What People Say
"Before moving to Australia in 2006 my son and daughter attended lessons at Sutton Coldfield. We found John Richards to have a true passion about the martial arts he was teaching. It was done in a proffesional way and upon meeting John for the first time was put at complete ease. He was pleasant, understanding and very patient and this showed throughout his immediate family who all showed the same traits. My children looked forward to all their lessons.I would recommend Zen - Shin above all others and wish John and his family all the very best and thank you."
"I joined ladies kickboxing and it has inspired me! I was encouraged to keep going by the new friends I made at the club , and a few others helped me along the path. I was a complete beginner when I joined and I've been getting better. It has been great for my health. My instructor Sensei Pansy Wright made me realise to never give up, Sensei made me work hard and it has all been worth it in the end. She has taught me alot."
"Great for improving kids confidence, fitness and discipline. Highly recommend"
"Our daughter is a hemiplegic as a result of a stroke, which means that one side of her body is weaker and considerably thinner than the other side. She hated ballet, but the thought of self-defence appealed to her and us. We contacted a few clubs and found that nobody would consider taking her. We had no idea that the day we spoke to Sensei John Richards and Sensei Paul Beckford, that our lives would change so much. She calls Sensei Paul Beckford, the BFP (Big Friendly Paul). He is brilliant with kids in general, but he instilled focus in her and she is able to now use her weaker side much more efficiently. Getting a belt possibly every 3 months really motivates her and her smile from her achievements is across her face for days after the grading. At the Summer Club, we met Pansy, who is a force to be reckoned with, but with a heart of gold. She treats her no differently, which we support. Sensei John Richards is a family man and our daughter has been fortunate to be taught by both his sons who she respects and looks up to. However, if truth be told, it is Afiya who is her true inspiration. This is not a club, but a family, but our journey has only just started. We have been blessed to be a part of it. I can highly recommend this club to any children fully able or otherwise as you are given a chance to shine here. Parents of a 7 year old"
Parent of a 7 year old