Basingstoke Children’s Martial Arts

In our Basingstoke Martial Arts Academy, children not only learn self defence and self protection skills through their practice of Karate, Judo, Kung Fu and Kickboxing, they learn much more from us.

Martial Arts  training with us is different, its fun, its exciting and as a life skill is invaluable teaching focus and discipline in all areas of life.

Our children’s classes are split by age and ability group, unlike many clubs this gives us the opportunity to focus on the specific needs of that age group. Our view, informed by academic and scientific studies is that you wouldn’t mix a 5 year old and a 13 year old in a school environment because they learn differently, at a different pace and learn disparate things because of their stage of development and maturation. The same is true of learning any Martial Art, including the main ones that we teach to kids, which are Karate, Kung Fu, Judo and Kickboxing.

The distinct advantage to this, is that when you have an age specific curriculum, the children learn faster and progress more confidently. Like school, they move into different classes as they get older and become more knowledgeable and physically aware and capable. At each stage we increase the complexity of what they do in order to improve their skill levels still further and to help them retain and develop new knowledge and new skills.


It has been proven that by structuring their Karate, Judo, Kickboxing or Judo training this way, the benefits and rate of progression are significantly improved. They not only learn more rapidly but also better retain the information and therefore increase their skills faster, they also develop a much better understanding of the life skills developed through learning a martial art (for example, respect, healthy living, confidence, discipline, personal safety etc.)


Our Little Dragons’ class is for 4-6 year olds. Our Young Legends class is for 6-9 year olds. The Urban Warriors class is for 10-14 year olds. Our Judo class caters for children over the age of 6 years old.



We recognise and celebrate success.

We have many systems in place within the Academy to recognise effort and achievement within our students including trophies, stickers, badges and special weekly, monthly and annual awards. We recognise all achievements in our students, not only those who are physically talented but also those who, for example who have shown progress in other area e.g. being polite, hard working, thoughtful towards others, show good attendance or who  have worked well as part of a team.  We also recognise and encourage achievement outside of the Martial Arts, this might be at school, cubs, swimming, gymnastics or even at home for example. When a child can demonstrate external success we celebrate this by awarding them with a Gold star to put onto their uniform.

Students are also able to take part in regular examinations within the Academy in Basingstoke or at our satellite schools, allowing them to earn their next belt, all the way to Black Belt. Our senior grading examiners have been qualified to conduct Black Belt gradings since  1995 and during this time have carried out many successful gradings in Karate, Kickboxing and Kung Fu. Our Judo Black Belt gradings are held under the auspices of a British Judo Association Senior Examiner.

What do we actually do in class?

Classes are structured so that we train safely and all classes include a warm up, flexibility and strength and conditioning exercises as well as a cool down at the end.

The format for each class changes slightly on a weekly basis as we progress through our curriculum, this helps to ensure that we cover all the necessary points to help the children to further develop their skills and knowledge. Our classes are structured to encourage a ‘can do’ confident attitude in all the children we teach. It is our job as educators to work with parents to make sure your children are successful, not just in the Academy, but in life in general.

We achieve this by showing children that hard work means achievement and achievement means success.


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Telephone (01256) 364104.


Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy,
The Annex @ ITT Industries,
Jays Close,
RG22 4BA