Community Spotlight On Enso Martial Arts
On first impressions Enso could easily be mistaken for a simple supplier of martial arts goods. Look a little further however and you will find a lot more on offer. The shop itself is small yet surprisingly well stocked, and the staff are helpful and very knowledgeable. The owner of Enso, Doug Swift, has practiced a number of different martial arts during his lifetime and his experience comes across along with his enthusiasm for martial arts in general.
Whilst I was in the shop another customer asked after a weapon used in some obscure Phillipino martial art. I was suitably impressed when the owner not only recognised the strange weapon but also advised that he could get one in on order. This kind of customer service is rare in any industry but is particularly welcome in such a specialist area as martial arts.
Hiding through the back door of the shop lies a surprisingly decent sized dojo which can be hired out by individuals and classes wishing to train in their chosen martial art. The floor of the dojo has been lined with a hard foam covering making the area suitable for a wide range of martial arts. Classes that regularly practice here include Tai Chi, Jujitsu, and Taekwondo. The presence of the dojo brings the shop to life, highlighting it's function as a supplier to the local martial arts community.
Another surprise lies downstairs and away from any noise from the shop and dojo. Positioned here are the treatment rooms that complete the tardis-like interior of Enso. The rooms are attractively decorated and provide ample space as well as a small waiting area offering herbal teas and reading materials for waiting patients.
On top of the martial arts shop, dojo, and treatment rooms, the Enso experience has also expanded into the digital realm of the internet. www.ensomartialarts.com is definitely worth visiting for those interested in martial arts, providing a great deal of information on the arts, as well as class listings and a useful discussion forum to name just a few of the features on offer.
So ends my foray into the world that is Enso. I was very impressed at how these seemingly separate components had been combined to create a truly holistic organisation, and would certainly recommend their services to anyone involved in martial arts or holistic therapy. For enquiries relating to the martial arts shop, dojo, and treatment rooms, Enso can be contacted on the details below.
Shop Telephone: +44 (0) 117 942 5832
Shop Mobile: +44 (0) 7989 332 554