It all starts with a dream: a dream to create a single centre, a single dojo, that is home to a variety of excellent traditional martial arts clubs, all working together to create a centre of excellence, a centre of health and wellbeing and budo spirit. Ichiban Leeds is now home to karate, aikido, judo, kendo and muay thai clubs that share a vision. Ego’s are left at the door to make space for excellent teaching, training and performance. MARTIAL ARTS AVAILABLE Ichiban Dojo has worked hard to find and bring together the best martial arts clubs and instructors to form a unified and collaborative traditional martial arts dojo in Leeds. Whilst each martial arts club at Ichiban is run independently, students are encouraged to train across the various different martial arts offered, to learn, improve and grow. Each club recognises the limits of its art, and the benefits of cross training.


Aikido is a Japanese form of self-defence and martial art that uses locks, holds, throws, and the opponent’s own movements.


 Karate may be defined as a weaponless means of self defense. It consists of dynamic offensive and defensive techniques using all parts of the body to their maximum advantage.


Judo is a system of self defense, a physical and mental discipline, and an Olympic Sport. Judo was founded in 1882, in Japan, by Professor Jigoro Kano, who envisioned it as a way of becoming physically and mentally fit through disciplined training.

Our junior judo classes offer students between the ages of 5 -15 years the opportunity to learn and improve their judo.  Judo is excellent for improving concentration, confidence and self confidence. Our adult judo classes provide the perfect space for adults to train and work together. Our adult sessions are open to all experience levels.


Often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai utilizes a beautiful symphony of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows with fluidity and grace. Muay Thai is now one of the most well-known and practiced martial arts in the world.