Learn the art of well-being

Martial arts exponents at a Fenland District Council leisure centre
Martial arts exponents at a Fenland District Council leisure centre

Martial arts aren’t just about fighting – they are skills that provide valuable training for both the body and mind.

They can be a great form of exercise for people of all ages and teach discipline and self-defence as well as being fun and social.

They date back thousands of years and today they are seen at many sporting events, including the Olympics.

So if you’re looking for something new for you and the kids, why not try fighting your way to fitness with one of the following?

Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea and is even used in their military training. Carter School of Taekwondo is run by Anthony Carter, a 6th Dan who has been teaching for 28 years.

Sessions run at New Vision Fitness’s Hudson Centre in Wisbech on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (6-7pm). They are suitable for people aged 5 and over; the first lesson is free and family discounts are offered.

Just turn up and join in. Alternatively, call 01366 387601 / 07768 634332 or email cartertaekwondo@aol.com

Or could kickboxing be the martial art for you? Pro Martial Arts Schools Kickboxing Club run classes that are mixed so can accommodate adults and children aged 7+.

The classes are non-contact and not only teach self-defence but also improve fitness, increase confidence and help you meet new friends. The first class is free.

Sessions are run from the Hudson Centre on Thursday nights (7-8pm). For more information or to book, call or text Ed Scholes on 07932 962397 or email edscholes@promartialartsschools.com

For information on sessions in March and Whittlesey, visit www.
promartialartsschools.com

Karate is another option. Shotkan Karate School operates at the Hudson Centre on Tuesdays for children aged 5+ (6-7pm) and adults (7-8.30pm) and for mixed ages on Saturdays (10-11am). These classes also improve strength, fitness and self-esteem, along with valuable self-defence skills.

No experience is needed and the first class is free. Call Sensei on 07843 414433 or email coach@leaner4life.co.uk For more details, visit www.samuraikarateschool.com