martial arts at sandylands

Sandylands Sports Centre, Skipton, ju jitsu

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Sandylands Sports Centre offers a wide range of different martial arts so you are sure to find something to match your age, experience and preferred style …

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Get Fit & Keep Fit – Build Self Confidence & Learn to Defend Yourself with Ju-Jitsu.

Our clubs offer training at all levels in a friendly atmosphere for juniors & seniors including family training on Saturday mornings.

The original Skipton Ju-Jitsu club was formed in the early 1970s by Sensei Robert Ashworth and was affiliated to the British Ju-Jitsu Association. Over the years Sensei Ashworth opened Ju-Jitsu Clubs throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire eventually forming his own organisation RA Defence. He continued his own training throughout this time to reach the standard of 8th Dan.

The clubs offer training in a friendly atmosphere for all levels of ability and fitness from age 7 upwards.

Now affiliated to the Cobra Martial Arts Association our instructors are trained and qualified to the requirements of the Martial Arts Standards Agency, hold the appropriate First Aid qualifications and are checked through the Government Disclosure & Barring Service. Rose Counties Ju-Jitsu operates an equal opportunities policy.

Beginners are welcome to all classes. Your first lesson is free!

  • Adults Session – Mondays 8:30pm – 10pm.
  • Juniors / Family Session – Saturdays 10:30am – 12:00noon.
  • £5.00 per session.
  • Sessions take place in the Small Hall.


Sandylands Sports Centre, Skipton, ju jitsu

craven aikido club ...

Adults & Juniors

Wednesdays: 8pm – 9pm:

Contact Info: Stephen & Caroline White 07891112416 or via email or via Facebook

General Info: The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a comprehensive system of throwing, joint-locking, striking and pinning techniques. Rather than primarily linear motions, Aikido is comprised of blending, turning, pivoting, circling, and spiralling. Aikido embodies concepts which are at the same time very simple, yet very complex. Aikido can be very challenging to learn, yet at the same time can be very rewarding because it is ultimately bringing us into harmony with ourselves and with our world, and helping us to become more complete and integrated human beings.

judo ...

Juniors (approx 7-11 year olds)

Thursdays: 4pm – 4:45pm & 4:45pm – 5:30pm

Contact Info: Balazs Csepes 07484056662 via email

General Info: These classes are designed for children and to be fun. The word Judo consists of two Japanese characters, “Ju” which means gentle and “do” which means ‘the way’ – so Judo means the way of gentleness. Judo is a dynamic sport that does not rely on strength but is based on a combination of balance, co-ordination and reaction – all skills that help performance across other sports. Most importantly, Judo helps children become more self-confident, disciplined, self-controlled and polite.

quest karate club ...

Adults & Juniors (4+)

Mondays: 5pm – 6pm (4 to 6 years old) & 6:30pm – 7:30pm (7 years and older) 
Wednesdays: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Contact Info: Frank Pullano 07718140904 or via email or via website

General Info: Sport Karate is a modern martial art and system of self-defence with a combination of multi style martial arts, incorporating dynamic kicking, punching, jabs and is an excellent form of exercise encouraging co-ordination, flexibility, balance, fitness, focus, concentration, confidence and respect for others. Sport Karate is a thoroughly modern way for the whole family to get fit, have fun & make new friends. Whatever your age, gender or fitness level, Sport Karate can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you want to take up Sport Karate for fitness, self-defence or you have ambitions of being a future champion, we have members as young as 7 years old through to our more mature members.

Team scorpion kickboxing / self defence ...

Adults & Juniors

Thursdays: 7pm – 8:30pm 

Contact Info: Craig Anderson 07459103247 or via website 

General Info: £5.50 per class. Suitable for all fitness levels and abilities, this is a mixed class focusing on the fundamental skills of martial arts with cardio fitness, strength and conditioning, pad drills and much more.  Classes are energetic and exciting with a modern outlook on fitness and self-defence, designed to promote respect, self-confidence, improved self-esteem, concentration and coordination.

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get involved

With so many martial arts to choose from, please either contact Sandylands to discuss it, or contact the individual clubs/groups

Sandylands testimonial

What do our clients think?

“As a member from the older end of the spectrum I have found Matt Speres to be the ultimate professional. Nothing has been too much trouble and despite my lack of motivation at times, he has patiently encouraged me along.As a Personal Trainer his knowledge of fitness and nutrition is second to none!He is always looking at new and innovate ways and equipment to keep his members enthused.” Bev