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Kempo, translates as Fist Method/Law and is a generic Japanese term for striking based arts. Freestyle Kempo incorporates striking techniques of K1 Kickboxing & Submission Grappling, throwing, sweeping, tackling, submission locking and choking & Jeet Kune Do Concepts. We train for both MMA & the street here where a match may be won by a knock out, a choke out, or a submission. Freestyle Kempo teaches a no-nonsense martial arts, conditioning & health living as a lifestyle.

Freestyle Kempo was created as a result of nearly 20 years experience in Japanese & Southeast Asian martial arts & Jeet Kune Do. The style is licensed & recognised in the UK with the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association. Freestyle Kempo is a unique, MMA cage tested no holds barred fighting system of offensive and defensive methods, putting equal emphasis on striking, wrestling and physical conditioning.

Due to the vast quantity of combative techniques involved in MMA, K1 and Self Defence, students must have a comprehensive knowledge of several different martial arts ranges.
  1. Japanese Style (K1) Kickboxing
    • Punches
    • Open hand strikes
    • Kicks
    • Elbows
    • Knees
    • Head-butts
    • Jeet Kune Do traps & entries
  2. Grappling
    • Clinch
    • Throws & takedowns
    • Leverage and submission strategies
    • Ground 'n' pound
  3. Self Defence
    • Break-away techniques from common attacks
    • Jeet Kune Do combatives (Rapid Assault Tactics)
    • Single & double stick

Freestyle Kempo is primarily aimed at the development of the mind and body, a strong character and self confidence. It is through the study of this martial art that one realises the weakness yet the magnificent strength of the human spirit and one learns respect for the human body and mind.


Punches, kicks, elbows, knees, Jeet Kune Do traps & entries


Both competition & sparring within class


Throws & takedowns & ground 'n' pound


Kokoro is a concept that crosses through many martial arts, but has no single discrete meaning. Literally translating as "heart", in context it can also mean "character" or "attitude." It is often said that the art of martial arts is for self-defence; not injuring one's opponent is the highest expression of the art. Some popularly repeated quotes implicating this concept include.

"The ultimate aim lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."

Gichin Funakoshi


Our syllabus "old-school tough", effective, unique, ever changing, and fun. We are progressive & don't use outdated training methods such as Kata/Forms & training technique against a static/passive training partner. Instead we focus on Boxing style padwork, bagwork, Dutch glove style partner training & K1, MMA style sparring.

The Kyu grade system is a distinctive feature of Freestyle Kempo with promotion to different coloured belts based on technical ability, knowledge and application within MMA sparring both standing & on the ground. Although there is no competition requirement in the Kyu grade system there is a progressively harder structured sparring element based on application of skills learned, also; students are expected to recap previous grading as they progress. This maintains knowledge and also provides good practice. It is recommended that students practice at home as well as lesson time.

To pass gradings:

  1. All techniques have to be performed with balance
  2. All techniques have to be performed with strength