Zen-Shin Martial Arts Association

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

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Tel: 07976401214


Kickboxing arose from karate in the late 1960’s. Practitioners of karate found they wanted to test themselves fully against other practitioners of their art and hence fight full contact. They took the punches and upper body movement of boxing and blended it with the kicks of karate to create an effective and, when practised with correct technique elegant fighting style. Kickboxing is considered to be a martial art. A martial art is something anyone can practice, martial arts are about self-improvement and challenging yourself to be the best that you can be.

Howard Brown who started Karate with Kyoshi John Richards from white belt to black belt was one of Britain’s greatest Kickboxers during the 80’s reigning supreme around the world holding world, European and British titles both under full contact and low kick kickboxing rules with all the major kickboxing groups.

Here at Zen-Shin we practice both Kickboxing. When competing we use K1 rules.


We welcome everyone to our club, no matter their ability, and believe we have one of the most inclusive and friendly clubs at Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy. Due to the physical demand of kickboxing and Muay Thai, our classes are great to build up fitness levels, you are guaranteed a good sweat!

  • We have mixed adult classes (for males and females) at Soho Hill