The GMAU (Gospel Martial Arts Union) was founded over 30 years ago as an organisation to encourage and aid Christian martial arts. To that extent, the GMAU has developed a distinctly Christian brand of martial arts instruction that is Bible-centric in its origin and purpose with discipleship as the primary aim. We endeavour to publish, propagate, and set an international standard for true Christian martial arts. Simply put, the GMAU is a Christian martial arts organisation, not an organisation for Christians who practice the martial arts.

We offer basic life protection classes for adults based on real life scenarios. Rather than focus on one particular style of martial art, we incorporate several. Our instructors have been trained in everything from classical Okinawan Karate to Russian knife fighting and Pankration. We employ all of these tools to offer the most comprehensive program available. The class runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday night and is FREE of charge. This is a casual class so any attire is fine.
Have a family? We also offer FREE kids classes on the same night at the same time, so you may learn together! The children learn the system of Shuri-Ryu, an ancient Okinawan style of Karate which dates to the 1600’s. No uniform is required, however, if your child wishes to attain rank then a Gi (karate uniform) must be purchased. The rank requirements and log book progression is certified by the International Shuri-Ryu Association and the GMAU, two worldwide martial arts organisations
We offer open enrolment so anytime is the right time to start. Any further questions please email our chief instructor Sensei Bill Atkins, he will be happy to help and we hope to see you on Thursday!

Meet the team:


Below are the links to the various forms that can you have studied or will study in the GMAU:

Ippon 1

Ippon 2

Ippon 3

Taezu naru waza 1

Taezu naru waza 2

Taikyoku 1

Taikyoku 2

Taikyoku 3

Taikyoku 4



GMAU Promotional Video!