About Optimal Martial Arts

Optimal Martial Arts & Self Defence was established in May 2000, and has been teaching martial arts in Wakefield ever since. The main martial arts style we teach is traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu, but many of our instructors hold black belts in other styles and are always happy to offer something extra to our students.

We hold regular gradings to give our students the opportunity to achieve their next belts. Our gradings are usually held every 4 months, so with regular training a student should be able to grade 3 times per year.

Our grading system is as follow -
8th Kyu = Red Belt
7th Kyu = Yellow Belt
6th Kyu = Orange Belt
5th Kyu = Blue Belt
4th Kyu = Blue Belt
3rd Kyu = Purple Belt
2nd Kyu = Brown Belt
1st Kyu = Brown Belt Gold Tag
1st Dan = Black Belt

In addition to regular gradings our students also regularly get the opportunity to compete in tournaments to test their skills against students from other clubs.

Through membership of our local martial arts association (WYSOK) our students have easy access to a variety of events and seminars and also have the option to train and grade in several different styles.

Inside The Dojo


Our Dojo is a recently renovated and fully equipped martial arts studio, with a 96 square metre matted training area.

All our classes are run in a friendly, supporting environment and you can rest assured that all instructors are fully qualified, insured, DBS cleared and first aid trained.

We have no direct debits, contracts or joining fees we simply charge £5 per session you attend, and your first session is FREE.

Come along and take the first step today, we are sure you wont regret it.

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