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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!