My 7 year old son wanted to do martial arts so we tried out two local clubs to see what suited him best. Jason's club won hands down. It is well organised, friendly and fun. I especially like the fact that there are a number of assistants which means that the children can be divided into groups based on level instead of everyone having to go through the same techniques. This means that the children are always learning and improving and no-one gets left behind. I will definitely sign my youngest up as soon as he is old enough!
Son Damian, 7 years old
The Kinkan Dojo offers 2 weekly classes in Hornchurch, just outside East London.
The Gymnasium, Campion School
Children: 6.15pm - 7.15pm
Adults: 8.15pm - 9.45pm
As you come through the school gate on Wingletye Lane you will see a building in front of you with a white sign stating "The Campion School". This is the gymnasium that the training takes place in. The entrance is to the left of the building as you look at the sign, just follow the steps down to the path in front of the building. Parking is located by following the road to the front of the school, then walk back on yourself to the steps as described above.
The 193 Hoppa service can be taken from Romford Market Place, Romford Station and Hornchurch Station. Travel on the Hoppa towards County Park Estate, which should be the last stop. Then continue down Wingletye Lane until you get to the school at the very end of Wingletye Lane. The 193 Hoppa bus timetable can be viewed by clicking here.
Go to Hornchurch Station on the District Line and pick up the 193 Hoppa bus as described above. The bus can also be picked up at Romford Station.
Catch the C2C service to Upminster Station, come out of the station and turn left to the bus stop for the 248 service. Catch the 248 to Wingletye Lane, then catch the 193 Hoppa in Wingletye Lane.
The school is a 10 minute drive from the Dartford Tunnel, and a 2 minute drive from Junction 29 of the M25. From J29 follow the A127 towards Romford, and the slip road for Wingletye Lane is 100 yards after the BP garage. As you turn into Wingletye Lane the school entrance is immediately on the right.
Abbs Cross Leisure Centre
Abbs Cross Lane
Essex RM12 4YB
Children: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Adults: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
The Leisure Centre is located on the same grounds as Abbs Cross School. The entrance to the school car park is via a slip road in Abbs Cross Lane, just before you get to the school grounds (there is a children’s nursery building next to the slip road). Once parked in the car park, follow the path that leads around the front of the school to the leisure centre. Ask at reception for Jason’s martial arts class and the staff will point you in the right direction to the class.
The 165 bus service from Romford Station, Romford Market or Abbey Wood in Rainham will stop outside the leisure centre. The 365 bus service from Romford Station, Romford Market or Collier Row will stop outside the leisure centre. Both bus timetables can be found here.
Go to Hornchurch Station on the District Line and turn left out of the station. Take the 2nd turning on the left into Sutton Gardens. At the end of this road turn left into Suttons Avenue. Follow this to the top of the road and then turn left into Abbs Cross Lane. The leisure centre is about 400 yards down on the left.
Go to Elm Park Station on the District Line and turn left out of the station. Walk down the hill and turn right at the mini roundabout into Elm Park Avenue. Follow this to the top of the road, and you will see the leisure centre on the other side of Abbs Cross Lane.