Month: December 2018

Get Qualified – Why Martial Arts Instructors need First Aid training

Get Qualified

Why Martial Arts Instructors need to be First Aid qualified

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As a martial arts instructor it is vital that you do a recognized first aid course, and get qualified, so that you are prepared for any eventuality when working with students.

Whether you’re in the dojang or training in the park, you never know what can happen at any given moment. Accidents can and will occur. While you may take every precaution, you never know when a small accident can turn into a major injury or even a life threatening incident. It pays to be prepared for all emergencies.

The very nature of what we do, as martial arts instructors, involves a higher than normal risk of injuries, regardless of how good your warm up is, such as:

  • soft tissue injuries due to ballistic nature of movements
  • joint injuries through over extension, or awkward jumping, landing and spinning
  • breaks, fractures as a result of a fall or other impact, such as board breaking
  • concussions or other bleeding due to inadvertant contact during sparring
  • exercise induced breathing difficulties
  • temperature regulation when training in hot conditions
  • sudden cardiac arrest due to intense physical exertion, which ironically, is the major cause of cardiac arrest

These are just the most common occurrences, that every school will encounter over time, no matter how well you are prepared.

  1. Being a Black Belt Instructor Is Not Enough

A black belt in itself, is not a qualification, but often it is all that is required to run your own school. Not only does it not guarantee you can teach the skills effectively, even more critically, it does not measure your ability to respond in the event of an injury. If an accident occurs, of course you can call an ambulance.

However, no ambulance can ever arrive instantaneously on scene. In fact, response times, on average, are between 7 and 13 minutes, which is a long time depending on the emergency. Every second can be vital in a medical emergency and, as an instructor, you should be the highest trained and qualified person there.

The treatment and first aid you can give in those vital seconds and minutes can make all the difference. As a result, it is recommended that martial arts instructors not only have first aid training but that they also have CPR training included in their first aid course.

  1. Not Everyone Can Apply First Aid

Not everyone at the scene of an accident or medical emergency can apply first aid.  Here are some interesting statistics:

  • 383,000 out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests happen a year
  • 88% of cardiac arrests happen at home
  • Many patients appear health with no known risk factors or heart disease
  • Effective bystander CPR can triple a victim’s chance of survival
  • Only 32% of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander
  • A quarter of all emergency room visits can be avoided with knowledge of first aid and CPR certification

Having the appropriate first aid and CPR training as a martial arts instructor is invaluable to you and your students that you get qualified. By being prepared you can not only help your students get skilled and healthier, but also help should any complications arise.

  1. You Might Be Liable For Injury

Liability is a pretty horrible word for most martial arts instructors and organizations. However, if you aren’t keeping your first aid skills up to date then you might be putting yourself at increased risk. If you own your own dojang, run tournaments, personal training sessions, run camps, etc., then you legally need to have the right insurance and you need to be first aid certified.

Alternatively, you must have a first aid qualified member of staff who is and is always onsite during training sessions. If an injury occurs, no matter who was at fault, you will be automatically liable if you’re not going about things legally.

Finally, not having completed a first aid course, and keeping your qualifications current, puts you and your clients at unnecessary risk every time you conduct training and puts your reputation at risk. So why risk it when first aid courses are so easy to attend, or arrange for your school ?

  1. First Aid Kits

It is a fantastic idea to have your own personal first aid kit with you on hand. Most dojangs should have their own first aid kits but you can’t always rely on them to be appropriately stocked. So supplement them with your own kit. Quality first aid supplies aren’t that expensive and they allow you to quickly treat basic injuries that commonly occur among out of shape clients.

First Aid kits should be checked and replenished (or replaced) each year. Check the expiration dates on medications and ointments, etc. Keep your kit out of harsh temperatures and environments where possible. Keep a notebook with the medications and ointments, with their expirations listed, so you can replace easily as needed.

The Basic First Aid Kit

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A basic first aid kit should include:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antibiotic treatment
  • Antiseptic
  • Breathing barrier
  • Burn dressing
  • Burn treatment
  • Cold pack
  • Eye coverings
  • Eye wash
  • First aid guide
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Medical exam gloves
  • Roller bandage
  • Scissors
  • Sterile pads
  • Trauma pads
  • Triangular bandage
  • Bronchodilator and spacer

PURCHASE A FIRST AID KIT FOR YOUR CLUB OR HOME

  1. But I’ve Already Done a First Aid Course

Having all the right equipment on hand is useless if you don’t have the skills to use it. It is essential for a martial arts instructor to get qualified and learn first aid skills, as is keeping that training refreshed. As we all know, a skill that goes unpracticed can become rusty. In fact, the reason CPR training is recommended to be renewed is that there are always advancements in training and in methods of performing both CPR and first aid responses.

Furthermore, first aid training allows a martial arts instructor to spot the small signs that a student is in distress before a small issue turns into a medical emergency.

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Remember an accident can happen to anyone. So get qualified and don’t let your skills get rusty because you never know when the next big emergency is just around the corner.

Read our article about ‘INJURIES IN MARTIAL ARTS

 

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Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas

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On behalf of all of us at the ITF Centre of Excellence, Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do and United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia, I wish all our members, their families and supporters a Merry Christmas.

We wish you all a warm and happy festive season, to be shared and enjoyed with your loved ones.

Eat, drink and be merry, for there is always training to come back to.

Be sure to spread the cheer among your Taekwon-Do colleagues and friends, so that they know they are being thought of too.

For those travelling near and far during this time, we hope you stay safe and have a great break.

Once again, wishing a very Merry Christmas to you all.

Yours in Taekwon-Do

Michael Muleta

President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia Inc.

 

Latest Thoroughbred Black Belt promotions

Latest Thoroughbred Black Belt promotions

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Thoroughbred Taekwon-do conducted it’s annual Black Belt examinations yesterday in Melton, Victoria. we welcome a new thoroughbred Black Belt and some advanced degrees.

It was a very historic day for the club with it most senior internal Black Belt promotion since its formation in 1994.

Balwyn instructor Justin Chin was promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt after a vigorous testing regime. The test included all black belt patterns, various types of sparring, self defense, breaking and theory.

The promotion makes Justin the most senior Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black Belt outright, under the school’s founder and director, Master Michael Muleta.

Justin has be a wonderful leader of the school, setting a great example of loyalty and selfless contribution for close to 20 years.

Also promoted was his younger brother, and branch assistant, Corey Chin. Corey was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt.

It sets up a very unique family combination of 3 Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black belts, Justin 6th Degree, Jeremy 5th Degree and now Corey 5th Degree. Master Muleta fondly refers to them as the Chin Dynasty.

Just as significant is that the brothers have spent close to 20 years in the same school. This is certainly a rare quality in today’s organization hopping culture.

Anna Blake was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt along with John Vos promoted to 1st Degree.

We welcome John to the Thoroughbred Taekwon-Do Black Belt club.

Congratulations to all promoted Black Belts.

 

 

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Jordan Steele promoted to 5th Degree

Jordan Steele promoted to 5th Degree

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Congratulations to Choong Moo instructor Jordan Steele, who was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt.

A grading was conducted in Amaroo, Canberra on Sunday 9th December, by Master Michael Muleta 8th Degree.

Well done also to Hasnain Zeb, Ibrahim Amjad, Wil Paterson and Ben Steele, who were all promoted to Ist Degree. Additionally, well done to Uqasha Imran, who was promoted to II Degree.

Congratulations to all the gup students who tested on the day also.

Master Michael Muleta, 8th Degree

Examiner / President, United ITF Taekwon-Do Australia inc.

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