that's a bit like fighting.

 

 

If you watch a movie about Cheerleaders, there'll be rival teams competing in a state championship. The "evil" team will switch the "good" team's blonde hair dye for a sticky purple goo and nick their best routines. OMG!!

 

Fortunately the goodies knock together some matching purple outfits and sport sexy Afros. Phew!

 

 

In a football movie, the "bad" team will hide the "good" team's shoes and let the air out of their tires.  Oh no!!

 

Fortunately the goodies run to the game in their socks! Hilarious.

 

 

But in a martial arts film a baddie will follow the good team’s best guy down a dark alleyway and break his shin with a mallet. Oh! Howzatt for wanting to compete in your hobby, be-yatch?! Awwwkward.

 

 

Folks, life's not like that. People aren't nicking your best routines, your boots are where you left them and, for the most part, people do fighty sports simply because they fancy doing them more than cheerleading and football – not because they like to break shins with a mallet.

 

 

Honestly, half the people who walk through the door have to pluck up the courage to say “hello”. Breaking shins is just not on their mind.

About being a girl.

Can girls come?

Really?  Really?!?!?  You're asking this?!!

 

How little respect do you have for your own gender to think that a very busy, very popular sporting establishment would a) not want any of your kind and b) get away with that?

 

Of course women can come.


And we don't just "let" women come, we never even thought to think about whether they could or couldn't until the phone calls came in asking, "can girls come?" and, "Hi, I'm female... is that ok?"

 

Until then our thoughts had only ever been "I hope people come".


That's right, ladies, you're people too... and thus you're most welcome.

Do girls come?

Obviously.  D'uh!  Yes.

 

Think of any activity in life - literally, any activity - and you will find that women do it too.

 

Chess?  Yup.  Firefighting?  Yup.  Politician?  Yes.  Thief?  Again, yes.  Serial killer?  Uh-huh...

 

And because women can do anything they want to do, the ones who want to go to martial arts classes often go to martial arts classes.

 

There are incredibly violent, incredibly aggressive gyms out there... and women attend.


There are incredibly sloppy, incredibly useless gyms out there... and women attend.

 

You shouldn't be asking me "do girls come?" you should be asking yourself, "does this sound like something I'd like to do?"

And if it is, you should then do it.

How many girls come?

That's as silly a question as asking "how many boys come?"

 

Each class is different, each day is different.

 

It's very, very, very rare that we have a class with zero attendees so you there's always a chance there'll be someone of each gender there.

Give me numbers. I'm female and I need numbers. You don't know what it's like...

Think of martial arts as being the opposite of dance classes.


Do boys dance?  Yes they do.

Are they in the majority at dance classes?  No they're not.

 

If you went to a salsa class and it was very busy but it was 90% men, you'd be quite surprised, wouldn't you?

 

If it's that busy... if it's that good... how come so few women go there...?  Are they really learning to dance?  Do they mostly just drink pints and talk about football?  What's going on?

 

And so it is with martial arts.  If a club is 90% women, experience has taught me to question early the effectiveness of what they're teaching.  (The moves may be good, but are the girls getting good at the moves?)

 

You see, if it's effective, if they're actually learning to do useful things that genuinely do work and if they're genuinely getting skilled at those things... then men will want to go there too.  And if men go, they should be in the majority because more men do martial arts than women.

 

If it's mostly women, it's probably appealing to them for non-fighty reasons.  And that's totally fine, but we're not that kind of club.

 

So... to answer your question...

 

Women are in a minority in every class.


The busier the class, the more women there are in it.

 

The more touching, hugging, contact, effectiveness, the lower the percentage of women there are in it.

 

Pads Class

No contact.  Loads of women. 10-30%

 

Jiu Jitsu

Loads of cuddling.  Fairly tough.  10-20% women.

 

Wrestling.

Cuddling plus toughness.  5% women.

 

Kickboxing

No cuddling.  A little toughness.  10-15% women.

 

MMA

More contact.  Effective and fighty.  2% women.

 

All in all, 25-30% of our members are female, but men also attend more regularly than women so that accounts for the diffferent levels of attendance in the classes.

About problems

Can I email any questions? Or phone you?

For sure.  However...

 

The vast majority of questions ever asked are answered here so I'm often pointlessly sarcastic in answering emails.

I'm terribly unfit. Should I get fit/go to the gym first?

Absolutely, definitely, 100% not.  And for a few good reasons.

 

Firstly, because it probably won't help.  We've had triathletes come along and say it was the toughest thing they've ever done.  And we've have bookworms and fatties coast through the classes with the greatest of ease.

 

One reason for that is that the triathlete may have gone non-stop 100% until he totally burned himself out (which'll take about ten minutes), whereas the wise man will have paced himself.

 

The martial arts, like most sports, are a sport of efficiency.  You don't need to be superfit or superstrong to be efficient, you just need to be efficient.  And surely the best place to get efficient at martial arts is at a martial arts class.

 

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, you should come to Cross Combat because you're currently on the internet reading deep into the FAQ's about Cross Combat... that should tell you something.  If you were keen to be plodding away for hours on a treadmill, you'd be reading about that.  If you wanted to be pulling and pushing some heavy things around, you'd be reading about that.  But since you apparently want to come to Cross Combat, it makes sense to do that.

 

Thirdly, by contrast, running or weight lifting is comparatively boring.  If you want to get fit, you should do something in which it’s easy to maintain an interest.  Because of the social side of training at Cross Combat it is automatically engaging.  Weights or cardio, while fun enough, are often a bit repetative.

 

Finally, no matter how tough anyone finds their first class, they always find their third class easy.  If you haven't done exercise for a while, of course your body won't be primed and ready at a moment's notice - but a body adapts very, very quickly.  Give it three classes and it'll know what to do.

 

Honestly, it never takes more than three classes to get into the swing of things.  No seriously, honestly, truly.  Come try it out.

 

Please don’t do what I see so often.  Two relatively out of shape people will come on the same day and both will, of course, absolutely love it.  One will decide he needs to go running to “get fit first,” the other will just come.

 

After three months the “runner” will have gone running twice and will still be “planning” to run again in the near future - as soon as his sore knee clears up.  Whereas the guy who kept coming will have felt great after his third class, lost a stone since then, look great, feel great, and be pretty darn tasty at kicking ass.

Come train at Cross Combat first.

I've got a bad leg/back/neck

Of course this is entirely up to you and your doctor.  From my angle I'd say that because we ephasise safety and consideration all the way, you stand a good chance of being okay.

 

Plus, of course, the majority of jiu jitsu takes place on the ground so you're not required to throw around heavy people or be thrown hard.

If you need any sensitive treatment, just say so and we should be able to acommodate you nicely.  Remember, though, that it is a sport involving movement and bodies so if either or these things put you at risk, consider the risks carefully.

I'm a really slow learner...

Are you really?  Normally there’s actually something else going on.

 

Often you’ll find you've actually just had bad teachers.  The style of learning/teaching here is very different to most places.  You'll probably get the hang of things quickly. And if you don't we'll teach you how to get the hang of things quickly.

 

Alternatively, you may just like to say you are slow.

 

I find a lot of people - no matter how amazing they are and how quickly they learn - say, “man, I’m rubbish, I’m such a slow learner” and they just won’t accept what the rest of us think (which is surely the more appealing version of reality): that they’re getting really, really good, really, really quickly.  Weird.

 

Alternatively, some people insist on being slow learners and will do everything they can to be so.  They’ve decided they are and so that’s what they must do.  They’ll say things like, “it always takes me a couple of months before I start paying attention”.  Weird.

If you fall into this camp, we’ll try to convince you of the merits of having a different plan.

 

What if I can't train for 4 hours in a row?

Then don't.  Train until you're tired and want to go home.  Or till the end of the class.  It's your call.

I reckon I can only train 90/60/100/20 minutes a night...

Train for as long or as little as you like.  Come and go as you please or, as commitments or energy dictates.

I'm not flexible/strong. Is that ok?

In jiu jitsu everything seems to offer some kind of advantage.  Long legs?  Perfect.  Over weight?  Ideal.  A little skinny?  What more could you want?

Every body type offers its own advantages and disadvantages.  For examaple, if you're heavy, you may move more slowly - but it'll be harder to move you.

If you want to change your body's attributes, we'll help out - but we love you just the way you are.

I've done no exercise in ages, will I be ok?

Of course.

From years of experience, no matter how unfit you are, you'll only ever find the first class or two tough.  After a maximum of 3 classes, your body will have adapted and you'll feel the need to explain to new students that just two classes ago you felt like they do now.  They won't believe you, of course, they'll think you've been at it for ages.

To be honest, even triathletes would find it tiring at first, it's just a different way of moving.

I smoke, is that a problem? Should I give up?

Of course.  Of course.

Several people have commented that doing jiu jitsu helped them give up smoking for good.  Maybe it's the exercise.  Maybe it's the benefit of hanging around with healthy people.  Maybe it's the tremendous motivational speaches we give to smokers.  Anyway, come along and give it up.

About the instructors/us

Where did you train? Who's your instructor? What belt are you?

Don't worry about that nonsenese.

 

Our instructors are all very qualified and very experienced and have generally trained around the world at famous gyms with famous people that you could happily natter about on the internet.

 

However, as Cross Combat is unique in its style of teaching and training our martial arts "heritage" is a bit of an irrelevant detail.

 

The questions you should probably be asking are: "How good is the training?", "How good an instructor are you?" and "How good can you get me and how quickly?"

 

And the answers are "very".

 

More important than that heritage nonsense is that our instructors have been trained to teach in the Cross Combat style.  *That's* what makes us good for you.

 

Do you compete?

Personally?

I don't really compete much these days, I feel I've achieved what I set out to achieve already so it's not really on my priority list.  Maybe I will again one day.

 

As a club?

Yes.  Anyone can compete in any competitions they fancy.  And to see our results, feel free to have a look here.

Do you hang out much?

For sure.  Come along and get to know us.  Take us hang-gliding.  Invite us out for games of football.  Introduce us to all your friends and find us wives and husbands.  And we'll do it all too.

How long have you been about?

We had a club in a sports centre from 2003 to 2008.

In 2008 we got our own full-time gym.  Marvellous.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching BJJ/grappling since 2003.


But I’ve been teaching other stuff for years and years.  I’ve taught people to ride bikes, to do somersaults, I’ve got several people to pass their driving tests after multiple failures... I just love the puzzle.  I love figuring out how to get someone good at something they can’t do.

 

And as the years pass I get, faster, better and more efficient at it.

By the time I'm 90, I'll be getting people awesome in an hour or so.

 

About Training

Can I come?

Of course you can.  As long as you're friendly.  Bring some biscuits...

Is there anything I should do before coming to class?

Drink a pile of water.  Most people show up dehydrated.  So get some water down you and that’s it, you’re ready to go.  Alternatively, come along and drink our water – we’ll even provide cups.

What’s a class like?

Well, obviously the different things we teach – grappling, wrestling & mma – are all a little bit different, but the classes all follow the same successful approach.

First there’s a warm-up, a bit of socializing and some light sparring to get everyone in the mood, to help the beginners gain an awareness of what the class will be about, and so we can chat and get to know each other a bit.

Then we’ll get you good at a technique or two.  We’ll start that technique somewhere near the beginning and work our way forwards.  So if you need balance for a technique to work, we might start with that, then add control, then build it up so you can do the technique.  If you still have energy after all that, we play.

 

We try to keep everything light-hearted and social while aiming to get you good as quickly as you can.  Bring your socializing skills with you.  We change partners a lot and everyone mixes in with everyone else and helps them get better.  It’s not only the fastest way, it’s also more fun too.

 

Warm-ups: Do we do them? What are they like?

Yes, of course, everyone does a warm-up – that’s one of the reasons injuries are so rare with us.  It’s also good for other things too.

 

A lot of clubs do 40 minutes of press-ups, squats, carrying things, blah blah blah; they think this is a warm-up, but it’s not.   It’s a workout.   And it’s a waste of your time.

 

Others think it’s just about body temperature, being easily confused by the simple phrase “warm-up”.  Weirdly, others do “cool downs” instead of warm-ups – for example after jogging round the room for a bit, they do static, yoga style stretching and cool right back down.  That’s no good.

 

Luckily for you, we understand what warm-ups are really for.  First we’ll increase your body temperature, get your muscles moving, and get the synovial fluid (the lube) in your joints all warmed up and ready to go.  We’ll chuck in a few exercises to get your brain sorted out, a few things to get it co-ordinating your muscles correctly.  Then we’ll regain the dynamic range in your muscles, we’ll undo some of what hunching over for eight hours in a chair has done to you, and all this will also serve to get you into the mental space you need.  You’ll re-find the balance between physical and mental, relaxed and effortful.  Sounds lovely.

 

And then, all being well, you’ll be ‘in the zone’ – and ready to learn.

 

What we won’t try to do is exhaust you to prove how tough we are.  You’ll do the whole warm-up, so make sure you’re not trying to compete with the young stallions; they may be going at a different rate to you, but that’s their warm-up, not yours: they’re doing that because it’s what they need, enjoy or have found gets *them* in the zone.  You just go at your own pace.  It’s not a race and there are no prizes.  You’ve won if you’ve warmed up.

 

What does it involve?

BJJ is a lot like the play fighting either you did asa kid, that you should have done as a kid, or that you've seen lion cubs playing.  When lion cubs play at fighting the emphasis isn't on hunting their compadre, nor necessarily even winning.  It's about getting the skills of fighing in a safe and playful way.

 

We do that.  And as much of it as possible.  When you see lions lining up and training with the air, or drilling techniques over and over again, maybe we'll do that too.  But for now we spend as much time in actual play as possible.

 

More technically, you know a lion has won when he's above the other lion, lightly grabbing his throat between his jaws.  At that point the other lion will become submissive and the win is acknolwedged.  You'll see dogs take on this submissive posture when they know they've lost too.  Submitting is great!

 

We have a similar objective.  Our first is to be on top of our opponent.  Even if the bottom lion got a hold of the top lion's throat, the top lion wouldn't be half as convinced he'd lost the game as if he was flat on his back.

 

Our second objective is to get our partner to acknowleldge a loss.  Like the lions, we do this by convincing them we could cause them great pain - but without actually causing the pain. So, for example, we'll get to a position where our partner feels that not only is he unable to escape but that, for example, we could strangle him or break a limb if we wanted to.  He then gives up, says you're the greatest, that you can read is comic books after all... and then you start again.

 

It's the ultimate in play.  And if you've forgotten how to play, we'll show you.

 

How friendly is it?

You will be welcomed very warmly and treated very well.  We'll introduce you to your classmates and we'lll make efforts to get to know you.  This all works better if you do the same.

When should I start sparring?

Immediately, of course.

We are ridiculously considerate and safe at Cross Combat so you can be confident you’ll have a good time sparring (or playing as we sometimes call it0 with us.

There’s no better way to get a feeling for a game than to play it – and as long as you’re in safe hands (which you are with us) then jiu jitsu is a fun game to play.  It’s the only way to improve.

About injuries

Is sparring safe?

At Cross Combat it most certainly is.

 

We're not the kind of club where thugs come to brute it out and beginners are beaten up to show how tough we are.  Instead we welcome you warmly and treat you considerately.

 

We don't believe you get good by hurting yourself or anyone else, instead we think the key to success is remaining fit and healthy enough to keep on training.  Along with knowing you're safe training with anyone in the room.


So, for this reason, even absolute beginners are encouraged to come to "sparring" sessions.  We'll give you what you need and help you get better.

Will I remain injury free?

If you make a promise to yourself to stay healthy at all costs, you should be ok.

Occasionally someone may bump into you a bit or mistime something but it should be no worse than you'd get in a playground.  (Probably less as our room is padded!)

 

So bumps and wobbles are as common as you'd expect in a room of moving people.

Injuries, though - the kind of things that'll keep you off for weeks on end - are very, very rare.

 

To be honest, the most common injuries that lead to absences from our classes come from football, kickboxing or falling of scaffolding.


Injuries are really rare.  We do that by emphasising care and consideration along with fighting skill.  It's an attitude thing.

Why might you keep telling me to "Relax" and to "Calm down"?

In all truth the most dangerous person in the whole gym is the beginner.  In other words: you.

 

Why?  Because they think it's a fight whereas we think it's a game.

 

If someone's been training for even just a few weeks they know we're nice, friendly and that we care for their health.  They've also got to know people and realised they're all just normal humans like they are.

 

They notice how considerate we are, how everyone else has cared for their health and how (at Cross Combat, at least) it's not a fight for your life, it's just a sport like tennis played with your friends.

 

However, a beginner can partner up with someone and think, "oh shit, this guy looks skilled - he must be trying to kill me!" - and then the beginner goes into crazy fight mode.

 

Our experienced students will normally be able to "beat" beginners while playing in slow motion and with as much aggression as they'd use against a 5 year-old (literally, it's more like yoga than fighting).

 

However, the beginner will typically see the "losing" and not the "calmness" and will assume there's something violent going on.  He'll then spaz out.

 

To be a skilled fighter you don't need to gnash your teeth, squeeze, roar, panic, rage or fight with fury.  You need to be calm.

 

This can be annoying for beginners at first because they complain, "but then he'll beat me".

 

To which our reply is, "yes, but you'll both be safe".

 

Don't worry, you'll be kicking ass soon enough, you'll just be doing it calmly and awesomely.

Will you just smack me about and hurt me?

No.  Absolutely not.  We'll care for your health and you'll care for ours.

 

This is a hard one for people to grasp, and it can be quite frustrating the degree to which people insist that we must *definitely* want to hurt them because, you know, it's martial arts, eh?!

 

I'll explain that we like people, that we get our kicks in life from being part of a community, that we love the friendship and camaraderie, that we love seeing people progress emotionally, spirtitually and pysically through the arts and then they'll say, "yeah, but ... you could still knock me out..."

 

Think of it this way:

Our gym is slap bang in the centre of a capital city.  It's up in a fairly posh area.  It has lots of windows.  The rent ain't cheap.

 

In fact, I'll put it simply, the rent's fecking expensive.

 

How is this rent paid?  Via your faithful attendance.

How can we encourage you to attend?  By keeping you alive, healthy and happy.

 

Sure gyms in cheaper areas may be able to view you as meat to pound, so I'm not saying all gyms are safe - many aren't - but I am saying that at Cross Combat we want you hurt about as much as Louis Vuitton wants to choke you with their handbags.  Which is not at all.

 

 

The thing is, this is absolutely *not* our motivation for keeping you safe.  If rent were free, we'd still care for your health because we, quite simply, are lovely people.

 

But maybe if you can't yet comprehend lovliness going together with "skilled at fighting" this'll tide you over in the meantime.

 

 

Try these:

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About fitness and health

Should I give up smoking?

Of course.

I smoke a lot. Will I be ok?

No.  You'll turn green and feel a bit pukey.

Take it easy.  You'll feel sooo much better after just a few classes.

I wear glasses and I presume all your current students have 20/20 vision. How will I survive?

Around 60-70% of the population wear some kind of corrective eyewear - you're not as alone as you think.

 

I'm asked about this a surprising amount of times and there are really just two solutions.  Are you ready for the solutions...?

 

1)  Train without your glasses.

We have plenty of people who take their glasses off and just train in a blur.  Some of our guys have had some of the worst eyesights I've ever encountered so you can probably do it too.  We've also had blind people train with us so I'm sure you'll be fine.

 

2)  Train with contact lenses.
If you already wear contact lenses you'll be aware of the benefits and disadvantages of this already.

Pro - You can see better

Con - Your contacts might get nudged around while training.

 

The only advice I can really give on this is to do a couple of classes one way, and then do a couple of classes the other. It's your choice.


If you're reading this you clearly want me to give a solution so I recommend you try it without contacts first.  Unless you normally wear contacts, in which case try it with contacts first.  Easy.

Will I have to do a billion push ups?

Nope.  You'll do a warmup that's designed to limber and warm you up.  After that it's jiu jitsu all the way.  Some other clubs will exhaust you with hours of "fitness" until you're too tired to learn the very thing you're meant to be learning.  I reckon that's just because they can't think of enough stuff to teach you.


We get you learning and you get fit along the way.

Will I get fit?

Of course.  You'd be surprised by the number of people with six packs and shapely shoulders in the gym.  They didn't all start out that way.

Will I lose weight?

Sure.  One of our students told me the other day he lost 15kg in three months.

And you don't have to be really overweight to lose weight either.


Beginners tend to assume that the lean, athletic people were always that way - but a lot of them weren't.  They start off with a pot belly and saggy arms and end up hotties.  That's what exercise does to you - and it's all the easier to accomplish that if you enjoy your training.

Do you do much fitness?

Well… yes and no.

Yes, you’ll get fitter by training with us.  Plenty of people lose a couple of stone, discover their six-packs, get sexy shoulders and increase their strength and flexibility just by doing jiu jitsu for a few months.  (Others come in, see these fit bodies and say “I need to go to the gym first” or “I take it you spend a lot of time lifting weights” or “I’m just not as naturally fit as you guys”.  Crazy.)

 

So yes, by doing jiu jitsu you’ll be getting fitter, stronger and lovelier all round, but no, we don’t do piles of press-ups, sit-ups or long runs up snow-capped mountains.  Our emphasis is to get you good at what we teach - martial arts - but fear not for as that can be a hell of a workout in itself, that’ll be enough to get you fit.  You may have found that many sports instructors will happily waste half your class avoiding the hassle of teaching by having you ‘doing fitness’ instead.  Ironically, it’s often the lazy instructor who does this.  They’re like the school PE teachers who just send the kids running round the playing fields instead of teaching technique or skill or ability.

 

If you’ve been fooled by a previous instructor into believing that “doing fitness” is of primary importantance, ask yourself: why would Roger Federer beat you at tennis?  Is it because his fitness is better, or because his tennis skills are?  If you’re tempted to say “both,” think again.  You wouldn’t need stamina or speed - or anything special really - as even with all those attributes he’d still ace you on every service and return all of your own feeble serves in such a phenomenal, unreturnable way that you felt silly.

 

If you went away from your game thinking simply “I just need to do more press-ups and burpees” you’d be missing something important.  He beat you because he’s good, not because you were puffing and panting.

 

Some people say ‘fitness wins fights’ – but that’s only if you’re a fighter.  If it’s two folks of equal skill, then maybe the fitter or stronger guy will win.  But if it’s a regular chap against a regular chap, the one with the fighting skills will win.

 

So remember, if you simply want a fitter, healthier body and lifestyle then yes, fear ye not, we get you fit – without ‘doing fitness’.  But we’ll give you something more lasting right along with it - and that’s a skill.

I'm a fatty, will this help?

Yup.

Prehydration...?

Do I need to check with my doctor first ro make sure I can train?

If you even think that you might need to do that, I recommend you do that.


If you've got this weird thing going on with your back/neck/spine/brain/eye/leg/toe/hair-style and you think it might cause you problems, go ask your doctor.

If you don't care what your doctor thinks and want to come anyway, that's your choice to make.  And you can decide that before or after seeing your doctor.


If you reckon you're in fine health, you probably are - and as I'm not in your body, you'll have a better idea of whether or not you are in fine health than I ever will.


We'll care for your body when you're with us, but you'll have to show it some care too.

About getting good

How long till I'm kicking ass/beating my brother?

About 6 months/100 hours of training tends to be fairly convincing.

We don't waste our time with "beginner's techniques" or punching the air so progression is very fast.

Is there a grading system? What is it?

Yes there is, though it's a little different to most martial arts.

 

There are five belts available.  You get them by being more and more awesome, not by memorising a bundle of techniques you can't do in real life.

Consequently, there aren't tests every few weeks.  Instead you get to focus on getting actually and genuinely good.

 

Every instructor has their own ideas, of course, of what a belt means.  Some are tougher, some are easier.  They're all just ideas represented by a colour.  But as colours are cool - especially the darker ones - here's how they go:

 

White - Show up

Blue - Be able to effortlessly, smoothly and elegeantly defeat bigger, stronger, faster new guys.

Purple - Do the same to blue belts - but with more moves and a better style.

Brown - Same again, but now for purple.  More moves.

Black - Know it all.  Do it all

How long till I get my pretty coloured belt?

Well that depends on how you train, of course.  If you wanted a blue belt in 6 months and you remained committed to and focussed on that goal, I'd say that's possible.  Likely, even.  As long as you followed the advice you were given.

 

Most BJJ clubs are proud of how long it takes to get various belts.  But that's like a university being proud that with them you take a really, really long time to get a degree.


My fastest blue belt so far was 7 months - though the belt was not given by me, it was given by a black belt instructor when he moved to a different club.

About competitions

Can I compete, please?

Of course.  If you’d like to compete then you certainly should.

 

There are jiu jitsu and grappling competitions all over the country all through the year.  Some students compete, some don't.  The choice is entirely yours.


If you have the desire, we will of course help you get there.

What kind of competitions are there?

Wrestling, BJJ, no-gi grappling, mma fights.  All these are fought according to weight and experience classes so even absolute beginners can have a go if they’d like to.

In mma there are amateur, semi-pro and pro fights to be had.  The difference between them being the level of head hitting you’re allowed.  Amateur allows none at all, semi-pro allows headshots when standing, and pro rules allo head shots while on the ground as well.

How often are there competitions?

Many times a year – depending on how far you’re willing to travel/holiday.  There’s probably a grappling competition somewhere in Britain at least once a month; or every three months in Scotland.  And, of co9urse, there are competitions in Europe and the rest of the world too.  Easyjet is your friend.

Can I do an mma fight, please?

Yup.

How do you guys do in competition?

Generally very well.  In each competition we’ve entered we’ve won all colours of medals.  In mma we were undefeated for years.

 

As a club, in 2009 we came third out of about fifteen clubs in the Glasgow BJJ Open - making us the highest ranked club on the East Coast!

 

In 2010 we came first in the Grapplefit No Gi competition in Sunderland.

 

And we came 5th in the Stuart McKay Memorial competition 2010 – which wasn’t bad given we had just three guys competing – two of whom took gold medals.

 

Those are just the ones off the top of my head.

 

Some folks also do mma/cage fights.  You can do those too and we'll help you prepare.  There is no pressure, of course, only support and guidance.

 

In terms of MMA, we've had a good degree of success with our fighters coming out on top in nearly every one of their bouts.

 

To read more about mma... go here...

 

If you like to compete, you can.  If you want to win, we can help.

About attendance, training times/frequency

I can only train once/twice/thrice a week, is that ok?

Of course.  Come when you can.  We're here for your pleasure.

Some weeks I'll be away. Is that ok?

Aye.

How many times a week should I train?

How good do you want to get?  How quickly?  And how important is it to you?

 

If you train once a week and keep attending, you'll improve an impressive amount.  Having always trained loads, I was genuinely amazed to see just how well some of the students were doing by consistently coming just once a week.

 

Twice a week is great.  It's easy enough to slip into your schedule and you'll get good very quickly.

 

Three times a week is probably optimal if excellence is your ambition.  You have enough time away from training to keep interest high, and you have enough time there to really keep things topped up.


More than that and you'll get really good for sure.  It'll be your main passion, of course, but you'll be duly rewarded for your efforts.

Can I train full-time?

We've got around 30 hours of classes a week.  Eat well, sleep well and get good.

And if you want to make a career out of it, just say so and we'll see what we can do.

How many classes a week would you recommend?

I'd recommend 3 - but that's because I'm me and I'm assuming you are too.

 

But if you've only got one day a week to spare, I recommend one.

If you can make it twice, you'll progress 2 1/2 times as fast.

If you can make three classes, you'll progress 4 times as fast.

 

Any more than that and, let's face it, you're clearly pretty darn committed so you're going to progress pretty damn fast.

 

Should I commit to particular days.

If you can, then you probably should.

 

For the first little while, coming along to training can be harder than the training itself.  People will excitedly plan all week to come and, just as they were about to leave the house, will let an “important” call from their mum about the cat’s dinner over-ride their plans to come.

 

Then the next time they plan to come, their flatmate offered them a slice of toast – well they’d already gone to the trouble of cooking it, so it would be rude to say no…

 

Weeks pass and all these important things got in the way.  And yet they still got to work on time and ate their meals each day.

 

It’s not always easy to stick to something new so perhaps the best advice is to just push yourself to go, no matter what, until it’s no longer “new” … and then it’s easy to keep coming.

 

The good thing about that is that a) you’re getting to do something you love rather than something that’s “all right” (like eating toast) and b) it only takes about six weeks for you, your friends and your life to get the hang of your new regime.

 

So, for that reason, yes, commit to certain days of the week, call them your training days, and come on those days no matter what.  It won’t be long before the “no matter whats” stop showing up and all of a sudden you just come along with ease.

 

Perfect.  See you soon.  Now decide when.

Can I arrive late please?

Hey, we understand that if you’re getting the bus from St Andrews or you don’t finish work till 6.45 then 6.15 may not be the easiest time to arrive.  It’s cool.  But we’re no fools – oh no – for we also know that some people who live ten minutes away will sit around for ages at home only to start making a sandwich two minutes before class starts, arrive at the gym still chewing and say: “Sorry I’m late, I had to make dinner”.  You can guess that we’re more acceptant of the former’s lateness, and more discouraging of the latter’s.

 

Whichever group you fall into though, it’d be beneficial for all concerned if – even if you can never do it again – you arrive to class for 6.15 the first couple of times.  It’ll be worth it, I promise!  If that’s totally impossible and you can’t ever get here until, for example, 7.15, then yes, you’re still welcome to join us, but in this case it might be better to come to a Saturday session first to get the feel of things.  But if you’d be so late for a Saturday session that you’d miss it completely, then just come when you can.  You’re always welcome to get the feel of things.

 

But to get the feel of which things?  In short: warm-ups, jiu jitsu and us.

 

Warm-ups

Even if you’ve done jiu jitsu (or any other sport or martial art) for years elsewhere, you may still think a decent warm-up consists of pulling your arms across your chest, then behind your head, swinging your hips a few times and saying “yup, I’m ready”.  Fortunately for you, you’ll do something a bit better than that with us.  Say thank you.  (Our pleasure)

 

Nothing gruelling, nothing ridiculous or unnecessary – just a sexy, health-enhancing, mood-lifting, positive feeling, energy-giving, injury preventing warm-up.

 

All too often late-comers battle with us instead of just doing the warm-up.  This is unfair on the rest of the class and it’s not a good use of your own time.  We know “you’re ready”, we know you’re still warmed up from yesterday, we know you think the jog from the bus-stop was enough.  It wasn’t.  It doesn’t matter.  Go.

 

So it’s often easier for all concerned if you’ve seen us do a warm-up before and know where things are going.  It only takes 6 or 7 minutes, and soon you’ll be refusing to train until you’re properly ready.  “Not quite” you’ll say.  Or “two more minutes”.  It’s a sign of good sense and experience when folks view the warm-up not as a chore, but as really very useful.


So can you arrive late?  Sure, but it’s better you arrive on time for a while until we’re both sure you can do a proper warmup under your own steam.

 

Jiu Jitsu

Obviously if you don’t have a clue what jiu jitsu’s about [click here for a clue…], and you arrive late, you’ll maybe – and of course it depend on the class – find it hard to catch up.  You might not.  Who knows, eh?

 

Our classes are taught differently to most martial arts.  Each begins with a beginning and moves forward to an end – makes sense, huh?  Arriving late to class when you don’t understand jiu jitsu can make everything seem weird and irrelevant.  It can be like arriving late to a tense thriller film, and again some people are good at this, they arrive half way through the movie, immediately work out who’s who and what’s what and ask questions like “I take it his brother’s the one who hid the gun earlier…” Others aren’t so good at it, and they ask “so what’s happening?”, “who are they?”, “what are they looking for and why can’t they find it?”

 

So can you arrive late?  Sure.  Of course.  But how well you handle it depends on who you are.  If you can’t make it early once or twice, we’d recommend a Saturday session first.  If you can’t do that, dive in and hope for the best.  You’re always welcome.

 

Feeling separate or not getting to know anyone

All classes are more fun when you like the people in them - and you need to get to know them before you can know you like them.  And there’s a simple rule: if you want to get good, talk to people.  Those who are social get better fastest.  If you wait a while to chat, you’re waiting a while to start getting good.

 

As you can see once again, the “can I come late?” question isn’t going to get an easy answer.  (Apart from “yes”).  Some people arrive late and immediately it feels like we’re in their house and they’re making us a cuppa.  Others arrive late and because they don’t know anyone yet, feel they should hide, be nervous all night, and not have so much fun.  If you can feel the latter but be the former, you’ll be just perfect.  Either way, get here on time if you can.  If not, aim for a Saturday so you can get to know people.  And if that’s just not possible, just dive in and hope for the best.

 

Important Note

Don’t, whatever you do, put off coming along for weeks and weeks hoping for that elusive “Saturday off” before you can come along.  Come as soon as you can, everything else pales into insignificance once you get the hang of things.

About payments

Can I pay cash?

Yup.

Can I pay by Direct Debit?

Kinda.  You can pay by "recurring charge" - which is pretty similar to a Direct Debit.

 

With a direct debit you authorise me to go into your bank account "directly" (as in: without further involvement from you) and "debit" (as in: withdraw) the money myself.

 

With a "recurring charge" you authorise us to make a charge on your bank or credit card each month.

 

For that we simply put your card details in our system, (it encrypts them), and then it charges you each month.

 

To set that up all you need is your bank or credit card and a cheesey smile.

Why's it more expensive paying by cash?

Think of it the other way round.  It's not "more expensive" by cash, it's "cheaper" by card.


And why's it cheaper by card?  Because you're giving us more committment.

 

If you only commit to one month, then you pay "full price".  But if you agree to come for a longer period of time, we'll give you a discount.  Isn't that nice of us?


(Yes it is.)

About Membership Options

How much is it to attend just one class?

You would have to buy one of the memberships listed in the Prices page.  You'd then come once and not use the rest of your membership.


In other words, we don't offer "classes" we offer "memberships".

Why don't you have prices for individual classes?

Multiple reasons but, in essence, it's because we don't want you to come to just one class.

 

Our staff are very passionate about what we do.  I've been doing this for years and years and yet I still genuinely look forward to going to work at night and having some kind of impact on people's lives.

 

Although it's nice enough to give people a good night out or a new experience for a couple of hours, we'd rather do something bigger and better than that - and we can't do that "by the class".

What do I get with a Monthly 5 Pass?

You get 5 Day Passes per month.
 
A Day Pass at Cross Combat is a lot like a Day Ticket on a bus.  It gives you unlimited use for one day.
 
An example of a day is Tuesday.  Another example is Saturday.
 
So, with your Monthly 5 you could come on 4 Tuesdays and 1 Saturday.
Or you could attend 4 Saturdays and 1 Tuesday.
 
Tuesday and Saturday are just examples of days, however, the passes work the same on other days too.
 
For example you could also use one of your Day Passes on Wednesday (Wednesday is another example of a Day)

Does a Day Pass last 24 hours or is it just for a day?

A day pass at Cross Combat is a lot like a Day Ticket on a bus.  It gives you unlimited use for one day.
 
An example of a day is Wednesday.
 
If you buy a Day Pass on Wednesday it is valid for the whole day - in this example, Wednesday.  When Wednesday ends and becomes a different day (Thursday), your Day Pass ends and you need a different Day Pass.
 
Wednesday and Thursday are just examples of days.  The same would be true on other days.

Are there specific Days I have to use my Monthly 5 on?

Nope.
 
With a monthly 5 you get 5 Day Passes per month.  You can use those Day Passes on any Day of the month you want.
 
Monday the 7th, Tuesday the 8th, Wednesday the 9th, and Thursday the 10th are all examples of days and so you could attend on all four of those days.
 
If you attended on those four days you would have used 4 of your Day Passes and so would have 1 left.
 
You could use that Day Pass on any other day of the month.  Examples of other days of that month are Wednesday the 16th and Friday the 25th.  So you could attend on those days to use your last Day Pass, but you could also attend on any other day of the month too.

How long is a month?

The length of a month varies but our memberships go from the day-date you sign up to the day-date of the next month.


For example, if you sign up on the 7th of April, your next month will start on the 7th of May.

 

If you signed up on the 16th of September, your next month would start on the 16rh of October.

 

These are just examples of dates.  It would work the same way for other dates too.

Do I have to start on the 1st of the month?

No.


You can start your membership any day of the month you want.

 

If you start today, your membership will start today and you first month's membership will last a complete month.

 

So, if today was the 8th of June, your next payment would be on the 8th of July.

If today was the 23rd of January, your next payment would be on the 23rd of February.

 

These are just examples of dates, the same method applies to other dates you first attend.

Which classes can I attend with the Unlimited option?

All of them.  There are no classes unavalable to you.  You can attend every class every day.

 

You can attend any class on the timetable.  There are no restrictions on the number of classes you can attend nor on which classes you can attend.

You can attend all classes at any time.

 

unlimited

ʌnˈlɪmɪtɪd/

adjective

  • 1.

    not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.

    "offshore reserves of gas and oil are not unlimited"

    synonyms:inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless

Why Cross Combat?

Why would I train with you instead of Club B?

Honestly, I can't think of a sensible reason for why you'd want to train anywhere else.  We exist for that very reason.

 

About our classes

Does BJJ work?

Uh-huh.  Clicky here

What's wrestling?

Clicky here

About Wrestling

About BJJ

About Boxing/Kickboxing/Muay Thai

Do I need my own equipment?

No.  We provide gloves and shin guards.  We even provide several top of the range headguards for you to enjoy.

 

However, if you'd like to bring your own equipment, that is fine too.

 

You may also want to wear a mouthguard, hand-wraps and/or a groin protector.  This is entirely up to you.

 

We sell mouth guards and hand-wraps in the foyer.

Will I get the shit beaten out of me?

Absolutely not.  We believe you should leave every class more healthy than you arrived so your safety is of primary concern.

 

Cross Combat is a very safe environment in which to train and we are constantly improving our methods to make things safer and safer.

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