At the rear of 176 Soho Hill, Soho Hill Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 1AL.
Zen Shin is definitely a way of life. It builds you spiritually as well as physically. More than just a sport. It’s a way of connecting to your inner self. –Panna
With one of, if not the highest graded instructors in Europe in the shape of Kyoshi John Richards, Zen Shin endeavours to produce quality students and instructors who know and embody all the disciplines of traditional Shotokan Karate. – Kennith Guy
My children both joined Zen-Shin aged 5 and they are now 9 and 12. We have never looked back. The children have learnt discipline, structure and most of all commitment. These were the main gains we wanted when we signed them up and this is what they build on every time they train. Zen-Shin is like a second home for my children and they want to be at the centre as much s possible due to the inviting and safe environment provided by the Sensei’s and Melanie. The children aspire to be better than yesterday every single day and that is what Kyoshi John Richards, Jumoke and Abian encourage every time the students step foot in the dojo. They love training and the fact that i can leave them and 100% know that they will be looked after and cared for is an absolute bonus. They have only really just begun their journey. Kyle has developed more and more confidence and he and I are proud of everything he achieves. Kayla on the other hand is learning to control her enthusiasm and excitability with the aid of the teachers and students around. Zen-Shin is a family, which we, from parents to children, are very proud to be part of. Zen-Shin instil a sense of pride in everyone that steps through the door. – Hong Bui
I loved my time at Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy. I learnt many skills that I still remember today and I enjoyed the feeling of being a part of the Zen-Shin family. Sensei John Richards is the greatest teacher anyone could ask for, with the uncanny ability to bring out the best in every student. You are taught self-disipline, respect and life skills that stay with you for many years. I look forward to seeing Sensei and Zen-Shin again in the future. – Yusuf
Whilst most people in the U.K. are bedding down to sleep I’ve just stepped out of the dojo! ? ?
I started this journey to help my son with his confidence, concentration and discipline…. but have fallen in love with the sport myself! ?
Find a way to push yourself, expand your mind and invest in yourself….. ??⛷??♀️
Wealth does not just come in the form of money…. no other richness is more valuable then your health….. ??? Look after it!!!!!
Facebook post from our student Sophia
Absolute respect to Master Richards and his team. My Son Phoenix-Montana has ADHD and I find that this is helping him deal with his sensory issues and anger issue’s. Very friendly approach and make you feel very welcome. 1st time I met them tonight. One thing I do love is the DISCIPLINE and RESPECT! My son definitely need’s this in his life! Thank you for teaching my boy. X – Lisa Daly
Before moving to Australia in 2006 my son ( Benjamin) and daughter ( Bethany) 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 professional 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 James
Zen-Shin is the best martial arts association I could possibly recommend. They offer more than the martial arts themselves they teach the history of arts and give you a new outlook on life and to how live it in a peaceful calm and inspired manner. Our whole family does karate and Kyoshi Richards has enriched all our lives in different ways. Don’t think about it join and you won’t look back. – Linda Fleming
I trained with Zen Shin for almost 20 years. You learn a martial art from one of the best in the country but you are also taught self discipline, respect and overall fitness. Every grade achieved is a grade earned unlike other clubs. Thanks Sensei, Oss. – John Rudd
My children have been with Zen Shin for the last few years. They have nothing but praise and admiration for Kyoshi Richards and the Richards family. – Ms Babra
Amazing instructor, really miss training with Kyoshi since I moved to Wales. What I learned with him stays with me forever. Oss ? – J .M
At the rear of 176 Soho Hill
Soho Hill Handsworth