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.




We teach Box Foot movement Defensive movement Ranging from pad work to…

Terrapins, Tigers, Dragons & Teen Classes

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


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


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

Switched On – Self Defence

Each area of self defence is covered in-depth so that you can…

Private Classes

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



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…



Friday morning spelling test

I loved school, but had some bad experiences in primary school. My worst memory of primary school was waking up on a seat in the yard in the rain after cutting my finger with a balsa knife and passing out! What made matters worse was, the ‘trained’ first aider thought it would be best to put me in a seat in the middle of the yard in the rain to get me to pull around! No wonder I’ve had a problem with needles and passing out ever since. The one that stays with me to this day was the barbaric […]

Youth Conference

Late last year, I was introduced to a lovely lady by the name of Theresa Cave. Sadly, Therea’s son Chris was killed due to knife crime, which prompted her to start a campaign to educate people about the dangers of knives and how we can help the communities of today. She asked me to be part of the First Youth Conference which was held in Redcar; I jumped at the chance to help. The day came and I woke up at 7.15am (damn bladder) sorted out my bag, got petrol and set off for Redcar. It was very windy on […]

Nights on the door

The best mask I have is what I look like , a lot of people can’t guess what I do for a living and are very surprised when I tell them I am a full-time Martial Arts Coach; they are even more surprised that I worked the doors of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay for over 13 years. When I started working the doors I was about 10 ½ stone so everyone wanted to fight me lol I fell into door work by accident because I was training and teaching. I was asked to work in Tynemouth by a fellow martial […]

Saturdays at the AFC…. Organised chaos

The Alarm goes off and little Nev licks my feet just in case I fall back to sleep, I get up put some clothes on and take him for his morning walk full of sniffing things, weeing and a poop bag full of last nights tea, then meet Kerry at the car so she can drive me to work with Nev on my knee. As I get dropped off with Nev wondering where I am going and why he is not allowed to come I go to Gregg’s for a sausage sandwich and a full fat coffee (naughty) and head […]