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John Graden

John Graden

Executive Director

John Graden led the martial arts into the modern era by creating the first professional association, trade journal & instructors certification program.

Here are the Liability and Property Coverages provided by MATA’s Official Insurance Provider, Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation.

Martial Arts Liability Insurance Coverage

  • $2,000,000* Each Occurrence, Includes Professional Liability
  • $4,000,000* General Aggregate
  • $2,000,000* Personal and Advertising Injury Limit
  • $2,000,000* Fire Damage Limit – any one fire
  • $1,000,000* Abuse or Molesation Defense Cost – per occurrence
  • $10,000 Medical Expense – including participants

*Lower limits available.
*Umbrellas are available if SFIC writes the underlying GL.

Coverage provided under this program includes:

Commercial General Liability:  Provides premises protection for any claims arising from the facilities you own, rent or occupy. You are indemnified for alleged negligence resulting in bodily injury, property damage or personal injury.

Professional Liability:  Protects you against bodily injury to a client resulting from a failure to render “professional services,” defined as “the providing of physical training, fitness counseling and nutritional counseling for a fee.”

Personal Injury:  Protects against suits involving libel, slander and wrongful invasion of privacy.

Advertising Injury:  Protects against claims arising out of misappropriation of advertising ideas such as the infringement of copyright on titles or slogans committed in the course of advertising your services.

Limited Cyber Liability:  Provides Personal and Advertising Injury coverage for incidents that result from an unauthorized person hacking into your computer network or website.

Abuse or Molestation: Pays to defend insured against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Medical Payments: Reimburses a third party for medical expenses incurred as a result of bodily injury. Unlike most GL policies, our policy includes coverage for Athletic Participants.

Martial Arts Property Insurance Coverage

  • These coverages are available under our optional Optimum Property Coverage form.
  • Property of others in your care, custody, and control:
    Included in Business Personal Property Definition
  • Building Plate Glass:
    Included in Business Personal Property Definition
  • Outdoor signs, attached and detached:
    Included in Building Definition
  • Outdoor signs, attached and detached, if no building coverage:
    $50,000 for owned signs or signs for which the insured has contractual responsibility due to lease.
  • Sewer, Drain, Sump Back-up (other than flood):
    $50,000/premises (direct damage and lost income)
  • Equipment Breakdown:
    Optional

Notice Tyson’s hand is by his face, not his hip.

His chin is down instead of up.

His shoulder is up instead of pulled back.

His body is sideways to his opponent instead of squared off.

His legs are under his body not spread apart like he was riding a horse.

With this kind of form, he would fail his orange belt exam in most schools. 

How does that make any sense?

Sensei Tyson?

If Mike Tyson or a world champion kickboxer came to your school to teach your black belts. What do you think he would work on? Double punches, square blocks, and keeping your chin up?

I’m pretty sure he would emphasize head movement, how to snap your punches and a defense that does NOT include pulling your punch back to your hip.

I’m sure the students would learn advanced applications to adjust for different fighters. Notice I said advanced applications, not advanced strikes.

When you focus on application, you can apply that to almost any technique.

For instance, if the drill is about how to fight a taller fighter, the answer is more about footwork to stay on the outside until you can secure quick access. My brothers are 6′ 3″ and 6′ 4″ so I know something about fighting a taller opponent.

Drills that teach that application do not require complexity. They require simplicity.

The more complex a skill becomes, the less chance it can be used. Have you ever seen a double punch? Only in kata and here:

If you eliminated all kata and traditional skills, you could devote that time to drills and conditioning that would give your students a true advantage in sparring or self-defense.

Imagine teaching fewer skills that are easy to teach and learn than traditional skills and kata.

You could spend more time on the application of those skills rather than stepping up and down the classroom and holding blocks and punches out in the air, which leaves you wide open for a counterattack.

Rather than spending student’s time with the complexity and frustration of spending years perfecting the bad habits of pulling their hand back to their hip, keeping their chin up, aiming and holding a punch in the air, and blocking with power while stepping forward, your retention will improve. Your student quality will improve. Your curriculum consistency will improve.

This is the core of our white to black belt curriculum Empower Kickboxing.

It’s an old saying, but true. “Less is best.”

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