About Us

Established for over 45 years

SAMA was established in 1978 by our chief instructor Hanshi Alan Gibson 9th Dan who has over 60 years martial arts experience. SAMA has become one of the largest professional karate and kickboxing groups in the UK with thousands of students training weekly.

Hanshi and Renshi


We teach Children's karate for 5 year olds and above and kickboxing for 7 year olds and above. With over 50 seperate classes running throughout our areas we have plenty of choice and flexibility for our parents and students to benifit from.

Our Areas

Our areas of Bexhill, Hailsham, Eastbourne, St Leonards, Hastings and Battle were set up and still run by our head instructor Renshi Lee Gibson who has over 40 years martial arts experience. We have now also expanded into our brand new area of Ashford which is being overseen by Renshi's highest graded instructor Yondan Liam O'Hara.

First setting up karate and kickboxing classes in Eastbourne over 25 years ago, Renshi Gibson along with his instructors continue to work extremely hard and are always looking to grow all aspects of SAMA and offer more to our members.

Pictured is Hanshi Alan Gibson, the chief Instructor of SAMA along with his son Renshi Lee Gibson Head of areas. For more info on Hanshi and Renshi Gibson click here

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