A term taken from the Strategic Board Game of GO - Fuseki is ‘A state of Play’. At the commencement of the game or battle all options are available to each player, when the first move is taken further options become available or are removed.

In order to have the best opportunity of victory the player must not only be aware of the options but also understand how to use them to their best advantage in the overall game. FUSEKI aims to give the student the options and at a later stage progress to the understanding of how they best fit in the strategy of the fight and ultimately of their life style.

Fuseki is not just an eclectic style but also a philosophy which its founder and chief instructor Martin Smith has developed and followed through all of his Martial Arts practice. It now encompasses not only the art of Fuseki but also the traditional martial arts Martin continues to follow such as Shotokan Karate and Shindo Jinen Ryu through the teachings of Kiyoshi Yamazaki and the Japan Karate-Do Ryobu- Kai.


Based on the teachings of Kancho Hirokazu Kanazawa, Fuseki Shotokan is a unique training approach which combines both pratical and traditional training methodologies.

For more information on Martin's innovative approach please refer to the Shotokan page of this website.


Fuseki seemlessly combines elements from a variety of martial arts systems, equipping the practitioner with the skills to handle all the situations which may arise in combat.

More information on the Fuseki Martial Arts System is available via the menu on this website.

If you wish to contact Martin to discuss how he can assist you in acheiving your goals, details can be found at the base of this website.