We are a martial arts club for all in Basingstoke, Hampshire taught by a British Combat Association (BCA) and British Combat Karate association (BCKA) black belt instructor. The BCA is the UKs foremost Self Defence & Multi Style Organisation and its popularity and expertise has now spread worldwide creating the World Combat Association (WCA) with World Chief Instructor Guru Dan Inosanto who was Bruce Lee's training partner and is arguably one of the very best martial artists alive today. As you can see our governing body and lineage is one that our members can be very proud to be part of and you can be too! We focus on the practical and realistic application of Karate, mixed martial arts mma self defence self protection and anti bullying techniques with a strong emphasis on personal improvement, both physically and mentally.
Club Instructor, Ian.
Ian, the club instructor, started martial arts training in Traditional Shotokan Karate in 1992 within the highly respected organisations of the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) and the Japan Karate Association (JKA). After serving over 20 years apprenticeship learning his core art (something he recommends all new martial artists should do), he decided it was time to explore and expand his training further, returning to Karate's roots and original intention of being an effective and realistic fighting art so, for some years now, his focus has also included reality based mixed martial arts training with such great people as the man polled number one self defence instructor in the world Geoff Thompson and his longest serving student Al Peasland (Ian's Instructor). We regularly host Al and his Co-Instructor Mick Tully (Apprentice Instructor under Guru Dan Inosanto) at our Basingstoke club Seminars.
Ian, says 'It is my aim to pass on the skills and knowledge I have been lucky enough to learn from some of the best people in the Martial Arts world and to help my students to improve their self confidence as well as self protection skills in order to achieve whatever they desire in life. Geoff Thompson and his fellow instructor Peter Consterdine created the British Combat Association and it is their belief that fear stops us from achieving the things we want to do and therefore, at Hampshire Self Protection Martial Arts Club, a lot of the training we do focuses on understanding and overcoming this feeling caused by adrenaline that so often causes us to back down from challenges that could make our lives so much more rewarding. Training in martial arts will help in all areas of life giving you the self belief that, if you are willing to put in the effort, you can have that great exam result, get that college or university place, ideal job, toned body, ideal partner or whatever makes you happiest in life'.
It all starts with taking that first brave step!
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