Kigen (Founder) Richard Canton, 6th Dan Black Belt, is the chief instructor within Canton Martial Arts and has been overseeing and teaching classes throughout Kent and East Sussex since 1997.
He is, current FIVE TIMES World Champion in a variety of combative and kata events, achieved in September 2018 at the WUMA, (World United Martial Arts Federation), World Championships in Worcester.
In 2002 Richard Canton set up Canton Martial Arts and since this time has expanded the club to reach and teach a wider student base.
Richard Canton started his training in Rhee Tae Kwon Do, only practicing this whilst a teenager for a year or so. He didnt pursue this further as other interests took its place. (Something he has always regretted)
In 1993 Richard started training with the Bob Jones Corporation in Australia, in both Zen Do Kai Karate, as well at the Muay Thai syllabus they offered. He reached Brown Belt within both disciplines within the BJC.
In 1995, Richard turned professional and started teaching and training full time with Go Kan Ryu Karate. In 1997, he travelled with GKR to help set up and run the expansion in the London/Kent area.
Due to a change of direction and personnel, Richard decided with encouragment from his current student base through Kent, to start Canton Martial Arts in 2002. A hard decision at the time, but one now from which he has never looked back.
He still competes and trains on a regular basis, has won World, European, British and County championships along the way, (WUMA, NAS, MAASIF & Fight Night/Cage Shows), as well as continuing his training in other various martial arts like Japanese Kobudo - 2nd Dan, and Brazilian Jiu jitsu and MMA.
Richard has trained around the world with many high ranking instructors and fighters within many styles of Martial Arts (Karate, Muay Thai, BJJ, UFC, Kempo, Wrestling).
He was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame (WUMA) in 2003 for karate instructor of the year at a prestigious event.
He currently resides in Eastbourne, UK, with his family, and if not in the dojo, can often be found on the golf course, the ‘ying’ to his ‘yang’.
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East Sussex and Kent GRADINGS!
Big congratulations to all those who took their next step in their martial arts journeys by grading at the weekend, (17th/18th), either in Kent or East Sussex.
Kigen set a tough task to end the year with and you all shone magnificently.
Well done to you all. Now let's get ready to smash the NEXT one!
CANTON CHRISTMAS PARTY
& AWARDS CEREMONY!!
Get READY for the 2018 Canton Christmas celebration extravaganza!!
This years event will be at the HASTINGS dojo, at the Summerfields Leisure Centre, on Saturday 1st December.
Bring yourselves and your families, (together with a plate of food and some soft drink to share), and enjoy the fun activities on offer.
Come and celebrate the successes of those dojos and students who have been nominated to receive an award!
Don't MISS it!
Canton & ENGLAND Squad!
Congratulations to our amazing Canton team who represented our club and Country at the WUMA World Championships on October 6th.
We amassed an astonishing FIFTEEN gold medals with accompanying World titles, TEN silver medals and 6 bronze medals.
Pictures to follow in our Gallery.
Congratulations to all our super instructors, especially coach Jokyu Kira Jade Marsh and to our Kigen and founder, Richard Canton himself, who in addition to organising and supervising the whole selection process, won an unprecedented FIVE gold medals/world titles on the day!
CANTON MARTIAL ARTS
HUGE kudos to everyone who attended the club championships on Sunday, 22nd July.
You guys all showed the amazing spirit, dedication and fun for which this club is renowned for and on which we so pride ourselves!
Keep an eye out for updates, from the day, to the PICTURE gallery coming very soon.
Our PHOTO GALLERY is now updated with the brilliant pics from our EPIC November Anniversary celebrations and grading extravaganza! Check them out!