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Defence & Sparring for Beginners

Tired of feeling underconfident in your sparring? Getting caught with simple punches and kicks, but unable to get your own back?

Then this beginner sparring course could be for you!

Learn the tactics to slip, rip, roll and evade your way to sparring greatness.

Foundation level meaning lots of fun, low impact and most importantly, we aim to have you finding the fun in sparring and feeling more confident by the end!

This was filmed at my academy as part of a 2 hour workshop for my students.

Set your foundation for sparring

The sparring and defence online course is now available from Empower Online!

A complete course covering the basics of stance, head movement, basic blocking and countering and some more advanced concepts such as sectoring.

Perfect for any beginner martial artist looking to improve their sparring whether it's in Karate, Kickboxing, Taekwondo or boxing, you'll get something from this course.

Sparring can be a little daunting for new people and no-one enjoys being punched in the face.

However, there are ways to build up your tolerance and abilities in sparring, maintaining safety and respect at all times.

Go from punching bag to punching pro with this course and find the fun in sparring.

This course starts from the very basics and takes you through drills and concepts to improve your sparring and defence in martial arts.

You'll learn basic evasions such as movement, slips and parry's, as well as counter punching and sectoring concepts.

A perfect, low cost course for those new to the martial arts.

Dan Holloway from Empower Martial Arts is an all round great guy,

I have met him at several events on the UK Martial Arts scenery and we got along straight away.

Words that come to mind when thinking about Dan are Humility, Respect, Kindness and Dedication.

He’s a knowledgeable instructor that trained with some of the top tier instructors in this field.

He truly has a passion for the martial arts and it is clearly visible when he teaches.

He enjoys teaching and connecting with his students.

Go check him out!

— Julien Masson - Adrenaline Combatives Founder.

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Beginner Sparring


Dan Holloway

Owner and chief instructor of Empower Martial Arts Academy based in Lincoln.

He began his martial arts journey aged 7 and has studied a number of different systems over his 20 years of training.


He holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Yoshinkan Aikido, a 1st Degree Black Belt in Shudokan Aikido, was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015, and in 2017 won the `Rising Star` award at the British Martial Arts Awards.

He is also the co-author of the book `Martial Masters Volume 1`. 

A committed martial artist, Dan runs his own blog for martial arts and has interviewed some of the best in the industry, including people who have worked in Hollywood with the likes of Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris. 

He is an associate instructor under the Minnesota Kali Group and Guro Rick Faye, and an instructor in the 4D system under the legend that is Guro Bob Breen!

Dan is fortunate enough to have trained with some of the best in the world including Guro Dan Inosanto after travelling to L.A to learn from Bruce Lee's best friend and training partner.

Get in touch with him via the Facebook page `Empower Martial Arts Academy Lincoln`, or email