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, Member of the Scottish Parliament

"Very informative and focussed work done with our pupils on Kempo Self-Defence. Principles and tactics were relayed and taught skilfully – our pupils benefited from learning about real life situations in a challenging, enjoyable atmosphere. We are keen to include such expertise into our syllabus from now on."

Tain Royal Academy
Physical Education Department

- SKA Child Protection Policy (pdf)


Welcome! We are a friendly, family-orientated, and well established Martial Arts organisation who take pride in being one of the finest Kempo organisations in the world. Our Martial Arts programmes are motivational, educational and inspirational with students receiving safe and practical Self-Defence tuition whilst reaching goals they never thought that they could achieve!

Our Chief Coach: Kyoshi Neil Hourston, 8th Degree Black Belt, is a respected Professional Martial Arts instructor with 30 years experience in the Japanese arts of Kempo, JuJitsu and Kobudo (weapons). He is also recognised by the Japanese Government as a quality Martial Arts Instructor.

All of our
instructors are dedicated Martial Artists, trained to the highest level who inspire students towards the goal of Black Belt and beyond. We are committed to Highland Council's Child Protection Policy and all our instructors are Disclosure Scotland PVG checked. Kyoshi, the SKA Senior Coach: Kyoshi Helen Beattie 7th Degree Black Belt, and other instructors are qualified Emergency First Aiders.

We offer a variety of on-going programmes with continual beginner enrollment. Students attend various group classes at Inverness, Dingwall, Tain and Strathpeffer. Come along for a free trial lesson and experience how Kempo can improve the quality of your life!

Yoshin Kempo
The art of Yoshin Kempo is a historic blend of JuJitsu and Kempo. Adults and children (8yrs+) study ancient Samurai Martial Arts skills for effective Self-Defence. Lessons lead to decreased stress, increased energy, improved focus, greater confidence and self-discipline.

Lil' Dragons
Our Lil' Dragons classes for 4 - 7 year-old children are dedicated to improving discipline and confidence through learning simple Self-Defence skills. Lessons focus on the ability to interact with other people as well as encouraging overall fitness and improving co-ordination.


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Current intermediate syllabus: Green Tiger. Next Grading exams: 26th/27th September.