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Twice winners at the National Fitness Awards - SD Martial Arts, Gym and Fitness Centre provide a professional environment committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Martial Arts

Whether you want to tone up, lose weight and learn to defend yourself or train to become a champion – we’ve got a class for you.


Work with a personal trainer or train alone to achieve your goals in our well-equipped gym.


Our constantly changing, hi-energy fitness classes are specifically designed to help you achieve your weight and fitness goals.

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SD Martial Arts, Fitness & Gym

1. About Us

Welcome to SD School of Martial Arts, the home of professional teaching of martial arts in Colchester, and the largest and most successful full-time dojo in Essex.

SDSMA is a multi-award winning Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, being the only martial arts club in the country to win two National Fitness Awards in one year – Best Combat Zone & Best Children’s Facilities of the Year 2011!

A leading member of the English Karate Federation, we were the only martial arts centre in the east of England to be included within the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.

All of our instructors are either current or former national, european or world champions in their own field and have years of experience of professional teaching both with children and adults – all have enhanced DBS checks, First Aid qualifications and are comprehensively insured.

Our reputation in the Colchester and North Essex area is second to none and we have featured on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

We hold classes to cater for everyone’s individual needs – regardless of age, gender and level of fitness and whether you have sporting ambitions or just want to improve your well-being, boost your confidence and meet people in our fun, sociable classes.

Whether your interest is in Karate, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, BJJ, MMA or Boxing, from the moment you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted with a smile and a safe, professional environment.

As well as mixed classes, we also offer age specific classes; Little Dragons, Kid Kick – plus our very popular Parties, where we do all the work so you don’t have to!

2. Our Mission

SD School of Martial Arts was established in 2003 by Colchester based, 6th Dan former England karate international, Sean Doyland.

Soon afterwards, it moved to a purpose-built dojo at Global Park, East Gates, Colchester where Sean and his team of dedicated instructors offer the very highest standards in the instruction of karate and other martial arts. We are now based in a leisure facility in Colchester, with a large purpose built dojo, Energyze Gym and Fitness centre, Ultimate Ninja UK, Energyze Beauty and Wellness Clinic (including Energyze Tanning), Energyze Kitchen and Essex Training Solutions.

We have built our reputation on professionalism, achievements and quality of student service.

Our classes will help you achieve lifetime self-defence skills, build confidence, get into shape and relieve stress.

From our Colchester base, we attract members from across north Essex who are keen to learn a range of disciplines including karate, boxing, kickboxing and Krav Maga.

We offer dedicated classes for toddlers and young children (Little Dragons and Kid Kick) which are designed to be fun whilst building core skills which will benefit them in the years ahead.

We are very proud to have been the only martial arts club in the east of England to have been included within the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.

3. Awards

WINNERS in the National Fitness Awards 2011 Best Childrens Facility.

WINNERS in the National Fitness Awards 2011 Best Combat Zone.

Best coach of the year 2010 Sean Doyland.

High Sheriff Award 2009 – 2010 SD School of Martial Arts.

High Sheriff Award 2009 – 2010 Sean Doyland.

Growing Business of the Year Winners, Essex Countywide Business Awards 2007.

Best of Colchester award as one of the best businesses in Colchester August 2007.

Growing Business of the Year award, part of the Colchester Business Awards 2006.

Colchester and district business awards New Company Winners 2005.

Essex Countywide Business Awards Education and Lifelong Learning Finalists 2006.

Colchester and District Sports Council – Certificates of Commendation for Sports Personality of the Year 2005 – Sean Doyland (Coaches category), Oliver Doyland (Junior category), Carl Barton (Boxing Coach), SD School of Martial Arts (Team) Karate.

Essex Children Community University Partnership – Certificate of appreciation for support of young people and developing youth skills 2005.

4. Corporate Events

If you’re looking for a team building experience with a difference, then look no further!
SD School of Martial Arts in Colchester can offer you an exhilarating and fun day that all your staff will be talking about for a very long time.

From self-defence, to sumo wrestling, we have a great package to suit your needs.

We can supply the venue (a fully equipped martial arts dojo, conveniently located close to Colchester town centre with ample free parking), a buffet lunch, meeting area and unique activities with your own highly skilled and motivational martial arts instructors.

Don a helmet, enter the Gladiator Arena and battle it out with pugal sticks (your chance to bash the boss?!) Knock your opponent from their pedestal and hear your team mates cheer as your prey falls to the inflatable floor.

If you have the energy you can slip into a sumo suit and take to the mat. Go head to head and watch your opposition roll helplessly around, with legs flailing, unable to regain their footing. Always a winner in the fun stakes!

Settle the competition with an obstacle/relay race to really sort ‘the men from the boys’ (or girls of course!)

On a more serious note, we can also offer an incredible and invaluable self-defence seminar, again in our purpose built dojo, which will give peace of mind to both you and your staff – why not show them you care?

The experts at SD School of Martial Arts are dedicated to delivering excellent facilities, service, training and fun… simply the best!

We can provide you with a day of fun and team building, or a serious session of life saving skills, or indeed, a mixture of both.

Whatever your needs, we will create a bespoke package to meet your individual requirements.

Availability is limited, so please call 01206 860008 now for further information on this challenging and rewarding Martial Arts Experience.