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Canterbury Martial Arts Classes

It’s surprising how popular taking up martial arts is nowadays! There has been a massive increase in people looking to take it up throughout the UK and Canterbury is no exception to the rule. It's a great way to keep fit, it’s social, competitive and has a great team spirit. Not only are you learning something that can be useful but you’re also building concentration, focus and strength too. You can’t expect to become a professional in days but the training will pay off. There is nothing like practising that move over and over again and then in a sparring session being able to deliver it perfectly!



What’s the Best Canterbury Martial Art to Choose?

We can’t tell you which are the best martial arts to learn in Canterbury because a lot comes down to your personal choice. You should visit the club or school and see what the vibe is like, speak to some of the other people there. If you get on with them and feel comfortable, then that’s a good sign you’re in the right place!


Popular Martial Arts Classes in Canterbury

We’ve researched which are the most popular martial arts classes that people search for online. Are they the best martial arts to start training in? Only you can decide that!


  1. Krav Maga
  2. Muay Thai
  3. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  4. Aikido
  5. MMA


We hasten to add, that this list is only based on the number of online lookups. To see the whole selection you should – Click Here


Martial Arts for Self-Defense

Yes, it is good to know how to defend yourselves but most instructors will tell you that there is no winner when it comes to standing toe to toe with an assailant and trying to beat them. The best self defence strategy is to always escape as fast as possible and run away. What martial arts will do, is help teach you how to escape, how to break a grip, possibly disable the assailant and then get out of there! One of the key factors to your escape is confidence in the knowledge that you CAN escape.

Whitstable Karate Kai
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  • Self Defence
  • Karate
1985 I began my Karate studies at the age of 13 at a local club run by White Sensei, which at the time was a member of the Bujin Kai; several years later the club left the Bujin Kai and joined UKASKO. The Karate taught was of no particular style, however the syllabus had many influences from; Kyokushin, Bujin Kai, Shotokan, Wudo Ryu and Tae Kwon Do. 1989 While at college and university I studied Tai Chi Chuan, Baugwa Chang, Chang Chuan, Wing Chun, Mea Tao and Chi Gong with the Wutan Gong Fu Institute International. During this time I was also able to spend some time training in Kendo, Jujutsu and European fencing. 1994 After university I returned to my original Karate club where I successfully challenged for Sho Dan and Ni Dan grades. I also started teaching a class and started to document what I had learned and created an embryonic version of the syllabus I teach now; which is still under continuous review. I continued to attend seminars in a broad spectrum of Martial/Fighting Arts to ensure I was maintaining my awareness of other systems. 2002 Justine and I broke away from our original club, we were unhappy with how the club was developing. So we set up the Whitstable Karate Kai. During the same year I was successful in challenging for San Dan with WUMA. I continued to research Karate to gain a deeper understanding. 2003 I attended a course being taught by Snewin Sensei who is the director of Kamishin Ryu Karate Do Association UK, which is a small family style of Karate. This encounter lead to a significant mindset change in my Karate and Martial Arts in general. Snewin Sensei was able to provide a greater focus to my own research into Kata and Bunkai Oyo. I was very fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the Kamishin Ryu Instructor courses, which lead to me becoming a personal student of Snewin Sensei. Snewin Sensei also introduced me to Kobujutsu, in particular Bo Jutsu, Sai Jutsu and Tekko Jutsu as taught within Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu Association UK 2004 Continuing my contact with other systems of Karate and Martial/Fighting Arts I attended a local Shotokan club for extra training which was run by Swaffer Sensei, who at the time was a senior instructor for the Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs (KSKC) Association. Through Swaffer Sensei I was able to attend KSKC courses, which proved valuable to my personal development within Karate. 2005 In the April I commenced training with an Iai jutsu club at the University of Kent which was associated with Dentokan Martial Arts Association. The Iaido/Battodo taught was Dento Shoshin Ryu Iai jutsu; which in turn was based on the Toyama Ryu Bato-jutsu School of swordsmanship. In addition to Iaido, through the Dentokan I commenced my studies of Aiki Jujutsu, Dentokan Kobudo, I was also introduced to Shorin Ryu and Goju Ryu Karate. 2006 I was lucky enough to receive instruction in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido from a Japanese overseas student by the name of Sumida Kunihiro san who was studying at the University of Kent at Canterbury. In the summer of 2007 Sumida San's teacher Hatakenaka Sensei came to England for the first time; and during her visit she gave a 3 day seminar on Iaido with Seitei Kata as the primary focus. I successfully challenged for Nidan in Dento Shoshin Ryu Iai jutsu 2008 I was presented with the grade of Yon Dan by the WUMA, which came as a surprise; this proved a catalyst to increase my focus still further and to train harder to improve my level of skill in Karate and Iaido/jutsu. During the summer Sumida San returned to England for his graduation ceremony at the University of Kent, during his visit I received further instruction in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, completing order of the Chuden syllabus kata and refining the Shoden syllabus kata. 2009 15th August I was invited to become an associate member of the All Japan Budo Federation, through friends within the Dentokan. The AJBF and Dentokan have continued to provide me opportunities to train with instructors of Aiki jutsu/Aikido, various styles of Karate, Goshin jutsu and Iaido. 2012 I successfully challenged for shodan in Kamishin Ryu Karate 2014 WUMA awarded me my Go-dan in Karate. September I visited the hombu dojo of the Dai Nippon Iaido Kyokai in Uji, Kyoto, Japan for instruction in Toyama Ryu Morinaga ha Iaido. I was very fortunate to be part of a five man foreign delegation to received instruction from Shimojo Sensei who confirmed my Iaido technique and promoted me to San-dan in Toyama Ryu Iaido/Battodo. As a result of this visit Shimojo Sensei accepted me as a personal student and I accepted the responsibility, I continue to develop my Iaido and Kenjutsu skills and regally return to Japan to receive corrections from Shimojo Sensei. September I was able to visit Sumida San in Tokyo and I received an invitation to visit Hatekenaka sensei's dojo where I received corrections to my Esihin Ryu technique. October On my return from Japan I opened a Dojo to teach Toyama Ryu Iaido; Shimojo sensei was kind enough to name the Dojo; Tekisui Jyuku. 2015 During the last Dentokan International conference held during the summer of 2015 in the UK, Hobbs Sensei formally invited me to join Dentokan Goju Ryu initially at the level of Nidan, while I work on variations from the Goju Ryu kata contained within Kamishin Ryu. 2016 During February I returned to the Hombu Dojo of the Dai Nippon Iaido Kyokai for further instruction in Toyama Ryu, I was very fortunate to be invited to stay with Shimojo Sensei and his wife for the 9 days of my visit. During this visit I received intensive instruction and corrections in Morinaga-ha Toyama Ryu and ZNKR Seitei Iai; I was also introduced to Toyama Ryu Yamaguchi-ha and Kodachi kumitachi kata. On the last day of my training I was successful in challenging for Go Dan in Toyama Ryu Battobo. 2016 During the Dentokan UK weekend seminar in December there was an opportunity to challenge for Shodan in Dentokan Kobujutsu. 2017 Inducted into the W.U.M.A. Hall of Fame for contribution's made to the Martial Arts. 2017 During the Dentokan Budosai in April Hobbs Sensei spent the day assessing my Goju Ryu Karate and confirmed my level had reached that required for Yon Dan. 2017 In the October the Dai Nippon Iaido Kyo Kai arranged a further international course in Kyoto, Japan with Shimojo sensei. I was fortunate to be able to attend again and to follow the course with a further 7 days one-to-one with Shimojo sensei at his home in Uji. During my stay with Shimojo sensei my Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu was assessed and I was introduced to the remainder of the Eishin Ryu curriculum. On my return home to England with Shimojo sensei's permission I will be offering instruction in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido commencing in 2018. 2017 During the December Denkokan UK mini budosai I was successful in challenging for shodan in Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu after a series of Southern England Seminars directed at the study group heads for Aiki Jujutsu and delivered by Goodier sensei. These sessions have enabled me to bring together my experiences within Dentokan Aiki Jujutsu since 2006. Arrangements are in place for 2018 to run a further series of Aiki Jujutsu seminars. 2018 Successfully challenged for Ni Dan in Dentokan Okinawan Kobujutsu 2019 During September the Dai Nippon Iaido Kyokai (DNIK) hosted another seminar in Kyoto at the Budokuden, this was another 5 day course with Shimojo Sensei. On the afternoon of the last day of the course I successfully challenged for Rokudan under Shimojo Sensei. I was also able to spend a few days after the course with on-to-one training with Shimojo sensei, this gave me an opportunity to review my technique and I was fortunate enough to be given an introduction to the six kata of the Omote set of Hoki Ryu. A very different feel to Iaido than Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Toyama Ryu. I now have much to work on until next year when I have the opportunity to study with Shimojo sensei again. During the course a number of changes to the DNIK management structure were announce, one of these changes was appointment of myself as the new Director of UK. I will be looking to work with the current dojo's in the UK looking to grow the membership of the DNKI moving forward over the next few years, and set up a annual seminar/course circuit providing opportunities for the UK and Internation members to get together and share knowledge and firm up friendships. Without the instruction and wisdom of the aforementioned Sensei and friends and countless others I have not mentioned; I would not be where I am now. I offer my sincere thanks to all of them and pledge to continue to be the best I can be.
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  • Kickboxing
  • Boxing
Welcome to Ashford’s and Maidstone’s leading Martial Arts Academy TKO is now situated in St. Peters Street in Maidstone. We teach both Kickboxing and White Collar Boxing. If you want to learn self defense and get fit and keep fit TKO is the place for you. We have a well equipped dojo with mats, punch bags, boxing ring, speed and floor to ceiling balls. TKO Kickboxing Academy offers the perfect environment in which to realise your ambitions. With state-of-the-art facilities and expert kickboxing instructors, you’ll benefit from an atmosphere that is fun yet focused. With kicking gyms in Ashford and Maidstone and a range of classes available, we guarantee that you will get the best from your training and – most importantly – yourself.
  • Krav Maga

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