Here are Long's Blackbelt Schools we would like you to "try before you buy". Come down, train, enjoy and get fit. All we ask is you contact us and let us know as we can book you in to an appropriate lesson. To find out more, visit our free trial page
Craig and Mark Long started their martial arts training in York in 1995. They feel extremely honoured and lucky for being tought under the expert guidance of Paul Lynch. Paul inspired and taught them not only to be the martial artists but also the people they turned out to be. Both brothers got hooked on martial arts very quickly and were eager to start competing as soon as possible.
Craig and Mark were soon competing and winning many local area and national titles. They were both selected to represent England & Great Britain kickboxing teams and have travelled around Europe competing in many prestigious events that have earned them a very respectable reputation in the martial arts community.
Craig originally founded his martial arts academy back in 2003 and has produced many world class martial artists, British, European & World Champions. Craig has lots of passion and with his unique motivational teaching style brings the best out in all of his students.
Although Mark has stayed active and carried on winning many titles, he recently became a partner with Craig and added extreme value with his knowledge and passion. With the addition of Mark, Long's Black Belt Schools was then born!
The club then quickly expanded their schools into Wetherby run by Chantal Pratt and Rob Wilkinson Lewin, and then into Copmanthorpe, Haxby and Selby run by Nicole Pratt and Ryan Garbutt.
The aim of the club is to offer valuable life skills through martial arts tuition and to produce many more champions, not only in competition but champions in life!
If your looking to get yourself in the best shape possible, meet new friends or become the next champion, we urge you to come and join our ever growing family.
Simply enter your details in the "register for a free trial" and we will do the rest. Once you have filled in the form, one of our experienced instructors will call you back to discuss your free trial and arrange a time and place for your first lesson. So why not sign up and give yourself the feeling of ultimate fulfillment which our martial arts training can give you.
We will look forward to seeing you in class soon.
The combination of learning new skills; techniques to protect yourself and your loved ones; meeting new people and being positively motivated all increases your confidence tremendously.
A study done by the Harvard Medical School found that people who participated in cardio-kickboxing were able to burn upto 888 calories every hour.
Kickboxing improves self-esteem because it allows you feel good about yourself in many areas. You are able to improve your body while learning self-defence moves at the same time.