General Training Guidelines
Whilst training methods and conditions vary from club to club and venue to venue, the following are good things to keep in mind no matter where you train.
Some things you should ALWAYS do:
- ALWAYS be clean and tidy for training.
- ALWAYS keep long hair tied back, and keep fingernails short, especially if practicing ringen.
- ALWAYS remove jewellery/piercings before training. If unable to be removed, these should at least be covered with surgical tape.
- ALWAYS inform your instructor before class if you have any injuries or medical conditions.
- ALWAYS make sure you take part in an appropriate and safe warm-up before training.
- ALWAYS act with respect towards your instructors and fellow classmates.
- ALWAYS act responsibly towards the safety of yourself and your training partners.
- ALWAYS use equipment/safety gear appropriate to the drill and to the class in general.
- ALWAYS treat all synthetics/feders/steel blunts with the same respect you’d show a sharp blade.
- ALWAYS ask questions if you’re not sure of a technique or drill.
- ALWAYS stop training and inform your instructor if an injury or accident occurs.
- ALWAYS check with your instructor (or with us) if in doubt about any of the above.
And some things you should NEVER do:
- NEVER arrive at class under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- NEVER use unnecessary force.
- NEVER disregard the safety of yourself or your classmates/instructors.
- NEVER start a drill, or sparring, before your partner/opponent has signalled they are ready.
- NEVER deviate from the content you’ve been given just because you’re bored. It disrupts what your instructor is trying to teach, and it disrupts your partner’s training.
We try to encourage classes that are not only fun and rewarding, but as professional as possible in terms of teaching and safety. Always feel free to raise issues or concerns with your instructors, ask for more material or guidance on a topic, or anything you feel might help your training – a quiet discussion before or after class is a good option rather than in the middle of class. Much the same goes for contacting HEMA Ireland – we’re always happy to get feedback from members.