Police Officer (off duty), Transport Police London

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 ticks 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.

Police Officer (off duty), Transport Police London