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.

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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​

Welcome Max and Tobias to the EMA team

Welcome Max and Tobias to the EMA team 

Big Welcome to the growing EMA team to our two new apprentices Tobias and Max. Max has just finished his course at Exeter college. Tobias has just obtained his personal trainer qualification and now teaches our Wednesday lunchtime  padblast class and will be taking on some 1:1 clients soon. Both along with our other apprentice Owen regularly train at EMA and all are looking forward to enhancing their training through working at EMA. Keep up the good work boys and if you are in do say hi if they are on the desk :)     ​    

The Jiu-Jitsu Society – Celebrating 30 years at a 100-year institution

The Jiu-Jitsu Society – Celebrating 30 years at a 100-year institution 

Societies at the University of Leicester give students an opportunity to make life-long friends, learn a new skill, build on their teamwork with other students and get involved in university activities like Varsity and Freshers that take place yearly.  With a lengthy list of clubs and groups currently active at the University, from football and rugby to the Anime society and Enactus, it is no surprise that many of them have a long history since their creation. One such society, the Jiu-Jitsu society, celebrated 30 years in 2021 since it was formed. We spoke to Isaac Bitelli, current Captain of the University of Leicester Jiu-Jitsu club and their 1992 club Captain, Soke Dr Richard Catterick about their founding, their achievements and how they feel celebrating 30 years of Jiu-Jitsu at the University, during the University’s Centenary year. “It’s crazy to think the club has now been running for 30 years.” - Soke Dr Richard Catterick Founded in September of 1991, the society ran as an unofficial club at the University of Leicester, later becoming official in the Autumn of 1992. The first club Captain was Joanne Harvey, with Kevin Sharkey as the club’s Secretary and a total of 8 to 10 members. Soke comments: “It’s crazy to think the club has now been running for 30 years. It has become an institution in Leicester that produces quality martial artists and all-round great people. I am proud to have been part of its history and look forward to help celebrate the 50th in twenty years’ time.” Isaac added: “I am proud that I can not only be part of, but also shaping something that has been around many years before I was born and will hopefully be around many years after I am dead. Legacy is a key value imbedded into the University of Leicester and the Jiu-Jitsu society is certainly part of that, and so it is fortuitous that such a big milestone of the club co-insides with one of the University.” A brief history of Jiu-JitsuJiu-Jitsu was founded originally in Japan. Jiu-Jitsu is a family of Japanese martial arts and a system of close combat that can be used in a defensive or offensive manner. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also exists and is a martial art and combat sport based on ground fighting and submission holds. It focuses on the skill of taking an opponent to the ground, controlling one's opponent, gaining a dominant position, and using several techniques to force them into submission via joint locks or chokeholds. The style of Jiu-Jitsu practiced at the University, however, is its own, which was founded here at Leicester by the 1992 club Captain, Soke Dr Richard Catterick. Isaac describes how their style differs from the traditional style: “It is in the nature of all things to change, to adapt. To overcome the challenges the future brings. Jiu-Jitsu is no different. We are no longer just for safety on the battlefield but also safety on the street, no longer just for the privileged few but for everyone, no longer for lords to make war, but for people to make peace. Our founder practised a variety of different styles, gaining black belts in many of them. He has taken what he learnt and, with some new ideas of his own, produced his own style of Jiu-Jitsu". Overcoming the pandemicLockdown brought about a new set of challenges for many societies at the University, particularly around membership of new students. With the pandemic ongoing, Isaac looks back on their perseverance to overcome a hurdle that many faced: “We kept going through lockdown by live-streaming lessons. Even though we persevered, we still struggled like everyone else, ending the year with no members (other than current committee). We went into this year worrying we wouldn’t be able to continue, and the club would have to shut down. Through hard work however, we turned this around. We currently have 22 members. All except 3 are brand new members and many of them have recently passed their first Jiu-Jitsu grading. Before Christmas, we were the biggest martial arts club on campus (unless the other clubs have significantly grown since then, we still are), and we expect to continue to grow as we set up opportunities for competitions and continue to provide a safe environment for people to learn how to defend themselves. ”Issac continued: “Jiu Jitsu, to me, represents the chance to be better, not just physically but emotionally as well. It has helped me develop perseverance, confidence, and discipline, with which I have overcome many obstacles. It isn’t for everyone, but it is something I feel everyone should try, because if it is for you, you’ll be glad you did." If you’d like to get involved, the Jiu-Jitsu society provide free taster sessions. Be sure to contact first by emailing su-jiujitsu@le.ac.uk. For sessions, make sure you are in sportswear, and take along with you a water bottle. Training takes place at the Danielle Brown Sports centre on Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm and Thursdays 7.30pm - 9:00pm.  For more information on the Jiu-Jitsu society, contact details can be located on the University of Leicester’s Students’ Union website, and on Instagram and Facebook.  ​                

The Life Skill

The Life Skill 

A few weeks ago, I shared this post on our social media talking about the how we believe martial arts is a mandatory life skill the same as swimming for all kids. In everyone’s lifetime at some point they are going to face the threat of physical violence and being able to cope / overcome a bully just in the same way as being able to enter water without fear or dread is so important. Here is the post in case you missed it.  The post was aimed at parents and children but the great thing about social media and martial arts is that it can be shared and its value is applicable to all. A few days after I posted it, I had message from one of my adult students he has been training for just under 50 classes."Last weekend I was involved in some road rage. A guy sped up and pulled up in front of me, blocked me in, got out and shouted through my window and threatened to pull me out. For first time in my life, I was able to keep calm in a possibly violent situation. I looked him in the eyes and spoke steadily and politely and he just backed off. I'm not saying I could have defended myself, but it was great to think clearly under pressure and possible attack. Martial arts give you confidence but more it grounds you. " This was so great to read. A lot of people think martial arts are only about being able to react physically to a threat. This is only part of the story.  The confidence and self-assuredness it gives also helps you be able to talk people down, stopping potential violence knowing that if things to get physical you have the tools to look after yourself. Hope you have a great rest of day 😊​

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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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