Karate, Kickboxing & Krav Maga
Have Fun While Learning Self Defence
Karate is one of the first martial arts to arrive in the UK, and is by far the most practised. Why? With it’s mixture of Self Defence, Fitness and Personal Development it is such a fun style to learn. The word Karate actually means “empty hand”. In 1965 Tatsuo Suzuki began teaching Wado-Ryu Karate in London, and from then it spread very quickly. It has been given this name because it involves a rapid use of hands and legs in an extreme close combat. It is still the most popular martial art across the World. Master Instructor, Stephen Thompson won NINE Karate World titles! If you are going to be taught this dynamic martial art, learn it from someone that has used it in practice, and won! Master Instructor Stephen Thompson won the European WAKO (World All Styles Kickboxing Organisation) Championship in Madrid back in 1990! Learn from someone that knows how to put these moves into practice.
Their are many different forms of kickboxing. We teach kickboxing drills that make learning martial arts achievable for everyone. Kickboxing is brilliant for developing very fast hands and uperbody movemnent. It is not as ridgid as Karate, enabaling the student to focus on learning martial arts very quickly. It is a fun and upbeat style, with music in the background it is also a great workout. The kicks in ickboxing are a lot of fun, you will be amazed how quickly you will be flying through the air!
Krav Maga - Self Defence
Krav Maga is the last addition to our adult curricullum. Why? It is brilliant for real and effective self defence. Even though it is not considered a martial art, it can not be left out of our style. Karate and Kickboxing are brilliant at teaching “how” to through punches and kicks correctly, but it does take a little time though to perfect. On your very first lesson with Krav, you will walk of the mat with more confidence. It is a very fast moving style with reality based training. It is a lot of fun, and when you realise how simple it is to defend yourself, you will be so much more confident in yourself. Our Master Instructor has been trained in Krav Maga, Haganna and Kapap. (all Israel Fighting Systems). He has worked in security all over the country.
We do not just do Karate, Kickboxing and Krav Maga!
Why have we put a fictitious character on the website? Of course the image is of Mr Miyagi, from the original Karate Kid films. It is to let you know why I continue to train and teach in the martial arts. I love the Ethos of Karate. Even though you are taught how to kick and punch and skills that could save your life, a deeper skill is really being taught. How to be the best you can possibly be. This side of martial arts is so important in my school. Reality is there are two things that control us more than anything else in this world, who we surround ourselves with, and our own self communication. Both of these we help with. You will be around people that want to be the best they can be, and using our unique personal development programme, we help you to feel GREAT about yourself.
Which Style Is Best?
After being involved in martial arts for nearly 40 years, I have found out that it is NEVER the style of a martial art that is important, it is always the instructor and the ethos of the school.
So make sure to try out a school first to see if it is a good fit.
What is MAPD?
MAPD is an acronym for Martial Arts & Personal Development. It incorporates Karate, Kickboxing, and Krav Maga, at the same time students are learning Personal Development. The road in the logo symbolises the road to success.
World Champion Instructor
Master Instructor Stephen Thompson has been training in the martial arts since 1979! He has travelled all over the world competing and won 10 Gold Medals for England. He is currently training towards his 7th Dan in Karate. Being Team Captain for over 12 years, he loved helping the team achieve success. Now his focus is on helping students become the best they can be in his home town of Gloucester.
Self Defence Teaches Confidence, Inner-Strength and Helps To Develop a Strong and Lean Body
49a LONDON ROAD
GLOUCESTER GL1 3HF
SCHOOL: 01452 311138
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