About us

Not all Karate or Martial Arts Associations are the same. With over 90 years of experience between them, Paul, Brett & Steve have created an association that focuses on the individual, no more 'monkey see, monkey do'. It's time for a more modern and inclusive approach.

'The most dangerous phrase in our language is, we've always done it this way!'.

The story behind our Association

In 2018, Paul, Brett and Steve decided that the future of their students and clubs lay in different direction to that of traditional karate. They formed Nishikan Martial Arts so that their students can benefit from other forms of training as well as bridge the gap between traditional karate and reality based martial arts.
With the implementation of a brand new curriculum, Paul, Brett and Steve have combined over 90 years of knowledge and have updated karate for the modern age.

Our Facilities

Our main headquarters is our purpose built dojo in Wincanton, Somerset.

THE core values we believe in

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We are passionate about the martial arts. Our main mantra is 'one size does not fit all!'. You will find an organisation that puts you at it's core.

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We have a great community, one which you will find fully inclusive.

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Our commitment is to provide you with the best training, knowledge and experience that we can.

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You will find that Nishikan Martial Arts will help you grow and achieve the things that you once thought out of reach!

SUccess stories

Don't just take our word for it, read what our parents and students have to say!

“First class training”

The training is first class, Paul really brings the moves to life so that you can really understand them and how they all fit together for your kata. The new syllabus is great and really allows you to integrate the moves as karate should be, helping to gain a better understanding in application. NMA has a great team spirit, and feels just a great big family. The seniors really encourage and inspire the more intermediate levels and it is a pleasure to be part of the team.

jeani h
student & Parent

“i was nurtured & encouraged”

I joined the Nishikan Martial Arts after both my children had been attending for some years. I had little confidence in my abilities & was very unfit & it took me many months to pluck up the courage to join in. I was nurtured & encouraged, not judged or belittled. My fitness improved and in under 4 years I got my 1st Dan black belt & beat my 14 year old son to it too! (see pic). Covid 19 has not destroyed the community within our club, it has made us stronger. We have all had our wobbles & there is always someone there to support you. It was there before Covid struck, but just became more apparent after. This is a place to belong, grow & to explore & fulfil your potential.

vicky m
student & parent

“can't recommend this group enough”

I joined nearly a year ago and I'm thoroughly glad I did. Here are a couple of things I love about Nishikan Martial Arts. 1. It's a really welcoming atmosphere. Like anything, you'll get out what you put in, but everyone is very friendly and it's not a clique at all. 2. It's very reasonable, cost wise. The dojo offers classes 3 times a week, and you can attend every session.

If you are looking to get fit, learn a new skill, socialise, learn how to defend yourself, make new friends then I really can't recommend this group enough.

dave s
student & parent

Visit us today


Our headquarters and purpose built dojo inWincanton, Somerset

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the tythings, southgate road, wincanton ba9 9rz


Classes in Merriott, Somerset

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merriott social club, 71 lower street ta16 5np

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