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About MAE

Recently martial arts has become associated with self-defence, fitness, or competition but the traditional martial arts are a slow thorough process, intricately woven into the social and educational fabric of society. Martial arts are still practiced in almost all countries in the far east and its roots are deep in their chivalric history and philosophies.


Good martial arts, well taught will improve physical coordination, mental focus, social growth, emotional health and has a host of other profound benefits.


Our syllabus is unique and designed specifically for children. It is predominantly based on Ju Jitsu (the forerunner of Judo) and Fanchento. For more information please see www.fanchento.co.uk and www.fanchento.com



Head Instructor

instructorEdwin Edelstein  holds a 5th dan in Jujitsu has been teaching and practising martial arts for over 30 years. He has senior teaching certificates in Fanchento, Ju Jitsu and Tai Chi and studied to some depth Karate and Wing Chun.


He began when studying business and law in South Africa and after graduating and working in the legal field for a year chose to follow his passion and teach full time.


teaching children to grapple

In 1996 he began teaching individuals and small groups of children. He selected, developed and refined a range of techniques and exercises that proved enjoyable and very beneficial for younger students.


In 2001 he began teaching extensively in schools. In consultation with child psychologists, occupational therapists and educators, he refined the process of teaching to larger classes.


Edwin currently teaches over 250 children a week and at 6 schools. He is a doctoral candidate researching the benefits of martial arts training for children at Middlesex university UK.


Edwin teaches under the auspices of the International Council of Fanchento Martial Arts (I.C.F.M.A) and under the direction of Marc Kahn.


Edwin is DBS (which has replaced CRB) checked and fully insured.


More information about Edwin Edelstein and the history of MAE is available here



Classes include:

b  movement routines

b  strengthening & coordination exercises & games

b  grappling

b  trips

b  interactive discussions

all specifically adapted for children.




Images of students training. Click here



Benefits of Training in the MAE system

Beyond developing martial art skills, training in the MAE system offers life changing, physical emotional, intellectual and social benefits.



The MAE training process

The MAE program integrates two processes that ensure children develop both the physical skills and the qualities associated with martial artists - tranquillity, leadership, social harmony, fighting spirit (determination and commitment), chivalric conduct.


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M.A.E's Unique Training Concepts

Quote Jigoro KanoWe draw on a hundred year tradition of teaching eastern martial arts to adults and children in the west and in that time our lineage has developed and passed down a series of proven principles.


Principle's specifically relevant to teaching children include:


bEnthusiasm and discipline are integrated

Happy, secure and enthusiastic students learn at an accelerated pace. Click to read more


bTraining is progressive

Every element of a technique or exercise is individually and thoroughly practised before the next aspect is introduced Click to read more


b Training is in accord with developmental urges
Training begins at a young age with the development of the core muscles. Click to read more


bTraining is meaningful & satisfying

Training results in the performance of complex, graceful and meaningful techniques and mastering them is an empowering psycho-somatic experience. Click to read more


bChildren learn faster and deeper through physical experience
If children learn physically about leverage through the application of a technique, then they will have a deeper understanding - "body wisdom"- of leverage. Click to read more


bWorking with another body

Working with a partner has benefits at multiple levels, it physically, it increases sensitivity, motility and strength and at a social level creates a situation where students learn to play, work, communicate and negotiate. Click to read more



MAE & Public Health

NHSb MAE and NHS (Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service) programme to encourage healthy parent child bonding. Click here for more information about the programme.

b We have also been invited to 6 NHS conferences (Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service) to speak about the programme, the principles it is based on, and its implications for life long training. Click here for more information.


b On 14 February 2014 we delivered our first talk. Click here for more information.



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