Safeguarding Policy

At the Ju Dachi Martial Arts Association our instructors have undertaken extensive adult and child safeguarding training courses recognised by Sport England. You can read both policies by clicking on the various links below. We pride ourselves on offering the best training to our instructors to ensure best teaching practices to our students.


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Safeguarding in Martial Arts: Safe Practice

Martial Arts are activities where safe practice is essential to help prevent injury. Children* are particularly vulnerable as they are still developing mentally and physically, so training methods need to be modified as described below. (*also includes Adults at Risk)

  1. Warm Ups

All activities should first include a thorough warm up which is appropriate for the activity taking place. To help reduce the risk of injury, specific attention should be paid to those muscle groups that will be used during later activity. 


Warm Up

Before students can work on any of their techniques, they must warm up before hand and its you the instructors responsibility to make sure you have done your duty and warmed up the class before attempting any techniques. You should explain that the warm up is an important part of their training. The warm up should last for at least 10 minutes.

Purpose of the warm up

• Increase the temperature of the body.

• Increase the heart rate to prepare the cardiovascular system for exercise

• Minimise the risk of injury by preparing the muscles and joints.

• Enhance optimal performance

JDMA class warm up

We have produced a warm up that works the joints and muscles to begin practicing Karate techniques. This warm up last between 10 and 15 minutes. Warm ups can last much longer but due to the limited amount of time available in class we have to have a balance which warms the students up so they can begin practicing without using to much of the time allocated for the lesson. Our warm up covers the following;

• Muscle groups.

• Cardio.

• Joints.

• Dynamic stretching.

Techniques that include throwing, grappling, strangling and choke holds.

The risks include but are not limited to: falling on unsuitable surfaces; landing on the head; damage to the joints from locks; strangulation.

Safe practice should include, but is not limited to:

  1. (a)Checking the matted area for suitability, particularly where the mats have been joined.
  2. (b)Checking that there are no hard surfaces or sharp/hard objects around the matted area.
  3. (c)Having an experience instructor who will ensure that children are not taught to use locks, throws or strangles which will cause injury.

Techniques involving strikes, punches and kicks

The risks include but are not limited to: concussion (brain injury) from heavy blows to the head; damage to internal organs and joints from heavy blows; injury from inappropriate stretching and other exercises.

  1. (a)The instructor must ensure that all students have stretched to prepare the muscles to prevent damage to the muscles, ligaments and joints. Extra attention to be taken when putting the muscles under stress when performing exercises such as kicks.
  2. (b)Students who are competing must wear the required protection which include the following: Mouth guard, Sparring Mitts. Additional protection may be worn such as: Groin Guard, Shin and Instep and females may also wear a chest guard.
  3. (c)Students are permitted light contact to the body, however students of higher rank I.e 1st Dan and above may participate in body conditioning drills which allow for full contact, this is only for students of a certain age.
  4. (d)A fully matted area must be implemented for any competition that takes place.
  5. (e)A pointed first aider must be present for any competition weather its a club, international or national level.
  6. (f)Having an experience instructor who will ensure that children are not taught to use locks, throws or strangles which will cause injury.
  7. (g)Strikes to the head are limited and must only be of light contact.
  8. (h)There should be gender categories when students compete in international or national championships, however this rule may be exempt for club competitions. This rule is also exempt during regular class sparring.
  9. During club competition there should be a minimum of two supervisors, one acting as the referee and the other a flag bearer. For national and international competitions, there should be four flag bearers and one referee, in most cases there is also a supervisor timing the event.

Techniques Involving Weapons

Safe practice should include but is not limited to:

  1. No live blades (sharp or otherwise) in the training hall when children are 


  1. Safe protocols for the use of training weapons by children
  2. Good supervision at all times by Instructors

Above all, safe practice means having a suitably qualified and experienced instructor who will ensure that children are not exposed to the above risks and who can make a training session enjoyable whilst maintaining the discipline essential to learning a Martial Art. 


Adult Protocol:

Minor head injuries

Signs and symptoms

Look for:

  • any loss of responsiveness
  • scalp wound
  • dizziness or feeling sick
  • loss of memory of events before or during the injury
  • headache
  • confusion

Safeguarding Adults

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Safeguarding Children

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