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Marlow Kempo

Club name: Marlow Kempo

MAR member since 02/01/2006.

Marlow Kempo specialises in the following arts and styles:

Kempo (Aiki Kempo Jiu Jitsu)

Web address:

Club contact details:

Court Garden Leisure Complex
Pound Lane

Contact name: Guy Gratton
Contact email:

Court Garden Leisure Complex (next to Higginson Park - the big park next to the river - in Marlow).  Training times are Sundays from 6:00-7:30;



What is Aiki-Kempo Jiu-Jitsu?

Kempo for short, it is a modern mix of a number of ancient arts.  It contains elements of Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Shiatsu, including self-defence, internal balance and healing skills.  Our style of kempo  is regarded as a “soft” martial art – which means that is doesn’t require lots of physical strength or involve regular abrupt physical movements.

Is this a self defence class?

Yes and no.  What you’ll learn is no substitute for keeping yourself out of harms way but will teach you practical self defence skills.

How fit do I need to be? And will it help make me fit?

Normal everday fitness is enough, and yes, Kempo it will help you improve your personal fitness and health – most people also find that it does a lot to reduce stress and improve their self-awareness.  If you have any ongoing illness or injury, this shouldn’t be a problem, but please tell your instructor at the beginning of your first session.

Who is the instructor?

The instructor (Sensei) is Guy Gratton, who is qualified by the British Kempo Society (BKS) and trained under Sensei Warren Palmer at Monxton Kempo club in Hampshire.

What should I wear?

If you have any kind of martial arts suit or “Gi” that’s great – please wear it, but with a white belt please unless you’ve graded at another BKS club.  For everybody else, a comfortable track suit or similar clothing is fine.  Most ladies prefer for their own comfort to wear a sports bra.

Normal footwear in the training room is bare feet.  If there’s a good reason why you can’t go without footwear, then clean martial arts “mat shoes” or plimsoles are fine – but not shoes that have been worn outdoors.

Finally – ABSOLUTELY NO JEWELLERY.  This is for everybody’s  protection, Kempo involves movement and contact and any jewellery can cause injury, most likely to the wearer.

Does age matter?

Not really, although for safety and insurance reasons the minimum age is 14.

When is it?

Sundays from 6:00-7:30;


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