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

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 […]

Full range of motion

When do we lose our full range of motion? Watch a baby/toddler move, see how natural their movements are, they crawl, turnover, squat and are generally bendy little things. I love studying how they move, balance, and strengthen themselves via movement. As a child we take movement for granted when we run around skip and climb on things, we don’t notice that we start stiffing up and become less agile, we lose our range of motion. As an example, I can go through a stretch routine with my kickboxing class and I can hear them stretch, with lots of grunts, […]

Full time pad man

“My shoulder hurts, they hit hard, my fingers hurt, they hit me” all these statements and many more is what I hear as I walk around teaching martial arts. Pad work is a skill that a lot of people overlook they think of it as being put in goal when you were a kid when the two pots and in rule was applied. Meaning when you scored two goals you went into goal until someone scored two goals past you; funny how bad you get as a goal keeper when it is your turn in the nets. Then you are […]

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