Grove Martial Arts

Welcome to Grove Martial Arts

Your local, not-for-profit club - with no contract to sign, and experienced, friendly fully qualified instructors

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Our history

Grove Martial Arts is an independent, non-profit making, Karate club with three sections: GMA Grove, GMA Juniors and GMA Marlborough. We practise the traditional Okinawan style of Goju Ryu as the all-encompassing self-protection system it was originally designed to be. We are family run: our instructors are from three generations of the same family with a combined training history spanning 125 years.

Grove Martial Arts was established in January 2008 in order to provide reality based self-defence training specifically for the UK environment.

What do we do?

Karate is a civilian self-protection system born in Okinawa. Originally Karate was taught only to a select few students who would follow a particular master's teaching. After WW2 the Okinawan masters, in a bid to keep their art alive, opened Karate to the masses, introducing it in a modified form into the Okinawan school system. Since then Karate has spread throughout the world in many forms, most notably as a sport. We do not train for sport or competition, all of our training is geared towards reality based self-protection.

What makes us different?

No one takes a wage from the club and all funds are used to improve the club for our members. This allows us to offer opportunities that wouldn't be possible in other organisations. We run annual residential training courses, host seminars with world class instructors and provide a wide range of high quality training equipment.

Quotes from our members

"I went along for my first FREE session, and was hooked! Friendly, expert tuition, and a great club atmosphere. Other students were really welcoming, and I've never looked back!"


"This club will teach you how to apply effective techniques in real (not sport) situations with great instructors who have a holistic approach to martial arts. This is a great club with great people"

Ed G

"I have been going to this club for a year now, and I think it's fantastic. Everyone is friendly and the Sensei's are very approachable. It's great fitness and I don't even feel like I'm working out, until the next day.........! Passionate and dedicated about Goju Ryu Karate, they live and breathe it - they inspire me each and every time I go!"


"GMA karate club is a very friendly enviroment. The moves they teach us are very useful for real life situations when we need them and the Sensei's are fantastic teachers. So if you're thinking of joining a club join GMA."

Craig Ar

"Having tried a variety of martial arts previously, and with a past military career, I was impressed by my first session. I have now been a student for several months, and intend to continue as long as I can. GMA is an excellent club, with very experienced instructors, a wide variety of students, and a friendly atmosphere."

Jim H

"Having not done Karate before, but knowing several people who have, this club was nothing like I was expecting. This club is not about the sport, but self defence right to its core. Having been training for just over a year now I'm still thoroughly enjoying it, and it has built my self confidence no end. A great club all round and a great group of people to train with!"


"I've been to a few different karate clubs and this is definately the best one I've found. The sensai's always make it interesting and easy to learn. Everything taught is very practical so that the techniques could work in real life. All round it's a great club with some great people."


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GMA Grove

GMA was founded in Grove, and has grown from a small passionate group, and has now expanded to 40+ members meeting twice a week and running regular events and trips.

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GMA Juniors

This was an extension of GMA Grove, catering for 4 to 12 year olds, giving those first steps into Martial Arts, and a good grounding to continue on into GMA Grove.

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GMA Marlborough

Following the success of GMA in Grove, we've now opened our Marlborough club, with a steadily growing membership. Grove Martial Arts had a club in Marlborough in the early 2000's, under a different name - so we're back and keen to grow the Marlborough club!

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