Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy

176 Soho Hill, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 1AL.


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Tel: 07976401214

Karate and Kickboxing 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.

Our Classes


Little Ninja Karate


Our 'Little Ninja' classes start from 4-6 years. In these classes we focus on coordination, listening and watching skills. All the things that make our children great students. We use karate as a way to reinforce self-control, and responsibility for their actions. Our classes are designed to be fun and engaging, and a great way for your child to make some new friends.


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Junior Karate


Our 'Junior' classes start from 7-11 years. These classes use Karate to increase your child's coordination, confidence and self-control. Karate is not just about kicking and punching, but has so much more to offer your child. Many of our students make new friends, and find joy in being able to be a 'karate kid' in a safe environment.

Karate has the power to benefit children with mental and physical disabilities. We work with your child to bring the best out of them. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.


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Cadet Karate


The ultimate aim of Karate at Zen-Shin is to make young adults that will go on to become the best that they can be. We do this through challenging them physically, to get fitter and stronger, to face their fears, and to stand up for themselves. We strongly believe Karate classes can be a safe space to challenge our teenage students to excel against their peers. We strive to create students that have the confidence to lead others, to know what they want in life, and have the confidence and self-discipline to work towards that goal.


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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 Fitness


Our Kickboxing classes are for adults and children (12yrs+) take place at our club on Soho Hill


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Ladies Kickboxing


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


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Our Team


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Kyoshi John Richards
Founder & Chief Instructor

Kyoshi John Richards

Founder & Chief Instructor

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Melanie Richards
The BOSS

Melanie Richards

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Sensei Jumoke Richards
Senior Instructor

Sensei Jumoke Richards

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Sensei Abian Richards
Senior Instructor

Sensei Abian Richards

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Sensei Afiya Richards
Project Manager & Instructor

Sensei Afiya Richards

Project Manager & Instructor

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Sensei Jane Garrett
Instructor & Referee

Sensei Jane Garrett

Instructor & Referee

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Sensei Abdul Hafeez
Instructor

Sensei Abdul Hafeez

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Sensei Paul Beckford
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Sensei Paul Beckford

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Sensei Frankie Richards
Instructor

Sensei Frankie Richards

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Karina Uppal
Assistant Instructor

Karina Uppal

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Location


 Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy

176 Soho Hill
Handsworth Birmingham West Midlands B19 1AL
Tel: 07976401214

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."

Mark

"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."

Kate

"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

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