Beware the Comfort Zone

Until your child steps outside of their comfort zone, they cannot develop confidence or independence.

Don’t get me wrong, comfort zones are awesome when you’ve smashed 12 hours worth of school and extracurriculars and it’s time for some pizza, Netflix and slippers. But when Netflix and chill become the 12 hour ‘work ethic’, that is when the comfort zone is no longer contributing to your health but becomes the slump-fort zone.

Progress happens outside of the comfort zone. Doing something we are comfortable with day in and day out, will not help us to become better, more often than not it helps us become complacent and fearful of change. A good martial arts training program is designed to help kids develop these personal attributes and enable them to embrace change and difficulty. So why should we encourage our kids to get out of their comfort zones at an early stage in their lifespans?

Three, universally agreed upon benefits of encouraging kids to try something new.

  1. Development of social and team building skills – Even in a single-person sport such as Karate, drilling amongst other kids working on the same or similar things as the kids allows that socialisation to take place. Your child does not have to play a team sport to learn about team building, they just need to be exposed to a group training environment. Not all children enjoy team sports, but enjoy training, so it is important to do that research and select an activity that is going to motivate the child to keep attending and learning.
  2. Anxiety and stress are long term symptoms of taking too long of a holiday in the comfort zone. Being stuck in a comfort zone can create anxiety about stepping outside of it. Just the thought of interacting with others can cause a child or an adult to ‘freak out!’ worrying about how they should act, what they should say, where they should go and it becomes overwhelming. Getting children to try new things and explore at an early age can prevent the onset of social anxiety from occurring at all, allowing the child to learn skills in communication and develop confidence in themselves.
  3. As children enter adolescence, the behaviour they have learned prior will underly the way in which they approach study, exams and joining the workforce. A recent survey conducted by asked 900 teenagers from 13 – 19 about goal setting and achieving their goals. The majority of the participants identified that goal setting was the easiest part but it was the process of changing habits that was the most difficult. A teenager stuck in comfort zone tends to find it more difficult to learn and acquire new skills as opposed to a teenager who has actively taken on challenges and tried new things during their childhood.

The Twins Team focus on life and skill development using Karate as the founding principle. Martial Arts is a very effective and challenging activity for any child that will teach them more than just how to block or serve a punch.

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. 


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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