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Brit Spirit Martial Arts!

About Us

Brit Spirit is a martial arts club with a difference. We firmly believe that Martial Arts should be accessible for everyone. Young or old, we welcome absolute beginners and advanced students of all ages and abilities. While we have trained some very successful champion athletes, we don't believe Martial Arts should be limited to the young and super fit. We make our classes accessible for all, including members with special needs who we always try to accommodate in our mainstream classes.

 Drawing on more than a thirty years experience in teaching martial arts, we provide professional, reliable tuition in a fun and friendly environment. We guarantee certified experienced instructors all of whom have undertaken specialist instructors courses, are CRB checked and have full professional insurance cover. . 

Our credentials are second-to-none, with verifiable lineage and affiliations to world class organisations and world champion athletes, all brought to you at a local club level. 


A Brief History

We started life as Tavistock Martial Arts, teaching Taekwon-do and Little Dragons classes in Tavistock, Devon. Kickboxing classes were soon added and our club grew in size and popularity as we earned a reputation for thorough, high quality teaching. Our students regularly attained credits, merits and distinctions in their gradings and consistently brought home the medals in local, regional and national competitions. 

In 2012, with plans to open new clubs in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, and following the success of the 2012 Olympics, we changed our name to Brit Spirit Martial Arts (www.britspirit.co.uk). 

By 2015 we had already guided six students to the level of first degree black belt, we had produced gold medal competition winners at both local and National level and had helped train three world champions!

2015 also saw Brit Spirit's Chief Instructor, Peter Smith, inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame for his dedication within the martial arts.

We were honoured once again in 2017 when we received an Industry Award from the UK Martial Arts Show, the nation's foremost Martial Arts Expo.



We run regular Taekwon-do, Kickboxing and Little Dragon classes in West Devon and East Cornwall, around Plymouth, Tavistock and Callington. Self-defence courses are run periodically, on demand, in various locations. We also teach in educational establishments and youth organisations, having provided instructors for Callington Community College, Plymouth University, Plymouth College of Art and Callington Youth Project, to name but a few.

We have family friendly, mixed classes that allow Mum, Dad and children to all train together in a fun and welcoming environment. Our instructors are highly qualified, accredited individuals with many years' experience in teaching mixed classes which often include young children and disability groups. Whatever your aims, needs or requirements, your instructor will be able to work with you to help you learn and progress towards your goals.

Our membership fees are considerably less than most other associations and can be tailored to suit your individual needs, whether you wish to train once a week in a single discipline or cross-train and attend any or all of our classes at any of our venues. Our family rates make Brit Spirit Martial Arts affordable for the whole family! There are no expensive contracts involved in becoming a Brit Spirit student.

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Good luck with the school. I am sure it will do fantastically because it has a great instructor and person. You can't do any better with the instruction the students will be getting. Keep up the great work and keep that leg up, my friend. 

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace" -- Sensei Bill Wallace, X Degree, undefeated, undisputed World Kickboxing Champion

"Brit Spirit TKD, run by III Degree Black Belt Peter Smith, is the club you would love to belong to. You will find there a professional guide how to become a real Martial Artist as well as great fun for the whole family. Bosabum Nim Smith provides help to achieve any goal. Whether it is just getting fit or becoming a British Champion he'll make sure you'll achieve it (with your own determination of course)!." -- Joanna Szczutkowska, III Degree, former ITF Taekwon-Do World Champion