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.

Award winning Martial Arts, and inclusive for all ages and standards

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.




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Our reputation as the regions top martial arts school

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, Muay Thai, MMA or Boxing, from the moment you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted with a smile and a safe, professional environment….


Boosting Family Bonds through Martial Arts: A Path to Confidence and Connection

Are you an experienced Martial Arts practitioner who’s been considering involving your child in this discipline? Or have you spent the last three years ferrying your child to their Martial Arts classes and pondered the idea of joining them? You’ve likely become proficient in the terminology, the etiquette of bowing, and even the skill of …

Here we go, British Open weekend and SDSMA are very well represented once again!

The school has certainly been something to be very proud of this year. It’s a growing school with lots of great young people working very hard to improve their abilities in the Dojo; proudly proven by the recent successes of those representing our club and England WUKF at the worlds. As Sensei, I have been …

The Strength of Strikes and Kicks: Advantages of Kickboxing for Children

Introduction to the benefits of kickboxing for young people! Kickboxing, a martial art and combat sport, has gained significant popularity not just among adults but also among kids in recent times. Combining elements of boxing and martial arts, this high-energy activity offers various physical, mental, and emotional benefits for children. While some parents may harbour …


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