Martial Arts Classes for 14 – 17 year olds

Cadets Karate in Basingstoke for teenagers

Why learn a Martial Art?

Participating in a Martial Arts class as a hobby offers a variety of benefits, including the opportunity to socialize with peers in a healthy and positive environment. The class provides a community of individuals with similar values and experienced coaches who help to teach the importance of self-discipline, respect, and focus. These skills can have a positive impact on individuals both in and outside of the class.

Our Cadets program for older teenagers and young adults is designed to promote self-confidence and discipline, while building self-esteem and self-worth in our members. The program provides a supportive, friendly, and positive environment where participants can learn self-protection and self-defense skills through a variety of martial arts techniques.

This age group is particularly vulnerable and may find themselves in situations where self-defence skills are necessary. The program utilizes a range of martial arts, including Chinese Kung Fu, Karate, Chinese Kickboxing, and Judo, to provide a well-rounded skill set. Additionally, while self-protection is a key focus, it is emphasized that it should be used as a last resort and in conjunction with traditional values such as humility, respect, and trust.

The program aims to provide a fun and innovative learning experience, while also helping participants deal with the stresses and anxieties of transitioning into adulthood. Classes are designed to be lively and engaging, providing opportunities to learn new techniques and develop physical fitness. Overall, the program is designed to empower and equip young adults with the skills and values necessary to navigate the challenges of growing up.

The transitional period from childhood to adulthood can be a challenging time for young adults, filled with stress and anxiety over many different things. Our Cadets program in Basingstoke offers a supportive and positive environment for young adults to navigate this transition through martial arts training.

Classes are designed to be fun, engaging, and innovative, offering a diverse range of techniques from grappling to flying kicks. Through the program, participants will improve their physical fitness, progress through belt levels, and learn to behave with maturity. Additionally, the program encourages members to enjoy the training process and use it as a way to cope with the daily stresses of school or college and growing up.

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Our Children's Martial Arts classes are split by age

Our Children’s Martial Arts classes in Basingstoke are split by age. Rising Heroes’ class is for 4-6 year olds.

Our Young Legends class is for 6-9 year olds.

The Urban Warriors class is for 10-13 year olds.

Our Cadets class is for 14-17 year olds.

We have Children's Kickboxing for 11-16 year olds 

Children's Boxing for 7 - 14 year olds.

Long Term Athlete Development

As our Cadets class members have developed maturity in both their physical and mental abilities, we can now instruct them in more challenging and advanced training techniques.

Our Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Karate classes for this age group focus on teaching self-defense techniques, as well as additional skills such as pressure points, joint locks, and a practical approach to self-defense and weapons awareness. It could be said that Chinese Kung Fu is the precursor to modern MMA. As students progress to more advanced levels, we also incorporate the safe use of weapons into our Basingstoke Chinese Kickboxing curriculum. Along with physical training, we also emphasize the importance of understanding the principles and theory behind the practice, as this knowledge is crucial for reaching elite levels of proficiency.

The classes are designed from a practical sports science perspective utilising knowledge around:

  1. Biomechanics
  2. Nutrition
  3. Skill Acquisition
  4. Physiology
  5. Strength and Conditioning
  6. How to deal with emotional and physical anxiety and stress

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 Be yourself

Practicing a Martial Art is not just about acquiring technical abilities such as throwing, kicking, or punching. It’s not just a form of physical exercise, but it also helps one to define oneself as a person, and to understand one’s core values and beliefs. Social media is full of influencers who try to shape our actions and behaviors, telling us how to become the “ideal version” of ourselves by changing our clothing, hairstyles, and other aspects of our lives. Martial Arts can serve as an alternative positive influence and a source of self-discovery.

We have a number of themes that we focus upon with our teenagers’ Martial Arts class programme. These themes are:

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Being able to adapt to a changing situation is important in school and work. Our Urban Warriors learn the value of a multi skills approach and how this can be of benefit in a variety of situations.


Who would have thought that Martial Artists would need to understand Newton’s 3rd law of motion? However, knowing that for every action/force there is an equal and opposition reaction does have a value in our training when we use physics against an opponent and also by studying to notice subtle body movements, we can respond more rapidly to physical stimulus. This law extends to relationships and communications, if we treat someone badly, it’s likely to backfire on us.


Our Cadets learn to train their instinctual behaviour and to develop it to respond appropriately to external stimuli. For example, an attacker throws a ‘haymaker’ punch, instinctively you know what to do, because you’d practiced it so many times. We explore intuition or ‘gut feelings’ and what that means for our beliefs and actions. Through our Martial Arts training we can develop our instinct to drive appropriate action based upon calm and appropriate decision making.


Around this age, fine tuning of physical skills is possible with increasing skill in using the body to apply techniques. Movements become smoother and are delivered with grace and style. Perhaps less well known but equally important is mental dexterity, the ability to think and act quickly whilst under pressure is a cornerstone of our training.


When we talk about strength, generally we are considering physical strength. Functional strength is the ability to be able to perform a range of movements using specific muscles to improve our daily activities and sports. This isn’t about hypertrophy (having massive muscles for show like a bodybuilder), it’s about your body being fit for purpose. Mental strength is often underestimated but with the increase of mental ill-health in children, it’s important that our children have the strength to acknowledge and seek help when needed.


By now members are realising that their strength and dexterity are increasing as they get older. In the run up to their black belt, they start to focus on accurate and exact movements, everytime. Setting their own quality standards and adhering to them.


One of the key factors in all sports is being able to produce maximum amount of force and speed in the shortest time period possible. Modern plyometric drills help to do this along with a strength and conditioning programme which will help with all sports. Our competition Karate squad utilises lots of plyometric drills to enhance their speed and reflexes, this has made us competitively one of the top Hampshire Karate clubs.

What our clients think

format_quoteMy name is David Bourne – Head of PE at Aldworth Science College in Basingstoke.

I have observed and taken part in numerous sessions from the two of the instructors Bryan and Lindsey. Whilst in one of the sessions I was introduced to COMBAT GROOVE. I was so impressed with the class and content that I asked Bryan and Lindsey to come and teach the students at Aldworth Science College.

They taught five week blocks of one hour sessions to all our year 8 students, over a 4 month period. Combat Groove was taught and this formed the students Dance module of the curriculum they follow in PE.

I chose them because the Combat Groove was different, exciting, caters for mixed gender and single sex, the instructors were experienced at working with students of varying abilities and special needs and the instructors were very professional and knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the status of being attached to a club with instructors who had competed at such a high level in their sport. The sessions it was also hoped would get disengaged and demotivated students to enjoy and participate in Dance via the Combat Groove.

The response of the students has been excellent with all students enjoying the lessons and taking part in all lessons with students who would not normally participate also bringing kit in and trying the routines and extensive equipment available within the lessons.

We have been so impressed with the standard of the lessons that we will be inviting the guys back next academic year to teach our students again and would thoroughly recommend them to all schools both secondary and primary. format_quote
David Bourne

Coaching Programme

Within this group we also run a successful Junior Coaching program. Participants act as role models showing the younger and less experienced students the skills they can develop. It is a great example of the benefits of hard work and consistent effort.

Entry to this program is by invitation only and includes additional in-depth technical tuition plus regular personal development. Junior coaches learn leadership skills such as public speaking, effective communication, leading by example and team-working. This program leads to formal Sport England NGB recognised coaching qualifications.

We have received national recognition for our coach development programme as the Runner up (We lost to a national governing body) for the UK Coaching’s Coach culture award for our commitment to providing top quality coach education for our members and helping to develop the next generation of coaches through a range of different tuition methods.

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