Martial Arts Franchise Opportunities in the UK

01/03/2019 13:00 | Focus on business sectors

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Martial arts are a form of physical activity that is popular among both adults and children. There are many different types, but in general, they aim to give those who practise martial arts the ability to physically defend themselves, promoting living in harmony. As well as improving physical fitness, martial arts have also been found to boost emotional wellbeing and to lower physical aggression in children and adolescents.

The variations of martial arts include Karate (empty hand); Muay Thai (Thai boxing or kick-boxing); Tae Kwon Do (foot hand way); Wing Chun (forever spring); Silat (to fend off); Aikido (the way of harmonious spirit); Judo (gentle, soft way); Yaw-yan (dance of death); Jeet Kune Do (way of the intercepting fist); and Jiu-jitsu (the soft, pliable method).

Martial arts bring different benefits to different people; for example, a young woman might attend a martial arts class in order to gain the skills needed to defend herself if attacked, while many parents enrol their young children onto martial arts courses to instil values of amity and reconciliation in them.

No matter the varying reasons behind attendance at martial arts classes, they are hugely popular in the UK, with more than 100,000 people practising martial arts on a monthly basis. However, martial arts are most popular among young children, and last year almost ten percent of children between the ages of five and ten participated in martial arts activities every month.

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Martial Arts Franchise Opportunities

Many franchises have taken advantage of the popularity of martial arts in the UK, providing classes for all age groups to learn the ancient art. If youre interested in starting your own franchise, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Lets take a look at some of the options.

Matt Fiddes

Matt Fiddes runs his own global fitness empire, which consists of more than 700 schools stretching across the world. This is a multi-million-pound martial arts franchise and claims to be the biggest martial arts brand in the world. Matt Fiddes doesnt just offer martial arts tuition his programme also covers dance, pilates and performing arts.

Matt Fiddes offers a variety of classes for different demographics, including Mighty Matts, which fosters respect and confidence in young children, teaching them basic self-defence skills; a junior programme for children aged 7-11, teaching physical fitness and confidence, and potentially improving academic performance; family classes, which work on confidence, self-defence and weight control; and Ladies Only Kickboxing, which helps women improve their fitness, confidence and personal safety.

Those interested in joining Matt Fiddes in his success should get in touch via his website.

Kung Fu Schools

Founded in 2006, Kung Fu Schools has centres around London and in eastern England, in Crawley, Croydon, Sutton, Peterborough and Hastings. Despite having fewer franchises than Mat Fiddes, this martial arts brand is committed to offering the best quality martial arts and self-defence training in the business. As a result of its dedication, Kung Fu Schools is the only martial arts organisation outside of China to be labelled as a Confucius Classroom by the Confucius Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This demonstrates that Kung Fu Schools is closely tied to Chinese culture and tradition in its teaching of activities relating to health and wellbeing, providing an authentic experience to class attendees. In this vein, the business also offers Mandarin classes for children.

Opening a Kung Fu Schools franchise can be extremely profitable, and franchisees can also control their franchise location, working hours and salary. After investing in the business, franchisees can expect to receive an operations manual, equipment, training in Kung Fu, and support with the running of the business, including accounting, staff recruitment and marketing. Franchisees will be kept in-the-know by regular site visits, webcasts and group meetings.

There is also the opportunity to make additional earnings by offering private tuition, hosting parties and selling merchandise. Franchisees need not have experience in martial arts, but should be confident, self-motivated and reasonably fit.

Premier Martial Arts Franchise

This is a successful martial arts franchise based in the US. It was launched in 2004 in Tennessee by Barry Van Over and now has nearly 100 sites across the US. Providing classes for children aged four all the way up to senior citizens, Premier Martial Arts focuses on self-defence, fitness and life-lessons. The franchise is proud to offer a different environment to what might be expected from the average martial arts school, locating its classes in easy-to-find, clean, bright and beautiful spaces that smell like fresh linen.

Franchisees will work under the business leaders, Barry Van Over and Myles Baker, and benefit from their wealth of experience helping over 100 martial arts schools see success, accumulated over two decades. The Premier Martial Arts business model works to maximise its revenue potential, so franchisees can expect a good return on investments.

A site of just 1,20-1,600 square feet will need to be sourced, before a franchise fee of $35,000 (£26,295) and a total investment of $125,548$201,448 (£94,315£151,335). Investors will also need to have a net worth of at least $330,000 (£247,905).

Other opportunities at Point Franchise

While Point Franchise doesnt currently work with any franchises that work specifically with martial arts, there are a number of fitness franchises in the franchise directory that could offer investors an attractive business opportunity.

One such business is Tatty Bumpkin, which runs yoga classes for children up to seven. Using movement, music, storytelling and breathing and relaxation techniques, this franchise teaches yoga and creativity skills which will stay with the children for life. Classes are run in nurseries, schools and can even take the form of childrens parties.

Tatty Bumpkin benefits from over 14 years of experience in the business. New franchisees have the opportunity to earn around £60 per class and hiring teachers to run classes within the franchise branch will further cause the earning potential to grow. However the franchisee decides to run their business, a minimum investment of £10,000 will be required to get the process started.

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