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Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy

5 - 8 years

The Zen-Shin martial arts Academy is about much more than just punching and kicking: it’s about personal development, honour, dignity; of leadership, courage and a life of action combined with spiritual and emotional development. Students progress from Novice (White) to Black Belts.

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5 - 8 years


St Marks Parish Church

Washwood Heath



60 minute Class


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January 2019
Lisa Daly
Attended with a 9-year-old and a 4-year-old
Well were do I start! So in October 2016 Zen-Shin came to my Son's school, my Son was 7 at the time and came home with a letter about Zen-Shin and how to join etc. Now my Son Phoenix has ADHD and recent was diagnosed with high level Autism. I felt like this was the perfect timing, as I was going threw difficult stage with Phoenix because of his needs. I signed him up to start the next class, and it's now 2019 and we've never looked back! It has been the best decision I made regarding Phoenix he has come on in leaps and bounds, improved in his self control and confidence, he's getting discipline which he needs he's learning to be more respectful to his teammates. Kyoshi and Sensei's are amazing and there teaching is outstanding as my Phoenix is getting Distinctions if you work hard it pays off and they teach the best quality of karate. I want to give 10*+ if I could. The Dojo is spacious and clean the reception is relaxing and Mel does great coffees and lattes which are available at the Café. They also do Devon Camp it's a 3 day course, I'd 100% recommend it, it's great for the students gain more experience on there karate and also parent's to meet up afterwards. Zen-Shin is our family and we love them. So if your thinking of joining do it! You won't be disappointed! I'm certainly not and Phoenix is aiming for his next belt Green and White, he's focused and ready for the next level. Oss!

Meet the Team

Frankie Richards

Chief Instructor - Kyoshi John Richards Kyoshi John Richards 8th Dan, is the chief instructor and founder of Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy and has over 40 years experience in shotokan karate. Karate is his passion and he has dedicated most of his life to the practice. Karate has taken Kyoshi all over the world from teaching seminars and personal body guarding for multiple stars. Kyoshi has experience in a variety of different martial arts - Ju Juitsu, Thai Chi, Judo, Boxing and Kickboxing as well as Karate. All Zen-Shin Instructors are appropriately qualified and DBS checked

Pansy Wright
Sensei Pansy Weight

Sensei Pansy Wright (4th Dan) has been teaching karate for 23 years . Sensei Pansy is a senior martial arts instructor for the Zen-Shin Black Belt Academy and has been working with children for more than 20 years.

Sensei Abdul Hafeez

Sensei Abdul is a 2nd dan black belt and has been training for 13 years and has been running his karate club in Saltley for 7 years. Abdul's students range from the age of 5 years old to 15 years old.

Zen-Shin Martial Arts Academy

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