Classes with us tend to have a relatively informal atmosphere compared to some martial arts. Where we do ask for specific behaviour, it is to help ensure the safety of everyone in the class, and so ensure that everyone can learn the material being taught.
- Respect your fellow classmates; their safety within class is your concern.
- Respect your training weapons, sythnetic or steel. Whatever they’re made from, they’re still capable of causing injury.
- Respect the content being taught. If it’s being taught to you, there’s a reason we feel you should know and understand it.
- Be diligent in your own training. Strive for perfect application of both technique and control. There’s no such this as ‘this is too basic to spend time on’.
- Help your training partners. This does not mean explain everything to them. This means always ensure that everything you are doing on your side of any drill is the exact technique required for the drill, as perfectly as you can execute it, every time.
- Respect your instructors. At MCG we don’t take pay from the class, and our best reward for all of the training, research, and effort it has taken to build the class and content is to see the class and students applying themselves and training hard.
- Respect the training hall. Don’t make a mess, don’t leave a mess. If something happens, deal with it immediately.
- If in doubt about anything, in any way, ask.
- Apply all of the above to any workshop, training day, tournament, or other HEMA event that you happen to be at or a part of.
Control and self-discipline are the two mainstays of becoming a good martial artist. Control over yourself and your techniques to not cause injury to yourself or your fellow students, and self-discipline enough to diligently train the techniques and work to be able to apply them effectively in sparring, even for the drills that seem boring, or seem too hard, or seem pointless at first glance.