COMBAT SPORTS

At Exeter Martial Arts we have probably the largest selection of combat sports under one roof in the south west

HEALTH & FITNESS

We like to provide an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Our classes range in intensity from
our gentle Tai Chi class, through to our challenging Strength and conditioning class

JIU JITSU

Jiu Jitsu is a traditional Japanese martial art which relies on technique rather than strength to defend against one or multiple opponents of any size, weight, and gender.

KOBUJUTSU

Okinawan Kobujutsu refers to the weapon system of the Okinawan arts, including the 6-foot staff Rokushakubo), dagger-shaped truncheon (Sai), among others.

KENJUTSU

Kenjutsu (literally translated means ‘sword art’) teaches techniques that entail the use of bladed weapons.

We train in the Kaze Arashi Ryu style of Kenjutsu.

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, often likened to human chess, is as much a battle of wits as it is a battle of the bodies - techniques rely on leverage.

JTX KICK BOXING

Kick Boxing is a hybrid combat sport which draws on techniques from several preceding martial arts and combat sports, such as Karate, Muay Thai, Savate, Western Boxing,

JUDO

Judo is a great combat sport with a high popularity status across the globe. It has achieved Olympic

recognition and become one of the most popular martial arts in the world!

MUAY THAI

Muay Thai, also known as the science of eight limbs, is a martial art originating in Thailand which focuses on the use of fists and feet as well as elbows and knees.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

(MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of martial arts - traditional and combat sports

CHILDREN'S CLASSES​

With many years of teaching experience we have found that the children learn best in specific classes tailored for each age group. We split our children’s classes into 5 age groups.

EXPERIENCE | ACHIEVE | EXCEL

Whether you are looking for health and well-being, realistic and effective self-defence, getting fit in the form of a new sporting hobby or a fun, character-building work out for your kids, Exeter Martial Arts has classes for you. 

 

Come and try one or a selection of classes - all under one roof. The perfect way to cross-train and effectively use your time. Please, see below for more details on our classes and session times!

TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS

Here at Exeter Martial Arts (EMA) we pride ourselves as being the premier Traditional Martial Arts dojo in the South West.
Our traditional Martial Arts stemmed from ancient Japan and have been passed down through many generations of martial artists. As well as their rich history they are still very relevant to us today, not only as fantastic self defence but also as a great way of building fitness and wellbeing.

TESTIMONIALS​

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BOXING

Boxing, termed the sweet science by Muhammad Ali is a martial art and combat sport in which two

people throw punches at each other with gloved hands.

FITNESS & STRENGTH

Bored of a standard gym workout involving machines and treadmills? Want to try something new?

Stretch your fitness boundaries with this excellent fitness class.

TAI CHI & QI GONG

Tai Chi is a martial art originating in ancient China. The ultimate goal is to combine hard and soft movements to produce a great effect with minimum effort.

LITTLE LIONS (5-6)

Our teaching programme focuses on a number of - what we deem to be – important concepts, such as discipline, respect, focus, co-ordination, fitness, and many more.

WRESTLING

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

PAD BLAST

Like punching and kicking? Want to improve your cardio? Try our Pad Blast session to improve your fitness while gradually honing your striking technique!

LION CUBS (3-4)

We pride ourselves on our children’s classes and the values and principles we pass on to the kids. For us, martial arts training is more than learning how to physically defend yourself.

JUNIOR JIU JITSU (7-11)

In these classes, we teach Japanese jiu jitsu, a battlefield martial art used in feudal Japan, which has become one of the most effective self-defence systems in the world.

CADETS JIU JITSU (11-15)

Our Cadets classes are tailored for 11-15 year olds.  At this age the classes focus strongly on self defence skills- which we feel are a crucial life skill as children become more independent.

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WRESTLING

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

COMBAT SPORTS

At Exeter Martial Arts we have probably the largest selection of combat sports under one roof in the south west

HEALTH & FITNESS

We like to provide an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Our classes range in intensity from
our gentle Tai Chi class, through to our challenging Strength and conditioning class

JIU JITSU

Jiu Jitsu is a traditional Japanese martial art which relies on technique rather than strength to defend against one or multiple opponents of any size, weight, and gender.

KOBUJUTSU

Okinawan Kobujutsu refers to the weapon system of the Okinawan arts, including the 6-foot staff Rokushakubo), dagger-shaped truncheon (Sai), among others.

KENJUTSU

Kenjutsu (literally translated means ‘sword art’) teaches techniques that entail the use of bladed weapons.

We train in the Kaze Arashi Ryu style of Kenjutsu.

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, often likened to human chess, is as much a battle of wits as it is a battle of the bodies - techniques rely on leverage.

JTX KICK BOXING

Kick Boxing is a hybrid combat sport which draws on techniques from several preceding martial arts and combat sports, such as Karate, Muay Thai, Savate, Western Boxing,

JUNIOR BJJ (5-11)

Our sessions are fun and dynamic but also focus on respectful behaviour, discipline, and always reinforce the idea that continuous effort reaps rewards.

CADETS BJJ (11-15)

Cadets Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for 11-15 year olds. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a competitive sport martial arts, similar to wrestling and judo.

JUDO

Judo is a great combat sport with a high popularity status across the globe. It has achieved Olympic

recognition and become one of the most popular martial arts in the world!

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

(MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of martial arts - traditional and combat sports

MUAY THAI

Muay Thai, also known as the science of eight limbs, is a martial art originating in Thailand which focuses on the use of fists and feet as well as elbows and knees.

BOXING

Boxing, termed the sweet science by Muhammad Ali is a martial art and combat sport in which two

people throw punches at each other with gloved hands.

WRESTLING

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

CADETS JIU JITSU (11-15)

Our Cadets classes are tailored for 11-15 year olds.  At this age the classes focus strongly on self defence skills- which we feel are a crucial life skill as children become more independent.

CACADETSKICKBOXING / MMA STRIKING

 

again this brings with it the option of competition but also all the benefits of fitness, coordination and confidence.

TESTIMONIALS​

JUDO is back

We are pleased to announce the Judo club at EMA is back after temporary closure over the summer. The new class time is Saturdays 4-5pm and whats better still is mat 1 is available so lots more room for randori practice. If you haven’t already booked a FREE taster class now is your chance.Beginners are always made to feel welcome. Just call 01392 663000 or book on our website.See you on the mat  

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017​

With the classes in the gym starting back for this new year its good to look back on what we did in 2016. It was a massive year for us and our members.We raised a staggering £33,000 for Cancer charities Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Exeter Leukaemia fund (ELF) cancer charitiesOver 600 people moved forward by grading  in Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Thai Boxing, Ken Jutsu (sword), Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Notables where: Mark Woodland – 3rd Dan in JudoLaura Ibarra Hempel – 2nd Dan in Jiu JItsuDamien Gaucher – 1st Dan in Jiu JitsuZak Reed – Purple Belt BJJRichard Catterick – Mokuroku in Sword We held some awesome seminars with world renowned martial artists here in Exeter too:Tom Barlow, Ben Hall, Ben Jones, Paul O’Callaghan,Nish Soni, Sidney Silva –and also  hosted the National Jiu Jitsu championships and the Seishin Summer schoolSo much good stuff. However with change there is always a yin and yang / in  and yo. As some of you will know we lose an EMA stalwart instructors Tom Rogers and Shogo Miyakita. Shogo and Tom  are brilliant martial artist who started their training journeies with me 8  years ago at Exeter University and Exeter College jiu jitsu clubs respectively. They both have a good training ethos and have achieved a great standard. They have been involved in not only achieving their own martial arts goals and ambitions but have also taken the time to help teach the next generation of martial artists in Exeter. They move to London to further their careers but their  plans include adding their considerable knowledge and skill to our London Jiu Jitsu club and we hope to see them at training events throughout the year. We wish them best of luck in London, its been a pleasure to share the mats with you both.  Well what about  next year well all I can say is we have changed and grown this year and next year is looking already like it will be our biggest yet on all fronts with Combat sports with lots of ideas for development and getting those that want to compete literally on the cards and the traditional guys moving forward in breadth and depth. Its going to big one and am  so happy to share my goals and dreams with all of you by experiencing, achieving and excelling in all Exeter Martial arts has to offer and  as a thank you to our members in January we are offering £20 cash for introducing a friend to Exeter Martial Arts. See in the gym for details.​

Sidney Silva at EMA

Sidney Silva at EMA​

Sidney Silva  who is 2nd degree Black Belt under Romolo Barros (Rickson Gracie lineage) will be at the gym at the end of the month conducting both a gi and no gi seminar, plus gradings and privates. This is an fantastic opportunity not to be missed  to train the with not only a pro MMA fighter but also a great guy who has so much grappling knowledge. The seminar is open to beginners and advanced students and if you haven’t already confirmed your place do it soon before they run out. He is only in Exeter for a few days so if you want a private (one to one or small group) class with him again speak to the coaches or at reception in the gym. See you on the mat ​ https://www.instagram.com/sidney_silva_bjj/

Big Fight coming up for EMA stalwart.

Big Fight coming up for EMA stalwart.

Big fight coming up for EMA’s very own Liam ‘The Lima’ Clatworthy on Saturday 22nd October at the new UNFC promotions inaugural show at Riverside in Exeter. Liam said he is quietly confident’ and is ‘just looking forward to it’ now the hard training camp is behind him.The ‘Lima’ has been a fight team stalwart at EMA for the past 5 years and always shown great heart in his fights. There are still tickets left and he would like as much support as possible on the night from Exeter as his opponent is bring a big support from his gym in Plymouth. Just ask in the gym if you haven’t got your ticket yet.  

Seishin Mizu Ryu (the Japanese Jiu Jitsu style we practice at EMA)  is an holistic martial art comprising of many different facets for example on its simplest level: throws, break-falls, strikes, locks, holds, weapon defence, disarms and use of staff and sword to name but a few. With regard to training (as in life), it is all to easy to pay extra attention to what we are good at or what we excel at, and not spend time on what we have difficulties with. Training goes on and everything is fine until we are put to the test and we find that what we had thought was unimportant becomes critical. An example of this could be a Jutsuka who enjoys throwing and break-falling but who thinks locking and striking are boring/difficult until they find themselves in a grading, or unfortunately in a difficult situation outside, where the need for a strike or lock could set up their favourite throw and get them out of trouble.  On the flip side of this are the things we are not so good at which tend to pray heavily on our mind. Quite a lot of you will be new to training and as happens every year falling, in general, is the facet you will find hardest to grasp. It is very easy to let your mind convince your body that you will never be able to get falling and thus be rubbish at Jiu Jitsu and thus the unenlightened may stop training even though they are good at the other elements  ie kyusho, locking etc.  This process is all to do with the mind. In martial arts term we call training ‘the way’, and the way is a path on which you walk each time you step inside the dojo with your sensei as your guide. The Japanese term ‘Sensei’ is often translated as ‘teacher’. However it has a more literal meaning of ‘one who has gone before’, in so much as they have walked this part of the way when they were at your level, guided by their sensei. They know what it is like to have the feelings you are having and it is often wise to ask their advice and really listen to their response.   Now the way is never straight and it is invariably not an easy road. It is filled with traps and pitfalls. A recurrent trap for a student is one where we spend too much time focusing on one particular facet either positively or negatively thus drawing us away from the rest of the art. Later as a sensei you will revisit this trap with your students and learn and understand more about its meaning.  In summary no matter at what level you are in the Ryu you will find that you have favourite elements/facets/techniques and these will change over time. My favourite throw when I started training  going on for 30 years ago was O Soto Gari, then it changed to O Uchi Gari, Ippon Seoi Nage, Uki Goshi, Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi etc.   With the changes I made my weaker throws became my stronger throws for in training it is always good form to work hardest on what you are weakest. So like the chain all of your links become strong overall.   My final thought on this is to imagine the chain being a circle and so the process continues on Once you have strengthened your weaknesses in each of the  facets, its time to begin strengthening the new weakest again, such is the nature of training and life.

Weaknesses, Strengths, Training and Life.​

Seishin Mizu Ryu (the Japanese Jiu Jitsu style we practice at EMA)  is an holistic martial art comprising of many different facets for example on its simplest level: throws, break-falls, strikes, locks, holds, weapon defence, disarms and use of staff and sword to name but a few. With regard to training (as in life), it is all to easy to pay extra attention to what we are good at or what we excel at, and not spend time on what we have difficulties with. Training goes on and everything is fine until we are put to the test and we find that what we had thought was unimportant becomes critical. An example of this could be a Jutsuka who enjoys throwing and break-falling but who thinks locking and striking are boring/difficult until they find themselves in a grading, or unfortunately in a difficult situation outside, where the need for a strike or lock could set up their favourite throw and get them out of trouble.On the flip side of this are the things we are not so good at which tend to pray heavily on our mind. Quite a lot of you will be new to training and as happens every year falling, in general, is the facet you will find hardest to grasp. It is very easy to let your mind convince your body that you will never be able to get falling and thus be rubbish at Jiu Jitsu and thus the unenlightened may stop training even though they are good at the other elements  ie kyusho, locking etc.This process is all to do with the mind. In martial arts term we call training ‘the way’, and the way is a path on which you walk each time you step inside the dojo with your sensei as your guide. The Japanese term ‘Sensei’ is often translated as ‘teacher’. However it has a more literal meaning of ‘one who has gone before’, in so much as they have walked this part of the way when they were at your level, guided by their sensei. They know what it is like to have the feelings you are having and it is often wise to ask their advice and really listen to their response. Now the way is never straight and it is invariably not an easy road. It is filled with traps and pitfalls. A recurrent trap for a student is one where we spend too much time focusing on one particular facet either positively or negatively thus drawing us away from the rest of the art. Later as a sensei you will revisit this trap with your students and learn and understand more about its meaning.In summary no matter at what level you are in the Ryu you will find that you have favourite elements/facets/techniques and these will change over time. My favourite throw when I started training  going on for 30 years ago was O Soto Gari, then it changed to O Uchi Gari, Ippon Seoi Nage, Uki Goshi, Sasae Tsuri Komi Ashi etc. With the changes I made my weaker throws became my stronger throws for in training it is always good form to work hardest on what you are weakest. So like the chain all of your links become strong overall. My final thought on this is to imagine the chain being a circle and so the process continues on Once you have strengthened your weaknesses in each of the  facets, its time to begin strengthening the new weakest again, such is the nature of training and life.   

Massive Week for EMA​

Wow what a massive week we have had in the dojo. Its started last Saturday  at the Uni freshers fair where we met a whole load of new people and I think most of the uni signed up to the Uni Jiu Jitsu club. Will tell you how that first session went later on. Our talented Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team headed up by coach Zak Reed came back with a clutch of medals in both the adults and kids section from the Hereford open on Sunday. Well done on everyone who made the podium and if you didn’t don’t worry your time will come soon  Next our new stationary arrived which looks amazing. Thanks to Craig, Aldo and Helen for making this happen. On Tuesday we hosted a free beginners taster in MMA where almost 50 people showed up. Unfortunately due to space we could only sign up 30 for the new beginners course and I think all places have now gone. Next one will be in January so let us know if you want a place as they always go fast. ​Wednesday we recruited almost another 50 to our Exeter College enrichment Jiu Jitsu programme. We are the largest enrichment activity on the college campus and are proud to have them as a business partner where we can offer top quality self defence for all their students. Moving on to Thursday we are back at the Uni to teach 80 of Exeter University finest in their first Jiu Jitsu while here in our lovely city. The session was a huge success. As you may know, I  have returned to the club I started when I first came to Exeter in 2006. Fittingly one of the students that day ten years ago was by my side teaching the class – Jaimie Smallwood. Obviously this was a proud moment for me after sharing 1000+hours with this talented black belt.  Also in the last seven days I had a meetings with the new Exeter College Martial Arts Academy students re classes starting up next week  and the Ultimate Boxing championship lead Pindi Madahar and the boxers for the show coming up in November. Tonight sees more of our boxers in action with culmination of the latest season of boxers fighting and raising money for Cancer Research. Good luck to them all and our boxing coach Chris and his teasm who are cornering at Riverside Leisure Centre. So you can see its been a super busy week for us all on top of teaching our regular awesome classes in the gym which have been jam packed with new people coming in and trying FREE taster session and taking advantage of our membership deals. Big thank you to the staff and instructors at EMA who have put in the extra.  What a week !! , See you on the mats.  

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