Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy

At the rear of 176 Soho Hill, Soho Hill Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 1AL.

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Tel: 07976401214

Karate and Kickboxing/Muay Thai in Birmingham

Zen-Shin Martial Arts Association in Birmingham is a professional family run martial arts academy, established in 1980. We support physical, emotional and social development. Our mission is to make our students more successful in life through practice of their martial arts and to always influence them in a positive manner. To accomplish this, we must instill ‘Black Belt Excellence’ to set goals for self improvement and to develop the non-quitting spirit that is necessary to overcome obstacles and become successful in life. Here at Zen-Shin we practice traditional Shotokan Karate which originated from Japan, we also have mixed kickboxing classes and ladies only kickboxing classes.

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Tel: 07976401214

Children's Karate

We offer classes for children from the age of 4 years +. Have a look at our timetable for times and details of our children's classes

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Adult's Karate

At Zen-Shin we cater to all abilities and all ages and welcome all adults to come and try out a class for free.

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Kickboxing & Muay Thai

Our Kickboxing & Muay Thai classes for Adults and children (12yrs+) take place at our club on Soho Hill

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Ladies Only Kickboxing

At Zen-Shin we have ladies only Kickboxing classes at Soho Hill with a female instructor. Book in for a free trial.

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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"

Mrs Samuels

"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

Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy - Martial Arts Classes in Birmingham

About Us

Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy’s are based in Birmingham with multiple club locations where we have been teaching traditional Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing for over 40 years.
We offer 2 free trial classes, so book your place today.

Our club locations: Soho Hill (Handsworth), Digbeth, Sutton Coldfield, Mere Green, Harborne and Saltley, Bartley Green.

Zen-Shin is affiliated with the English Karate Federation
(EKF) www.englishkaratefederation.com

English Karate Federation



  Our Location

At the rear of 176 Soho Hill
Soho Hill Handsworth
West Midlands
B19 1AL

  Telephone: 07976401214

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