Life Skills Through

Karate & Kickboxing

At Kicx in Churchdown, Gloucester, we run a Character Development programme For Children

"Leadership is communicating the worth and potential of people so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves"

Martial Arts School for Personal Growth, Self Mastery & FUN!

Kicx in Gloucester stands out as more than just your typical Martial Arts Academy. We prioritise character development, using martial arts as a platform to instill essential life skills. What sets us apart?

We're the exclusive license holder for Martial Arts Leader In Me programme. Stephen Thompson brings over 30 years of experience teaching Karate and Kickboxing to both kids and adults.

As a 10 time World Champion in Karate, he's competed globally for a decade. For the past two decades though, Stephen has been instrumental in guiding countless parents in Gloucester and Cheltenham, fostering leadership qualities in children from within. Our adults also reap the benefits of Martial Arts, enjoying the fun and excitement of the sport while enhancing fitness levels and acquiring potentially life-saving skills.

30 Days FREE

Experience the thrill for yourself! Dive into our website to uncover details on pricing, class schedules, and our comprehensive offerings. You can unlock our exclusive VIP special offer, granting you 30 days of complimentary access to Kicx. Explore tailored information for your age group on here, and seize the opportunity to secure your VIP membership. Don't just take our word for it—discover the excitement firsthand at Kicx!

Karate Kids

Focus, attitude, belief are all skills that are taught in the class through the Leader In Me life skills programme

Empowering Tomorrows Leaders With The Help Of The Leader In Me Programme

At Kicx, we're passionate about shaping not just skilled martial artists but well-rounded individuals poised for success. That's why we've incorporated "The Leader in Me" programme into our curriculum – a transformative approach that works wonders for children as young as 3 years old!

🧠 Fostering Essential Life Skills

"The Leader in Me" isn't just a programme; it's a journey towards personal and leadership development. By instilling the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, children not only learn martial arts skills but also crucial life skills that will serve them in school, relationships, and beyond.

🚀 Building Confidence and Character

We've witnessed firsthand how this programme boosts confidence and shapes character. As children learn to set goals, prioritise, and synergise, they become more resilient and adaptable – qualities that are essential in martial arts and in life.

💡 A Foundation for Success

By using "The Leader in Me" as a foundation for our martial arts training, we're providing children with a holistic approach to growth. They not only master kicks and punches but also gain a deep understanding of responsibility, teamwork, and effective communication.

🌈 Fun Learning Environment:

Learning doesn't have to be tedious. Our classes are designed to be engaging, interactive, and, most importantly, fun! We believe that when children enjoy the learning process, they're more likely to absorb and apply these valuable life lessons.

🥋 Martial Arts as a Catalyst:

Martial arts serves as the perfect vehicle for instilling the principles of "The Leader in Me." It's not just about physical prowess; it's about honing mental resilience, discipline, and a sense of responsibility – all core aspects of the programme.

Join us at Kicx as we embark on a journey of empowerment, where martial arts and leadership skills seamlessly intertwine. Get more info for your child today and witness the transformative impact of "The Leader in Me."

"We don't just talk about building confidence; we're pioneering the way with a groundbreaking programme unique to our martial arts school. Through The Leader In Me programme, we're dedicated to nurturing greatness in your child like no other martial arts school in the UK."

Ladies Only, Adult and Family Classes

At Kicx, our mission is to not only refine your martial arts prowess but also equip adults with the tools for personal and professional triumphs. That's why we've seamlessly integrated "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Signature Edition 4.0" programme into our training—a groundbreaking curriculum tailored to empower adults on their journey to holistic growth and success, all while learning self defence. Below is a video of the founder of the programme, Stephen Covey talking about the Habit 7, sharpening the saw. Before you watch it though, have a read about...

🧠 Igniting Personal Development:

The 7 Habits isn't just a course; it's a transformative journey towards personal growth and leadership mastery. By embracing these timeless principles, adults enhance their martial arts skills while cultivating essential life skills vital for navigating their careers, relationships, and overall fulfillment.

🥋 Empowerment Through Martial Arts:

Martial arts serves as the perfect platform for embodying the principles of The 7 Habits It's not just about physical prowess; it's about fostering mental resilience, discipline, and a profound sense of personal responsibility—core tenets of the programme. Earning a Black Belt in the martial is more than just taking a test, it is about becoming a black belt, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

🚀 Nurturing Confidence and Character:

We've witnessed firsthand how this programme nurtures confidence and shapes character. As adults prioritise self-care, set meaningful goals, and cultivate balance, they develop resilience and adaptability—essential traits for excelling in martial arts and beyond.

💡 Building Blocks for Achievement:

By integrating The 7 Habits into our martial arts curriculum, we're laying a solid foundation for adult learners. They don't just master combat techniques; they also gain profound insights into accountability, collaboration, and effective leadership.

🌈 Dynamic Learning Environment:

Learning should be dynamic and enjoyable. That's why our classes are designed to be interactive, stimulating, and, above all, enjoyable! We believe that when adults relish the learning process, they absorb and apply life's invaluable lessons more effectively.

🌈 Daily Private Victory (Habit 7 Sharpen the saw)

The "Daily Private Victory" refers to the daily practice of proactive habits that lead to personal growth and effectiveness. It involves committing to habits and behaviors that align with the first three habits:

1. Be Proactive: Taking responsibility for one's own actions and choices, rather than being reactive to external circumstances.

2. Begin with the End in Mind: Setting clear goals and priorities based on personal values and long-term vision.

3. Put First Things First: Focusing on important, non-urgent tasks and activities that contribute to long-term goals, rather than getting bogged down by urgent but less important tasks.

The concept of the Daily Private Victory emphasises the importance of consistently practicing these habits on a daily basis to achieve personal effectiveness and fulfillment. It involves self-discipline, self-awareness, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

By mastering the Daily Private Victory, individuals lay the foundation for success in both their personal and professional lives. (watch the video below)

Join us at Kicx as we embark on an empowering journey, where martial arts and leadership skills intersect seamlessly.

Explore our programmes today and experience firsthand the transformative power of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Signature Edition 4.0."

All Taught is a SUPER CENTRE in Churchdown Gloucester

Our Studio is set in a 3 Acre plot. We have ample FREE parking and are on the local bus route.

  • Fully Matted with Super Mat, the BEST mats money can buy

  • Parent viewing area is fully seated so you can stay and watch the class in comfort

  • Motivational posters all around the studio to help students with important life skills

  • A smart board to help everyone engage with our incredible App

  • Training equipment to help the students have fun and learn

Pictures from our Studio

Head Teacher

I am Stephen Thompson and have been in the martial arts since 1979, a former 10x World Karate Champion and 7th Degree Black Belt

I am a qualified teacher in the The Leader In Me, and help other schools that want to improve the life skills they teach in there schools.

I run a school that specialises in helping children become the best versions of themselves through Fun, Play, Martial Arts and the 7 Habits!

Have a FREE trial with us, we may have space in your age group!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The investment in your training is approximately £8 per class, though it ultimately depends on how frequently you train. To make payment convenient, we offer various options such as monthly or termly plans. You can decide on the best payment method for you after experiencing our free class

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How often do I have to train?

In today's busy world, we understand that everyone's schedule is different. Whether you choose to train once a week or three times, it's entirely up to you. With our app, all the moves are readily available, allowing you to practice at home whenever you like. It's your training journey—tailored to fit your lifestyle."

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I am no good at sports normally, can i do this?

Absolutely! The most important thing is taking that first step, regardless of where you begin. Even Master Thompson, who started at age 10, faced challenges along his journey to achieving a Black Belt, including failing two gradings. Yet, he persevered and went on to win multiple gold medals. So, rest assured, you're on the path to greatness—don't let anything hold you back!"

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My child has ADHD, Is martial arts ok?

One of the core paradigms prominently displayed on our school's walls is the Paradigm of Leadership, which asserts: EVERYONE CAN BE A LEADER. We embrace an inside-out approach, beginning with nurturing leadership qualities within each individual. By guiding children from dependence to independence within themselves, we believe in bringing out the leader in everyone!

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Will doing martial arts turn my child into a bully?

Opposite! Children can kick and punch anyway. How we help your child is by not just showing them how to do the moves, but how to control themselves with it. So if you have a child that kicks everything, this will calm them down

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Can I watch my child training?

Absolutely! Our academy offers ample seating for parents to observe classes. It's fantastic having parents watch as they can see firsthand all the moves their children are learning. Plus, with our comprehensive app containing detailed tutorials of all techniques, parents can gain a deeper understanding and better support their child's progress

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What do I bring to my first class?

Training is conducted barefoot, so no need to worry about footwear. Dress comfortably in loose clothing that allows for easy movement. Staying hydrated is essential, so be sure to bring water with you. We encourage water in a bottle or sports bottle—no fizzy drinks, please

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What styles of martial arts do you teach?

At the outset, everyone begins with Kickboxing and Krav Maga. While elements of Karate are introduced right away, students aren't required to learn Japanese terminology until they reach higher grades. Our focus is on mastering core moves—keeping the emphasis on excellence in training!"

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Testimonials From Our Families


Kicx is a friendly and welcoming school with a focus on personal development as well as Martial Arts training. Both myself and my son have been training with Master Thompson for many years and can not recommend the school and instructor enough! The Kicx team are absolutely amazing and have become our Martial Arts family.


Absolutely fantastic place. My children are in the 4-5 year old class, they are always excited and look forward to going to Kicx Martial Arts every week. Master T is an excellent teacher. He and the team are professional, encouraging and awesome with the children. Would highly recommend.


Master Thompson is 'fair, funny and fun', my children say.

They love attending his classes, which are well structured, a good pace and range of activities. I love that he also teaches the 7 habits of happy kids alongside the physical activities, which creates a very rounded environment for them.


Kicx Studio, The Barn, Parton Court, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JG

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