Get to know your Instructors

Posted on: January 7th, 2021 by MFKent

Every Friday one of the Instructing team will be taking over the MF Kent Instagram account to answer any questions you may have.

You may wish to ask them about their own training, what got them started, any high / low points or just what is their favourite food? It is up to you!

We are starting this Friday (8th Jan) with Mr Levermore!

If you are not on Instagram do follow: @matt_fiddes_kent

Grading Date & Details

Posted on: January 26th, 2022 by David Finch

We have now updated all of the information needed for the upcoming grading day on Sunday, 13th March 2022. Files and details can be found:

  • Logging in to this website
  • “Files” section of our student Facebook group page – click here

We will start TAG-TESTING from the beginning of February so there is plenty of time to practice.

Students invited to the grading will be awarded a BLACK TAG.

To achieve anything in life takes dedication and commitment – therefore, we strongly recommend students do a little practice at home in between classes.

Students must be able to:

  • Remember all of their skills and drills
  • Be able to PERFORM all of their skills and drills with confidence

If you would like a little help to practice then be sure to purchase the online syllabus; a complete video guide of every skill and drill – available from our online shop (CLICK HERE).

Black Belt training – 13th February 2022

Posted on: January 7th, 2022 by David Finch

Here are the details for the next International Masterclass (IMC) – a day of Black Belt training specifically for Black Belts:

Date:                     Sunday, 13th February 2022

Venue:                 High Wycombe Judo Centre

Who for:              ALL Black Belts of all ages, abilities and experiences

Tickets:                Maximum capacity 50

To book:              CLICK HERE or go to the Matt Fiddes website and click on the IMC Tab

Cost:                      £49.00 (students)             –              up to 5th February 2022

                                £69.00 (students)             –              after 5th February 2022

                                Family discounts available

Welcome Back & Happy New Year

Posted on: January 4th, 2022 by David Finch

Happy New Year to all of our students, families and friends!
I do hope that, after all the craziness that was 2021, you were all able to sit back, switch off and relax with families and loved ones over the festive period. It is easy to forget to take a moment or two to reflect and appreciate what has been achieved and how far you have come in 12-mths.
So here we are again, ready and eager to start a new year with you all and we cannot wait!

All classes are back from this week (Tuesday, 4th January onward) with the usual times.

We will continue to have all the usual COVID safety measures in place as we did prior to the Christmas break and should anything change I will let you know asap. That being said, I would strongly encourage all Junior & Adult students to bring along / purchase their own MF sparring gloves or focus pads so that there is no sharing or equipment during classes (all equipment is cleaned before and after for your safety in any case) – for more information please speak to your Instructor or e-mail me:

There is lots to achieve, learn and be a part of this year so let’s get to it!
See you soon.

Master Finch & the MF Kent Team

Christmas Timetable

Posted on: December 6th, 2021 by David Finch

With the exciting festive period fast approaching here is the timetable for December and January:


Last class of 2021: Saturday, 18th December

First class of 2022: Wednesday, 5th January 2022


Last class of 2021: Thursday, 16th December

First class of 2022: Thursday, 6th January 2022


Last class of 2021: Friday, 17th December

First class of 2022: Friday, 7th January 2022


Last class of 2021: Tuesday, 21st December

First class of 2022: Tuesday, 4th January 2022

Christmas Sale – 20% off

Posted on: October 24th, 2021 by David Finch

Are you looking for the ideal gift for Christmas? Take advantage of our Christmas Sale and get 20% off selected items from the shop:

  • Hoodies
  • T-shirts
  • Full sparring kit
  • Online syllabus – perfect for home practice

Use the following discount code on checkout: mfchristmas20

Offer expires 15th November 2021.

SALE – sparring gloves

Posted on: September 30th, 2021 by David Finch

20% off sparring gloves

(offer expires midnight 14th Oct)

Use the code: mfgloves20

These gloves are the only official gloves permitted in class and are extremely useful for:

  • – Ensuring student stay safe during contact drills
  • – Help students practice at home
  • – Giving students the confidence to practice light, controlled contact in pairs – an essential skill in Martial Arts
  • – No sharing of other pads during class as thee are ideal for training
  • – All students who are red-stripe & above should have a set of these at the least

GRADING DAY: Change of venue & road closures

Posted on: September 23rd, 2021 by David Finch

Grading day: Sunday, 26th September 2022


Due to numbers we have moved the grading to another hall (same day and times). It is just around the corner:

NEW GRADING VENUE: The Canterbury High School, CT2 8QA – click here

  • Entry is through the main reception doors up the stairs (you will see our MF Kent flag)
  • Please wait outside until called in


Please note that traffic has been particularly busy in and around Canterbury as well as ongoing road works – please allow a little more travel time.


The deadline for registering is Thursday, 23rd September 2022

Deadline for Grading registration

Posted on: September 21st, 2021 by David Finch

Grading day: Sunday, 26th September 2021

The deadline to register and pay for this upcoming grading is:

Thursday, 23rd September 2021

All students who are eligible for this grading have been awarded a Black Tag and parents have been sent information either via WhatsApp or text.

Practice – practice – practice!

Tag-testing starts this week

Posted on: September 6th, 2021 by David Finch

It is that exciting time of year when we start to assess those students who we feel are ready for the upcoming Grading and the next level. We will be tag-testing all the way until the last lesson before the grading day so there is plenty of time to practice and work hard.

What is tag-testing?

Tag-testing is where we look very closely at each student in class and see if :

  • They are confident with their techniques and drills
  • They have the right attitude
  • They have been practicing and working hard in and out of the classes

Like anything in life, if a student wishes to be successful then they must be prepared to work hard and put in that extra bit of practice at home. If you need any help with this please do speak to your instructor.

If we feel they are ready we will:

  • Place a black tag on their belt
  • Send their parents a text with all the links and information needed

If you receive a black tag and text message it is very important you read all of the necessary files. These can be found either by logging in to our website or in the “Files” section of our members only facebook group.

Canterbury Classes – change of hall (25th Aug – 8th Sept)

Posted on: August 25th, 2021 by David Finch

All Canterbury classes will be moved from the Primary School to the main Secondary School campus from Wednesday, 25th August – Wednesday, 8th Sept (incl.). We will return to the Primary School on Saturday, 11th September.

Click here for the map.

All class times remain the same.

There is lots of parking and entry is up the steps and through the main reception doors – please wait outside until called in (no spectators)

See you soon!

NEW MF Kent Shop - click here


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