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!
Budo Gathering 2017 - Tain, Ross-shire
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Kempo Academy, we are opening our annual and legendary premier Self-Defence event to all Martial Artists regardless of rank, style or affiliation! Our special guest instructor will be a 10th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster from California, USA.
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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.
LIL' DRAGONS - ALNESS: We plan to open a Lil' Dragons class at the Averon Leisure Centre, Alness, from Tuesday 9th May for children aged 4 - 7 years-old. If you know someone who would be interested in a free trial lesson, please get in touch.
CURRENT INTERMEDIATE SYLLABUS: Yellow Tiger.
SKA SPRING GRADING EXAMS: Hilton Community Centre, Inverness, Saturday 25th March. Seaboard Memorial Hall, Balintore, Sunday 26th March.