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 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.
Richard is a Sports Council recognised Qualified National Governing Body Level 2 COACH, certified by the BCCMA, (British Council for Chinese Martial Arts).
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’.