View Full Version : Can anyone recommend a good WEEKEND class near Milton Keynes, England?

9/16/2010 10:15am,
Hello Bullshido,

Are there any reputable posters out there who can recommend me a good, practical martial arts class in or around the Milton Keynes / Bucks area (England) that trains on Saturday and/or Sunday?

Midweek classes are sadly out of the question for me; my job requires travel so I'm rarely around Monday to Friday. (That narrows down my options considerably.)

I currently do a Taekwondo class in nearby Northampton on Saturday mornings. It doesn't cost much and it's a lot of fun... but after doing some research on this site, I'm starting to get the picture of just how limited it is as a martial art. I'd love to try something more practical, i.e. with more aliveness and grappling, and without all the "dead" fixed sparring drills or obscure snippets of Korean propaganda ("pattern meanings").

Thanks in advance

9/17/2010 3:16am,

I'm new as well and im only in Luton, I've done quite a bit of homework in the area. You have a decent BJJ school in Milton Keynes with a respected teacher.

What are you looking for? I think a lot of classes are in the evenings though

9/17/2010 6:21am,
There's an MMA training facility called Blood Sweat and Tears MMA in Brackmills industrial estate in Northampton. Google 'BST MMA' to get to their site. I haven't been there myself but they do have some bona fide instructors there and top notch facilities but the price will reflect that.

Alternatively there's a Gracie Barra Academy in Milton Keynes if you want BJJ.

9/18/2010 7:59am,
Superangryfish, did you mean the Ze Marcello school? That's a Monday to Friday one, sadly. (They do mention a Sunday class in Slough, but that's a bit far out for me.)

Nointro, that BST MMA one apparently does boxing on a Saturday, so might give that a shot sooner or later.

Thanks for the suggestions, folks, much appreciated

9/19/2010 11:41am,
Its a shame you can't make week day evenings because there are good Judo clubs in Northampton and Bedford.


Their head coach is 6th dan and an animal when it comes to newaza despite being in his late 50s/60s.

Bedford has another good Judo club run by a 5th dan who again is a newaza expert especially shimewaza.

Unfortunately neither of them have weekend classes, but if your schedule changes they're both great places to learn Judo.

The British Judo Association has a list of clubs by region on their website - http://www.britishjudo.org.uk/thesport/findclub.php

If you find one near you and want some more info about it post the name or website here and if I can I'll try and let you know more about it.