0161 248 9520


To use a holistic approach to educate, train & support the local community.  This is achieved by bringing people together in a safe and welcoming environment, promoting sporting excellence and spirit, cultivating personal development through the MA’AT system.

Martial Arts Temple (MA’AT), dated some thirty years was formed in early 1978 by Chet Alexander and Joe Wray, the latter currently spearheading all its operations.

Joe Wray received his 6th Dan status in November 2007 from the British Karate Association (BKA), this being on record  in 2007, as the highest honour bestowed on a black Sensei’(Instructor) in this Association.

Sensei Joe Wray is currently a 7th Dan,  which he received in October 2014.

MA’AT started in 1978 and embraced all ages, sex, culture and ethnic group.

Sensei Joe Wray

MA’AT Early Years

During MA’AT early years working with young people and their families, it became clear to us that we were more than just a  fighting/sports club.  The combination of the martial arts philosophy and the social conscience of the leading members gave MA’AT a broader social outlook.  This social outlook has developed into the Imani Community Association, which became a registered charity in 1991. (Registered Charity No: 1010817)

MA’AT developed and continue to evolve out of the increased recognition that one needs to be able to live confident of their physical safety in a society that continues to generate individuals with a flagrant disregard for the rights of others to live without fear and in peace and harmony.

MA’AT Martial Arts Temple System

The basic principle of the MA’AT is about cultivating  ‘apprentice warriors’ who can become positive role models, generating bright, friendly and constructive characters, developing in each person the capacity to show noble and honorable conduct and creating a balance for caring, nurturing and assertive individuals.

What our Students are Saying

Just a few of the comments that our students have said about MA’AT Martial Arts Manchester.

I feel privileged to train at the school with my two sons. The instructors are very good. Taking the time out to help each individual student develop at their own pace. I’ve not only seen my own confidence and fitness increase but watching my children develop into apprentice warriors with confidence which beams from their faces is priceless.



If your interested in learning something new or developing your children, please do not hesitate to contact. There are no stupid questions,  we understand the importance of finding the right activity and the right school to train at.

Whilst you are welcome to observe classes, a current membership is required in order to train. This is in order to comply with our insurer’s requirements.

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We would love for you to join our family.

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Contact Us

The West Indian Centre,
Carmoor Rd,
M13 0FB

Telephone: 0161 248 9520
Mobile: 07973 157 604
Email: info@martialartstemple.co.uk


MA’AT is part of the Imani Community Association. Imani represents our commitment to young people and families in the communities we serve.  In particular, we focus on the needs of vulnerable young people many of whom have experienced school exclusion or are ex-offenders.


Our student come from all across the North West, we accept any student willing to learn, but key locations our student come from are:

  • Manchester
  • Stockport
  • Cheshire
  • Lancashire
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