** Please Note: The classes at 'The Light' are free to members of Virgin Active. Membership starts from £45 a month.
** Please Note: Tuesday/Wednesday classes will resume from 16th September 2013.
Our sessions focus on looking at Krav Maga as a system and as a self defence. There should always be an understanding of the differences on the two ways we can look at using Krav Maga. As a system, we look at the history and background behind Krav Maga and its roots. This is usually with a more severe application of the techniques. The self defence side applies the tactics to more modern requirements, usually that of a civillian finding themselves confronted with physical conflict in everyday life and abiding by the law on self defence to protect themselves and others. For more information on KM, the wikipedia link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krav_Maga
These sessions started back in 1997 at Leeds Metropolitan University when students and staff were looking for self defence and fitness classes. The Jiu-Jitsu sessions focus on the traditional Japanese art and has a strong link to the Koryu art of Tai-Jutsu. Students will practice locks, throws, strikes, defences and groundfighting from a traditional perspective. For more information on Jiu-Jitsu, the wikipedia link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujutsu
The Thursday Kickboxing class is a fun alternative fitness session. Training will begin as always with a warm up which will then move into padwork. Working at various kicks and punches and creating effective combinations, students get an opportunity to spar at the end of the session. Some students compete at regional, national and international levels. Some sessions will also include reviewing alternative styles such as Thai Boxing, Freestyle Kickboxing and Kumite Fighting. For more information on Kickboxing, the wikipedia link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickboxing
New for 2011, these two hour sessions at the end of the week can set you up nicely for the weekend. The sessions will begin with a 'Crossfit' style warm up to give participants an opportunity to develop their overall fitness through a variety of exercises and challenges. This will then be followed by an informal session on Mixed Martial Arts that will include looking at styles such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, BJJ, etc. The sessions will focus on developing skills and not for competition. For more information on MMA, the wikipedia link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_martial_arts
All the sessions above are run by Instructors with a wider knowledge than the style being delivered. Participants can expect occassional sessions that will look at similar or comparrison arts that compliment the style. These may include Keysi, Systema, Kali, Judo, Kobudo, Kapap, etc. to name but a few.