Our programme has been developed by teachers to run in parallel with the academic school system: classes are split into age and ability groups, we have a clearly defined syllabus, students must complete homework and pass exams.
We ensure that all students experience success and that the holistic sporting education ranges from toddler to adult student, through to leadership level.
We believe that important concepts such as discipline, anger management, responsibility and self-control need to be taught explicitly and in a structured programme, rather than assuming that these important tenets of martial arts will be absorbed during physical training.
Our unique programme combines ancient martial arts with modern life coaching. Our mission is to equip children with the mental tools to reach their potential in whatever field they choose and be ready for the 'real' world as they reach adulthood.
We teach that there is no such word as ‘can’t’; that there are no problems or barriers blocking our way, only challenges which can be embraced and conquered. We teach how to make good, responsible decisions and to see things from the perspective of others.
We build self-discipline, increased self-esteem, a positive mental attitude and a spirit of constant improvement. These values lead to success beyond the practice of martial arts; in academic and social environments as well as strengthening career prospects.
The ethos of Oxford School of Martial Arts derives directly from its founder, Rob King. Overcoming crippling shyness as a child through karate, he discovered a talent and enthusiasm for teaching.
Mary has been studying martial arts for over 16 years. She has a 3rd degree black belt with OSMA. She also writes children's fiction for OUP and works for FairFight: a charity which empowers girls in developing countries.