Welcome to Combat Academy
Combat Academy is the UK’s number one self defence training provider. We teach truly effective self defence training and martial arts training for members of the public, armed forces and police. We cater for all levels of fitness and ability from beginners to advanced. We also run specialised programmes for women, children and young adults, students – with our travel safe programme, as well as corporate team building events.
Our format combines classes, courses and seminars. We are different from many traditional martial arts as our focus is on the ability to defend yourself without complicated techniques that fail under pressure. Our unique system combines aspects of some of the most effective martial arts.
The most powerful and effective system of self defence:
DEFOF stands for: DISTANCE – ENGAGE – FLOOR – ONGOING – FINISH
DEFOF is an innovative and truly effective unarmed combat system, which considers all aspects of and attack. Our system takes into account that when defending against an attack many skills are required to defend against many different types of attack from kicks and punches to wrestling, choking and ground fighting, knives and gangs (multiple attackers). The techniques we teach you will allow you to defend yourself against punches, kicks, blunt weapons, knives, defence and escapes from the floor, grabbing attacks, bladed weapons, psychological self defence, voice commands and personal protection theory. The DEFOF system is not a martial art, nor is it designed for sports. It is a system that considers that victims come in all shapes and sizes, as do attackers. It considers all ranges and stages of an attack, and that a variety of techniques, situations, positions and circumstances all need to be practiced within an environment that is safe, fun and engaging, and yet trains the practitioner for the harsh reality of a potential attack. The system has been researched and designed by a team of experts from the world of Security, policing and military – with input from the martial arts world. One of the most important factors in applying any system for the real-world, is the psychological impact of an attack before, during and afterwards. Understanding the dynamics of fear and how to control it is essential to remain calm and master yourself during the encounter. Keeping a focus on reasonable force, and not giving way to anger, or other emotions and states is something that is often missed from self defence related training – and this is something that is also a fundamental part of the DEFOF system.
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Thank you so much Magdy and Em for the sessions you delivered to our targeted young people. Over the six weeks the young people gained an immense amount of skills, knowledge and expertise into how to take care of themselves in difficult situations.
Without exception all the young people expressed their enjoyment of the sessions which were delivered in a professional manner. The needs of the young people were varied and at times challenging however outcomes were achieved by all the young people present. One specific outcome/breakthrough came when a young person, coming from a chaotic background, engaged with ongoing encouragement from both of you.
Thank you so much once again for your patience, time and professional expertise in ensuring these sessions were delivered in an appropriate manner within a relaxed and friendly environment.
As a service we would highly recommend your services to other professionals seeking personal safety sessions.
My job requires me to deal with some violent people at times and I felt the training I received from the job was lacking. I chose Combat Academy to improve my capabilities because not only are the techniques effective but the philosophy behind their work is to enable safely neutralising a threat with a proportional response. I encourage anyone who has confidence issues or just wants to feel safer in day to day life to try it. I have been training with Em and Magdy for a few months now they are very friendly and expertly take you at your own pace with no pressure.
It’s sad but true – normal life is not as simple as stepping into a boxing ring or an MMA cage. In real life, an attack may come from the shadows…without the warning of a bell, without a referee to stop it if it gets too one sided. In this day an age, there seems an increasing number of those out there that would sooner take than earn…and we are all those people’s next potential victims in waiting. To try and ‘target harden’ ourselves to such events, there are countless things out there you could try – but what do you really need? You need strength, fitness and both mental and physical speed. You need to know techniques designed to give you the upper hand quickly and effectively. You also need to know the limits….what is ‘too far?’. Above all else, you need the confidence to knit all that together.
Admittedly certain things will give you some of those – you may get fit in a gym for instance….you may become a good fighter with a Thai boxing coach…but Combat Academy tick EVERY box. This really is self defence at its most raw. Up close and personal, realistic, intense. Designed to test you at your most vulnerable and push you beyond where you believe your limits lie – yet still be able to coach it all in a fun way that keeps you coming back for more every week. As someone with several years of home office approved security training, I certainly felt there was a place for Combat Academy in my personal skill set. And that remains the case to this day. No matter what your age, your ability, your fitness level…give it a go…one day, when you least expect it, you may just be glad you did.
Grapevine Essex is a charity which provides fully supported recreational and educational activities for adults with learning difficulties in Essex. We approached Richard from the Combat Academy, Chelmsford, to run a self-defence class for some of our members over the Easter break. They had to fill in a medical questionnaire in advance so that Richard was well aware of any possible problems which could arise.
To begin with, we had a question and answer session on what constitutes bullying and how we may present ourselves to a possible bully as an easy target without even realising it.
Richard discussed ways of making ourselves ‘safe’ whilst out and about…for example, if you have to use your mobile phone, then make sure your back is against a wall so that you cannot be attacked from behind. He stressed the importance of not having earphones over both ears to make us more aware of our surroundings.
We then got onto how we can protect ourselves from a possible attack to the head area. Richard explained very carefully all steps involved and made sure he involved everyone even those sitting out on the side. We practised how we should place our legs, arms, hands and elbows to fend off an attack to the head. This was repeated many times and will stick in their memories, I am sure.
All the time, Richard was very professional, caring and made sure everyone completed the manoeuvres carefully. Excellent session and I would thoroughly recommend Richard to any other group looking for self-defence instruction.
“Just wanted to give you a personal thank you for all your hard work yesterday at the event. We have had some great feedback on you guys and hopefully will lead to us working together again (you guys made me look great for finding you). Thanks again”.
“All junior day girls were given the opportunity to take part in a four week self defence course run by Combat Academy in the first half of the spring term and the senior girls in the second half! The course lasted for four weeks and consisted of both practical and actual strategies to use in a variety of situations which the girls might encounter as they went about their daily lives to and from school on public transport and round and about at the weekends. Obviously none of us expect to find ourselves faced with an uncomfortable situation and are unlikely ever to deal with anything but, as they say in the scouts ‘BE PREPARED’.
Combat Academy provided excellent and fun tuition, putting the girls at their ease as they put them through their paces – what to do if someone tries to come up to you aggressively, what to do if you are grabbed from behind, how to throw someone to the ground – but always with emphasis on making good your escape and using only necessary force. The final sessions was, arguably, the most fun, as six nine year old boys came along to act as would-be attackers! Although the emphasis was, indeed, on having fun with the skills involved, there was a clear message that the girls had been given strategies which, hopefully they will never need to use but which are they should it prove to be necessary”.
“Fourth form girls really enjoyed their sessions with Bronwyn and Anthony. Their lesson was paced really well and used an excellent structure to demonstrate the moves, give a chance for the girls to be active and mirror the instructors in a safe environment. There was purposeful progression and a clear development week to week”.
“Kyra had the best time at Combat Academy, she started off wanting to go just for one day, then ended up going everyday thereafter. It is such a fabulous healthy way to spend the holidays. Thanks so much”.
“Lauren had a fantastic time and was full of confidence when she came home showing us some moves and flattening her dad to the floor in one of the learnt moves!”
“An exciting, exhilarating, educational and essential form of self defence for any lone worker. A highly recommended and worthwhile session”.
“A great afternoon, learnt a lot and had fun at the same time”.
“A really excellent session to empower oneself”.
“Brilliant fun had by all at Harry’s Rainbow monthly meeting today, sending a big thanks to Magdy and Em for introducing lots of gorgeous little boys and girls to Combat Academy Milton Keynes ! I can see it’s a wonderful way to raise self esteem and inner confidence. See u very soon!
“Thank you to Jo and Claire , we have all had a fantastic day with you and learnt so much ! Can’t wait to do more training soon”.
“Well done lads what an inspiration you are to your community and a satellite for others keep up the good work with your constant inspirational tactics!”
“I massively recommend this! I’ve never looked forward to exercise like I do this! I turn up stressed and tired. I leave smiling and relaxed, but with energy to deal with the rest of the week! I work as hard as I can which may not be as good as someone else, or slightly better than another. But it doesn’t matter, we do what we can and help each other. We all have personal goals and limits! I love the fact it’s still exercise, with opportunities to tone and improve on cardio. Just a good chance to learn a skill too, and skills I could genuinely use. If I’m fortunate enough to never have to use what I’ve learnt, I can say I’ve got fit and laughed learning them! I got asked to accompany a friend, this wouldn’t have interested me before I tried it. But I haven’t looked back since!! Great fun, great exercise, great fellow combat academics and a fab instructor”.
“I went to the ‘beginners self defence course’ yesterday and it was a great experience! the techniques are easy to remember, it’s fun and most importantly, I left the course feeling much more self-confident than before. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially women”.
“I attended combat training self defence class in December. It was great fun and I learned how to defend myself at the same time. The instructors were excellent. The demonstrations were easy to follow and everyone was actively engaged from the beginning to the end. Few simple moves I learned will definitely help me to protect myself in any dangerous situation in the future!”
“Magdy from Combat Academy is so enthusiastic about self defence and works with every body’s personal needs to make sure every one attending the course gets the most out of it. It is seriously fun way to educate yourself and keep fit same time. Warmly recommended to anybody”.
“Combat academy is fantastic for exercise and learning self defence in a fun and informative environment. Classes are very professionally run with excellent instructors where you learn so much every lesson. I feel confident that I could defend myself if put in a situation where I needed to”.
“If you want to know how to defend yourself then this is the course for you. We learned several manoeuvres, how to shield ourselves and most importantly the psychology on what to do in various scenarios. The course was well structured with a friendly atmosphere which encouraged all of us to enjoy ourselves and have a go”
“Combat academy for me is a fantastic well rounded system in which teaches you everything about surviving and not only that but doing it correctly according to law which, most systems don’t do shockingly! Magdy not only teaches you step by step but is an incredibly inspirational man. You will not be disappointed. Give it a go and challenge yourself!”
That was the most amazing course I have ever done. I am now a regular training student and I absolutely love it. The fitness training was fabulous but the self defence was better than anything I had ever done before. You simply have to do it!
I had very low confidence because I had been bullied at school. All that has changed now and I have made so many new friends. Thank you Combat Academy
James – Aylesbury
Without doubt one of the best things I have ever done! The fitness training was amazing and the self defence skills that I have learned will stay with me forever. I now have confidence that I never thought I would have…
Anita – Aylesbury
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If you want to learn self defence that really works in a fun and friendly environment or would like more information on becoming a self defence instructor contact us on 0843 289 1632 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org