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Welcome To Kenkyo Martial Arts Academy
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About Us

Kenkyo Martial Arts Academy is a family run club which offers pragmatic self-defence and diverse martial arts training.
We are based in Manchester, Bradford and Sheffield UK.


Kenkyo Martial Arts Academy believes in creating an ego-free training environment, based on the values of humility, integrity, modesty and respect.
We also support the anti bullying alliance and the great work that they do.

Some Benefits

Studying in martial arts helps to develop both physical and mental health, and increase a student’s concentration, self-control, and confidence.
Increased fitness, including stamina, balance and coordination are some of the obvious benefits of training in martial arts.
However, in teaching self-defence, a student will not only learn a series of physical responses to a set of scenarios but will develop skills such as awareness, avoidance and how to calm people down.

See for yourself in our Gallery.

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    Our Curriculum Includes

    • Self-defence
    • Scenario based training
    • Kids anti-bullying training
    • Striking
    • Pad-work
    • Kicking
    • Close quarter
    • Ground-work
    • Stretching
    • Conditioning
    • Physical fitness training
    • Sparring
    • Board Breaking

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    Who Can Train

    We welcome all people (age 7+) of all experience levels, from complete beginners to advanced practitioners. We promote a friendly, safe and pressure free training environment. Whether you are a male or female, young or old, you will always receive support and encouragement in your classes to train at your pace.

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    Types Of Classes


    • Mixed (all ages and grades)
    • Adults (age 16+ all grades)
    • Advanced (Invitation Only)
    • Private bookings for individual tuition


    • After school courses
    • Breakfast club
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    Class Locations

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us and one of our team will get back to you ASAP.




Please note that some email addresses may be blocked by our mail provider. If this happens please try an alternative contact method such as using the contact form above.

Meet Our Awesome Team

Our Kenkyo Martial Arts Academy Team

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas

Club Founder & Chief Instructor

Neil has 30 years experience in martial arts that include Goju Ryu karate, Shotokan karate, Shukokai karate, Aikido and Jiu Jitsu.

He believes firmly that martial arts are for everyone. Every person can benefit from the values, the training, and the skills martial arts can offer. It is a 'way of life'. Learning a martial art is not only good for your health physically but mentally too.

With a passion for martial arts and helping people, Neil is renowned not only for his humble, integral teachings and persona but for his love of charity work. He has successfully organised and raised many thousands for charities for over 15yrs that include Christies, Barnardos, Animal rescue centres, Ann Conroy Trust to name a few.
Andy Dann

Andy Dann

Senior Instructor For Sheffield

Andrew has almost 18 years experience training and competing in a variety of martial arts including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Goju Ryu karate, Shotokan karate, boxing and Mixed Martial Arts cage fighting.

During his years working as a frontline supervisor he gained valuable experience and knowledge of dealing with and diffusing potentially volatile and violent situations where self defence was necessary.

Andy believes that regardless of your shape, size, age or gender, martial arts can benefit everyone. It may be building confidence, getting in shape, being able to defend yourself or something different, martial arts can help. You are never too old to try and whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right!

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