Strong Spirit - Strong Body

Elite Martial Arts Richmond is UK’s premier Full contact Karate Kyokushin Club and prides itself in delivering the highest standard of Karate and Martial Arts instruction. We offer fantastic training facilities and outstanding coaching suited for all levels from total beginners to professionals. Our Instructors and Assistant Coaches are here to make sure your technique is constantly improving, you are always in a safe environment and your fitness is pushed to its limit. 

Private classes

Whatever you want from your training, you’ll get it faster with one-to-one classes.

Too busy for our group sessions ? Don’t worry we offer private one to one sessions. Whether you are a total beginner or a professional fighter, our private one to one sessions can help you achieve your goals. They are individually tailored to your personal requirements , meaning they’ll help you improve at an accelerated rate. The intensity of the training plus the one-to-one supervision means technique can be refined and mistakes corrected straight away. We can help you get fit, lose weight, prepare for competitions or just have a great workout. We specialise in Full Contact Karate, Boxing, Kick Boxing, K1, MMA, Grappling, HIIT, General Fitness, Body toning, Weight Loss, Strength and Flexibility.

We offer individual One to One Private sessions as well as small groups Private sessions and also Family sessions. Please email info@emarteam or call 0750 2020 647 to discuss your r equirements.

Adult classes

Our Adult Class is designed for men and women over the age of 14 interested in developing their mind and body, whatever age they may be.  We work on improving your cardiovascular system, and our specifically tailored physical exercises will help your body become more firm, toned and flexible.  You will gain confidence and learn new skills such as self-defence that will have a positive impact on your everyday life.  You will feel good about yourself physically and mentally, and your ability to meet the challenges of daily life will improve.  To fit the needs of our adult students, we offer optional participation in the competitive arena (tournaments) and of course training towards the achievement of a black belt.  Students train according to their own abilities in a positive and encouraging environment which allows them to develop at their own pace.  Our instructors are with you every step of the way as they demonstrate techniques and help you develop to your full potential. 

Kids classes

Students are taught traditional Kyokushin karate in a fun atmosphere.  Beginners will be taught basic karate techniques, philosophies and etiquette as well as be introduced to Japanese terminology as Kyokushin Karate is originating from Japan 

Increased strength, flexibility and coordination are physical improvements that you will see in your children.  Non-physical benefits include increased attention span, confidence, self-esteem,  discipline and respect to themselves and others. They will also learn the difference between self-defence and fighting.  Competitive spirit is fostered through tournaments; this is a great way for children to learn about all aspects of competing including fair play, pride, leadership and dedication. Karate also teaches great moral values. Children will learn how to work in a team and also be encourage for a great Social Interaction.

Through constant repetition, they will also improve their memorization and retention skills. Needless to say that the great fitness during class will help battling childhood obesity which has increased significantly in Uk over the past 25  years.


Why is nutrition important for sports? 

The impact of nutrition in sport is often underestimated, but ultimately it creates the foundation for the athletes ability to make energy, recover from and adapt from training and its environment. 

Our cells rely upon vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates to function correctly, thus our nutrition is crucial in how well these cells function. By ensuring that we are supplying the body with adequate levels of these nutrients, the cells, tissue, organs and therefore the athlete can function optimally. 

Because of the high levels of training in the athlete, nutrient demands are higher than most individuals. Whilst eating the right foods to ensure an optimal intake of macronutrients like proteins, fats and carbohydrates and also micronutrients like vitamins and minerals makes up a foundation of the athletes food intake, there are many other areas of nutrition and the athletes lifestyle that should be considered to ensure optimal results. 

The food we eat impacts on our strength, training, performance and recovery. Not only is the type of food important for sports nutrition but the times we eat throughout the day also has an impact on our performance levels and our bodies ability to recover after exercising. 

Vanya Bozhkova is the Official Nutritionist of EMAR Team. With her broad knowledge and experience she has been looking after our athletes to make sure their bodies get enough nutrients in order to recover between sessions and also to be at their peak during competitions.

Need advice about your diet?  Get in touch with Vanya, she is available for Private Consultations


Shihan Judd Reid

Judd Reid was raised in Victoria, Asutralia and left his home in 1990 for Japan to chase his dreams. At the age of 19, he was accepted to study under legendary Kyokushin Karate master Sosai Oyama and Judd was the first (of only two) non-Japanese students to ever complete Sosai Oyama’s gruelling 3-year training programme.…

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Kyokushin Karate is a full contact style of karate known as the strongest style in the World and was developed by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama in the 1950s. Translated from japanese, it means The society of the ultimate truth. It is considered as one of the most challenging forms of karate, placing great emphasis on combat effectiveness.
The Kyokushin karate system is not only based on traditional Karate like Goju Ryu and Shotokan, but also incorporates elements from other combat sports like Boxing, Kick Boxing and Muai Thai in its fighting style. The benefits of practising Full Contact karate are countless. It is a whole body workout that develops the body and the mind. Karate can help you with your recovery process after an injury or serious illness as it strengthen your body and mind. Regardless of your reasons, Martial Arts will help you become healthier, stronger and a better human being!

Some Kyokushin fighters have successfully appeared and competed in traditional Knockdown, Kickboxing and MMA events like K-1, Pride and the UFC.( Francisco Filho, Andy Hug, Glaube Feitosa, Semmy Schilt, Georges St-Pierre, multiple winner of the Worlds Strongest Man title and MMA fighter Mariusz Pudzianowski and Hollywood actor and fighter Dolph Lundgren, to name a few). Continuing to spread the growth of Kyokushinkai as arguably the toughest form of stand-up fighting in the world today.

Many Kyokushin karate groups throughout the world have chosen to focus their experience around the philosophy of Kyokushin as a method of self-improvement and discipline. The Kyokushin way teaches its students that the most important aspects of training are not the ability to knock down an opponent. Instead, the person must contemplate the technique and understand that the true meaning of the Kyokushin way is not in violence, but the mastering of oneself. An important philosophy is never to do what you cannot undo, and never use more violence than is prompted or necessary. Through understanding of this comes the ability to fight on an elite level, but fighting is not the Kyokushin students overall goal but rather the defeat of one’s own barriers and the exceeding of our personal limitations.

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At EMAR Dojo, we believe that a student’s total well being, both psychological and physical, can be strengthened simultaneously. While the physical aspects of exercise and Martial Arts training improve your general health, it likewise improves emotional health with increased self-esteem and self-confidence as well as decrease tension, stress, anxiety and depression. Here are just a few of the Benefits of our Martial Arts Programs for our students both children and adults: