About Us

Welcome to Sansum Black Belt Academy, we are proud to have both Ex - Military and Civilian Instructors teaching Military Themed Sport Martial Arts Classes in Morayshire.

Young children and adults are welcomed at all levels to learn how martial arts can be combined with fun, fitness and structure to help anyone get the most out of their life.

Master Lee Sansum and our team have put together programs designed specifically for certain age, gender or ability groups. From Little Dragons  3-4years, Little Ninjas 5-7 years, Terriers 7-10, Cadets and Adults and even Ladies weight loss and fitness classes.

All of our instructors are inspirational and motivational and will get the most out of you on every class.

All of our instructors are trained in the latest Anti Bullying strategies, are Self Protection Trained and the syllabus we teach is a mixture of: Sport Karate, Sport Kickboxing and Sport Taekwondo- all taught with a military flavour.

OUR JOURNEY

Sansum Black Belt Academy was founded in 1999 by Lee and Kate, who wanted to use Lee’s years of military and martial arts experience to teach others. The first classes took place in Forres and  Elgin where we still teach.

Within a short amount of time, the unique style of class took off and the school became the largest and most respected martial arts centre in the area. Over the next few years, Lee trained Stuart Williams to become one of the most respected Coaches and Referees in the World.

We now have a super Team of Instructors in Moray who continue to teach quality Sport Karate Classes to hundreds of people in Moray.

Our Olympic Team success has been spearheaded by Damon Sansum, Commonwealth Champion and World Championship Silver medalist and Instructor Murdo MaKenzie who spent two years with the Team in Manchester competing at the highest level.

LEE SANSUM

Lee Sansum (8th Dan Sport Karate ) launched the Academy in 1999 after serving for 10 years in the Royal Military Police where he undertook operations in Northern Ireland, West Germany, Hong Kong and Berlin.

Lee has had a successful Sport career and his most treasured achievement was winning a European Gold Medal along with his Son, Damon at the same Championships.

“A Family that Kicks together Sticks together”

He is also one of the Worlds Leading Close Protection experts and has protected World Leaders and High Net Worth Individuals for over two decades.

Lee has led Teams of Bodyguards for the British Government and the European Union in two War Zones, Somalia and Libya and is still active in that Industry consulting and training Internationally.

 

DAMON SANSUM - AMBASSADOR

ABOUT DAMON

Former kickboxing champion, Damon Sansum has gone from strength to strength since his switch to Taekwondo in 2010.

Proving he has the ability to achieve all, Damon has consistently medalled on the Open’s circuit and in 2015 became the 3rd British male to win a silver medal at the World Championships in 2015.

More recently, he gained a bronze at the World Championships in 2017.

 

60 SECOND INTERVIEW

 

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED:

I was a kickboxer from the age of 11. But I also swam in local galas and won a North of Scotland bronze medal for shot putt when I was about 12.

 

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY:

I started WTF style taekwondo a couple of years ago and I come from a kickboxing background but as taekwondo provides the only chance to represent your country at a kicking martial art, I took part in the 'Fighting Chance' talent programme and was lucky enough to get selected to join the Academy in Manchester.

 

AMBITION:

Overall goal is to win gold at the Olympics.

 

ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN:

Got to be my dad, Lee, who has a background in kickboxing and karate. He was in the military police and also a bodyguard to a lot of celebrities and VIP's.

 

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO:

Since the rule changes there is a lot more scope to see head kicks and knockouts. So plenty of excitement.

 

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:

Firstly, take my girlfriend on a skiing holiday. But I'd like to open a chain of martial arts academies, similar to what we have in Manchester but more for the public. I've got a business and sport degree at Nottingham University so I'd probably also invest in property.

 

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT DAMON SANSUM:

I play lead guitar and I'm thinking of writing my own songs, Princess Diana was also one of the people my dad used to act as bodyguard for.

 

 

Welcome to Sansum Black Belt Academy, we are proud to have both Ex - Military and Civilian Instructors teaching Military Themed Sport Martial Arts Classes in Morayshire.

Young children and adults are welcomed at all levels to learn how martial arts can be combined with fun, fitness and structure to help anyone get the most out of their life.

Master Lee Sansum and our team have put together programs designed specifically for certain age, gender or ability groups. From Little Dragons  3-4years, Little Ninjas 5-7 years, Terriers 7-10, Cadets and Adults and even Ladies weight loss and fitness classes.

All of our instructors are inspirational and motivational and will get the most out of you on every class.

All of our instructors are trained in the latest Anti Bullying strategies, are Self Protection Trained and the syllabus we teach is a mixture of: Sport Karate, Sport Kickboxing and Sport Taekwondo- all taught with a military flavour.

OUR JOURNEY

Sansum Black Belt Academy was founded in 1999 by Lee and Kate, who wanted to use Lee’s years of military and martial arts experience to teach others. The first classes took place in Forres and  Elgin where we still teach.

Within a short amount of time, the unique style of class took off and the school became the largest and most respected martial arts centre in the area. Over the next few years, Lee trained Stuart Williams to become one of the most respected Coaches and Referees in the World.

We now have a super Team of Instructors in Moray who continue to teach quality Sport Karate Classes to hundreds of people in Moray.

Our Olympic Team success has been spearheaded by Damon Sansum, Commonwealth Champion and World Championship Silver medalist and Instructor Murdo MaKenzie who spent two years with the Team in Manchester competing at the highest level.

LEE SANSUM

Lee Sansum (8th Dan Sport Karate ) launched the Academy in 1999 after serving for 10 years in the Royal Military Police where he undertook operations in Northern Ireland, West Germany, Hong Kong and Berlin.

Lee has had a successful Sport career and his most treasured achievement was winning a European Gold Medal along with his Son, Damon at the same Championships.

“A Family that Kicks together Sticks together”

He is also one of the Worlds Leading Close Protection experts and has protected World Leaders and High Net Worth Individuals for over two decades.

Lee has led Teams of Bodyguards for the British Government and the European Union in two War Zones, Somalia and Libya and is still active in that Industry consulting and training Internationally.

 

DAMON SANSUM - AMBASSADOR

ABOUT DAMON

Former kickboxing champion, Damon Sansum has gone from strength to strength since his switch to Taekwondo in 2010.

Proving he has the ability to achieve all, Damon has consistently medalled on the Open’s circuit and in 2015 became the 3rd British male to win a silver medal at the World Championships in 2015.

More recently, he gained a bronze at the World Championships in 2017.

 

60 SECOND INTERVIEW

 

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED:

I was a kickboxer from the age of 11. But I also swam in local galas and won a North of Scotland bronze medal for shot putt when I was about 12.

 

WHEN DID YOU START TAEKWONDO AND WHY:

I started WTF style taekwondo a couple of years ago and I come from a kickboxing background but as taekwondo provides the only chance to represent your country at a kicking martial art, I took part in the 'Fighting Chance' talent programme and was lucky enough to get selected to join the Academy in Manchester.

 

AMBITION:

Overall goal is to win gold at the Olympics.

 

ROLE MODEL/FAVOURITE OTHER SPORTSMAN OR WOMAN:

Got to be my dad, Lee, who has a background in kickboxing and karate. He was in the military police and also a bodyguard to a lot of celebrities and VIP's.

 

WHY SHOULD THE PUBLIC WATCH TAEKWONDO:

Since the rule changes there is a lot more scope to see head kicks and knockouts. So plenty of excitement.

 

IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU £1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT:

Firstly, take my girlfriend on a skiing holiday. But I'd like to open a chain of martial arts academies, similar to what we have in Manchester but more for the public. I've got a business and sport degree at Nottingham University so I'd probably also invest in property.

 

SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT DAMON SANSUM:

I play lead guitar and I'm thinking of writing my own songs, Princess Diana was also one of the people my dad used to act as bodyguard for.