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.
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, aswell 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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IAIN ABERNETHY SEMINAR
Canton Martial Arts were delighted and honoured to host the latest Bunkai seminar led by the world
renowned specialist Iain Abernethy at their main Eastbourne dojo on April 14th.
The event was attended by members of SIX different martial arts clubs, all connected by the common goal of learning and progression.
BEXHILL CLASSES UPDATE!!
We are pleased to inform that we have added an ADDITIONAL VENUE to our Bexhill location!
Starting from the 18th April on WEDENESDAY we have additional classes for Little NINJAS and Little SAMURAIS!
These classes will be held at the Bexhill Leisure Centre.
Click the 'Locations' tab for full details!
Fancy Dress Classes!
AMAZING effort from all you guys who displayed such fabulous costumes at your 'Superhero' themed classes!
A huge THANKS, also,to all of you who donated a couple of pounds towards our Christmas event!
Check out the images in our MEDIA gallery, and I look forward to our HALLOWEEN themed classes later in the year!
Congratulations to all those students who GRADED over the weekend, 17th 18th Including all our Little Ninjas, Little Samurai and Karate Jutsu students, some who graded for the very 1st time.
Check out all the pictures in our February grading Gallery!
Sensei Jason Tennis
An especial congratulations goes to Jay Tennis who becomes SENSEI Jay following his promotion after all his sterling work at the Folkestone dojo. Jay received his belt from Kigen Richard Canton at the grading ceremony and he will go on to play an integral.part of the club's development.
Iain Abernethy Seminar
World renowned martial artist Iain Abernethy will be returning to the Canton Dojo in APRIL, but spaces are limited and are selling out fast! Dont miss the opportunity to train with this amazing BUNKAI specialist, who will be decoding Kata Bassia Dai. See your Sensesi/instructor in class.
Our PHOTO GALLERY is now updated with the brilliant pics from our EPIC November Anniversary celebrations and grading extravaganza! Check them out!