Maru Karate Kai - Karate for kids in Basildon, Essex


Marc Grayston is the chief instructor of Maru Karate Kai and has been teaching karate for seventeen years. He started karate at the age of four and will celebrate his twenty-ninth year of training in karate in 2018, whilst Shindo-Ryu Karate will celebrate its thirty-third anniversary. 


As a teacher with Shindo-Ryu Karate-Do, he is fully registered and authorised to teach. He is also fully insured and has an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check to act as a karate teacher in the local community. Marc acts as Child Protection Officer for Shindo-Ryu and actively takes part in community initiatives to improve child safety.


He holds the rank of Hanshi, which means “Model Example”. This award was given to him by Kodo Butoku Renmei, a worldwide organisation, in recognition of his work with teaching children and adults in the local community, as well as promoting karate within local schools.


Marc Grayston has also been part of a successful team which teaches free self defence lessons to ladies as well as specialised defence sessions for the disabled. 


He has taught all over the United Kingdom and in countries such as the USA, Italy, Austria, Portugal and France. As well as teaching around the world, Marc also works to co-ordinate events worldwide for Kodō Butoku Renmei.

Favourite kata:  Chinto

Training Since:   April 1989

TEACHING Since: April 2001

Favourite Place to Teach:  Marsala, Sicily

Gi Supplier:  Blitz

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In 2011, 2013 and 2015, Marc acted as Event Director for the Kodōsai Cultural Events held in Basildon. The three previous events welcomed over 275 participants on each occasion, raising hundreds for charity and reinforcing and promoting Japanese cultural activities across Essex.


He is part of a Karate teaching family, which includes his father, Stephen Grayston-meijin 10th Dan and his two brothers.


On the 6th July 2012, Marc Grayston was an Olympic Torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. He ran in his hometown of Basildon to record crowds. This was followed by further personal success in July 2013, when Marc won the Heart Radio Community Hero Award, given to him by ‘Martin and Su’ from the radio station. In 2014, he was listed on the Sunday Telegraph Happy List - listing the top 100 volunteers in the country.

Marc received a commendation from the High Sheriff of Essex in 2014 for his continued work with the club.

In 2016, Marc received a Point of Light Award from Prime Minister David Cameron for his dedicated volunteer work in karate.


Outside of the dojo, Marc has a successful career in the finance industry and enjoys spending time with his wife and family.