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Skillz - Dynamic Martial Arts Training

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Build Character & Leadership Qualities

Martial arts classes benefit growing children far beyond the Dojang and in many real life scenarios. Our structured classes are meant to help develop coordination, physical fitness, mental strength, as well as gain valuable social skills. Through positive reinforcement, we can bring out the best in your children to help them succeed in life.

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Maressa Mortimer

Wonderful class, encouraging children to be the best they can be. My kids love it, and have made great progress. Skills they learned are used every day, like balance and focus. Definitely recommend!

Jon RK

My son started Cirencester SKILLZ when he was 5, as well as having a lot of fun he learns key skills from each weekly class. Victoria is an excellent instructor who is very considerate with the children and would recommend this activity for all aspiring ninjas.

Katarzyna Boratyn

Kuba has been going to Cirencester SKILLZ for 3 years, starting at age 4 years. It wasn't easy to find a class suitable for him because he was very shy. To my surprize he adapted very quickly and loved this class. Cirencester SKILLZ have made him much more confident and taught him focus and teamwork but the most important thing is that it is always great fun.

Becky Verinder

My son has been attending Cirencester SKILLZ for nearly 4 years since he was 4. Victoria & team are so passionate and focused with all the children which really shines through. My son is focused & disciplined in class and the difficulty of moves increases with age to ensure the children stay interested.
I can not recommend Cirencester SKILLZ enough they have been & continue to be a fantastic part of my child's development.

Joanne Carrington

Our son Josh was diagnosed with Autism and found it difficult to interact with his peers. After reading about how martial arts can improve a child's confidence, we contacted Cirencester SKILLZ. Mrs Foote was very positive that she could help Josh. He was hooked from his very 1st class back in December 2013 and still looks forward to his weekly class to this day. We have seen massive improvements with confidence, concentration, listening skills and discipline. This has in-turn opened doors into other activities that we never felt possible.
We are truly grateful to the team and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Cirencester SKILLZ to other parents!

Laura Fisher

Harry joined because we wanted him to learn the importance of practice and achievement. He has grown in his confidence and loves his Instructor Mr Foote. The time and patience Mr Foote shows to all the children is amazing, respecting them for who they are, listening to them and valuing what they say. It is a lovely environment for children to explore learning, how to control movement, meet new friends and burn off some energy! The children get a great sense of achievement from knowing they are getting better at balance, coordination, focus, listening and fitness. We would definitely recommend Cirencester SKILLZ as it shows children that being individual is normal and they can improve as much as they want and have fun.

About us

At Cirencester SKILLZ our goal is to provide the most comprehensive, age-specific Martial Arts training available, known as SKILLZ™. The SKILLZ™ Programmes include an International evolution of Martial Arts, fitness and educational training that targets the age-specific needs in children. We've taken the best parts of Martial Arts from a variety of styles and combined them into action-packed curriculums that help children build skills that they can apply into every area of their life. This means children ages 3 and up will have a blast in their Martial Arts classes while learning valuable skills that enable them to be the best they can possibly be.

We also provide cutting-edge adult training programmes, designed to help adults get in better shape while building a solid foundation in skills and abilities associated with Martial Arts. Our highly trained staff are dedicated to provide classes that are results-driven, while at the same time fun!

A few words from Victoria Foote

Victoria Foote

I am Victoria Foote, Owner / Head Instructor here at Cirencester SKILLZ.

As a martial arts Instructor with extensive experience training children, there is nothing better than seeing them grow firsthand. But more important than the martial arts skills they learn... is the personal skills they develop and carry for life. Martial arts is so much more than just kicking and punching and getting the next colourful belt. It's about developing confidence, discipline, character, focus and respect.

With every class we teach, your children are growing in mind, body and character. That's because martial arts provides instant positive feedback. Through learning to focus on the core moves, they develop discipline and respect. They can instantly see and feel a difference, making them destined to build confidence, self-awareness and self-respect. And of course it is lots of FUN!

That is why I love teaching martial arts to children in this community and why I know your children are going to LOVE training. So please have a look at our website to find out exactly how your child can benefit from our fun martial arts classes.



My child still has temper tantrums and I’m worried about how they’ll behave in school. Can studying martial arts help?

Yes, it can. We help children learn the importance of emotional control and respect for others. These are lessons that will help them in the classroom too.

My child gives up easily when frustrated. I want them to learn persistence. Can your classes help?

Yes. It’s common for students to require more than one attempt to earn a new belt. We teach them that trying is the most important thing and that persistence pays off.

My child is disrespectful to me and to other caregivers. How can studying martial arts change that?

Respect is at the core of everything we do in the dojo. Children who study martial arts must respect their instructors and fellow students and we find that they learn to respect parents, teachers, caregivers and siblings at the same time.

My child is out of control physically and can be very destructive. How will studying martial arts help?

Martial arts instruction focuses on hand-eye coordination, control and strength. As children learn basic moves and then advance, they learn how to control their bodies and movements.

Will studying martial arts help my child learn how to interact with others and share?

Yes. Even though studying martial arts is an individual pursuit, we teach children to learn in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation and teamwork.

My child zones out and misses important instructions. Can taking martial arts classes help them do a better job of focusing?

Yes. Part of martial arts training is teaching children to be mindful of themselves and their surroundings. They must focus to succeed in class and once they learn to do it, they’ll be able to do the same thing at school.

Safeguarding in Martial Arts Accreditation
Cirencester SKILLZ is proud to receive the Safeguarding in Martial Arts Accreditation

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