Professionally qualified Martial Arts Coaches

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High quality Martial Arts Coaching is our goal


At our Basingstoke Martial Arts Academy, we insist on professional qualified Martial Arts coaches on our mats with our members.

Unlike some franchises and chains of martial arts schools, we don’t use someone else’s good reputation to sell our classes. Nor do we use Martial Arts teachers who have only been training a short while, in some cases mere months or who aren’t properly trained or qualified as coaches. You will find that we have an excellent reputation for teaching high quality Martial Arts built up over 40+ years of training, competing and coaching at very senior international levels.

High quality Martial Arts Coaching is our goal. What this means, is that the students who train with us benefit from this in-depth knowledge and gain a greater insight into their own practice of the Martial Arts. Our highly qualified Martial Arts coaches will help you to enjoy and learn from your experience of practising a Martial Art.

Externally checked


All the instructors are DBS checked to an enhanced level, first aid trained and properly insured. All students also are fully insured in their own right. In addition, you have the assurance that we are all fully qualified as Martial Arts Instructors by The Martial Arts Standards Agency, the body that promotes excellence and quality standards in the Martial Arts.

National Governing Body Qualifications


Our coaches also hold supplementary Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5 Coaching Qualifications from The British Council for Chinese Martial Arts, British Judo Association or Sports Coach UK’s UKCC qualification.

Our senior coaches are Coach Tutors for the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts and Martial Arts Standards Agency. Our most highly qualified coach holds an Academic Level 7, (Masters Degree) in Advanced Sports Coaching Practice from Sheffield Hallam University.

These qualifications are the highest levels that you will find in Hampshire and as Martial Arts coaches it shows our commitment to constantly improving our skills and knowledge to deliver even higher quality classes.

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What our clients think

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Mike Hardy

Quality Checks


The Martial Arts Standards Agency recommends that Associations / Clubs use a system of Instructor Accreditation. This would confirm that:

  • All instructors are senior Dan (Black Belt) grade level instructors in the art taught.
  • All instructors carry Professional Insurance for £5 million.
  • All instructors hold an enhanced Disclosure and Barring service check.
  • All instructors have a professional coaching qualification that covers health and safety, how to coach adults and children, protection of children from abuse, lesson planning and risk management
  • All instructors are First Aid trained
  • The Centre has a ‘clear pricing policy’ with no hidden charges

Approved Training Centre


As a Martial Arts Standards Agency approved Training Centre, you can be safe in the knowledge that all of our coaches are qualified to teach you and that our skills have been subject to external verification by bodies such Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight plus Sport England themselves.

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Training, Development and Welfare

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Formal Teacher training

In addition to being highly qualified martial artists we have also undergone formal teacher training both within and external to the martial arts. We know that being a great martial artist is not enough, it is equally important to be a great teacher and to be able to communicate effectively with students of all ages and abilities, in a way that is best for them. We know this is the case, because our students give us this feedback regularly.


Ongoing Professional Development

We invest in the ongoing development and education of our coaches technically with regular senior coaching and coach education sessions on improving their Martial Arts / Fitness techniques and skills. In addition, our coaches learn Sport England’s recommended courses such as ‘Equity in your Coaching’ and ‘Long Term Athlete Development’ in order to help them help you better. We also hold regular coaching workshops for coaches to better develop their teaching skills, knowledge and ability to deliver that information to of our members. We attend Hampshire training courses such as Mental Health First Aider, LGBT+ training for equality alongside a number of other courses run by our County Sports partnership, EnergiseMe. We are advocates of UK Coachings range of courses and our coaches take advantage of our membership with UK Coaching to take part in their wide range of continuous professional development options.


Welfare Officers

Our welfare officers are there to ensure that we meet the highest possible standards for safeguarding and protecting. In addition to the required training from the respective National Governing Bodies, their training encompasses a wide range of holistic training for all-round member support and development.

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