Welcome

The AFC is a family run gym with my wife Kerry & daughter Molly taking care of reception and my daughter Erin and myself teaching along with long standing black belts. The AFC was established in 1994 and we've been at our present gym since 2000. We pride ourselves in having a gym that feels like home and has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere but we train hard and have fun along the way.

EVERYTHING STARTS AND ENDS IN RESPECT

Classes

Boxing

    AFC Boxing is run by coach Lee Mair He has…

Terrapins, Tigers, Dragons & Teen Classes

  The Terrapins (4-6 years old) Tigers (6-8 years old)  Dragons (8-12)…

Ninjutsu

Ninjutsu is taught today as part of Budo Taijutsu, it is a…

Kickboxing

We teach kickboxing skills covering punches, kicks, blocks, slips, bob, weaves and…

Submission Wrestling

Each area is covered in-depth so that you can build up a…

Private Classes

Private tuition can be taught on any of the arts available in…

About

History

My name is John Atkin I live In Newcastle (England) with My…

John Atkin

Name: John Atkin D.O.B. 31/01/70 Training since: 1983 Status: Owner/Instructor Grades: Chief…

Bookable Courses

Switched On Self-Protection At the AFC we teach self-protection for all walks…

Blog

Shaping The Next Generation

I have taught children’s classes for the last 32 years and they are still some of the best classes to teach in my week, don’t get me wrong they are always challenging but are so rewarding. We take children from the age of 4 and teach them small bite size pieces of martial arts in a half hour class, so that they can take it in easier and retain it so they can show us at grading times. This 4-6 years of age class are called the Terrapins (or tiny terra’s if you forgive the play on words). I love […]

Sands of time

Some time ago Kerry and I went on a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to see John Edward (a spiritual medium) who we have watched for years, read all his books and were so excited to be seeing him in person. He was amazing, inspiring, but he was not the only thing that inspired us on the trip. We were walking around this lovely city of Edinburgh, when we came across Jenner’s, an amazing shop, which had been there for over 170 years. It was a very expensive shop with a lot of high-end items but as we walked around comparing […]

Can money buy you respect?

You must have heard this quietly under someone’s breathe “he’s loaded!” Is this remark supposed to impress me or make me act in a certain way? Respect to me has nothing to do with money, but so many of things in life seem to cater for money or money is used to gain respect from others. People seem to change their attitude towards others when they think they have money or don’t have it. This has been irritating me for a while know and I want to get it off my chest. I have watched people completely change the way […]

Bullies have not changed

We have always taught our girls and all of the children at the AFC to not tolerate bullies, what are the signs to look out for when you think you are being bullied. So, we were very surprised when Erin came in complaining about girls in her year, this is a group of so-called IT girls that think they have some sort of rule over the other kids in the year. When you drift your mind back to your school days, you all knew who the girls were, and even now you will still put them in that category, times […]

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