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Swanage Martial Arts
& Self Defence For All

Family Friendly + Teen and Adult Classes
& Monthly Workshops
Saturdays from 10 am in the Heart of Swanage
At Swanage Methodist Church, High Street
07888 660225


About Us

STOP PRESS! As well as this class for all ages and abilities, we now have a class specifically for Teens and Adults


We are a Martial Arts & Self Defence club for all ages (6+), abilities and genders, based in the heart of Swanage within the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.

Students who train with us can improve such things as their self confidence, self-defence, concentration, self-discipline, fitness, strength, flexibility and health. We can also help you to lose or maintain your ideal weight, all while meeting like minded friendly people and having fun!

We teach age appropriate skills such as:

personal safety, self protection, awareness, avoidance, confidence, dissuasion, escaping dangerous situations, managing personal space, pre-emptive striking (when it is legal and acceptable to do so), adrenaline and fear (understanding, controlling and utilising), striking - punching, kicking, power slapping, improved power generation (elbows, knees and head), escaping from grips and holds, weapons (awareness, defence and the law), and more!

These skills and more will be taught to you by our fully qualified Black Belt, DBS Checked and First Aid trained Instructor: Ian Rand.. He has trained under world-renowned self defence and martial arts instructors including top Japanese and European Karate Sensei; Al Peasland (Personal Safety expert and founder of Complete Self Protection martial arts club); Geoff Thompson (Polled as the Number 1 self-defence instructor in the world and the most influential martial artist since Bruce Lee, and joint chief instructor of the BCA and BCKA with Peter Consterdine); Peter Consterdine (International Security Consultant and Professional Bodyguard with over 40 years of experience in martial arts and self defence); along with many more world-class martial arts and self defence instructors. 

Ian has trained for over 32 years, starting his club in Basingstoke (see button adjacent) which has now been running for over 12 years, and his Swanage martial arts and self-defence classes cover age-appropriate realistic applications of Japanese, Chinese and Filipino Martial Arts such as traditional Karate combined with age-appropriate elements of martial arts such Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), MMA, weapons and knife defence, Kali Escrima, Jeet Kune Do (JKD) as well as practical self-defence skills.​

Our all ages class is suitable for all ages and abilities (6 years+) but children need to be mature enough to either train unaided or with the help of a participating parent/carer as this is also a family friendly class. If younger children prefer to leave early this is also not a problem as we will have a short break after 45 minutes at which time, they are welcome to go home if they are feeling tired or struggling to concentrate (NB this amount of time may be all young children can cope with in the first few weeks).

Martial Arts Class

Martial Arts & Self Defence Classes
(also available online & recorded)



My son aged 7 and I have just had our first self protection class with Ian and it was great fun and an interesting learning experience.

Ian is very honest and patient (an absolute must when it comes to me and my son!) and a real joy to be taught by, he is obviously very passionate and well trained in what he does and this really comes across in his classes.

I would recommend to anyone to give this a go and to gain the opportunity to learn the best way to protect yourself and your family by someone who really knows his stuff.

Anon - a satified mum and

My Grandson started ... about 5 months ago and attends twice a week. He is autistic and it was at first a concern as to how he would manage and cope. We had tried lots of groups and clubs previously, but after a few weeks, his enthusiasm always dwindled. However, Jake was welcomed into the Mixed Martial Arts class and has gained so much confidence because Ian Rand has such a positive attitude that achievements can be made. Jake has now gained his first belt and is looking forward to his next challenge. My thanks go not only to Ian but to all the non-judgemental class members who are learning alongside Jake and have helped to make him grow into the young teenager that I am very proud of.

Pam Bartlett
Both my boys go twice a week, initially through the school and they love it. Both boys had confidence issues when they started, and now I would struggle to describe Louie as shy and Archie comes home every Thursday night high as a kite, just in time for bed. Highly recommended.

Lee Nightingale


Contact Us
Call us on 07888 660225email us here, or book your taster session below!

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