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Wrestling is widely recognised as one of the oldest combat sports ever recorded.

From the ancient Egyptians and the Greek Pankration Fighters to today’s Olympians, the sport in its many varieties has survived, adapted and thrived in every country, at small festivals up to Olympic competitions.

Rules vary from the Folk styles like Cumberland, Catch, Collar and Elbow, Lucha Libre and so many others, through to the more recognisable styles like Sambo, Greco Roman and Freestyle

All styles of wrestling involve grappling and clinching for the use of takedowns, trips, throws to try and pin an opponent or submit them with the use of joint locks, chokes and limb manipulation.

The massive explosion of mixed martial arts has seen an interest in wrestling grow even more.

Fighters realised that without any wrestling technique they would soon lose to superior grapplers and soon everyone began to train in wrestling.

The explosiveness and strength needed for the sessions make the wrestling classes one of the most intense sessions at the club.

Wrestling classes at Southend Combat Academy benefit from one of the most experienced coaches in the country and we offer the best wrestling classes in Southend and Essex.


Judo, also known as 'the gentle way' is really a full contact art and the forefather of many modern submission fighting disciplines.

Now an Olympic sport, with the emphasis on throws, trips, sweeps and pins, it's history actually includes strikes locks, chokes and joint manipulation techniques.

All current forms of Jiu Jitsu, both Japanese and Brazilian stem from judo roots, as does the Russian Sambo wrestling style. It also has a massive influence on other self defence and combat systems used around the world as well as in mixed martial arts.

Founded by the great Jigoro Kano in the late 1800s, he rewrote the outdated teachings of jujutsu to be more suitable with a more modern society. His pioneering work also led to the style being embraced as an Olympic sport in 1882.

Modern judo as both a stand alone sport and an essential part of mixed martial arts, is practiced world wide. With two separate paths to grade a judoka's achievements, formal grading or fighting, Southend Combat Academy boasts coaches from both paths, offering the highest level of judo coaching in Southend and Essex.

Muay Thai, the national sport of the country of Thailand.

Also known as Thai Boxing or the art of 8 limbs as the fighters use punching, kicking, knees and elbow strikes as well as clinching techniques.

Originating from Ancient Buddhism, the art of Muay Boran emerged as a highly effective unarmed combat system in warfare.

Festivals held by the Buddhist Temples would put on Muay Boran contests for spectators and the evolution into a sport saw fighters wearing hemp rope hand wraps instead of bare knuckle.

In the late 1860,s the King of Thailand pushed for the sport to be more main stream, and the royal family sponsored events held between different training camps.

Each camp was set up as a training facility and for many a place to live, with fighters representing their teams in return for food, shelter and tuition.

The early 1900’s saw Royalty further sanction the sport with official rules, introducing gloves and rounds.

Modern day Thai Boxing is as close to ancient combat as you can get, but is still the most highly effective of any striking art and this has seen it become an integral part of modern mixed martial arts.

Its extreme conditioning, savage techniques and the unrivalled cardio it demands make it popular with professional fighters, purists, novices and anyone just looking to lose weight and get fit.

Southend Combat Academy is proud to be the home for the long established Southend Muay Thai club and boasts two great coaches, each multiple champions.

With numerous Muay Thai classes on each week at Southend Combat Academy, we look forward to welcoming you down for a free taster.

Southend Combat Academy, the number one place for Muay Thai training and Muay Thai classes in Southend and Essex.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, by comparison, has only recently emerged as a martial art, taking it's origins from Judo.

A famous prizefighter and Judoka from the Kodokan named Mitsuyo Maeda was sent as an envoy of the Japanese fighting arts to Brazil. It was here in 1918 that he was introduced to a hyperactive young Brazilian, of Scottish heritage, by the name of Carlos Gracie and agreed to pass on his knowledge.

Carlos trained under Maeda for a number of years before going off to test his skills against anyone of any style who was willing to fight him.

By 1925 Carlos opened an academy of his own with the help of two of his brothers, George and Helio.

When unable to attend a private lesson with a student one day, Helio offered to teach in place of his brother. The student (a local banker) was so pleased with Helio’s method of teaching he insisted that he continued being his instructor.

Being of smaller build and often unwell, the much weaker Helio began to adapt the Judo techniques to work more easily for smaller people, with the emphasis being on torque and leverage instead of power and brute force.

And so Brazilian or Gracie Jiu Jitsu was born.

The Gracie brothers went on to have many children who in turn learned this new art, and to constantly test and challenge their theories, the family issued challenge matches with no rules to anyone of any style.

In 1993, Rorion Gracie staged the very 1st Ultimate Fighting Championship event, offering martial artists of all styles the chance to test their skills in an 8 man tournament. A chance to answer the age old question, just what was the best martial art?

One of the smallest and youngest members of the Gracie family was put forward to represent Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the rest is history.

Royce Gracie went on to dominate every opponent of any weight and any style for two years, highlighting the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ has since gone on to become one of the world’s most popular martial arts and an essential part of any mixed martial arts training.

Alongside Bruce Lee, Royce, the Gracie family and the UFC have been the most influential aspects in the world of martial arts.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sessions at the academy come in two varieties.

Gi, wearing the traditional Japanese fight wear and No Gi, adapted for mma.

We offer the most comprehensive Jiu Jitsu classes in Southend and Essex.

So if you want to learn No Gi Jiu Jitsu or Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Southend, then look no further than Southend Combat Academy.


The “Noble Art” The “Sweet Science”

While ancient carvings and paintings from the Minoan’s and Egyptians portray duo’s in hand to hand combat, boxing is said to have been invented even earlier by the god Theseus himself.

But boxing more recognizably saw its origins as a spectator sport much later on in ancient Greek history, and was so popular it became an Olympic sport in 688BC, and the Romans would build huge amphitheatres to stage events.

Fighters would often wear leather gloved hands, sometimes with studs and weapons. And thus it survived as a bloody spectacle, normally in a contest to the death between slaves, until 39AD when it was abolished due to the excessive brutality.

The very term ring comes from the circular line marked on the floor of such events in which the combatants faced each other.

And while fist fighting remained throughout the world, it wasn’t until the early 1680’s that boxing became popular again, emerging as prizefighting in London.

Many deaths and injuries occurred in bouts with no referee, rounds or weight divisions and it wasn’t until 1743 that the champion fighter Jack Broughton drew up the 1st ever set of boxing rules.

These rules were revised and updated to the London Prize Fighter rules in 1838 and re written again by John Chambers in 1867 on behalf of John Douglas, the 9th Marquess of Queensberry and remain pretty much the same today.

Boxing is the fine art of hitting without being hit; it’s the art of movement, coordination, footwork, timing, hand speed and technique.

Here at Southend Combat Academy, we have our very own champion taking the best Boxing classes in Southend and Essex.

British IBA Light middleweight champion, Coach Ollie, can be found running boxing lessons every week for kids and adults, helping people lose weight, get fighting fit and have fun and getting kids off the street and into the gym.

Still active and winning title’s, his involvement with the fighters at the academy is invaluable, helping with fight preparation for both the boxers, Thai and MMA fighters.

Ollie’s coaching combined with our huge training area, ring, wide selection of bags, speed balls and equipment, means there really is no better place to learn to box.

So if you want to find the number one place for boxing lessons, boxing classes and boxing tuition in Southend and Essex, then look no further than Southend Combat Academy.


What is mma? Well that’s easy, it’s an acronym for the fastest growing sport in history, Mixed Martial Arts.

But to define what mma truly is, you need to briefly study the history of combat.

Since the very beginning of time, man has pitted himself against his fellow man in a test of strength, courage, endurance and combat skills in the name of honor, prize, money and spectacle.

Murals dating back to the Bronze age of 2000 BC depict ancient wrestlers while paintings and literature of the Iron age shows of early boxing, but it was the ancient pankration events that were the for runner of today’s shows and when the mighty Roman Coliseum opened in 72 AD the world had its first and largest mixed martial arts venue.

Throughout the ages, the traveling, teachings and adaptations paved the way for many styles to emerge.

From India to Thailand, Korea, Japan, England and just about every other corner of the globe.

Events were created, some even incorporating all aspects of training, like modern mma.

But this separation and differences lead to a question almost as old as the arts themselves.

For generations people wanted to know,

“What was the best martial art?”

Would the Kick boxer beat the Judo player?

Would the Boxer be able to stop the Wrestler?

Would the Kung Fu guy really beat the Karate man?

What would have the better striking capabilities, Savate or Muay Thai?

The birth of main stream mixed martial arts nearly 20 years ago soon answered that question with some surprises.

No one particular style could consistently beat all others, and people soon realized the benefit of what Bruce Lee had preached to the masses a generation before.

Cross training in multiple styles of martial arts, disregarding what doesn’t apply to you and embracing all that does was the only way to free your mind, body and spirit of limitations and restrictions and to become a complete martial artist.

Soon the phenomenon of modern MMA was born and is now the fastest growing sport in the world with the help of organizations like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Major money can be earned in purses, sponsorship opportunities, contacts and product placement deals.

The athletes are of the highest caliber in the world, so much so that just about every other sport now incorporates mma training into their regimes.

Constantly evolving, adapting and always growing.

Now that, I hope, defines mma enough to tempt you to come and try one of the most demanding, challenging yet addictively rewarding experiences of your life.

The mixed martial arts classes at Southend Combat Academy incorporate techniques from all martial arts including bjj, muay thai, wrestling, sombo, judo and many others with a variety of the clubs coaches.

The mma lessons cater for all experience levels from complete novice to professional fighter so we look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Southend Combat Academy is the home of champion martial artists and there is no better place in Southend or Essex to start your mixed martial arts training.

Mondays Classes

10:00 – 11:00 WAMMA (Womens MMA)

12:00 – 13:00 Kickboxing & MMA

18:00 – 19:00 Junior Boxing

19:00 – 20:00 Senior Boxing

20:00 – 21:00 MMA

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Tuesdays Classes

10:00 – 11:00 Bootcamp

12:00 – 13:00 Kickboxing & MMA

16:15 – 17:00 Junior MMA (Age 4-9s)

17:00 – 18:00 Junior MMA (Age 9+)

18:00 – 19:00 Muay Thai Kickboxing (Juniors)

19:00 – 20:15 Muay Thai Kickboxing (Seniors)

20:15 – 21:45 Wrestling

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Wednesdays Classes

09:30 – 10:30 Boxing

10:30 – 11:30 Yoga

12:00 – 14:00 Kickboxing & MMA

16:45 – 18:00 Gymnastics

18:00 – 19:00 Boxing (Juniors)

19:00 – 20:00 Boxing (Seniors)

20:00 – 21:15 Muay Thai Kickboxing

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Thursdays Classes

10:00 – 11:00 Kickboxing

12:00 – 13:00 Kickboxing & MMA

18:00 – 19:00 Muay Thai Kickboxing

19:00 – 20:00 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Fridays Classes

10:00 – 11:00 Fight Fit

12:00 – 13:00 Kickboxing & MMA

18:00 – 19:00 Muay Thai Kickboxing(Juniors)

19:00 – 20:15 Muay Thai Kickboxing (Seniors)

20:15 – 21:30 NoGi Jiu Jitsu

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Saturdays Classes

10:00 – 11:00 Junior MMA (All Ages)

18:00 – 19:30 Wrestling

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Sundays Classes


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