Welcome to Karate Leadership UK – we are a group of Martial Arts Academies across Kent, who are devoted to martial arts and life excellence. Amongst other locations we run karate classes on a Sunday at Istead Rise Memorial Hall. Whether you are interested in self-defence, discipline and respect or fitness; it is all here for you. As soon as you try your first class, you’ll understand why the ‘average’ person benefits so much from our training. Also, you’ll see why our Academies are populated by everyday people; office workers, service industry, retail workers, school children, medical professionals, teachers, salespeople, students and pre-schoolers.
KL:UK was founded in 2001 by Chief Master Marsh & Sensei Diane Marsh at Buckmore park – when Buckmore park closed down its leisure centre in 2003 Chief Master Marsh and Sensei Diane dedicated themselves to building a full-time facility to ensure that their students would always have a place to train. Fast forward and our Gravesend location was born.
At KL:UK Gravesend we are dedicated to providing our students with life skills that they can use not only in their martial arts training, but also in their day-to-day life. We offer Ninja classes for 3-5-years-olds, as well as a kickstart programme for 5 years-olds and up. These classes are taught in our training hall, which is located in Istead Rise with a seating area for adults to sit and support our students.
Our Little Ninjas programme is specifically designed for the younger student, usually from 3 years upwards. This fun, lively and informative programme uses basic martial arts techniques, drills and teaching methods to work on these eight key life skills:
Memory, Balance, Discipline, Fitness, Control, Focus, Teamwork, Co-ordination
With our Kickstart programme you will only ever work at a level that is correct for you. All students start at K1 and no matter your age, fitness, experience or ability, as you progress the programme grows with you. K2 and K3 offer an increasing challenge without being overwhelming, as you work towards your Blackbelt. Family members can train together and be assured you will make many new friends along the way to reaching your Blackbelt, where you will again find a class specific to you.
Meet your instructors
Sensei Palmer, a 3rd Dan Black Belt, has been training since the age of 4 and has spent most of her life training and teaching at our main dojo in Lordswood. As one of our established instructors with over 12 years’ experience, Sensei Palmer also trains and teaches our ladies only kickboxing program at the main dojo.
Sensei Measor has been training in martial arts for eight years, and has been promoted from assistant instructor to Sensei following her dedication to our CIT (certified instructor training) program. She is a brilliant role model to her students and aspires to own her own martial arts school one day.
Visit our website at Gravesend Academy | karateleadershipuk where you can book online for a free trial class.
Our class at the Memorial Hall, Istead Rise is on a Sunday 10.00am – 11.15am