Beginner Classes Offer + Free Uniform

For more details call 0333 567 0584 or complete the form below.

Gannon’s Martial Arts Leicester turns Kids into Karate Champions!

We have been teaching children martial arts and karate to help them become more confident and healthy for over 20 years at our martial arts school in Leicester. This is achieved by teaching them the best in karate, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. We also specialise in teaching children how to STOP the bully with our unique anti bullying programme.

Your child will learn from genuine high ranking, award winning black belt instructors, who are not only experts in teaching children, but are also walk the talk and are great role models.


Give your Child a strong start in Life!

Our children’s martial arts classes in Leicester are fast paced, action packed, educational and motivational. Kids love Karate and parents love watching their children learn and grow in a positive, disciplined and encouraging environment.

Every class is filled with exciting fun, high energy martial arts exercises that are carefully designed to help children build important life skills. Classes start simple and gradually become more challenging based on each children's individual pace and readiness for the new techniques. All lessons are based on positive recognition, reward and reinforcement for effort, skill, courtesy, sportsmanship and respectful treatment of others.

Self confidence and Self Esteem are built in a gradual step-by-step process. Martial Arts training builds a strong foundation that can easily be applied to a school work, sports, arts and social settings outside the martial arts class.


  • Your child's self respect and self discipline will improve
  • Learning the fundamentals of self defence will boost your child's self esteem and confidence
  • Your child's ability to listen and follow instructions will improve with every class.
  • We'll teach your child how to stop the bully in their tracks with a practical effective anti bullying lessons.
  • Your child will feel strong and positive as they move through the belt levels.

School Pressure, Peer Pressure, Instilling Proper Values, Demanding Extra School Curricular Activities
Sound Familiar?

I understand what parents like you are having to deal with these days. I have met hundreds of parents just like you, and I have to say it can be challenging time being a child these days.

Many parents I speak to are dealing with these 21st Century demands as well as they can, but sometimes the signs of the pressure children feel are obvious. When new children come into our classes we often see:

  • Inability to focus
    It's not usually malicious, they just have a really difficult time focusing.
  • Crippling shyness
    Eyes looking down at the floor, shoulders forward, frozen in fear.
  • Difficulty engaging with peers or authority figures
    Parents often see this as a lack of respect (it's NOT it more a lack of confidence, but it's' still important to overcome)
  • Lack of follow through or perseverance
    It's really difficult for children to see past the "now" and keep at something consistent.

It Can all Change Within a Few Months Parents Say They See Their Children Learn:

  • Increased Confidence
    Confidence, especially what they learn in our Leicester karate classes, is the difference between what a child can actually do vs what they think they can do. You will see them act more and more confident and you'll see them take on new challenges both inside and outside of our Leicester martial arts school with a sense of drive and purpose.
  • The Ability to Defend Themselves Mentally, Emotionally AND Physically
    If your child is ever in a situation where they need to use self defence skills against a bully who is physically trying to push, punch or kick them. Then they will have the ability and confidence to apply these self defence techniques. Also, they will have the techniques, ability and confidence to deal with verbal abuse, this is much more common than physical bullying.
  • Soaring Self Esteem
    The most important thing your child will get from our martial arts classes is a tremendous positive sense of self worth. They will be able to objectively look at things they need to improve such homework, family relations and physical effort. Without feeling useless, and they'll take pride in the things they get correct without discounting or minimising their own achievements.
  • Building a Love for Exercise
    If you want your children to not only stay but improve their health, they have to enjoy good hard physical exercise. Our classes are exciting and fun, your child will love coming to each class. They'll actually love doing the press ups, star jumps and stretching exercises. They will take pride in their increased flexibility and endurance, and they will leave every class sweating, smiling and learning.

Adult Martial Arts

Free Beginner Class + Two Weeks Free + Free Uniform

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Get Fit, Feel Great and Learn self defence moves that could save your life!

And have a ton of fun while doing it

Do you want to lose weight? Do you need to tone up and look great?

If you want these benefits and much more, then you will love our mixed martial arts classes!  Gannon’s martial arts lessons will be perfect for you! 

You won’t easily find another kickboxing class that will get you into shape this fast!  The kickboxing classes at Gannon's Martial Arts give you a calorie crushing workout that burns fat, tones up muscle and gives you a massive endorphins rush!

Our friendly expert martial arts instructors will show you how to get into great shape while learning high energy techniques. With each kickboxing lesson, you take at our mixed martial arts class, we'll get your body working punches kicks and blocks.  You'll burn a load of calories in a single class as you kiss your unwanted fat goodbye!

Self-defense is not just limited to physical activities alone. It's also involves mental and emotional awareness. It's understandable that living your life the way you want isn't easy. When we engage new students at our mixed martial arts class, we easily notice the signs that are prevalent in the daily life of 21st Century:

  • Focus Issues
    It’s not just kids that have issues with focusing. The ability to focus and finish a task is important for success in our work, family and life. In our kickboxing classes, we'll help you gain laser sharp focus which can be applied to every area of your life.
  • Lack of Confidence
    As we often say in our classes, Confidence is Cultivated. This means if you want to be promoted at work or gain the respect of people around you – or just get ahead in your daily life, you will need to work for it. And at Gannon’s Martial Arts we will show you ways to do it. 
  • Lack of Perseverance
    We have all been guilty of giving up when push comes to shove, having self defense against quitting is a life skill that has incredible power. But in all our kickboxing classes, our instructors will motivate you because they know just what you need. They’ll push you to reach your full potential and help you achieve an unwavering perseverance which will propel you to succeed.
  • Soaring Self Esteem
    One of the most vital things that you will gain in our kickboxing classes is a huge and positive increase in self esteem. The issue of low self esteem is not limited to kids alone because even adults have to deal with it too. The martial arts classes and the lessons will help you deal with the emotional onslaught of judgment from others, setting boundaries in your personal and work life, and also conquer your inner demons.
  • Silently Dying
    “Health” is not just a new trending word. The world’s population is gradually dying of heart disease, chronic illnesses and other worse diseases. You won’t be able to beat the statistics if you don’t take solid actions. Even if you don’t enroll in our classes, do something! However, if you do join our class, you’ll discover that you are on a path that your loved ones and everyone around you will be proud of.
  • Lack of Social Interaction
    Humans are not supposed to be closed up in a cubicle every day, then come home and focus on TV (then repeat the cycle the next day). The things you will learn and the knowledge that you get from relating with your peers in an environment that is supportive is amazing. 
  • Physical Strength
    A Healthy body is a result of a Strong body. A lot people want to “lose weight”, but don’t realise the fact that they need to build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn (even when resting), you will look better and be more mobile.
  • The Ability to Defend Themselves Mentally, Emotionally AND Physically
    If there is ever a need to, you will be able to defend yourself from physical attack. The mixed martial arts and kickboxing moves that we will teach you at our martial arts classes in our classes will give you a sense of security which our students carry along with them all through their daily activities. We hope that you never have to use this ability but if the need arises, you will be more than ready.
  • Lack of Motivation
    Being successful is not just showing up at a big box gym and think you are going to achieve all the things that you want. You can hire a personal trainer that will cost you £100’s/hr, or you can join a class where you can be motivated by your instructors, friends and be involved the culture of success which we breed in our martial arts school.
  • Group Support
    The value of working on your challenges with a couple of peers who are focused on the same set of goals cannot be overemphasized. At Gannon's Martial Arts, you will be made accountable, to help channel your efforts towards achieving your goals. The instructors will not let you run away from the things that you need to achieve; we’ll be with you every step of the way. 


0333 567 0584

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What our clients say

Gannon's is the best martial arts academy in Leicester, very friendly instructor's. My son has been doing martial arts for nearly 5yrs and he loves it, can't get enough of the training. Well recommended to anyone, give it ago, you won't be disappointed.

Amit Patel

I have recently joined the academy and have been given a very warm welcome. I have no experience in martial arts and have started the beginner classes. I find the classes are exciting, fun and informative. They are a very supportive team and want to help you achieve your goals. Great atmosphere and lovely people to learn with! Whatever your ability or fitness, I highly recommend joining Gannon’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Diane Wartnaby

Wow, what a great place this is, we started taking our son as he was getting bullied at school, best move we ever made, he's like a different child! Lewis and Jasmine and Master Gannon are all great teachers and we are always welcome.

Ian Dunkley

I recently enrolled into the beginners program at Gannon's. Although it's early days I have learnt a lot already. The teachers are top quality and there is always a great atmosphere at the academy. I would definitely recommend Gannon's to anyone interested in starting MMA.

Jasper Alyn Stephens

My 7 year old son has just joined. Had a mini lesson on his own yeterday and had his first class tonight. He thoroughly enjoyed it and Lewis took the time to go through moves with him. He was not made to feel like a newby and hes looking forward to his next class. So far so good!

Kelly Richardson

Absolutely amazing! And that is a massive understatement. Everyone is very friendly and the instructors are top quality teachers. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Liam Crawford

We have been coming to Gannons MMA for 1 year now. Our 2 boys have moved from white to blue belt this year. That's absolutely phenomenal considering they only 8 and 6. Our boys are truly energetic and just want to have fun and its been a challenge to calm them down. But since we joined Gannons MMA Leicester they have matured so much and Hyper Jon has even improved his focus in class. We cannot thank Lewis and Jasmine enough to help with implementing discipline into our two wild cat's. Over and above this, we really enjoy the professional classes that our boys attend with a proper dojo setup of thick mats, mma cage and loads of punching pads including the Bruce Lee punching man. What really sets this mma school apart from other schools is that we have Lewis and Jasmin training the boys each lesson together, along with their professionalism they have a professional setup. So there is more consistency in their lessons. Lewis and Jasmin are also so friendly even while trying to stay focused during classes. Everyone in the class is so friendly. In fact we have met two other couple's thru the mma classes. What is also great is the mma tournaments and socials, but best of all the Summer Camp. If you want a serious investment in your children then I can definitely recommend Gannons MMA. 5 Star rating for sure!!!

Mark Wedge

Today I went for my first kickboxing lesson and I have got to say I enjoyed it very much.. I was quite nervous going on my own but Paul Gannon welcomes you with open arms and make you feel comfortable. I will definitely be coming back... it is amazing experience and you also have fun why training... Thank you master paul Gannon

Matthew Leeson

No matter what you're aim is, either self defence or fitness, then Gannon's Mixed Martial Arts Academy is the best place to achieve your goals. The team are amazing, supporting you no matter what your level and it is more like a family than a dojo. I cannot recommend it highly enough, to say that it is life changing is not an exaggeration.

Paul Reid

A fantastic mixed martial arts school with brilliant, knowledgeable instructors and a great group of people to train with.

Paul Sheldrake

A fun and interesting classes that will keep you coming back for more

Ruth Singleton

The word Awesome is used a lot here. And for good reason. It is. Awesome instructors. Awesome people. And you will have an awesome time. If you are interested in martial arts. Fitness and mental discipline. You won't go wrong here. Two years in and still loving it. Awesome.

Steve Hadley