Get in touch now for more details and special offers for new members!

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Coronavirus Information

Junior Classes Running as normal

At present there are still strict covid restrictions around adult training, but thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel and from Monday 17th May we expect to be able to resume our full adult schedule and welcome new beginner members. If you are interested in getting started, please get in touch as soon as possible and we’ll ensure you’re on the mailing list for the all-important information about new beginners classes.

Rest assured, we are working very closely with our association (The British Martial Arts and Boxing Association) to ensure we comply with all official guidance and requirements, and will be keeping our members informed by email and our private members group on Facebook.


Welcome to the Black Belt Academy

Martial Arts, Self Defence and Personal Development for all ages.

Since we opened in 1995, the Black Belt Academy has been the leading Martial Arts school in Dursley.  Based at Cam Everlands School, we have classes for men, women and children of all ages.

We offer all new students a month’s free members as our VIP guest, absolutely no-obligation, just a perfect way to sample the martial arts and see how you get on.  You’ve got nothing to lose – contact us today to get started!

Whatever your interest, we have a range of programmes to suit all skill-levels, from beginner to expert. Our classes are all taught under the direct supervision of a full-time professional instructor, Master Richard Olpin, who is a 6th Degree Black Belt with over 35 years of active training experience.

Training in the martial arts provides a huge range of benefits to every student, regardless of their age.  Whether you’re looking to begin a journey of traditional martial arts training, or learn some practical self defence? Perhaps you’re looking to improve your fitness and lose a little weight? Our students often report a huge boost to their confidence and motivation. Parents tell us their children have gained significant confidence, they are much more respectful and have made significant improvements at school.

Don’t just take our word for it! Why not take a look at some testimonials from a few of our adult students, or those from some of the parents. These are real people, just like you, and there are many, many more who’ve seen the benefits of martial arts at the Black Belt Academy.

So, why not find out for yourself!

With students from as young as 5 years right up to several past retirement age, you can be assured there are benefits for all who train, and we’d love to share them with you.

At the Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy we’re passionate about what we do, and we believe very strongly in the value of our programmes. So much so, that we’re happy to offer you 30 days free membership of any programme for you to really have the opportunity to experience the martial arts for yourself.  In addition, we’ll provide you with a beginners uniform free of charge, and an initial free private lesson with one of our specialist black belt instructors to help ease you into your first class.

We guarantee you’ll never get the ‘hard sell’ approach from us. We believe that when you experience our programmes for yourself, the benefits will speak for themselves.
Every journey starts with a first step. Are you ready to take yours?

Call us today on 01453 549460 and we can arrange a mutually convenient time for you to visit the school and book your first private lesson. If you’d like some further information first, simply enter your name and email in the box on the left of this page and we’ll get right back to you. We’ll also send you a FREE guide to choosing a martial arts school, and we’ll add you to our mailing list where we share some useful training tips and very special offers.

Do please remember, there is no such thing as a silly question!  If there’s anything we can help you with or any information you need please don’t hesitate to call or send us an email via the contact page and we’ll get back to you right away.

Take that first step and call us today!

We’re looking forward to meeting you very soon.

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Our Classes

Little Ninjas, the martial arts themed junior activity class for children 5 and 6 years old

A fun and high-energy activity class for children 5-6 years

Ilyokwan Little Dragons, junior martial arts, leadership and life skills. Character development for children from 7 to 12 years.

Traditional martial arts and valuable life-skills for children from 7-12 years.
Using a ‘common sense before self-defence’ approach to character development.

The dragon represents the wisest and most powerful creature in oriental mythology. The goal in our adults martial arts at the Ilyokwan Black Belt Academy is to follow that example as people.

Our adults cross-training programme combines traditional martial arts training in Taekwondo (Korean Karate) with a strong principles-based self protection syllabus and inspirational personal development and life skills.

Little Ninjas

Limited Availability!


Junior Martial Arts

Very Limited Availability!

Adult Beginners

Spaces available

“The Academy has a lovely welcoming family-friendly atmosphere”

“Since my son joined the Academy he has more self confidence and is more disciplined with a much more positive attitude”

“Before joining the Academy, Liam was having problems at school with a lack of confidence. He has now overcome this and has a much better outlook on things.
The Academy gives Liam something to focus on, it has been the making of him and we are very grateful to you all.”

“From the day I started training at the Academy I was made to feel welcome . Master Olpin has made me feel really confident in everything I do.  Training at the Academy has changed my life positively in so many ways.”

“It didn’t take long for other people to start to notice an obvious difference in Toms Focus and confidence..”

“A martial arts academy where there’s a place for everyone”

“Master Olpin provides a superb role model for the children.”

“It didn’t take long for other people to start to notice an obvious difference in Toms Focus and confidence..”

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