Should I Ask Sensei?

We are going to dive straight into a topic that isn’t usually spoken about due to uncertainty as to whether it is an appropriate question to ask your own Sensei, but it is absolutely valid to ask, and that is ‘can I train with another Sensei?’.

We understand the value of learning from different people. You can develop new perspectives on old concepts and even experience a whole new teaching style. This works very well for conventional schooling and academia, but when it comes to specialist skill development and learning, can become a grey area. Ever learnt something from one person and then someone else told you it is incorrect? Consistency is key to developing any skill. So, there are a few considerations that need to be made prior.

CULTURAL INFLUENCE

In Japan, many traditional Sensei absolutely forbid the practice of learning from more than one Sensei as it presents a form of disloyalty and disrespect to your original Sensei. As Karate encompasses Japanese culture, this belief has transcended time and space and many Dojos uphold this belief. However, there are Martial Arts clubs that facilitate the value of diversified learning, within set parameters. Clubs will often have sister-clubs or affiliations with other clubs. These clubs tend to share the same or similar values, teaching styles and disciplines which limits any mis-teachings or differences of opinion. Ensuring that both or all Sensei are in alignment ensures the student maintains progression throughout their training. More often than not, your Sensei are probably training with those Sensei too!

TRAINING OUTSIDE OF ALIGNMENT

Training with other clubs that do not have an agreement with your Dojo can cause some roadworks for the student. Any mis-match could mean the student is told to re-learn something, possibly due to a difference in technique opinion or style. Grading can also become an issue as now, the primary Sensei may not be privvy to the training the student is doing additionally, or even knows what the other Sensei is teaching them.  However, this does not apply to cross training. Cross training with a Sensei for a different martial art is a new kettle of fish. If your primary Sensei does not specialise in a martial art you would like to try then by all means, ask them to point you in the right direction! They will have many connections, and also understand your level and which school would suit you best.

SHOULD I ASK MY SENSEI?

The very first thing you should do is talk to your Sensei. It is not the question that is disrespectful, it is the approach that may seem disrespectful. Keep in mind, your Sensei has worked hard to help you develop, train you and help you achieve your martial arts goals. So, showing respect and loyalty to your Sensei by consulting them first, before anyone else, matters. They know your journey best.  Loyalty is one of the pillars of martial arts culture. It is an attribute that most, if not all martial arts clubs teach and practice. Loyalty, also means asking your Sensei about training before seeking advice from others. Your Sensei will gladly chat to you! In cases where a student seeks advice from another Instructor, the student will often be re-directed to ask their Sensei. The loyalty is upheld by Instructors as well.

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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