Why train with us?2023-05-25T14:46:35+00:00

Why train with us?

EMAR Dojo is the UK’s premier Karate Kyokushin club, and prides itself in delivering the highest standard of Karate and Martial arts instruction. At EMAR dojo our main goal is to provide an enjoyable and safe environment, with a focus on modern as well as proven training methods. We offer fantastic training facilities and outstanding coaching suited for all levels from total beginners to professionals. We are a leading force in professional martial arts training for the modern world, providing unparalleled standards, and redefining how martial arts schools are run across the UK.

EMAR Dojo is a leading force in professional Martial Arts training for kids and adults. Whether it is for fighting or just fitness and fun, you can take it to the next level with uS

Our instructors are here to make sure your technique is constantly improving; you’re always in a safe environment and your fitness is pushed to its limit. Combat disciplines are a great way to get in top shape while learning some practical self-defence skills which will increase your confidence and help you manage stress.

EMAR Dojo is an idea of possibility

Since opening, we’ve been dedicated to changing people’s lives one person at a time through martial arts, education and coaching. We work towards a sustainably healthier and safer way of life, and strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and their family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

Our emphasis is on teaching fighting skills that are of practical use in self-defence situations as well as building healthy minds and bodies.

You can improve your fitness and confidence levels drastically through the practice of Kyokushin Karate as well as enjoy social and competitive events. When you join us, you’re joining a vibrant club within a much bigger organisation that can give you direct access to some of the highest graded and most respected karate instructors and athletes in the world.

Although we focus on Kyokushin karate, our classes are very diverse and incorporate systems and techniques from various combat sports like boxing, kickboxing, K1, MMA, grappling, CrossFit and HIIT. Classes are focused on improving your coordination, flexibility, mobility, stamina, endurance, cardio, conditioning, self-defence skills, combat strategy and breathing (just to name a few). We run age and level specific classes designed to meet the highest needs for professional fighters, beginners, children and youths.

We also offer personalised training sessions and fitness programmes just for you.

We are here to help you get in the best shape of your life while having some serious fun in a friendly and safe environment.

We understand joining a new gym can be a little intimidating so here at EMAR Team we strive to make your experience the best it can be!

Since we opened the door in 2016 our dojo has grown into a strong family with open arms for people who share our enthusiasm for the sports we teach. All our members, regardless of their background and experience, know they all started as beginners and you’ll see from your first class at EMAR Team that you’ll always get a warm welcome, a fun class and a good sweat because this is what Karate is all about.

EMAR Dojo is a place for everyone no matter your level of fitness, your age or your experience.

At EMAR Team you’re sure to learn something new with like-minded people, with a view to progress into the more advanced belts as soon as you’re comfortable to do so and why not even enter competitions. Our instructors are more than happy to answer any questions or cater for your needs so should you have any questions or concerns just speak to the instructor before or after the class.


Many people accept life’s limitations without considering the possibility of experiencing and achieving greatness, even on a private level. The most common reason why people learn martial arts is to gain skills that enable them to physically handle themselves in any situation.

In other words, they are looking to feel more confident and capable in life. We want to take it to another level. We provide confidence not only through the physical nature, where the individual has superior physical skills, capabilities and fitness, but we also aim to develop confidence in the sense that the individual can do anything they set their mind to in life.

We are all different. Students of all ages, lifestyles & levels of experience are welcome to train and learn in our encouraging environment, which creates a positive experience to add value to students’ lives. And that makes us proud of what we do.

Our students have become our friends. You get faster results when you’re motivated, feeling good and excited.

Whether looking to work towards a black belt, transform your body and mind, improve your fitness and confidence for an imminent  challenge that lies ahead, or simply want to gain a better quality of life through  positive lifestyle changes, we can provide the expertise & inspiration to help you reach your goal. 

Some say the first step is the hardest. You’ve already managed that by visiting us today. The next step is to click below and register for your free session. We’ll take care of the rest.

Let your journey begin…

Frequently Asked Questions

I have an injury/condition but I want to train. What should I do?2023-04-06T16:57:18+00:00

We strongly recommend that you always consult with a doctor before you resume classes.

Then, make your Sensei aware of any injury/condition you may have. Work with your body, and don’t overdo anything. In some exercises, alternatives can be given to avoid stressing existing injuries. Often, we have injured students coming to watch dojo classes in order to keep their karate spirit alive during recovery.

I’m a woman and want to learn karate & self-defence. Is this for me?2023-04-06T16:57:03+00:00

EMAR Dojo is a great place for women to learn self-defence. We have roughly equal numbers of male and female students, so you won’t feel out of place. On top of that, you may find that you’ve become fitter and more toned after a few weeks training, as karate involves cardio workouts, strength training, and stretching. Karate has all the benefits of working out at the gym, with the added advantage of practical learning. Our women love our Karate classes, and all feel empowered after learning real combat skills.

I train with another club/association/style. Can I train with you, too?2023-04-06T16:56:28+00:00

Absolutely. Our dojo is always open to everyone regardless of your experience, style or association. Remember, new students can join us at any time of the year. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced – coming from another club or style – we welcome you and will do our very best to accommodate you. As long as you’re respectful towards everyone, and do your best at every session, we are happy to have you at our dojo.

We believe in the unification of Karate, and that the spirit of training is paramount. We regularly have the pleasure of receiving guest instructors and athletes from other associations and styles, who actively participate in our classes, and we are grateful for their contribution.

Will I be sparring or undergoing other contact fighting?2023-04-06T16:56:08+00:00

At first, you won’t be performing free sparring. Karate has a sequence to its learning syllabus that has been developed to ensure students are both challenged and kept safe. To this end, we first teach techniques that are arranged into short sequences. This allows you to practise defences and attacks with a partner without the risks involved in free fighting. These sequences grow in complexity as you develop; later there will be chances to practise free sparring.

How fit do I need to be to start training?2023-04-06T16:55:48+00:00

As fit as you are now! One idea of karate training is that whatever level you’re at, you’ll be pushed to go a little bit further than before, which is how your fitness improves. If you aren’t taking any regular physical exercise right now it’s a fantastic idea to start karate lessons as soon as possible. . You’ll find it exhilarating at first and that’s quite normal – most people have a few cobwebs in their system they need to shake off.

You know your level of endurance, and whether you’re exceeding it. The only person who loses out if you don’t try is you. We recommend being willing to give it a try. If you find the exertion too intense at first it’s quite alright to either slow down, or take a few minutes break.


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.


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