Martial Arts, education and professional coaching.

Martial Arts, education and professional coaching.

Welcome to Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy

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Our aim is to enhance lives and help you and your family lead a healthy, safe and happy lifestyle.

We have programmes for all ages and abilities…

For over 30 years we’ve been working with our members, providing a welcoming, nurturing environment to give everyone the chance to learn a Martial Art with us.

Developing your skills and succeeding with your personal goals with personal mental and physical development through our proven Martial Arts curriculum with a combination of Martial Arts, education and professional coaching.

Our Martial Arts club in Basingstoke is socially inclusive regardless of age, race, gender or ability. There is no reason why Martial Arts can’t be practised by everyone with, if necessary, the right adaptation for the individual. Our expert coaches are here to help you achieve your goals in an environment that is stimulating, open and welcoming.

Have a look through our website to find out more about how we can help you and then get in contact to arrange your free taster class.

An Introduction to our Martial Arts Classes

Our Martial Arts Coaches

Our expert coaches are here to help you achieve your goals in an environment that is stimulating, open and welcoming.

Have a look through our website to find out more about how we can help you and then get in contact to arrange your free taster class.

Why Choose us?

Benefits of Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy

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We have a successful background in helping our members to meet their goals. Parents want their kids to be happy and the children themselves want to have lots of fun. Parents want to know that their children can defend themselves, whilst gaining confidence, focus and discipline. Adults can develop new skills whilst improving their fitness levels and toning up with a group of people like them. Our coaches will help you to achieve these goals.


Being a family focussed club is important to us. The sense of belonging to a community of people with similar aspirations to you helps all of us. For children it’s an important way to develop social skills and gain a new circle of friends. For adults it offers a social network to be part of a place to mingle with friends and share your successes and experiences.


Martial Arts in our club are practiced in an inclusive manner. Regardless of age, gender, race, disability or religion, members are welcomed. We are passionate believers in Martial Arts being available for everyone.


Our professional, experienced coaches have a wealth of knowledge to help you to get the best from your training and to personalise your experience. With professional coaching qualifications from National Governing Bodies and leading universities, you can be confident you are receiving safe, enjoyable and high-quality coaching.


You will be able to take full advantage of our purpose fitted, dedicated professional Martial Arts training centre in Basingstoke with its own café and waiting area where you can watch the classes taking place in air-conditioned comfort.

Our training area is fitted with specialist flooring covering an area 14m wide x 18m long and upstairs 7m x 18m  This allows our members to train much more safely on a clean cushioned floor that is designed specifically for the purpose it is used for.

All members training with us benefit from the use of a range of outstanding equipment to enhance their training, to help them to develop both their core martial arts skills and also complimentary skills to improve their general health, fitness and well-being.

Our Programmes

Children’s Martial Arts

At our Academy, in our children Martial Arts classes, kids not only learn self-defence and Martial Arts skills, they learn much more from us.

Self confidence, focus, determination, self reliance and can-do attitude which gives imbues a feeling of self discipline and control. This is combined with an approach for a life-long healthy lifestyle.

Above all, age specific Kids Martial Arts classes in Basingstoke are different, they’re fun, exciting and as a life skill are invaluable. Learning at a pace that is optimised for the child, the learning experience is outstanding.

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Adults Martial Arts

Adults start learning a Martial Art for many reasons: health, fitness, fun, the social environment, to compete, for self-defence or to give themselves a new challenge.

The great news is that when you join us, we will help you to achieve your desired level of fitness whilst training in the Martial Arts, learning new skills and getting fit in an exciting and dynamic way.

Regardless of why you would like to learn a Martial Art we can help you achieve your goals. It’s never too late to start learning a Martial Art, we will help you to work at a pace and a level that is suitable for your age and physical capabilities. We will help you to achieve to the best of your own ability and maybe even surpass what you thought you were capable of.

Your classes will be a positive environment for you to stay in good physical and emotional shape by relieving the daily stresses and anxieties that we all face. We teach the traditional values of the Martial Arts combined with the best of modern sports science to help you feel healthier and perform better with a group of supportive friendly members like yourself.

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Fitness Classes

If you’re looking to improve your fitness then you’ll love the fun, the energy and the enthusiasm in our signature Martial Music Blast (MMB) and HIIT Circuits classes. Get fit with a great bunch of people from the Basingstoke area.

The MMB program is inspired by Martial Arts and draws from a wide array of Martial Arts disciplines. Supported by inspiring music and the instructors who choreograph each routine, it is a non-combat no contact, exciting class where you will strike, punch, kick and stretch your way through calories to superior cardio fitness.

Each MMB class is designed so that everyone can fully take part in the class either standing or sitting and get a great workout, high or low impact it’s up to you, you choose your own workout zone. It’s achievable for all and will make you feel good about the most important person in your world – you

Adapted Martial Arts fitness classes are also available, and we run a varied and dynamic timetable.

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About Our Academy

Transforming lives and helping you lead a healthy, safe and happy lifestyle…

Our aim is to transform lives and help you and your family lead a health, safe and happy lifestyle. Consequently attending martial arts class and learning an art like Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Judo or Tai Chi is a tireless, never-ending journey and should empower you to take control of your life both inside and outside of the training hall.

Being a Martial Artist, a student of the arts, is about far more than kicking and punching. It’s a way of life and can give you confidence, discipline and life skills.

Your training with us will help you to experience the many positive results of Martial-Arts training. Therefore consistent training will help you to become fitter, more flexible, relaxed and healthy. As a result, you will feel more confident and assertive and better able to cope with the stresses of our busy modern day life. If you’re looking for ‘Martial Arts near me’ in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas, come and give us a try.

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What our clients think

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Our Facilities

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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Should I get fit first?

No! When new members start, they all have varying levels of fitness and are all ages, shapes and sizes. As members progress their fitness improves, working out with us gets more effective results. At our club, everyone works at a level that is suitable for them, you can go as easy or as hard as you want to.

We work with you to help you personalise your own training to suit your body. Over time our Martial Arts training will help you to get fitter, stronger and more flexible. You’ll notice other benefits as well including better balance, coordination, muscle tone and better mindfulness as you become more aware of your own body.

Can parents/carers watch the class?

Absolutely! Why wouldn’t you? The more involved you are with your child’s training, the better their progression. Sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy watching your child in action. The only thing we ask is that you keep the noise to a minimum so as not to disturb the class in progress.

Will I learn self protection and self defence skills?

Most definitely! We hope that our members never have to use the physical skills that we teach them. As parents our first responsibility is to keep our kids safe, as adults we should have the same approach for ourselves. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge to allow avoidance of a potentially hostile situation, so that a physical altercation, wherever possible, is unnecessary.
Perhaps the biggest ‘self protection win’ that we can give is a focus on a healthy physical lifestyle helping our members beat physical inactivity and to maintain good mental health.

How long does it take to get a Black belt?

That’s a difficult one, it depends upon the individual as we all progress at a different pace. No matter the length of time it takes you to get your black belt, the journey is most definitely worth it. In our club the minimum age to take a Black Belt examination is 10 years old and a reasonable guide is to allow 5 years of training at least twice a week.

What age can you start?

Our children’s classes start from 4 years old and our oldest adult is currently 88. Our kids martial arts classes are split into the following age groups, 4 – 6 years old (Rising Heroes) 6 – 9 years old (Young Legends), 10 – 14 years old (Urban Warriors) and Children’s Judo (6+ years). We have a family class where parents/carers and children can train together in addition to our adult only classes.

Will this make me/my child violent?

No! Martial Arts is clearly rooted in self defence and education, it is taught and practiced in a disciplined structured manner with a clear focus on self-control, humility and kindness. The traditional Martial Arts that we study have an ethos of self development and self improvement through training.
The training that we practice can help members to control stress and anxiety from a variety of sources and the meditative manner is calming and relaxing.

I have/my child has additional needs. Can they still do Martial Arts?

Yes most emphatically. We’ve coached many people in over 30 years of coaching with a range of differing conditions (The term used to be special needs or special education needs) and as an individual sport or activity done in a group environment, we are able to help members to personalise their own training. Youngsters can improve their focus, discipline, self control and social skills through their Adaptive Martial Arts training.

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