The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Keith Chapman said: “I am delighted that this forward thinking and proactive club won the (Hampshire County Sports Club of the Year) award against tough competition from other strong clubs across the county.  It was very well deserved and is a testament to the hard work of the club and its many volunteers.  The club is a credit to the borough, making a contribution not only in the area of sport but to the local community, for example running self-defence classes and anti-bullying sessions. The council has worked in partnership with the club on various sports development initiatives and great links have been established with schools and voluntary organisations.  The club is very highly regarded locally.”

Bryan and Lindsey Andrews have created the perfect community Martial Arts centre for Basingstoke, taking the time to get all the right qualifications in the arts they teach and to be able to safely coach all categories of people including children and vulnerable adults. They are both highly skilled in a variety of Martial Arts including both Japanese and Chinese Martial Arts.

Steve Rowe 9th Dan Karate and Kung Fu teacher
International Tai Chi Teacher
Chairman of the Martial Arts Standards Agency
Chief Instructor of Shi Kon Martial Arts Association

Heather Windust from Sport Hampshire IOW commented “The awards are a fantastic celebration of sport throughout the county, and reflect not only the quality of local sporting achievement, but also the dedication, commitment and excellence of the many unsung heroes.  The club of the year category had over 20 nominations, it was a tough decision to whittle them down to just 3 and even tougher to decide on a winner. However the work Shin Gi Tai do in the local community and the dedication they have to developing their coaches and members made them deserving winners.”

My 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 Combat Groove to 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.

Paul Coleman Kyoshi 7th Dan Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai I would like to write a testimonial for a very dear friend and his wife, both excellent karate teachers.Bryan and Lindsey Andrews have put so much work and passion into building a fantastic martial arts school that I feel the people of Basingstoke are extremely lucky to have them right on their doorstep.I refer to Bryan as the Amazing Bloke from Basingstoke, but when I spend time with him, he is bouncing off the walls with energy and new ideas to excite and enrich the students training with him.Lindsey is also a great role model for mums and as a mother of three very lively boys (plus the other big kid Bryan). She makes karate look easy and her fitness classes rock!

I have taught at the school and absolutely love the training facility, the staff make it a place to enjoy the many benefits of martial arts training.

Susan Parker – Sports Development Officer, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council I have seen Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy grow and develop significantly over the last 3 years.  The club have deservedly gained ‘Clubmark’ accreditation and won borough and county sports club of the year titles.  These accolades highlight the clubs’ commitment to ensuring a safe, effective environment for members.  Shin Gi Tai’s programmes are well received by residents and make an excellent contribution to increasing participation rates locally.

Tony Pillage 4th Dan, Martial Arts writer, book author, organiser of the SENI Martial Arts events and renowned Pressure Point Specialist I regularly travel the country giving martial arts seminars to all sorts of groups. There are very few finer than the one run by Bryan and Lindsey Andrews in Basingstoke. The quality and variedness of instruction plus a wonderful clean and safe facility make it an ideal training venue. So whether you are wanting to train with some of the best Coaches and in the UK, learn fabulous Karate or MMA or just get fit I would highly recommend this fabulous establishment.


As part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project to improve children’s self-confidence and self-esteem Lindsey and Bryan Andrews independently led a number of innovative sessions with mixed ability groups. There work was part of a national bid to combat inactivity in the youth and improve their outlooks through the medium of sport. The sessions left a profound effect on the students, they were unique, exciting, motivational and above all great fun!

Rachel Clarkson School Games Organiser- Winchester & East Hants