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Christchurch's biggest and best equipped Martial Arts Academy where you can learn Muay Thai Kickboxing, 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!*

Call us today (03) 377 6350 or fill out the online form on the Contact Us Page

The Academy, led by Chief Instructor Dr Geoff Aitken and CEO Leonie Burrows, has been teaching cutting edge fighting systems, encompassing the full martial arts spectrum, for over 30 years, including 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 fighting 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.

We promote a positive atmosphere where everyone can learn the most practical and modern Muay Thai, BJJ, MMA and Weapons techniques 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 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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Thai 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 our Christchurch Kickboxing school by clicking here.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

New Zealand's 1st  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. We promote and nurture a friendly, great BJJ, MMA training environment full of students enjoying training. To learn more about our 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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Ladies Thai Boxing

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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Kids Martial Arts

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

MMA is the latest evolution of the realistic, total fighting concept incorporating all aspects of striking and grappling both standing and on the ground. The Academy of Combat Christchurch Martial arts school was the first MMA school in New Zealand, founded and led by Dr Geoff Aitken. To learn more click through here.

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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 a child, teenage student, busy mum or stressed out businessman you will learn in a positive, encouraging atmosphere, make great new friends and develop a Black Belt mind-set to realize your life's full potential.

* Guaranteed or your money back

Check out this video that expresses what we stand for and believe in at the Academy

Start the Black Belt journey today!


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Latest News:

Next John Will Seminar November 27th 2015

John Will is returning shortly to the Academy for another in depth and exciting BJJ seminar. John is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to be awarded a BJJ black belt and currently holds the rank of fifth degree. During his long and storied martial arts career John has trained with iconic names such as Rigan Machado, Rickson Gracie, Benny Urquidez and Gene Lebell. As well as being one of the world's best martial arts instructors, John is also the author of a growing collection of books and DVDs. He also instructs law enforcement groups and Special Operations personnel all over the world. While John's seminars are always packed with extremely useful techniques they are also very entertaining and thought-provoking due to John's vast life experience and sense of humour. Please don't miss this incredible opportunity.

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Pay by November 20th and gain entrance to the seminar for

ONLY $70

After November 20th the cost is $80


Time: 6pm to 9pm, Friday November 27th, 2015
Location: Academy of Combat
Open to any belt level


Check out what our students say about training at the Academy by clicking here.