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​

EMA success at the Devon BJJ Open 

EMA took a relatively new and inexperienced competition team to the Devon BJJ open held in Plymouth at the weekend. Nine of our adults and five cadets/Juvenilles made the hour journey from Exeter. With only three of them in total ever having competed before in BJJ and one of these, Lee Hambleton fighting at Blue belt for the first time as only grading last weekend I was expecting them to gain alot of experince but not a huge medal haul.How wrong was I ! Everyone excelled going in with a win or learn attitude. The day got off to a stunning start with Max getting an arm bar submission in the first 15seconds and the day just got brighter from there. Special mention goes to Olivia and Violet due to lack of teenage girls competing where placed in brackets with teenage boys however this didnt phase them coming away with silver and bronze respectively against the boys in the gi comp. I saw huge performances from each and everyone of my team most of who medalled but some who didnt like Will who made the semis for his weight after winning two fights in his first comp. Here are the medal results  Lee Hambleton adult medium heavyweight blue belt masters  bronzeOlivia Rowntree  teen 2 silver  gi and  teen 2 no gi bronze Violet Howson  teen 2  gi bronze and teen 2 no gi  bronzeLewis Gale   juvenile middle weight  no gi silver Brandon Clarke  adult  light weight white belt  gi bronzeKarl Sharpe teen1 gi silver and teen 1 no gi silverMax Pochereon Adult  feather weight white belt  gi silverReuben Cock  teen 2  gi silver and teen 2 no gi bronzePJ Dundass adult heavyweight white belt gi bronze , adult heavy weight no gi  silver Simon Hill  adult  super heavy white belt gi bronze and Adult  super heavy no gi goldRich Martin adult featherweight white belt gi bronzeAdam Bright adult light feather white belt bronze and light feather white belt no gi bronze So in total our team achieved a huge nineteen medals , eleven  bronzes, seven silvers and a gold. Which is massive for EMA and our biggest podium haul in BJJ to date. However experience was the biggest winner with all getting invaluable competition practice which will make them all even stronger next time out. As head coach to see these young and not so young :)  athletes perform was a pleasure and I am so proud of them all for stepping up to the plate and showing themselves and the world that they CAN DO. The talent and grit of these guys and girls promises a bright future for EMA BJJ and southwest Brazilian jiu jitsu. #EMAfamily #SidneySilvaBJJ     ​

Training through exams, why it makes sense and completely adds up​!

Lots of people think that when exam time comes around they should ditch training to give some extra time to revise but is this realisitic and the best use of time. I was at university until I was 30yrs old acquiring three degrees including a PhD on the way and have done a ton of exams, my wife who is a medic did exams every 6 weeks until she was 25 or so. In our household we know a lot about exam pressure and how to cope. We both started training martial arts at uni as under grads and trained all the way through all our respective examinations. We found training a great way to de stress and leave the books behind for a few hours a week giving our brain a rest and our body a work out and overall leaving us happy and healthier for our important tests.But how can this be. Well in my opinion to succeed in exams you need three basic things; preparation/revision,good mental stategetting enough good quality sleep The quality and length of our sleeps is directly related to our stress levels and physical training is directly linked to reducing stress levels in the body. Therefore doing regular exercise in exam periods and giving your mind some complete down time not only allows your brain some needed time off but when you return to study you are in a revitalised and refreshed state. It is also widely acknowledged that exercise not only has a positive impact on our physical health, but it can also increase our self-esteem. Regular physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth, enriching our mental state and giving us that can-do attitude, which is so beneficial when facing any test. Lastly to consider is time.  Students (and parents) look at the time training takes away from prep and revision but is this just a flawed unrealistic view, let’s look at the science. In a week there are 168 hours. Of which 8 per day on average you should be asleep (56 hours/ week). Therefore, we all should have 112 hours to eat/ exercise/ do anything else we need to do and yes revising is included.Now if you train 2 hours a week that’s only just under 2% of your waking week.Is giving up exercise over exam periods and getting this 2% really going to make time for more quality revision? Especially when you look at the benefits of physical exercise with regards stress levels and better-quality sleep and also mental state and self-esteem. As my American friends and colleagues say ‘do the math’ and don’t lose the mat over exam time as it just doesn't add up.​

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  (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.  

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LATEST NEWS

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.

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.

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,

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

KOBUJUTSU

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

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.

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.

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