Contender gym
frequently
asked questions

Kids Classes

Can i try a class before i decide to sign up?


Absolutely, We hold regular Free Taster Sessions, which you can signup for online, you are then invited to come and train with all the Members at Contender Gym, where you will get to experience a class, as well as have a tour of the gym, and meet All of the Contender Gym Staff.




What Equipment do i need to train?


When you first start, don't worry too much, alot of students make the mistake of buying lots of things quickly! You will need to consider getting your own equipment, but Contender Gym
Do supply with the items you need until you are settled in. When you are considering buying items you will need:
- Suitable Clothing (T-Shirt/Sweatshirt) (Kickboxing Shorts/Trousers)
- Boxing Gloves
- Hand Wraps
- Gum Shields
- Groin Guard
- Shin Pads




I have trained before, and want to start competing - Can i join the Gym and fight?


This would require you to have attend Contender Gym for a set period, and been assesed by our Coaches, who will then decide if you ability is good enough to compete
safely and fairly.




How do i start training with Contender Gym?


Starting your fitness Journey is never easy, however our system to get you started is easy as 123. You can attend any of our classes Free Of Charge by signing up for one of
our taster sessions online, after you have attended the taster session, please have a chat with our staff who will help you pick your membership option.




How many times a week should I or my child train?


Like anything in life, the more you do it, the better you will become at it.

We recommend starting on twice a week where possible.
For students on our Kids Programmes, they can start on once a week to begin with. Therefore, in terms of Grading, students training once/week will only be able to participate in their first Grading, after which, they will be expected to train twice/week so they can progress.




How many students are there in a class?


There is anywhere between 5-60 students in a class. Of course this depends on the day, the programme, and so on.
We find that most people want more guidance in their classes for themselves, and/or their children.

So, regardless of whether we have more students in a class, we will make sure that there is a good ratio of instructors to students.




How many instructors are there in a class?


In Adult’s classes, there is at least 1 instructor.

For Kid’s classes, there are at least 2 instructors and our mentors. Also, we make sure you get the proper attention you deserve in each and every class, so that you can consistently develop. With this in mind, even when student numbers increase, we endeavour to have the right ratio of students – instructors.




Is there physical contact during training?


Yes. However, if you or the staff at Contender Gym feel you are not ready for sparring (controlled contact to practice your techniques), we are not going to let you do so. However, sparring is only done for 7 years old and above (7 – 12 year olds avoid head contact). We always aim to make sure you’re ready to push yourself, but in a safe and fun environment.




How does Martial Arts prevent bullying?


Simply put, confident, assertive, and self-aware people know their worth, and stand up for what they believe in.
So, if you or your child are being bullied, Martial Arts is one of the few things which actually helps people not just transform physically, but mentally too.
If you are confident, and know how to conduct yourself, you are aware of your own character (and others’), so you won’t get bullied as easily.

Bullies rely on easy targets, and true practitioners of Martial Arts are the wrong target for a bully to pick.




How does Martial Arts teach focus and discipline?


Learning Martial Arts, is one of the few things in existence which forces you to be present, focused, and disciplined whilst you are practising. The skills, drills, and techniques learnt in classes, requires deep concentration, or as we like to call it, a dynamic meditation. When you then go to apply your techniques, let’s say in Sparring, you have to be extremely focused for safety reasons. More importantly, Martial Arts is a way of life, and when you are taught to understand your character, you will see how you can enhance the rest of your life, and use your new found focus and discipline outside of class.




I don’t want to be tied into a contract, what do you offer?


Times have changed, and you don’t want to be tied down by something you can’t use.
As a result, we don’t have a contract which will force you to pay if you don’t want to be a part of our Community. All we ask for is one full calendar month’s notice, and we can waive the remainder of your membership.




What is the best age to start Martial Arts?


The best age to start is now. We’re true believers in starting as soon as you can, especially if you want to get good at it from a young age.
Because our Monkey Mayhem students truly show us how Martial Arts can positively enhance a child’s life, from such an early age. Hence, for anyone else, the best time to start is now!




Can I stay and watch my child during their classes?


MONKEY MAYHEM CLASS ONLY

Of course. We have a seating area for you, so you can watch your child develop.

We believe parents must take an active role in their child’s development, and ideally, it’s best for you to watch and stay for classes.
Also, if you can’t always be there, that’s fine too, but we recommend you’re there more than you’re not.




My child is disruptive in group environments, can they join?


EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT CONTENDER We want to help families like yourself, who have children that can be challenging at times. Similarly, we understand that not every child is the same, and that they can’t all be taught in the same way. So, it would be best for us to have a quick chat together, and see what things can be put in place to help your child before they come in to class.




What clothing should i wear when i attend my sessions? Do i need to bring anything with me?


We recommend wearing a T-Shirt, with shorts or tracksuit bottoms, we do not recommend wearing any loose jewlery or earings, As you are likely to work up a sweat, we suggest
you bring a towel and another top to change into for your journey home. All training in Contender Gym, is barefoot, so no specific footware is needed.




Do i Have to fight?


ABSOLUTELY NOT! The choice on if you fight is down to you, and the coaches in the GYM, alot of our students attend just to get fit, you are not forced in anyway
to Fight, If you are approached by our coaches to discuss you fighting, but you do not wish to advise them of this and then will be happy to keep pushing you on your
fitness journey.





General FAQ

I have never done any martial arts before, Do you have classes for complete beginners?


Absolutely, Contender Gym welcomes all beginners regardless of age of agility, Our staff at our stockton based gym, design each of our classes with beginners and advanced levels, we cater for any ability, and our friendly gym members will also help develop your skills.




What are the classes like?


Classes will vary each day and week, Each class held at Contender Gym will start with a warm up session, this will include some jogging, stretching, shadow boxing.

Although our instructors are there to push you, you can go at your own pace.
After our warm up session, the class may consist of, Punch Bag or Pad Work, Techincal Drills, Stength & Conditioning work. For those that wish to spar, there will be allocated times
you are under no obligation to spar, our staff do not Push you to spar, they will aid and assist whichever activity you choose.




How fit do i need to be for your classes?


Contender Gym teach people of all fitness levels, Don't make the common mistake that you need to be fit before attending our Stockton on tees based Martial Arts and Fitness Gym. The best way to fit for Martial Arts, is to train Martial Arts, Remember Go at your own pace, as you get fitter we will encourage you to push yourself further.




What Level are the classes?


Lessons held at Contender Gym are designed to cater for all levels and abilities, Our Minimum age requirement is four years old, in our designated Monkey Mayhem Class.




Will i lose weight/tone up?


Contender Gym have a proven record for helping kids and adults lose weight and tone up, by our dedicated instructors teach suitable fitness classes, through martial arts.
Martial Arts programmes have been hugely successful in the last 20 years in helping men, women and children, to lose weight and achieve their dream body shape and fitness.




What clothing should i wear when i attend my sessions? Do i need to bring anything with me?


We recommend wearing a T-Shirt, with shorts or tracksuit bottoms, we do not recommend wearing any loose jewlery or earings, As you are likely to work up a sweat, we suggest
you bring a towel and another top to change into for your journey home. All training in Contender Gym, is barefoot, so no specific footware is needed.




Do Women Train at Contender Gym?


Our Martial Arts and Fitness classes are UNISEX classes, they are built in a friendly and safe enviroment, and are suitable for both male and female students. We have a dedicated
Ladies only class if you would prefer to train with only ladies attended.




Do i Have to fight?


ABSOLUTELY NOT! The choice on if you fight is down to you, and the coaches in the GYM, alot of our students attend just to get fit, you are not forced in anyway
to Fight, If you are approached by our coaches to discuss you fighting, but you do not wish to advise them of this and then will be happy to keep pushing you on your
fitness journey.




How long does it take to become a Black Belt?


Attaining the Grade of Black Belt should be no easy tasj. Also, the problem giving an exact time frame lies in the fact of how hard or how often the student attend and develop there skills. On Average a Black Belt will be graded around 8 years of training.




What do you expect from me?


As a student, or parent to a Contender Gym student, all we ask is that you are willing to give your best self inside and outside of class, so that you can not just see, but feel, and live the benefits of our Martial Arts programme in your own life.
Also, we want you to get the best results possible, and experience Martial Arts as a way of life, and so that it positively impacts every area of your life.

Enjoy your training, Respect our instructors and other members.




What happens if I miss a class?


Contender Gym staff understand , you’re not always going to make every class you intend to.With that in mind, you’re welcome to attend any of our other classes (in your relevant programme) throughout the week. Similarly, it’s best to set the right intention and habits from the start, and if you can, ensure you come to the classes you’ve signed up for, so you get the most from your training.




Where are the classes?


We are located Behind Stockton on tees Job Centre.

The Gym address is:
Contender Gym, The Basement, Yarm St, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3DR




I don’t want to fight or compete, can I still join?


Of course you can, in fact, most of our students never fight, or express that they don’t want to fight or compete at all, and that’s absolutely fine with us.
Probably at least 95% of our students don’t want to participate in competitions, and we make sure that our focus is on your physical, mental, and spiritual development.

We want you to join to achieve your own goals, and if we can help you aim higher, and achieve more in good time, then we’re happy for you.




Is there free parking?


The Gym itself has a Staff only Car Park, and no parking is permitted but any member or parent. There is however a Free Car Park (after 5pm) at Stockon Job Centre which is a 2 minute walk from the gym.

Castlegate Multi Storey Car Park which is free for 2 hours parking.

There is also a pay and display outside the gym.




I’d like some 1 – 1 Personal Training sessions before I join your classes, do you offer them?


Yes. 1-1 Personal Training is a great way to get you started with your health and wellbeing goals on the right foot.
First of all, please contact us here when you’re ready to have a quick chat, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have a member of staff will contact you to discuss pricing and times available.




Can i try a class before i decide to sign up?


Absolutely, We hold regular Free Taster Sessions, which you can signup for online, you are then invited to come and train with all the Members at Contender Gym, where you will get to experience a class, as well as have a tour of the gym, and meet All of the Contender Gym Staff.




What Equipment do i need to train?


When you first start, don't worry too much, alot of students make the mistake of buying lots of things quickly! You will need to consider getting your own equipment, but Contender Gym
Do supply with the items you need until you are settled in. When you are considering buying items you will need:
- Suitable Clothing (T-Shirt/Sweatshirt) (Kickboxing Shorts/Trousers)
- Boxing Gloves
- Hand Wraps
- Gum Shields
- Groin Guard
- Shin Pads




I have trained before, and want to start competing - Can i join the Gym and fight?


This would require you to have attend Contender Gym for a set period, and been assesed by our Coaches, who will then decide if you ability is good enough to compete
safely and fairly.




How do i start training with Contender Gym?


Starting your fitness Journey is never easy, however our system to get you started is easy as 123. You can attend any of our classes Free Of Charge by signing up for one of
our taster sessions online, after you have attended the taster session, please have a chat with our staff who will help you pick your membership option.




How many students are there in a class?


There is anywhere between 5-60 students in a class. Of course this depends on the day, the programme, and so on.
We find that most people want more guidance in their classes for themselves, and/or their children.

So, regardless of whether we have more students in a class, we will make sure that there is a good ratio of instructors to students.




How many instructors are there in a class?


In Adult’s classes, there is at least 1 instructor.

For Kid’s classes, there are at least 2 instructors and our mentors. Also, we make sure you get the proper attention you deserve in each and every class, so that you can consistently develop. With this in mind, even when student numbers increase, we endeavour to have the right ratio of students – instructors.




Is there physical contact during training?


Yes. However, if you or the staff at Contender Gym feel you are not ready for sparring (controlled contact to practice your techniques), we are not going to let you do so. However, sparring is only done for 7 years old and above (7 – 12 year olds avoid head contact). We always aim to make sure you’re ready to push yourself, but in a safe and fun environment.




I don’t want to be tied into a contract, what do you offer?


Times have changed, and you don’t want to be tied down by something you can’t use.
As a result, we don’t have a contract which will force you to pay if you don’t want to be a part of our Community. All we ask for is one full calendar month’s notice, and we can waive the remainder of your membership.




What is the best age to start Martial Arts?


The best age to start is now. We’re true believers in starting as soon as you can, especially if you want to get good at it from a young age.
Because our Monkey Mayhem students truly show us how Martial Arts can positively enhance a child’s life, from such an early age. Hence, for anyone else, the best time to start is now!