Our History

Our founder and Chief Instructor, Sensei Simeon, was introduced to martial arts at age four. Since then, combat sports have been a pivotal part of his life. In 2015, after over fifteen years of teaching Kyokushin karate and other martial arts forms around the world, Sensei Simeon finally made his lifelong dream come true by opening his own dojo in Richmond, London. His love for Kyokushin has set the tone for one of the UK’s most fruitful martial arts dojos. EMAR Dojo has grown in popularity, and we now have eight locations across London, with three additional planned openings by the end of this year. All of our instructors are trained in-house, and follow the same training programme set by the International Federation of Karate Kyokushin.

Friendship & love for combat sports

EMAR Dojo was built on an underlying tenet of friendship and love for combat sports. This value is key to our academy’s success, and is regularly espoused by our instructors, students, and Professional Athletes. Its  essence is Performance is a product of consistent professional training. At EMAR Dojo, we’ve been helping to mould lifestyles and sculpt our members into the best versions of themselves for years. The EMAR team community is a model built around the successes of our coaches, who are walking examples of  how implementing the Budo way of life can draw out the positives in almost any situation.

Performance as a product of consistent efforts

Through the years, the dojo grew in popularity and numbers. We currently have over four hundred students training with us from all over the world. With each passing year, we’ve improved our facilities, and invested in extra training equipment that will help our students to advance in combat sports.

Great and supportive community that follows the BUDO way

The EMAR team is a great, supportive community with one common goal: to follow the Budo way and improve ourselves daily. Since opening, we’ve welcomed hundreds of happy students  including labourers, investment bankers, pensioners, toddlers, and  teens as well as others with no prior interest in competitions, and turned many into national, European and world champions.

Everyone is equal

Consistent hard work and absolute dedication has helped us become one of the best performing full contact karate clubs in theUK. We participate regularly in national and international tournaments; over the last seven  years our students have won over 180 trophies in different age and weight categories. Some of our students have made it to the very top, and got selected to represent The GB National team in Kyokushin karate. 

In 2022, the hard work of EMAR’s students and instructors won us thirty-seven medals in a single tournament, and our academy was ranked number one  from thirty-three  countries– a major recognition for our dojo. If you are interested in starting your new journey in Martial Arts, or are an experienced athlete looking to expand your skills, this is your new home. WE MAKE CHAMPIONS!


Vanya BozhkovaVanya Bozhkova
22:14 21 Jan 23
Love this dojo! Highly recommend! The students and instructors are fantastic"All instruc­tors are incred­i­ble, they are very good with chil­dren and truly care about them. It has a fam­ily feel that is very wel­com­ing to both new and exist­ing stu­dents. They work to develop the stu­dents phys­i­cally, men­tally and spir­i­tu­ally. I highly rec­om­mend this school for any­one look­ing for a karate school"
Josh DmelloJosh Dmello
23:28 29 Aug 22
This is one of the best places to learn kiyokushin karate.Had my trial lesson yesterday. Really impressed by the way they warm-up and train.Sensei Simeon is a great martial artist who really cares about his student's sucess in the sport.
Ross Elliott JacksonRoss Elliott Jackson
18:11 16 Oct 21
We send our 6yr old boy to Elite Martial Arts. Simply put it is phenomenal. Simeon (Sensei) is absolutely fantastic with the children of all ages and adults alike. He leads by absolute example yet despite his tough and disaplined character, is also extremely welcoming and has the audience respecting the classes, but equally thoroughly enjoying them. My son is hooked, he is learning great life skills, discipline, and inclusion. And with a bit of luck will get his red and white belt in the next few weeks after a couple terms of attending classes on either a Saturday or Sunday, sometimes both. If you are considering a martial arts class. This is the BEST for miles!
Elliot SimsElliot Sims
14:00 24 Aug 18
EMAR is the best Dojo/Martial arts Gym in London and this is due to Sensei Simeon not being your average Coach. As someone who has studies a variety of martial arts disciplines over the years, Simeon is hands down the best I have had. He has the experience of competing on an international level and has been very successful championing in Kyokushin Karate (Full contact Karate), Kickboxing and Boxing. Regardless of all of his accomplishments he still has a very humble, understanding and approachable demeanour. Training with EMAR has strengthened not just my body but also my mind making me a more resilient and disciplined individual. As a secondary school teacher I would highly recommend training at this gym for children and teenagers. With a free trail class you cant go wrong.
Sari GhamloushSari Ghamloush
21:46 21 Aug 18
Almost 13 years with my coach Simeon. I came as a guest, and stayed as family. He has helped me become multiple time UK and International champion. If you are serious about training, whether you're from MMA, K1, Muay Thai or Boxing background, you can be sure that you'll be training with one of the TOP Kyokushin Dojos in the UK. Visit emarteam website to find out more, or find our facebook/instagram page at Elite Martial Arts Richmond.