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

Take your life, or your child's life to the highest level... Based in the scenic Highlands of Scotland, we are a friendly, family-orientated and well established Self-Defence organisation who take pride in being one of the finest Martial Arts organisations in the world with schools at Inverness, Tain, Dingwall, Bonar Bridge and Strathpeffer.

We are the largest Self-Defence organisation in the North of Scotland and have Lil' Dragons classes for children aged 4 - 7 years-old, and Kempo classes for children aged 8+ years-old, teens and adults. Our programmes 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!

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.

Our fun, exciting, yet structured and disciplined Lil' Dragon and Kempo classes teach children how to focus their attention which improves their ability to learn Kempo techniques 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.

Our Chief Coach is Kyoshi (Professor) Neil Hourston (pictured) who is an 8th Degree Black Belt Professional Master Instructor in the arts of Kempo and JuJitsu. Kyoshi is a three-time Martial Arts 'Hall of Fame' inductee who has been studying and teaching combative Martial Arts systems for over 38 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. His Mentor is Professor James Muro 10th Degree Black Belt, who lives in California, America, and is head of the Goshin-Jitsu Chow-Hoon organisation. We are very proud to have genuine Kempo lineage through Professor Muro!

The current Intermediate Yoshin Kempo grading syllabus is Green Tiger.

SKA instructors recently taught Kempo sessions at the following Highland Council Primary Schools as part of their Health and Fitness weeks... Knockbreck Primary School, Tain. Duncan Forbes Primary School, Inverness. Dingwall Primary School. Craighill Primary School, Tain. Gledfield Primary School, Ardgay.

Kyoshi Neil Hourston was honoured to have been inducted into the 'United Martial Arts Alliance International' Hall of Fame with an award certificate presented on behalf of the UMAAI Yudanshakai by Kyoshi James W. Denning from Colorado, USA, at a recent SKA Kempo Seminar in the Highlands.

The SKA Spring Grading Exams are scheduled to be held on Saturday 30th March at Inverness and on Sunday 31st March at Balintore.

The next SKA Master Class will be held at Tain on Saturday 9th March. The class will include Kobujitsu (weaponry).

The SKA will be co-hosting a "Kempo & Karate Seminar" with the European Martial Arts Federation at the Seaboard Centre, Balintore, on Saturday 12th October. The event will feature Hanshi Stephen Grayston 10th Dan Karate from London, Kyoshi Neil Hourston 8th Dan Kempo, Kyoshi Helen Beattie 7th Dan Kempo, and Sensei Deb Young 3rd Dan Shodō (Japanese Calligraphy) from London.

Numbers are limited and tickets will be available via PayPal on our website in due course.