Introducing KickFit’s Founder – Ken Pankiewicz

Ken Pankiewicz has been practising martial arts for almost 40 years. Today, he’s a well-regarded figure in the martial arts community, both in the UK and internationally.

Ken founded KickFit martial arts schools in 1991 to share his years of experience with the next generations of martial arts students. As the KickFit community evolved, Ken now leads a team of senior instructors across five KickFit schools, with a membership of over 700 students. He has also regularly delivered self-defence classes in local schools for several years.

As well as teaching new martial arts instructors, Ken regularly shares his knowledge of running a successful martial arts school with other practitioners who aspire to do the same.

It is Ken’s belief that martial arts should be more than just a physical workout – and instead should be a life-enhancing programme of continuous development. It is this belief that has shaped the KickFit ethos. In classes, students are not only trained in physical martial arts disciplines but also have the opportunity to learn valuable life skills, allowing them to lead more fulfilling lives.

International Speaker

Ken is known around the world for his knowledge of martial arts disciplines and good business practice learnt from both inside and outside the industry. He has been an international speaker for over 17 years – sharing his knowledge with other martial arts school owners around the world.

As a regular guest speaker at martial arts business seminars, Ken has spoken at events in the UK, USA and Australia. He has also jointly organised an annual martial arts training summit in Spain.

Training Highlights

  • Former British Champion in Traditional Forms and Sparring
  • Represented England in the 1991 and 1994 World Championships
  • Ken has been a trainer and coach to five world champions


As well as teaching others, Ken is committed to challenging himself and is currently training towards 8th Dan Grade. Along with two other instructors, he will also be attempting the National Three Peaks Challenge in 2021 – climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales, within 24 hours.