Welcome to Robson’s Family Karate

Robson’s Family Karate has been in existence since January 15th, 2008, and has grown to become recognized as a leader in the training of Martial Arts in Newry and Mourne and surrounding areas.  The school is run by professional instructors and support staff, as well as a dedicated team of helpers and volunteers.

Robson’s Family Karate philosophy is one of sharing the highest standards of Martial Arts while developing within our students, not only the physical attributes of skilled martial artists but also the mental disciplines and strengths of character required overall. 

Built with strong ethics, Robson’s Family Karate is deliberate ‘family’ oriented.  Alongside our top-quality adults’ programs and classes, there are also classes catering to younger students.  The parents of our younger students are included in this ethic and we like to take as much care of the parents of younger students as we do of the adults and youngsters in training.

With a ‘service and value’ approach, Robson’s Family Karate strives to give everyone at the schools the highest levels of service, alongside superior value. Our tuition fees are highly competitive, while at the same time, reflecting the value of service delivered in the classes.

The family atmosphere at Robson’s Family Karate garners intense loyalty and dedication amongst students, parents, and staff alike.  We also see a wonderful sharing ethic within the club and find that many students and parents are keen to introduce friends and acquaintances to us, which further enhances the family framework. 

While Martial Arts can be a highly competitive sport, indeed Robson’s Family Karate nurtures its share of world-beating champions; there is no emphasis on competition.  Individuals can choose to compete or simply take their journey in the martial arts and progress through the gradings alongside many other individuals.  No one sits ‘on the bench’ at Robson’s Family Karate, the classes are highly inclusive, and, the attention of the instructors is fully on the needs of the students and parents.

Alongside classes and competitions, Robson’s Family Karate also holds regular additional workshops and seminars for subjects that cannot be covered in regular classes, training in more specialist skills and disciplines.  There are also activities and super seminars as well as ‘fun nights’ at various times throughout the year. 

Instructor-approved clothing and equipment are supplied for sale through our physical and online stores and regular promotions and discounts are run to ease the financial pressures on essential purchases.  Members are advised what is required at each stage of their training and development.

Commitment from students and parents alike is essential to progress happily and successfully in the Martial Arts, and you will find, at Robson’s Family Karate, that your commitment to us is repaid with our commitment to continually strive to bring you the highest quality classes in the country, give you a club and instructors to be proud of and ensure your journey is happy, served with excellence, and is one that far exceeds your expectations.

Respect in Martial Arts & Life

Master Jamie Robson

Owner/Director Robson’s Family Karate L.T.D

T, A, C (Technical Advisory Committee Member for U.K & Ireland Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation)

OUR CULTURE

1. All those interacting within the school are expected to be positive, enthusiastic, and conscious of their role in helping to create an atmosphere of fun and excitement, engendering a ‘can do spirit in all.

2. All Instructors should be addressed as “Sir” or “Mam”

3. Belts should be treated with respect and worn with a uniform always if a student loses a belt, it must be replaced immediately.    

4. Staff and instructors should be treated with respect by all, always, as they are there to help.

5. Students and parents of young students should be treated with respect by all, always, as they are there to learn and facilitate the learning of younger students.    

6. The instructors, parents, and students that come into our school do not gossip about other students, parents, or instructors at any time.          

7. The instructors, parents, and students that come into our school do not carry bad feelings towards others within the school.           

8. Any complaints shall be dealt with using the school’s complaints procedure, a copy of which is available from reception.                           

9. Equipment used and worn in the school will be subject to inspection and approval by the chief instructor before use, any damaged equipment must be replaced.  

10. Only Official Robson’s Family Karate Sparring equipment can be used while participating in sparring training (if you have been using sparring equipment purchased elsewhere please ensure to replace this with Robson’s Family Karate sparring equipment only) orders can be placed by following our online pro-shop https://www.robsonsfamilykarate.com/shop/

11. All students must wear the Robson’s Family Karate clothing e.g Karate/Kickboxing uniform, t-shirt, or hoodie in every class (including the official belt) – failure to adhere to this will result in the student not being able to train.  We are proud of our club and a clean, tidy, up-to-date uniform is an important part of training.

12. Cleanliness is a prerequisite for training in our school. Personal hygiene standards are expected to be high and uniforms are also expected to be clean at the beginning of all classes. Smelly uniforms and smelly bodies are an offence to others around us and show a lack of respect, finger and toenails are to be clipped and kept short.        

13. Instructors, students, and parents of students in our school are positive, enthusiastic, caring individuals that combine to make our school a centre for enjoyment and development in our community

MISSION STATEMENT

We are a team of dedicated, positive, and successful people who work within our points of culture to ensure that all who come into contact with us benefit from the experience and move closer to becoming the people they wish to be.  We are in the business of health and education.  We educate all who meet us to be healthy and aware of their potential.  Our service to our students is of the highest quality and delivered with enthusiasm and commitment.    

Our students will desire to take on the help that we can give them and return our commitment to them with the highest commitment to us.  They will be forward-thinking, energetic, and enthusiastic people who demand the best and in return give the best.      

Our uniqueness is our desire to give all our students their spirit and freedom through training and education helping them to achieve a happy life balance and self-confidence they never knew they had.          

BELT–GRADING SYSTEM

Grades  Belt                                                    

10th                      White

9th                        Yellow

8th                        Orange

7th                        Orange Blue Stripe

6th                        Green

5th                        Green One Blue Stripe

4th                        Green Two Blue Stripes

3rd                        Red

2nd                       Red one Blue Stripe

1st                         Red Two Blue Stripes

1st Dan                Midnight Blue One White Stripe

2nd Dan               Midnight Blue Two White Stripes

3rd Dan               Midnight Blue Three White Stripes          

4th Dan - 9th      Dan Midnight Blue One Red stripe through the middle of the belt (Master Level)

Students for the first belts white to Green Two Stripes graded approximately every 3 months. Students are not automatically put through for grading they are assessed in the weeks coming up to the grading and if the required standard of technique, discipline, and attendance (i.e., 85% 2 classes per week) have been achieved then they will be selected for grading.  Students’ red belts plus will be a MINIMUM of 6 months between grading and attendance of two red belts and Dan classes per month is required.

The charge for gradings is £40 per person this includes a full assessment, certificate, and belt (provided the grading is passed).  

Grading invitations are sent directly to your school’s app, for you to approve and issue payment directly through the app, all gradings must be paid for in full before grading and at no later date.

 

Mini Ninjas BELT–GRADING SYSTEM

Grades  Belt                                                    

11th                      White

10th                      White/Yellow Stripe

9th                        White/Orange Stripe

8th                        White/Green Stripe

7th                        White/Red Stripe

6th                        White/Blue Stripe

5th                        Yellow/White Stripe

4th                        Orange/White Stripe

3rd                        Green/White Stripe

2nd                       Red/White Stripe

1st                         Blue/White Stripe

              

Mini Ninjas Grading fee is £30 per person this includes a full assessment, certificate, and belt (provided the grading is passed).

Grading invitations are sent directly to your school’s app, for you to approve and issue payment directly through the app, all gradings must be paid for in full before grading and at no later date.

 

CONTACT AND COMMUNICATIONS         

We communicate with our members mainly via email, text, and telephone.  Please make sure you notify us of any changes to your contact details to ensure that you receive important communications, including unforeseen closures, gradings, and changes.           

You are welcome to contact us, particularly if you have a query about your training, need to change your details or payments, or would like to notify us of an absence.            

By Website – www.robsonsfamilykarate.com

By email – info@rfkarate.com

By phone – 07825748658                           

We often communicate with our members via our Robson’s Family Karate Community Facebook group –please join this group to receive regular updates on classes, workshops, events, competitions, sales, offers, and more! Search for Robson’s Family Karate Community on Facebook and request to join the group to stay updated.                        

Don’t forget to also search, like, and engage with our Robson’s Family Karate Facebook pages!  

PARKING AND ACCESS

We request that Robson’s Family Karate members and parents support our positive relationship with local businesses by parking appropriately and not blocking any areas of access.

WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

We have five basic seminars at Robson’s Family Karate and some specialized workshop seminars that you can also attend.                         

Seminars make up an important aspect of your development, enhancing your martial arts development, skills, and knowledge to make you the very best you can be.  Make sure you are the first to book the seminars as they get booked very quickly.           

All seminars and workshops are in your school’s App under the events heading and can be booked and paid directly through your app, (note weapons events require the purchase of the weapons these can be made from the online pro shop by visiting this link https://www.robsonsfamilykarate.com/shop/)

Basic Workshops

•        Forms (Traditional Korean Karate)

•        Self-Defence

•        Bo Staff

•        1 step sparring/pad work

•        Sparring       

·        Additional specialized seminars         

·        Guest Instructors

·        Tournament training seminars (how to become a champion

LICENSE AND MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Your license to train with Robson’s Family Karate must be renewed annually and you will be notified when your license and membership are due for renewal (for £59).  Failure to maintain a valid license will affect your opportunities to undertake grading’s/federation events and may result in being suspended from training sessions.

 

SAFEGUARDING AND SAFETY (INCLUDING OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, AND VULNERABLE ADULTS) PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY

We are continuously mindful of the welfare of our members and have policies and procedures in place for the protection of members, staff, and the public. The following are in place at Robson’s Family Karate:              

• Our staff are Advanced DBS checked as appropriate.

• We have a safeguarding policy and risk assessments, which are reviewed annually.

• Children under the age of 13 must be dropped off and collected by a parent, guardian, or appropriate adult. We advise that children under the age of 7 are accompanied throughout their sessions.

• You must obtain permission from a member of staff before taking photographs or videos. With permission, you may only show the intent to capture images of your child.  If any other children are in the background of images or videos, then these must not be shown on social media.  Our members have the right to privacy if they so choose, and may even require this for legal reasons.

• Please take phone calls and use mobile devices outside of the training area.  Calls and other noises (games, video viewing, etc.) cause a distraction to the instructors, devaluing the member experience and creating a potential danger.

• Please limit interaction with the instructors and members during training.  This is also unfair and disruptive to the instructors, members, and other spectators.

• No one is permitted to enter the training area without being invited to do so by a member of staff.

• No one is permitted to enter any Staff-only areas, office, stock rooms, and reception desk areas except for staff members, you will be asked to leave the area and building and if found in these areas.

• Please exit the training area and the premises as soon as possible after your session has ended. You may have noticed that to maximize the training space, the viewing and reception areas are fairly limited in space. Leaving promptly supports us to maintain a safe environment.

ROBSON’S FAMILY KARATE IN-STORE AND ONLINE SHOPS

You can purchase Robson’s Family Karate training clothing and equipment from our Centre and directly from our online shop! https://www.robsonsfamilykarate.com/shop/

Seasonal items and gift ideas.

Deals, discounts, and promotions.

Personalization is available on most products (ask in-store).

The same loyalty discounts apply online as in-store!

No delivery charges – all items will be available for collection from the Centre whether ordered in-store or online.          

Browse our MASSIVE range of quality items now!             

https://www.robsonsfamilykarate.com/shop/

REWARDING MEMBERS

We are passionate about recognizing progress, commitment, and effort. Although this is obvious through achievement at grading, we believe the little things count for a lot and regularly award certificates for Star of the Session, Star of the Week, and Member of the Month.

We also like to thank our members for recommending friends and family to our club by issuing gift vouchers.  We even have regular prizes for members who introduce the newest people to the club!         

TRAIN FOR FREE AT ROBSON’S FAMILY KARATE...

INTRODUCE 4 PEOPLE WHO JOIN ROBSON’S FAMILY KARATE IN ANY ONE MONTH AND RECEIVE 1 YEAR OFF TRAINING FOR FREE AS A THANK YOU!

At Robson’s Family Karate we believe in rewarding people for recommending Robson’s Family Karate to their friends & families that’s why we have come up with an awesome prize where you can enjoy all the great benefits from Robson’s Family Karate for FREE.             

Introduce 4 people that join us in a month and you train free for the rest of the year!

SAVING YOU YOUR WHOLE TUITION FEE FOR THE YEAR It is that simple!

So, do you know any adults who need:

•        TO GET FIT,

•        TO LOSE WEIGHT,

•        MORE CONFIDENCE,

•        TO TONE UP

•        TO HAVE FUN

Or do you know any children who need:

•        DISCIPLINE,

•        RESPECT,

•        CONFIDENCE,

•        STRUCTURE,

•        COURTESY  

Robson’s Family Karate can transform your friends, work colleagues, and family’s lives, they just need a little push in the right direction from a friend: YOU!                 

If you know anyone who could benefit from our classes, just give them a free week pass to see what it’s all about.  We are sure they will be so happy that you did!       

PAYMENTS AND ATTENDANCE

  1. Please be aware that all Robson’s Family Karate Memberships must be on a date to validate your chosen GoCardless payment plan. Expired membership will result in the suspension of your training pass meaning no sessions can be attended until your Membership is back up to date.
  2. All Direct Debit Mandates should be filled out in the participant's name and processed before taking part in any sessions on that payment plan at the Robson’s Family Karate. Please Note that completed Mandates take 5 working days to become active.
  3. Our payment plans take into account 12 months of sessions based on a 48-week year to account for our annual club holiday and periods away from attendance at the Robson’s Family Karate. Closures
  4. Payment plans can be upgraded or downgraded on request providing we are given 14 days’ notice.
  5. Please be aware that No refunds are given for missed sessions with the flexibility to train 6 days per as well as live streamed classes, missed sessions can be made up at any location.
  6. All Direct Debit mandates are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  7. Direct Debit payments cannot be frozen or suspended at any time unless for a medical reason with such evidence provided by your doctor, if you need a break in your training for anything any other than a holiday, then a retainer fee is available upon written request and approval from the school's management this is based upon a case by case basis and is only once per year, this cannot be staggered over several months and can only be used in one block of up to 3 months.  This means to reserve your place in the school you are liable to pay half of your monthly class fees for a period of no longer than 3 months after 3 months your class fees will return to our current rate of charge at that moment in time if our class fees have received an increase you accept that the new price will supersede any previous price plans with no exceptions.
  8. We reserve the right to close the Robson’s Family Karate schools and cancel sessions due to unforeseen circumstances, in severe weather conditions, for repairs and maintenance, for public holidays and on the direction of local or national authorities due to Pandemics or health emergencies.
  9. If a failed monthly payment is due to insufficient funds in your account, a resubmission will be requested. Following a second failed payment we reserve the right to suspend your membership at the Robson’s Family Karate until all arrears have been cleared.
  10. You reserve the right to cancel your direct debit by informing the club via email to info@rfkarate.com giving as a courtesy no less than 30 days' notice of the date you wish your direct debit to be cancelled.  You will be liable for any payments due within those 30 days. Any Unauthorised cancellations that do not give the 30 days notice will result in you forfeiting the right to take up a direct debit in the future and could result in the cancellation of your Robson’s Family Karate membership. All Unauthorised cancellations will have 30 days to pay their final month's payment. Failure to do so will result in us handing over the matter to a third-party debt collecting agency to retrieve the funds which could also lead to further legal administrative fees.
  11. Following an authorised cancelled direct debit, you can sign up again at a later date, but a charge (currently £59) will be charged to cover additional administrative costs.
  12. We may terminate the agreement and cancel your membership immediately on notice to you if you breach any of our school’s membership rules. In this event, you will no longer be able to attend any of the sessions at Robson’s Family Karate and we will not be liable to give you any refunds.

Membership at Robson’s Family Karate is secured by the payment of a monthly direct debit. We do not operate a pay-per-class system. There are no contracts, so your membership arrangements can be amended at any time at your request by our administrator, for reasons such as membership level change, bank detail changes, or date of payment changes.

Fees and operating hours at Robson’s Family Karate are calculated over 48 weeks a year and broken down into 12 even monthly payments, typically closing for 1 week at Christmas and 1 week in the summer and all bank holidays at the discretion of the Centre Management.  

Members are welcome to make up any missed sessions within 3 months –this offer is not only for club closure dates such as this but also extends to any sessions missed due to reasons such as closure for emergency renovations, severe weather conditions, bank holidays, or due to members missing sessions for illness or holidays on any of the other 48 weeks, and there is no limit on how many times in a year members can take advantage of this offer.

Members may attend various timetabled sessions by booking in advance if there is space in that group.  If at any time sessions or class types become full, we will then ask members to commit to set sessions until spaces become available.  Regular attendance is necessary to be considered for grading selection.

Robson’s Family Karate is committed to offering a quality service at reasonable and competitive prices.  However, should it become necessary to amend membership structures and/or prices, we will inform you in writing, giving you reasonable notice.  We will not change any payments without your prior permission.      

SUSPENSION/CANCELLATION OF TRAINING

Direct Debit payments cannot be frozen or suspended at any time unless for a medical reason with such evidence provided by your doctor, if you need a break in your training for anything any other than a holiday, then a retainer fee is available upon written request and approval from the school's management this is based upon a case by case basis and is only once per year, this cannot be staggered over several months and can only be used in one block of up to 3 months. 

This means to reserve your place in the school you are liable to pay half of your monthly class fees for a period of no longer than 3 months after 3 months your class fees will return to our current rate of charge at that moment in time if our class fees have received an increase you accept that the new price will supersede any previous price plans with no exceptions.

Any members who cancel their direct debit without first notifying our administrator will be required to pay our full enrolment fee of £99 administration and re-joining fee to continue with their training.  By cancelling payments, members are effectively cancelling their membership, and all prices at the time recommencing will be in effect.

We are a busy club and places are in high demand.  By continuing payment throughout any short-term absences, you are securing a place at the club.  Members are more than welcome to make up any missed sessions by attending additional sessions when are available to take full advantage of their subscription.

Robson’s Family Karate reserve the right to cancel memberships at any time. Members who pay but do not attend for 3 months and have not been in contact with the club will automatically have their membership suspended and payments cancelled.  No refunds will be authorized as payments made have been securing a place at the club. Again, there will be a £99 administration and re-joining fee should they wish to restart training, assuming there is a place available in their chosen class.

Please note for insurance purposes we need to be fully aware of the number of students we have training, so you must advise the club if you decide to suspend or cancel your training.  If you wish to cancel your membership, you should do so in writing using the form overleaf or via email.  Note that no refunds can be made for any missed classes before the date of cancellation.

If you have any concerns about or would like to make any amendments to membership, training, or payments then please do speak to a member of our team before making any alterations with your bank, as this can cause issues with future payments and may result in the accidental cancellation of membership.

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OR SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP

If you wish to suspend or cancel your training we require ONE SECTION of this document to be signed and dated, or an email to this effect should be sent to info@rfkarate.com – evidence of suspension or cancellation requests should be retained by you in the event of any future queries regarding payments or membership.

I WOULD LIKE TO SUSPEND MY MEMBERSHIP FOR UP TO 3 MONTHS

I wish to suspend my training at Robson’s Family Karate due to medical reasons as provided in my medical evidence and/or discussions with a Robson’s Family Karate staff member.

I intend to return on (date/month) ………….………………………… and am happy to be contacted by Robson’s Family Karate before that date to discuss my return to training.

I understand that my membership may be terminated if I do not contact Robson’s Family Karate and am uncontactable after this date.

I WOULD LIKE TO CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP

I wish to cancel my training with Robson’s Family Karate with effect from (date)......................

• I understand that it is my responsibility to cancel my Direct Debit and that any payments taken after my decision to cease training as a result of me not cancelling my Direct Debit cannot be claimed back from Robson’s Family Karate.

• I understand that if I wish to return to training during the valid period of my existing license and insurance I can by re-commencing my training fees at their current price, not the previous price if the school has had a price increase. and by paying the £99 administration and re-joining fee.

• I understand that if I wish to return to training after my license and insurance have expired, I would be required to renew my license and insurance and re-commence my training fees at their current price, not the previous price if the school has had a price increase.

• I understand that there may be a re-joining fee to pay if I wish to re-commence training again in the future.         

Name of Member.......................................................................................................................

Signature of Member (or Parent/Guardian if under 18) .............................................................

Date............................................................

 

Testimonial form

Recommendations from happy members are one of the most valuable tools for promoting our courses. If would like to submit a testimonial for us to use in future promotions, then please complete and return this form.

You could include: 

•        What do you like most about Robson’s Family Karate?

•        What has been your or your child’s most notable achievement?

•        How do you feel Robson’s Family Karate supports the local community?

•        What makes Robson’s Family Karate a success to its members and the community?

 

Thank you!

Completed by:

Are you a member or a parent?

What class are you or the member in?

Do we have permission to use yours and/or the member’s name alongside this testimonial?    

You can also leave your testimonial online

https://www.robsonsfamilykarate.com/testemonies

 

UK & IRELAND SOO BAHK DO MOO DUK KWAN

ANNUAL FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP/LICENSE

APPLICATION FORM

Please print all sections

New Member Enrollment Fee £99

Annual License Renewal Fee £59

 

ADDITIONAL NOTE TO MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP OPTION:

If joining on a monthly membership option, I understand that my membership option is based on several sessions per week from the timetable but does not guarantee a specific date or time each week for the duration of your membership.  No refunds will be given for any sessions cancelled or changed by Robson’s Family Karate, due to the flexible attendance options offered. Such examples include closure for grading (4 times per year), inclement weather, emergency renovations, etc.  Ask one of the team if you would like to read the policy or need more information on the flexible attendance offer.

I wish to apply for membership in Robson’s Family Karate:

Name ................................................................................................. DOB...............................

Address .....................................................................................................................................

Postcode ...........................................................................

Mobile Tel No ..................................................................  

Other Tel No .......................................................................

Email Address ...........................................................................................................................

Martial Arts History ....................................................................................................................

Medical history:

Have you or do you suffer from any of the following?

Please circle:

Fainting - Yes / No           Heart Problems - Yes / No            HIV - Yes / No       Diabetes - Yes / No         

Fits - Yes / No                   Epilepsy - Yes / No                          Breathing difficulties - Yes / No

If yes, please give details ……………………………………………………………………………..............................................................................................................................................................................................

Are you currently taking medication? Yes / No   

Do you suffer from anything that precludes you from the strenuous activity? Yes / No

If yes, please give details

……………………..….................................................................................................................

Agreement:

I understand that martial arts training involves (reasonable) physical contact from which minor injury may result.  I understand my duties and responsibilities are to practice martial arts safely for my fellow participants and myself.  All the details I have given are true fully answered. I will abide by the rules and regulations of the centre.

I understand that upon acceptance I will be issued a membership/license book and insurance, which runs for twelve months and is renewable thereafter.

The proprietor/owner of Robson’s Family Karate is Mr S J Robson trading as Robson’s Family Karate LTD.  Memberships are at the owner’s discretion and may be revoked at any time. Any student/member found not to be abiding by the rules and regulations of the centre will have their membership terminated immediately.  All fees paid are non-refundable.

Your personal information:

As part of the Robson’s Family Karate community, we will use the personal information we collect from you to send you communications relating to your membership, such as attendance, fees, activities, club information, product offers, availability, etc. relating directly to your membership type, to ensure that we can offer you the best possible service. We will not disclose any personal information to any third party. To also receive any other information that may be of interest to you such as newsletters, promotions, and external event information, please tick here

Photography and videography:

Robson’s Family Karate actively promotes its products and services in printed and electronic formats and regularly takes Video footage and photographs of members for various promotional purposes.  All images and videos are stored securely by the Data Protection Act 1998.  If you are willing for your image(s) to be used for this purpose, then please tick here

A full copy of our club privacy policy and privacy notice for members, detailing how and why we capture and process personal data is available to you upon your request to a member of the Robson’s Family Karate.

SIGNATURE OF MEMBER (OR PARENT/GUARDIAN IF MEMBER UNDER 18)

……………….......................................................................................................................

 

NAME OF PARENT/GUARDIAN IF MEMBER UNDER 18

……………………………………………………………………......................................................

 OFFICE USE ONLY:

☐ Full details added to CRM

☐ Status updated to Active and membership details checked for accuracy

☐ Direct Debit set up

☐ Joining fee paid and added to the system

☐ Interim subscription fees paid and added to the system (if applicable)

☐ Welcome meeting booked in the calendar

☐ Uniform ordered on system

☐ Added to registers (including photo opt-out if applicable)

☐ Referral star in an envelope put into trays if referred by a current member

 

(referring member name …...………………………………………………………………………)

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