Unfortunately, there are some less professional instructors out there who tend to have their ‘favourite’ students. At Shire Martial Arts, EVERYONE is a favourite. To facilitate this, all students are placed in one of our two ‘teams’. Either the Red team or Blue team. The idea is that when a student shows, a) improvement in a technique, b) if they are respectful or c) do something worthy of praise, they earn points for their team rather than receiving individual glory. This encourages and highlights the importance of making a contribution to the greater good of their team. It’s also a great way to develop humility and it gives students a sense of unity with their team mates.