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We're Moving! Sort of. Opportunity has knocked and we will be moving into a new space in the same building which will give us more versatility in our program delivery. New pictures will be up soon

It can be incredibly hard to find the drive to stay active when everything is shut down and you are being told to stay home if you don't have to go out. For those who do not already have the habit of good routines, try finding a group (there are many online options now) to exercise with, but be ...

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Kyu (coloured)Belt Exams are a little different having to hold them over a period of two Sundays individually or in Family groups. Kudos to the students for their perseverance in maintianing their studies through out the Quarantine. Last two groups this Sunday 13 Dec and then we will get our re...

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As the weather turns us indoors, it is more important than ever during this pandemic to be getting regular exercise. It is proven that regular exercise improves both Physical and Mental Health. Recent studies indicate less severe symptoms of cold and flu (and covid 19) as regular exercise boosts...

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Not sure you want to attend in person classes yet? You can zoom into classes with us now, and we are working to create a more functional digital learning experience.

In following guidelines and recommendations from Health Authorities from the World Health Organization down through all levels of Government to Hamilton Public Health, we have established a plan for our unique space and programming.
So what steps are we taking to ensure the safety of our students...

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a month ago
I've been going to Advance Combative Theories for a few months now and have really enjoyed it. I've never learned self-defence before, but Mike Beardwood, the instructor does a great job teaching and working through scenarios. The price point is very competitive and very valuable for the level of individual attention I have received in class. Definitely recommended for somebody looking to learn self-defence.
- Kristian J
2 months ago
Shihan Beardwood makes learning karate accessible for all ages and abilities. The entire community at the Dojo is welcoming and super supportive helping each other learn and grow.
a year ago
I've trained in goju-ryu karate and other styles in various schools previously, and after relocating to Hamilton, I was so lucky to have found Shihan Beardwood and Sensei Paul. They are both very knowledgeable and are excellent instructors. I've found it to be an open, friendly, learning environment to learn traditional karate with practical applications.
- Joy L
Welcome to Advance Combative Theories!
We are a school of martial arts providing instruction in self defense, combative theories, traditional and sport karate. 
Our approach is straight forward: We provide authentic, high quality martial arts training which is effective, safe, and affordable. With programs suitable for any age or ability, from kinder to seniors, our pledge is to help you achieve your goals, in a positive, inclusive environment.
How can you have confidence that what you will learn is authentic and world class? 
Our instructors pursue excellence and are accredited under multiple organizations. This includes Karate Canada; the international organization of Seiwa Kai and the Japan Karate Federation (JKF) Goju Kai. Our goal for both students and instructors is to continuously improve in order to give all students under our care access to the best. This means you can have confidence in the quality of our teaching, and have opportunities for advanced training with internationally recognized experts. 
Honbu Dojo (headquarters)  
Advance Combative Theories is the Honbu dojo for Shuseikan Canada which is a member association of Seiwa Kai International which in turn is part of the Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai. As such Shihan Beardwood travels to member dojos to instruct and member dojos likewise come to Hamilton for enhanced training. 
Rewarding activity. 
We all need to have fun and social connections in our lives. This is what can make life have depth and meaning. Karate can be practiced solo, but we are also a community at many levels. We make friends in the dojo at each practice and we have friends around the world because connections made in the practice of our sport. We hope you will join us!
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627 Main Street East Suite 200
Hamilton, ON L8M 1J5

Business Hours

Mon:5:30 – 10:00 PM
Tue:5:30 – 10:00 PM
Wed:5:30 – 10:00 PM
Thu:5:30 – 10:00 PM
Sat:8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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