Benefits of Karate: Building Relationships

In an age of virtual friendship on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, it is often a goal for young people to obtain as many friends or followers as they can on the aforementioned social platforms. But how many of those friends, are legitimate friends? How many of those friends would bring you a tub of ice-cream and watch scary movies with you until you’re too scared to leave the house?

This is where extra and co-curricular activities become more important than ever! Research has suggested that the key to long-lasting friendships is a mutual interest. Think back to how you and your best friend became friends. What was it that brought you two together? Was it an after school activity? A sports club? A Karate club even?…

Bonding over mutual interests is a key factor in whether or not you are friends for life. As we get older and change interests, so do our friendship circles. If you are passionate about Karate, you will most likely become friends with someone else that is passionate about Karate. You can talk about it and practice it without feeling judged or that you are smothering the other person. Feeling free enough to share your passions with a likeminded person, makes the bond stronger than usual.

Not only that, but being part of a club creates a likeminded community. Many health and fitness facilities have changed their style of gym to suit the community feel. Crossfit was the first real trend setter, bringing together likeminded individuals and created that sense of community within Crossfit (the sport) and it’s facilities.

But why Karate specifically? How does training Karate help build relationships?

“New School” Karate Dojo’s are intentionally structured to provide a family-friendly and inviting atmosphere where children feel comfortable to open up and develop their socialisation skills. Many lessons, Mat Chats and principles that are taught in Karate are based on life skill development, thus, giving these kids a chance to be aware of and apply these skills in a safe and supervised environment. Based on feedback, a common result we get at Twins Martial Arts is the growing confidence of our shyer, more introverted students. Children begin to develop confidence they may have lacked through our Karate program, that provides them with the environment and tools to establish new relationships.

Empathy and communication is said to be the keys to relationship building. Through martial arts, children are taught the importance of compassion, patience and develop their conflict resolution skills which are required to create and maintain relationships in all facets of life.

Waiver and Release

I, the undersigned Student, freely and willingly agree to participate in martial art training with Fight Physio Pty Ltd trading as Twins Martial Arts (TMA). I hereby assume full responsibility and liability for all damages, injuries and losses that I may sustain or incur while participating in training at TMA. 

I realise that serious injury is commonplace in martial arts such as the martial arts that I am participating in and that death is a possibility, as remote as it may be. I also realise that if I am injured, I might be disfigured, disabled and/or rendered unable to work again. By participating in martial arts training, I fully accept and assume liability for any and all injuries that I may incur and I expressly waive and agree to hold TMA harmless in relation to any and all claims that I, other students, spectators, or any other person might have for any injury regardless of its nature, or effect as a result of my participation at TMA classes or events held or participated in by TMA. 

I further agree to follow all TMA rules and lawful instructions given by TMA instructors or personnel while participating in classes or TMA events. I acknowledge that failure to follow TMA rules and instructions could lead to serious injury to me, other students, instructors, or other persons.  

I authorise, and agree to hold harmless, any medical personnel that may be present at or called to TMA to take any necessary action, should I become injured whilst at training or any other event. 

I warrant that all personal information I have provided to TMA is true and correct and agree to immediately advise TMA if my details change. I agree to indemnify TMA in relation to any damages or loss it suffers or may suffer as a consequence of my personal information being incorrect in any way.  

I represent that I am in good health, that I am not presently and will not participate in any classes or TMA event while under the influence of any drug, medication, or alcohol. I have read and understood every provision of this release and I am legally competent to freely provide this waiver, release and assumption of risk. 

The indemnities and waivers provided in this document shall survive the duration of the event and shall bind me, my heirs, legal personal representatives, successors, and permitted assignees. 

In the event that the Student is under the age of majority, this waiver and agreement shall be signed by a legal guardian of the Student and shall bind the Student and the Student’s legal guardian. 

Warning under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Victoria) Under the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria), several statutory guarantees apply to the supply of certain goods and services. These guarantees mean that the supplier named on this document (being TMA) is required to ensure that the recreational services it supplies to you: 

1. are rendered with due care and skill; and 

2. are reasonably fit for any purpose which you, either expressly or by implication, make known to the supplier; and

3. might reasonably be expected to achieve any result you have made known to the supplier. 

Under section 22 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act, TMA is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees do not apply to you. If you sign this document, you will be agreeing that your rights to sue TMA under the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not in accordance with these guarantees, are excluded or restricted to the greatest extent permitted by law. 

NOTE: The change to your rights, as set out in this document, does not apply if your death or injury is due to gross negligence on TMA’s part. Gross negligence, in relation to an act or omission, means doing the act or omitting to do an act with reckless disregard, with or without consciousness, for the consequences of the act or omission. See regulation 5 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Regulations 2012 and section 22(3)(b) of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012. 

TMA’S LIABILITY TO YOU  

I expressly agree that in exchange for being permitted to participate in TMA’s activities: 

1. I release from liability, agree never to sue, and hold harmless, to the maximum extent permitted by law TMA, as well as its employees and associates, for any bodily injury or death and for any damage, loss or theft of any personal property which I may incur while on TMA’s premises or which arises from my participation in any TMA activities, regardless of cause, including the alleged negligence, gross negligence, or strict liability of TMA. This includes a release of my rights to sue in relation to the provision of recreational services (as that term is defined in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic)) where the services or recreational activities are not provided in accordance with certain statutory guarantees; and 

2. If I or any legal representative on my behalf files a claim or lawsuit arising out of my participation in any TMA activity, I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless TMA for any damages, legal fees or costs arising out of such claim or lawsuit. 

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