Mastering the Art of Karate

Welcome to All Anglia Karate Association, the place to develop your martial arts skills. Our experienced instructors offer classes for both kids and adults, we have locations in Saffron Walden, Attleborough, West Wickham and Whittlesford. Join us and explore the discipline and power of karate.

Answers to FAQ’s

– We are a professional organization and as such are the premier martial arts association in your area!

– Classes are run throughout the year with the exception of Bank Holidays, a two week shutdown in the summer and a two week shutdown over Christmas.

– Yes! Parents do see a marked improvement in concentration levels at school when they have been training with us for a period of time. We encourage children to ask whenever they do not understand, this is constantly reinforced with a high emphasis on doing the same when in class at school!

– Our classes are split by age and grade where numbers dictate.

– Classes are structured to be fun, yet disciplined, with an emphasis on cardio/bodyweight fitness, competition Karate, and age-appropriate street style self-defence!

– All beginners train in tracksuit bottoms and their t-shirts, they will need a drink of water for during the class.

– Our Karate Suits (Gi) cost £30 which includes delivery, white belt & embroidery of Association badge. You do not need to purchase this until you are happy that you or your child is going to continue their training for the foreseeable future.

– We like to encourage students to train as much as possible and as such your fees include unlimited weekday training, any location, any suitable class within the Association, we recommend at least two classes per week when convenient, but of course it is up to you how often you/your child trains!

– If for any reason you miss your regular night’s training, this can be made up anytime at any suitable class within the Association without prior notice!

– We do not have Mums, Dads or Guardians in the hall during classes as over the years we have found that children, especially the younger ones tend to join in and enjoy the classes so much more when Mum or Dad aren’t looking on.

– All Martial Artists no matter how young or old must be licensed! This is a yearly fee, the first year’s license fee is £26 and includes your Licence & record book, thereafter yearly fees are £21.

– All children are taught not to bully and how not to be bullied!

– All children are taught not to bully and how not to be bullied!

If there is anything else that you would like to know please do not hesitate to contact us and if appropriate it will be added to this page!

Ian Warren

4th Dan Chief Instructor & Founder of AAKA

I first started Karate at the age of 24. Being persuaded by my cousin Neil to go along to a class with him after his brother in law, who had already been attending the sessions for a little while had convinced Neil he should give it a go! At the time Neil and I were both into weight training and Neil being just over six-foot-tall and almost as wide, me the short five feet seven and three quarter chunky side kick, thinking what did we need to learn to dance around in our pyjamas for? As that was our impression of Karate. Any way we decided to give it a go and went along for our first class.

All I can say is we were really lucky that we attended the classes of Sensei Ian Cuthbert. Probably one of the best instructors in England and definitely the best competition karate coach in the United Kingdom. I only mention this as we went through the class which started with a light warm up followed by some basics then finished with some “light ” sparring. We borrowed some hand pads and were asked to line up, lower grades one side, higher grades on the other. I looked across the room at the line of Black Belts none of them particularly big some quite tall but not heavy set and thought this is going to be easy, I’m a lot bigger than you! We were asked to pair up, one of the black belts made a bee line for me another for Neil.

We bowed as was the etiquette and began. I tried to copy the way my opponent was moving and holding their hands and moved in to land my first punch. After that, all I remember was looking up at the ceiling and being punched after only just hitting the floor. My opponent helped me up and we carried on I couldn’t get anywhere near him. If I moved in he slipped off to the side and hit me, he hit me as I was moving in, he hit me as I was moving away. He never hurt me and only hit me fast enough and hard enough to get his punches and kicks in. My next opponent was a young girl of about sixteen only slight in build and a tiny bit shorter than me. I was worried about hurting her! Well no sooner than hajime (begin) had been called she must have punched me three times and kicked me twice before I even had time to move, she was like lightning and I was hooked!

After that I very rarely missed a lesson, practiced every chance I got. As soon as I got my yellow belt asked if I could do double sessions, even though the second session was for higher grades only, started attending the National Squad training sessions which were held every couple of weeks and our own in house squad sessions every two weeks. I went from training once a week to three or four times a week in just over a couple of months. From Yellow belt I attended every competition I could from club competitions to National level, eventually making my way on to the Shikon squad team. I came second on a few occasions but never actually winning a competition until 2014 when I took first place in the Vets section in a National competition almost 20 years after my first competition!

After gaining my 1st Dan I started teaching almost straight away having been assisting in classes prior to that. We now have 5 different locations with two of my original students (brothers, Ben & Tom Boulton) from those first classes still training and teaching with me. I still train with Sensei Ian Cuthbert from time to time and am still attending the squad sessions. I think that learning a martial art with the right instructor is as important as learning to swim, one day it could save your life, even if it is learning to walk away from a potentially hostile situation. Just because you can fight it doesn’t mean you have to!

Ben Boulton

3rd Dan Instructor

Holly Warren

2nd Dan Instructor

Lewis Start

1st Dan Assistant Instructor

Ryan Bird

1st Kyu Assistant Instructor

Hear what our students have to say!

Finlay C

I have been training with the AAKA for almost 10 years now – over that time I have got immeasurably fitter and stronger; my self-discipline has improved and all while doing something I absolutely love.

The quality of the training is first-rate, and over my time with the club I have had numerous opportunities organised by the club to compete at an incredible level, including fighting against and attending squad training sessions with members of the England team – as well as working my way through the grades to obtaining my 1st Kyu black-white belt, and now training for my black belt.

Doing karate has made me a better and stronger, more confident person – and I would recommend the AAKA to anyone, of any age.

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Chloe W

I’m a 16 year old girl, have been doing karate with this club for 11 years, and I’ve just passed my black belt. The coach, is committed, friendly and focused on getting the best out of everyone, whether you are a newcomer or have been training for years – definitely the best club I’ve ever joined!

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Lisa Murray

My son (Finn) has been training with Ian for several years. He loves it and has made lots of friends.

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Jelena Lukic

We have been training 5 years as a family. It is great fun and a good way of keeping fit. It is well taught and the instructors are really good.

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James Savage

Our daughter has loved doing karate over the last 3 years with AAKA. The classes are well structured, fun, progress is good, and communications from the Sensei is excellent. Thoroughly recommend this group!

Come and join the All Anglia Karate Associationand learn from experienced instructors.