Simkin Martial Arts Academy has been teaching martial arts for over 20 years and was previously known as Walsall Shikon Karate Club.
We pride ourselves in producing top quality martial artists, many of which have been rewarded with medals and trophies all over the world. At SMAA our Martial Arts Professor and Instructors are constantly evolving and training with world renowned Martial Artist Braulio Estima to ensure we continue to cascade the best instruction.
Our academy offers a full range of disciplines and fitness classes. We also cater for Personal Goal Programs which are designed to cater for individuals requirements. Our aim for all our students is to install within both children and adults; confidence, respect, discipline and excellent character values.
Our classes are - Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No Gi and Mixed Martial Arts. We also teach a varied range of students; men and women of all ages and abilities. Our classes are for everyone and anyone age 4 upwards.
Also available to everyone are our range of fitness classes such as Strength and Conditioning and Zumba sessions. All classes and instruction are held at our fully equipped Martial Arts Academy based in the heart of Walsall Town Centre. We have a fully matted training area approximately 8m x 12m with top of the range equipment for everyone to use. We also have a warm and friendly reception area for students and parents to relax whilst waiting for classes.
We are open 7 days a week, please feel free to drop into the academy to check out our classes and look at our facilities. Or call us on 01922 623974 for more information and to book your FREE trial.
Hi everyone, my name is Neil Simkin and I have been training for approximately 35 years. My training started at the young age of 4 where I attended a local karate club called Walsall Shikon where I was taught by my sensei and now very good friend Ian Philpott.
At the age of 15 I was successfully selected to join the England Karate Squad and started training with Ticky Donavan on a weekly basis at Epping Leisure Centre. After 12 months of hard training and dedication I competed in the EKGB British Championships where I won my first major competition.
I captained the national karate squad for 13 years and at the age of 22, having a successful career in the junior squad, I became the first person to hold the British, English & European Title at the same time.
In May 2000, I finally decided to retire from competing in karate, however, not before traveling to Italy to the World Championships. My aim was to go out with a bang and that I did, I came home Triple World Medallist.
As well as training on a weekly basis with the England squad and competing all over the world, in 1995 I opened my own karate club and called it Birmingham Shikon Martial Arts Academy. I worked really hard over the next couple of years and built the club up to its maximum. Then early 1997, following my sensei's retirement, I took over as head instructor of Walsall Shikon, the club where I started my career and ran the 2 clubs side by side under the instruction and guidance of Steve Rowe 8th Dan and Chief Instructor of Shikon Martial Arts, based in Chatham, Kent.
Following my retirement, I decided I needed a new challenge. It was at this point I went to Scotland for the weekend and trained with Rick Young who gave me an insight to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I instantly got hooked and wanted to learn more. Rick introduced me to black belt Braulio Estima who was based in Birmingham and i can honestly say, I have never looked back since. I have been training under Braulio for the last 11 years and was awarded my black belt from the very man himself in December 2011. Over the last 11 years I have also competed all over the world in BJJ and medalled in every major competition. During this time it has also enabled me to train alongside some of the best athletes in the sport.
Back in December 2000, I had to make a few major decisions in my life regarding my training as I had achieved a life long dream of becoming a Firefighter. This was an all time low in my career as I was forced to close one of my karate clubs, Birmingham Shikon, as teaching 4 nights a week didn't fit in with my new shifts as a Firefighter. However, I managed to keep my Walsall club going throughout with the help of my junior instructors.
After 15 years of renting school halls and leisure centres, I decided it was time to move forward and look for a full time academy. Both my wife and I viewed many different sites, shops, units etc.. before coming across our current location, 1st Floor, Lichfield Street, Walsall. I was so excited, in March 2008, i finally got the keys to my very own dojo, however, we had a long way to go as the place needed a lot of work before we could open the doors to the public. On 13th May 2008 we finally opened the doors to our full time academy and renamed it Simkin Martial Arts Academy.
4 years on and we have now got an established academy with champions in all disciplines we teach. Our aim is not only to produce champions, but is to improve lifestyles through martial arts to make them better people.