Gary Mitchell brings many years of martial arts experience to Southend Combat Academy.

Starting his journey at 6 years old, he achieved black belt status in judo by 1994 and went on to achieve a black belt in Kickboxing by 1998 going on to become the WUMA British heavyweight kickboxing champion in 2000 as well as British heavyweight Sombo wrestling champion too.

With over 20 years mixed martial arts experience, he has coached many champions. Between himself and Simon, they have a pretty high success rate of fighter preparation and fight wins, guaranteeing your in the best possible place to learn the sport and self defence techniques mixed martial arts here at Southend Combat Academy. The number one place in Southend and Essex for kids and adults mixed martial arts training and classes.

Lucjan first started to train in freestyle wrestling in 1986.

Since then he has racked up some serious credentials in the sport, having trained with wrestling greats such as Grzegorz Wladyko, Zygmund Kret, Leszek Ciota and Janusz Walkowiak.

His record alone speaks volumes and as well as the countless national titles he went on to accomplish

  • 1990 4th European championships
  • 1991 4th World championships
  • 1998 8th World championships
  • 2001 6th World championships
  • 2002 6th World championships
  • 1997 - 2003 7 time champion of Poland 
  • 2004 - 2008 competing in the Bundesliga

Having retired from competition in 2011 finishing with a mixed martial arts career, Lucjan is one of, if not thee highest caliber wrestling coach in the UK.

His level of experience and knowledge give us an advantage in an area of martial arts that until recent times, other UK clubs have neglected.

So if you want to learn the sport of wrestling, look no further than Southend Combat Academy, the number one place in Southend and Essex for wrestling classes and wrestling training.

Lee 'KO' Mayo first started training at 6 years old in Ishinryu gaining a 1st Dan black belt at the age of 15, competing and winning many local and national kumite competitions including the British championships.

In 1992 he added kickboxing to his resume successfully gaining a 1st Dan black belt black belt.

In 1993 he went on to represent England as part of the national junior team winning silver medals in both the individual and team kumite's.

While training Lee also found the time to successfully pass his coaching and refereeing courses under Combat Sports UK and achieve his 2nd Dan in Ishinryu.

It was around this time that Lee discovered Chinese and Thai boxing and began to study under Master Kam.

He furthered his quest for knowledge by training, fighting and winning in Thailand.

Not happy to leave it there, Lee took up Judo in 1994 and is currently at brown belt level continuing on his way to add yet another black belt to his resume.

Lee's combat experience also comes from the numerous world champions and masters he has been lucky enough to train with over the years and his variety of cross training inevitably lead him to compete in mixed martial arts where he had a successful 6 fight career.

Coupled with over 58 kick/Thai competitions, countless kumite's and grappling competitions, Lee’s knowledge is second to none.

So if you want to learn the art of Muay Thai kickboxing, then look no further than the classes at Southend Combat Academy, the number one place in Southend and Essex for Muay Thai training and classes.

'Smoking' Joe Emmons was always into martial arts, mainly judo, karate and boxing from a young age, but actually preferred to kick a football as opposed to peoples heads for nearly 20 years while playing for a local team.

It was while living in Thailand nearly 10 years ago that saw him visit a Muay Thai gym to continue his passion for traditional western boxing.

Only months later he made his boxing debut but, it was while preparing for this fight that Joe became interested in the art of Muay Thai.

6 months of intense training in the motherland of the sport and Joe made his professional Muay Thai debut, winning with a spectacular TKO in the second round.

Three more years living and training in Thailand saw an impressive 7 win streak, earning him a title shot, which Joe easily won within 30 seconds of the very first round.

The Hua Hin championship is something Joe would later return to Thailand to win again, after 2 and a half years out with torn cartilage.

Still an active fighter, Joe has a 15 fight career in boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai with only three losses to his name.

Ollie Pinnock brings years of boxing experience and knowledge along with great coaching ability to the academy.

With over 21 year's involvement in the amateur, professional and unlicensed boxing ranks.

Having had over 30 amateur fights, his skills have seen him to victories in both the Essex and Eastern county ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) titles in 2002 and 2003. 

Undefeated as an adult, Ollie is still an active fighter adding the IBA light middleweight title to his collection in 2013.

He is a great asset to the team and his boxing sessions are lively, fun and seriously hard work.

Oh and his own addition to this bio is that he is one handsome chap (his words not ours).

So if your looking for the best place to learn boxing in Southend and Essex, then look no further than Southend Combat Academy.

Simon Dempsey. Owner, Coach Chaos MMA, Little Spartans and WAMMA.

Simon's interest in martial arts began at a very early age, like most; exposure to the Bruce Lee phenomenon was probably the cause.

After taking Judo classes to begin with and a brief stint in Shotakan and Wado-ryu karate he found his true passion in kickboxing and later Muay Thai.

Simon spent time training at the famous "Dragons" gym in Carlisle under the watchful eye of 'Mad' Mike Haslam, who in turn was a direct student of Grand Master Sken, the man responsible for introducing mainstream Muay Thai to the UK.

After moving back down to Essex he continued to train under George Nolan.

It was at this time he caught the very first UFC event, and so began his quest for mixed martial arts.

This led him to one of the UK's most respectable martial artists, Paul Cudmore who Simon has now trained under for over 10 years.

Having trained and competed in a variety of disciplines, Simon still sees himself as a student of the martial arts and is an active member of most classes at the academy.

His coaching skills have seen him take the Little Spartans kids MMA class from a group of kids with no experience to a fight team competing in a variety of disciplines and winning plenty of silver wear in both Thai boxing and Grappling events.

The Spartans class is probably the largest kids MMA club in Essex, such is its popularity.

Simon also helps coach the Chaos MMA fight team with training structures and fight preparation and the team boast an impressive 88% success rate for both new and experienced fighters, with some gaining several titles.

Not naïve enough to believe he knows it all, Simon has sourced the very best coaches around to ensure the level of instruction and professionalism available at the academy are of the very highest caliber and second to none.

So if you or your children want to learn the sport of mixed martial arts, then look no further than our MMA classes at Southend Combat Academy.

The number one place for mixed martial arts training in Southend and Essex.

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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