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Christchurch's biggest and best equipped Martial Arts Academy where you can learn Muay Thai Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, Philipino Stick & Knife Fighting and Adrenal Stress Conditioned Self Defence... taught by the South Island's most qualified and experienced instructors.

Gain Awesome Confidence, Great Fitness and Practical Self Defence Skills in a Safe and Fun Environment!*

The Academy, led by Chief Instructor Dr Geoff Aitken and CEO Leonie Burrows, has been teaching martial arts in New Zealand and Christchurch for over 25 years with cutting edge martial arts training, encompassing the full martial arts spectrum with Karate, Kickboxing, BJJ Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Our Mission is to make martial arts training available for all ages and for the whole family.
Our focus is on sound understanding of the techniques, principles and concepts of the martial arts we teach.
Academy students are noted for their technical prowess and we encourage you to get into martial arts training and realize the fantastic benefits it will provide to your lifestyle.Clicky

We promote a positive atmosphere where everyone can learn the most practical and modern martial arts that exist in the world today, to a very high level of expertise in a safe and friendly training environment.

Click the links below to read more about the great martial arts programs we provide and
 have a look at our Gallery section for more videos of the programs available at the Academy and be sure to visit my blog

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Kick Boxing

 All Muay Thai Training at the academy is taught by qualified and experienced Muay Thai trainers,  with a focus on technique and gaining the benefits of confidence and fitness, in a controlled friendly and professional environment in the best Christchurch Kickboxing training facility available. If you want greater fitness and self confidence Muay Thai kickboxing training at the Academy will assist you in reaching your goal. Learn more about the Academy of Combat Christchurch Kickboxing school by clicking here.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Christchurch 1st and biggest BJJ school, established in 1995, and affiliated to the Will/Machado BJJ network, the Academy of Combat provides the highest quality BJJ in Christchurch with the highest qualified instructors including the highest ranked kiwi BJJ Black Belt. No idiots, munters or prima donnas tolerated; just a friendly, great BJJ, MMA training environment full of students enjoy training in their martial art. To learn more about the Academy of Combat Christchurch BJJ school click here.

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Freestyle Martial Arts/Weaponry

The major weapons we teach are: Filipino stick and knife, Japanese sword and Jo. The Academy of Combat is the only Christchurch Martial Arts school offering training in all of these disciplines. 

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The Academy offers Muay Thai kickboxing classes especially for women - taught in a friendly and secure atmosphere, by some of the best instructors from the Christchurch kickboxing scene.
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Our Children's martial arts program focuses on developing good life skills such as honesty, self-discipline, integrity, perseverance and learning the best martial arts Christchurch has to offer. Our fully rounded children's program teaches kickboxing, BJJ, MMA and self defence together with building confidence, integrity and discipline. Read more about our Christchurch children's martial arts programs here.
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Street Self Defence

Our Reality Based Self Defence System trains you to master your fears when facing the real threat of an attacker or mugger and respond, if necessary, with a fierce, powerful and focused attack

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Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts is a realistic, total fighting concept incorporating all aspects of striking and grappling both standing and on the ground.

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Geoff's Blog
Interesting and practical articles about training in the martial arts.

As a student your safety and enjoyment of learning are of premium importance to us whether you are child, teenage student, busy mum or stressed out businessman you will learn in a positive, encouraging atmosphere, where you will make great new friends and develop a Black Belt mind-set to realize your life's full potential. So come along and experience the best Christchurch martial arts has to offer!

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...My health has definitely improved and I feel more confident about handling myself. Additionally, everyone at the gym is super-friendly, and worries about being a lady are unfounded. I would absolutely recommend joining the Academy for the fun, challenging environment, dedicated teachers and their authentic skills.

-Guet Ghee Pang

...The whole point of this is to say that without you guys I never could have done any of this and my life would definitely not have been as rewarding as it has been.

Win or lose MMA/BJJ has taught me to aim high, never give up and that every problem has a solution and for that I'm forever grateful.

-Bennet Jarvis (see Bennet's Past Fighter profile here)

Everyone should know how to defend themselves. You will definitely learn these abilities at the Academy of Combat. Don't hesitate start today, you will not regret it when the situation arises when you have to defend/protect yourself.

-Stephen Baker

For more testimonials click here.