Scottish  Kempo  Academy


"Many young and not so young people can benefit from useful skills taught at Scottish Kempo Academy schools that could transform lives!"
Rob Gibson (Former Member of the Scottish Parliament)

Welcome to the Scottish Kempo Academy (SKA) website! Based in the scenic Highlands of Scotland, we are a friendly, family-orientated, professional and well established Self-Defence organisation who take pride in being one of the finest Martial Arts organisations in the world with Kempo schools at Inverness, Tain, Dingwall, Alness and Strathpeffer. We also have affiliated Kempo schools at Fortrose, Culbokie, North Kessock, Muir of Ord and Avoch with the SOS School of Self-Defence (SOS). We also provide public and private Self-Defence training around the Highlands and are the largest Self-Defence organisation in the North of Scotland. We have a variety of programmes for children (4 - 12 years-old), teens and adults which are motivational, educational and inspirational with students receiving safe, effective and practical defensive tuition whilst reaching goals and skills they never dreamt that they could achieve!

We are planning to open Lil' Dragons classes for 4 - 7 year-old children at Alness and Strathpeffer in February 2017. If you know someone who would be interested in coming along for a free trial lesson, please get in touch!

Many adults feel they are too old or too unfit to start Martial Arts training. This couldn't be further from the truth! Our adult Kempo classes are a fantastic way to get fit, stay in shape and have fun while learning vital street Self-Defence skills.

From the very first Kempo lesson, adults learn how relatively easy it is to learn. Since the movements are natural, students begin to formulate Self-Defence techniques immediately.

In addition, many of our adult students have attributed success in their personal careers to the self-discipline and focus gained through their training.

The SKA Chief Coach is Kyoshi (Professor) Neil Hourston who is an 8th Degree Black Belt Master instructor and a two-time 'Hall of Fame' member who has been studying and teaching combative Martial Arts systems for over 30 years in the UK, USA, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Portugal. He is assisted by an inspirational team of male and female Brown and Black Belt instructors. Kyoshi's Mentor is Professor James Muro 10th Degree Black Belt, who lives in California, USA.

Our fun, exciting, yet structured and disciplined Lil' Dragons and Kempo classes, teach children how to focus their attention which improves their ability to learn and defend themselves from a bully.

Learning builds a real sense of accomplishment in children and with each new accomplishment a child's self-confidence will grow.

Once we begin to build a child's confidence we are then able to instil the values of respect, courtesy, honesty and integrity that are the foundations of the Martial Arts dating back thousands of years.


SKA XMAS PARTY: Priory Hotel, Beauly, Saturday 10th December. Contact our Office to book your place.

SKA AUTUMN GRADING EXAMS: Hilton Community Centre, Inverness, Saturday 17th December. Seaboard Memorial Hall, Balintore, Sunday 18th December. Exams at both venues commence from 11am.

SKA 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Professor James Muro, 10th Dan, from California, USA, will be attending our 20th Anniversary celebration events in June 2017. We are honoured to have one of the world's top Grandmasters joining us in the Highlands of Scotland!