All instructors are fully qualified and insured to teach both children and adults. They required to hold a current Enhanced Criminal Records Check, Instructor Registration and Certification and approval qualifications. Most of the team of instructors are parents, and many have children who train in the clubs also.

Shizendo karate is recognized by the Martial Arts Standard Agency.

All of the senior Instructors have NVQ level two coaching qualifications, city & Guilds.

City and Guilds

City and Guilds are the leading skills development organisation, providing services to training providers, employers, and trainees across a variety of sectors to meet the needs of today’s workplace. Our qualifications are valued by employers across the world, helping individuals develop their talents and abilities for career progression.

The Martial Arts Standards Agency (MASA)

MASA is a lead body in the Martial Arts, structured as a non profit making company limited by guarantee with no paid employees and no expenses paid to it’s directors. All staff give their time voluntarily because they believe that standards in the Martial Arts are of vital importance.

The objective is to encourage nationally recognised standards in all martial arts clubs and associations. This will help facility providers, insurers, prospective students and parents find a professional, well administered, safe and caring environment in which people of varying needs can train. MASA is a resource and support agency for ANY martial art club, association or business to be able to sign up to, achieve and become kite marked to demonstrate they support the National Standards.

The MASA Five means that every club instructor should have:

  1. A Black Belt or equivalent in the martial art being taught.
  2. An approved coaching qualification (NVQ or equivalent).
  3. £5 million Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  4. An enhanced CRB disclosure.
  5. A clear pricing policy with no hidden charges.

The standards cover every requirement needed to run and administer a martial arts club or association and include all the necessary documents to do so. These can all be downloaded free of charge along with an affiliation pack from here.

Affiliation to MASA can be as a club, a business or an association and is a statement that the body is signing up to and supports the standards in the Martial Arts, it also gives them the right to display the MASA logo.

The MASA directors are all long term experts in their respective fields and are therefore able to give advice from and experienced perspective..

Shizendo Martial Arts
Where standards come first