The UK government has been very clear on its message regarding how weight impacts individuals when they catch Coronavirus. Studies have shown that if you are overweight it increases your risk of developing complications. For one martial arts dojo in East Sussex, it seems as though that message has been heard loud and clear.
Sean Kinsella has been running SKMA since 1999, having trained numerous English, British, European and World champions in both Karate and Kickboxing. He teaches martial arts classes in 3 towns across East Sussex as well as being a qualified ISKA Kickboxing Judge and Referee and a Karate judge and referee at association level with the EKF.
When measures to restrict the spread of coronavirus closed venues across the country in March, SKMA adjusted and adapted, moving classes online and running 26 classes a week via zoom. Now that restrictions have been lifted and students are allowed back into the Dojo (training hall), Sean says that he has seen an increase in enquiries from individuals looking to join classes as well as those still wishing to carry on their practice from home via zoom sessions.
Sean is keen to stress that increased fitness is not the only benefit of practicing a martial art. By learning this skill, individuals find that they gain increased focus, self discipline, self defence skills, an increase in confidence and leadership skills which are valuable throughout life.
Although the future is still uncertain for those teaching martial arts and other similar industries, it seems that those in charge of teaching and leading classes are determined to adapt in whichever way necessary to ensure that future generations continue to have access to this valuable skill.
If you are looking for classes in East Sussex, or would like to find out more, Sean Kinsella Martial Arts can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Alternatively, you can visit www.seankinsella.com to find more information and book classes.