Questions  & Answers


Coronavirus Safety

  • All SHMA students who attend a DIRECT AFTER SCHOOL CLASS (only for the school students)  do not need to wear a face mask,  do not need to wear gloves or bring a mat. You are required to wear clean indoor trainers/plimsoles( Students who forget these train bare feet).
  • All SHMA students (11Yrs+) who attend A weekday class that STARTS AFTER AFTER 4:30 PM and any WEEKEND CLASS are REQUIRED to wear a face mask into the class and during certain aspects of class training.  Students are also required to wear gloves and indoor trainers/plimsoles which are suitable for Martial Arts Training. We will review indoor requirements at the end of March 2022c- prior to the new summer term commencement.
  • All persons (11 Yrs+) collecting from the sports hall car park sports doors are STILL REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK at all times while you are in the collection car park. This is to reduce the "chance" of passing on the virus in the smaller collection point with students from different schools. SHMA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MANDATE THE WEARING OF A FACE MASK TO ANY PERSON(S) WHEN ON ANY PART OF THE SCHOOL GROUNDS AT ANY TIME.
  • We aim to continue regular sparring in all direct afterschool classes from September 1st.
  • Students will be offered the opportunity to make direct contact (*with mask) in partner work to all students who provide a 60 minutes prior to class negative flow test.
  • Fully vaccinated persons will be able to work together mask-free if *both partners agree and both have provided the required negative flow test.
  • Students will also be offered the opportunity to spar in classes wearing a mask*.
  • All students are required to wash their hands prior to starting class.
  • All students attending an after 5pm weekday or any weekend class are asked to bring in their own hand sanitizer.
Booking & Rebooking a class
  • SHMA Members may book the January - Easter 2022 new term from November 1st 2021. Click Classes, fill out the online booking form, and pay the term fee to the regular SHMA account using your member's number within the 24hr booking period to secure your booking.
  • Click Classes/book, fill out the online booking form, and SHMA will confirm your booking, provide you with a new member's number for payment reference provide the online banking details. Payment is required within 24 hrs of SHMA emailing confirmation of your being received and accepted.
  • Monthly students do not need to rebook their annually booked classes.
Trial Lesson
  • We offer free trial lessons at the following lessons times: Tuesdays 6 - 7:15pm (Yr7+ only), Fridays 4:30 - 5:15 pm (8Yrs old+) & Saturdays 9 - 10am (5 Yrs+).
  • Please Contact Us to book your trial lesson.
  • We take all payments via our online bank account and provide these details once you have booked. 
  • I'm afraid we do not accept Child Care Vouchers.

Drop off, Collection & Student Release

  • Our full class schedule shows the drop-off and collection times for each class.

  • SHMA has a Late payment policy for all students. You are allowed 1 free up to 5 minutes late per family per term.

  • If the Class Instructor is remaining on-site to teach further classes our late fees are listed:

        Up to 5 minutes  FREE /  6 - 10 minutes £3 / 10 - 15 minutes £4 / 16 - 20 minutes £5 / 21 - 30 minutes £10 / 31 - 60 minutes £20 (Updated 6/10/21)

  • If the Class Instructor is not staying on-site, SHMA has an after-school deposit program with both the Avenue and Homefield schools whereby the school takes responsibility for the student and the school will charge you the after-school club holding rate.

  • If you are going to be late collecting your child and you are able to have another parent collect your child you are required to TEXT or EMAIL SHMA or phone the school. We are not permitted to release a student without these listed methods.

  • You can email SHMA a second person designated collector for your child for the term or give us permission to release the student so that they may leave the school grounds alone or be collected by a sibling under 11 Yrs old.

Zoom Code
  • The Zoom code can be found under the member's section. 
  • You are required to wear a TEMAS (Orange) Badge upon promotion to 9th Gup (Yellow Stripe). These can be ordered from Our Website shop in the members area.
Class Change
  • We understand that classes may suddenly clash with a new club that you have joined after booking your SHMA class. We allow students to change a class during the term if: the student's age and grade are sufficient to join the class & there is space in the class for the student to join.
  • Students joining a higher fee-paying class are required to pay the class difference.
  • Students joining a lower fee-paying class are not refunded the difference.
  • We allow one free change of class per term, then £3 per change thereafter.
Membership/Members Area
  • SHMA does not charge a membership fee to new members.
  • Students who re join after a period of 6 months are charged £8 returning membership fee.
  • To access the member's section you need to click members and request membership login access.
  • Membership is cancelled for all non booked members on Day 1 of each new term for site security.
  • SHMA admin may take up to 48 hrs to respond to your request.
Snacks & Drinks
  • One small healthy snack may be brought to all direct after-school classes which must be within the food guidelines of the school and the SHMA after-school food guidelines (listed below).
  • Water is the only drink allowed at an after-school class.

  • ​We check all snacks/drinks given at every class for student safety / School venue regulations and remove any food that is not within the above guidelines.

  • Please keep all margarine & butter to a minimum; Master Carmichael will not be able to work closely with any student and may become violently sick if she can smell these on a student's uniform, hair, or hands.

  • Holiday Camp food & drink guidelines can be found under the Holiday Camp section 

Uniform & Belt

  • New students may wear their school PE kit for their first term of training.

  • On a student's second term, they are required to wear a SHMA uniform with the SHMA back patch and the Korean and United kingdom flags displayed on the sleeves. All SHMA uniforms come with these 3 patches as standard and a white belt.

  • Uniforms can be purchased from the SHMA Website shop.

  • The TEMAS patch (Orange badge) is brought when students grade for the 10th Gup (Yellow Belt) and should be sewn onto the uniform to signify the student has entered the SHMA-TEMAS system. 

  • Uniforms should be washed at a low temperature (under 40 degrees) and never tumble-dried. This will avoid shrinkage. The belts should always be hand washed separately to avoid colour run.

  • Once you have washed your uniform we ask that you then tailor the uniform to the student's size (Trouser &  Jacket Cuffs); a little trick to get more time out of the trousers is to roll the waistband once or twice before sewing the trouser hems.

  • Uniforms should be washed regularly to maintain hygiene both for the student and their class partner.

  • Uniform Trims are presented to students upon reaching 6th Gup (Green), 4th Gup (Blue)  & 2nd Belt (Red) and we ask that these are sewn on within 6 weeks of presentation of grade.

  • Black Belt Candidates (CDB'S) are required to remove their red uniform trim upon promotion; this signifies the return to basics in preparation for Black Belt.

  • Black Belt Students require black trim on the lapel, cuffs, and around the bottom edge of the uniform top. This trim represents the burden of responsibility they hold for their thoughts and actions.

Catch-Up Classes

  • Catch-Up classes are classes that you have missed during the term through sick days, School Matches, etc. All Catch-Up classes must be caught up during the current training term.

  • Catch-Up classes cannot be carried over to the new term or used for any class other than the regular term scheduled class booked.

  • Students who attend an *In-Venue Class may attend another suitable in-venue class or may Catch-Up via Zoom.

  • Zoom Students may not be able to Catch-up in an *In - Venue class due to In Venue numbers and may need to wait until a monthly Zoom Catch-Up Class has been scheduled.

  • Should SHMA cancel a class within 4 weeks of the end of the term you are given 4 weeks of the new term start date to use this Catch-Up.

  • All Catch-Up Classes must be booked using the Contact Us form of this website and we suggest that you book the class required at least 3 days prior to the requested class so that we can answer your Contact Us and confirm your booking. 

  • Students not permitted to attend an In-Venue class due to not bring the required face mask & Clean indoor training shoes required during our Coronavirus safety protocols may not be able to attend an *In-Venue Catch-Up class, but may Catch-Up Via Zoom.

Membership & Insurance

  • All Martial Artists need a minimum 3rd party insurance. SHMA insurance will allow you to attend any SHMA sanctioned event (Training, Testing Clinics, Competitions, Holiday Camps, etc). 

  • Students are not permitted to attend any class or event without current SHMA insurance. 

  • OUR Insurance prices are listed below:

      £6 per year (September 1st - August 31st) 

      £5 (January 1st - August 31st)

      £4 (April 1st - August 31st)

      1st Sibling discount 10%  / 2nd & 3rd sibling discount 15%

Calendar, Term & Event Dates 

  • All SHMA Term dates and event dates (Holiday Camps, Competitions, Clinics, gradings) can be found on our Website Calendar.

  • SHMA term dates may differ from the school calendar term dates.

  • We use a traffic light system for our calendar:

       Red = All Classes Cancelled.

       Orange = 1 or more class times have been adjusted for the day.

       Green = No Changes to the regular schedule

  • We also have a few other colours:

        Blue = No Scheduled Classes​

        Black = Black Belt Events

        Pinks/Purples for Student events (Holiday camps, clinics, competitions, etc).

  • We ask that you check the calendar regularly to avoid missing out on key class/date information; also a group email from us informing you of a change may have gone into your junk box. 


Safety Kit Required & When

  • Head guards: Upon promotion to Level 5 / 10th Gup

  • Groin Guards (males only): Upon Promotion to 8th Gup - We recommend all males to wear a groin guard in class for sparring practice at all times.

  • Sparring Protection (Shin Guards, Hand & Foot Guards): Upon Promotion to 8th Gup - We recommend all students to wear a full set of Sparring Protection Pads in class for sparring practice at all times.

  • Forearm Guards: Not required as standard but recommended for sparring and Ill Soo Sik at Intermediate Grade.

  • Students may buy any of the above kit at any time before the required grade as this will improve confidence in the sparring aspects of class training.

Kit Store

  • Our online kit store can be found in the members-only section.

When do I Grade

  • We are always in the act of becoming the belt that we are wearing. Once you have acquired the skills at a belt level or rank,  your class instructor will recommend you for advancement to your next grade.
  • All other information re your grade, student grading date list, grading booking form, etc can be found under the member's section of our website

SHMA Admin

  • We aim to reply to you within 24hrs but during busy times (Gradings, 1st week back, etc) we may take a little longer than we would like.

  • Most questions you have can be answered by looking at the calendar or the Q & A section of our website and will save you checking your inbox for a reply from us.

  • All Admin is performed via a email or (Text only to confirm no day attendance/day collection change). 

  • Admin closes from Saturday 3 pm until 10 am Monday morning & Bank Holiday 's (Weekends).

  • We ask that you use the contact us form on our website to ensure we receive your email and it does not go to our junk box or we ourselves junk due to unusual email names that appear spam mails.

What Grade Section am I?

  • Beginners: White, Yellows & Oranges.

  • Intermediates: Green & Blues.

  • Advanced: Reds, CDB & Black Belts.

  • Dans: Black Belts.

  • Ko Dan Ja: 4th Dans+

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