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About Honryu Martial Arts

Since 1996, we have been the leading Martial Arts School proudly offering the Surrey and Hampshire area unsurpassed quality. We strive to take martial arts back to its roots as both a physical and spiritual art form that represents a harmonious way of life. In a world of seemingly unending pressures, we represent an oasis of calm and balance.


Martial arts give you the tool to stay present and focused while standing in the eye of the storm. It is this self-awareness that allows you to make the best decisions in stressful situations, and to defend yourself when needed. We promote inner advancement above outward appearance.

The Dojo

Honryu Martial Arts provides a high level of instruction from beginners to advanced in traditional Japanese martial arts (Koryū Budō 古流武道) led by Bill Liddle, Dai Shihan.


Martial arts in the U.K. is an unregulated activity which means anyone can open a club and start teaching. So as part of our program of excellence, and continuing professional development, we have the following qualifications and certifications in place.

All can be verified using the link below :

  • Enhanced DBS Check

  • Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts

  • Martial Arts First Aid Level 2 Certification

  • Safeguarding Adults Qualification & Policy

  • Safeguarding Children Qualification & Policy

  • Public Liability Insurance

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance

  • COVID Readiness Certification Policy


We are also members of the industry standard National Grading Integrity Scheme which ensures grading are regulated and above all, earned and well deserved.


Please use the link below to verify our club and instructor details by searching for Bill Liddle or Honryu Dojo.


BMABA Instructor & Club Verification Service

Director & Chief Instructor of Honryu Martial Arts - Bill Liddle

Bill is a direct student of current Grand Master Hatsumi Sōke, passing the Godan 五段 (5th Dan) test in February 1989 at the Kobayashi Dojo in Japan and was one of the first Westerners to be awarded the ‘Shidoshi’ 士道師 (teacher) title. He is currently ranked as Dai Shihan, Kūgyō Menkyo (空行免許) / Jū-godan 拾五段 (15th Dan) by Hatsumi Sōke.

Bill is also a Level 2 Instructor with the BMABA (British Martial Arts & Boxing Association), Certified Pretty Deadly Self Defence Instructor and Member of the Chartered institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

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