About The Martial Arts Place

The Martial Arts Place teaches a form of kickboxing called Mo-Gei-Do (meaning ‘The Way of No Boundaries’). This martial arts system has evolved from a combination of European and Eastern martial arts including kickboxing, karate and boxing. 

You won’t find any intimidating gym machines to navigate; no big egos or attitudes to contend with. Just well-structured kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes from expert professionals who make sure that the emphasis is placed on learning while having fun.

Led by co-founders Russell Cronk and William Lai, the team of instructors at The Martial Arts Place have all have been professionally involved with martial arts for over 25 years, competing at national and international level. The team includes many British Champions as well as European and World Championship medalists. All of our kickboxing instructors have been police vetted, hold full professional training qualifications, are fully insured and also qualified first aiders.

Whether you’re completely new to martial arts and kickboxing, a black belt, or simply looking to brush up on your skills, you’ll be inspired to reach your goals in a safe, friendly environment. For anyone 3 to 63, there’s no better way boost your mind, body and spirit.

For the best Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in London, our state-of-the-art Dojos in Swiss Cottage and Stoke Newington, Hackney, offer safe training environments equipped with fully matted floors and the latest in martial arts equipment. We offer a full timetable of group lessons and private classes for both adults and children.

Come along and say hello! 

Our Team

Sensei Russell

I got into martial arts in my late teens whilst studying music. My drum teacher (who was also a kickboxing black belt), suggested I try kickboxing to help improve my stamina and music skills. Martial Arts are excellent for instilling a sense of discipline and structure which have taught me the skill of 'how to learn' - whatever the subject might be.

That was over 25 years ago and since then I’ve made kickboxing my life. Throughout the years, competition medals and trophies have been great, but one of my proudest moments was gaining my Black Belt from Japanese Master Meiji Suzuki in 2001. It took ten years of serious training and hard work during which I learned so much.

In 2006 William and I founded The Martial Arts Place together. We’ve known each other since we were 11 - we’re best friends and business partners too. Our goal was to create a Dojo with a friendly atmosphere and the best instruction possible and we have certainly achieved that here at The Martial Arts Place. 

Wise words: There is no substitute for hard work.

Sensei William

My love of martial arts began as a child watching Chinese Kung Fu films. Years later when I was looking for a form of exercise and way to get fit, martial arts came back in to my life. Kickboxing training was a lot more fun than jogging or doing reps in the gym, and it also focuses the mind towards a specific goal like nothing else.

Teaching and training kickboxing has been a constant in my life ever since, and the 20 something years have just flown by. I've also added Brazilian jiu-jitsu to my martial arts repetoire which has given me new challenges to face and goals to achieve.

In 2006 the idea for The Martial Arts Place was born when Russell and I decided it was time to start a new era in our lives and open our own Dojo. It’s been the most rewarding challenge of our martial arts careers and it’s given us the chance to pass on the things we’ve learnt to a new generation.

Wise words: Never give up!