Ancient Martial Arts

At Samurai Edinburgh we teach the original and authentic arts of Ninpo Bugei, commonly known as Ninjutsu, Jujutsu and ancient Karate. These are the martial arts of the Ninja, the legendary shadow warriors of Japan. We are dedicated to the factual portrayal and teaching of the Ninja arts in the traditional Japanese manner and with the integrity of the ancient Ninja tradition. Ninpo is concerned with the defense of the whole self, and recognises that defense against a life-threat is dealt with by the spirit as much as with physical technique. Our training is focussed on the internal development of the individual's character as well as the technical skills of martial training.

Tenkai Dojo

We are a small, traditional martial arts school based in central Edinburgh, and we welcome people from all walks of life and every level of ability and experience. Whether you’re completely new to martial arts or have tried others before, at Tenkai Dojo you’ll be inspired to reach your goals of self defence, confidence and fitness. Together we build a personal commitment to high values, moral codes, and an exciting journey of learning and self discovery.

Taster Classes

We offer taster classes to let you try out the martial art and our dojo to see if it's right for you. A taster is a one-hour session where you train with our regular students in a fun and friendly setting, with no further obligation. As a beginner you can expect to learn the very basics of our Taijutsu including stances, strikes, blocks and effective self defence patterns.

Our Instructor

Sensei Tim Beattie is originally from the UK, but he grew up in America and Luxembourg before moving to Brighton, where he became a student of Sensei Stuart Allison at Shin Jin Dojo. Tim has studied martial arts for more than two decades. Tim first visited Edinburgh in 2010 for a friend's wedding and immediately knew it was the place for him. A software engineer by day, Tim teaches traditional Japanese martial arts at Tenkai Dojo in Edinburgh.

Shin Jin Dojo

Our parent school, Shin Jin Dojo in Brighton, was set up in 1999 by Sensei Stuart Allison. Sensei Stuart has practised martial arts for more than four decades, with many journeys to Japan to learn the arts from their source. His vision for the dojo has resulted in Samurai: a place where people from all walks of life, ages, gender, sexuality and ability can train in traditional Japanese martial arts.

Contact Us

If you'd like to try learning a traditional martial art in a fun and friendly setting, you can book a taster class by using the links below to email, call, or find us on social media. Feel free to tell us a little about yourself and what you're looking for in a martial art. If you have any previous martial arts experience, that's great. If you have none at all, that's absolutely fine. Our classes are friendly, fun, and open to all ages and ability levels.


tel: +44 (0) 131 324 7656