Martin Fenn Testimonial

Martin Fenn talks about his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Thai Boxing training at the Academy.

Gonzalo Navarro Testimonial

A video testimonial from Academy of Combat Student Gonzalo Navarro.

Brad Riddell Talks About The Academy of Combat

One New Zealand's most successful young Thai Boxers, Brad Riddell, talks about his time training at the Academy of Combat.

Video Testimonials

Note that the following testimonials were filmed at our old gym.

Written Testimonials

I couldn’t have asked for a better school to start off my self-defense journey. At the start, I was hesitant about being a newbie. However, the approachable instructors encourage questions and always put safety first, allowing me to learn at their own pace, yet simultaneously tailoring the lessons to push students beyond what they ever imagined they could do. 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

I have been training at the Academy of Combat for over a year now and I have learnt so much in that time. Training here is always challenging and I enjoy pushing myself; with grading and graduation as goals and also as a measure of how I'm doing. All staff and students are friendly and helpful; the gym has a great atmosphere. They cater to everyone, from beginners to fighters, and offer many different styles to train in. I have been to other gyms and found the Academy of Combat to be my favourite and I don't see myself leaving!

- Kelly Broerse

...Since I left New Zealand I spent 3 years in Japan training with high level MMA and BJJ names like Shinya Aoki (No.2 ranked lightweight in the world, Shooto world champion, Deep champion, Dream Champion, BJJ black belt etc) Satoru Kitaoka (Sengoku world champion), Masanori Kanehara (Dream world champion) and Dai Yoshioka (BJJ mundials blackbelt world champion) and found the training I received from Geoff held me in good stead.

Although I never competed in MMA again I've found success as a grappler including multiple medals in various high profile BJJ tournaments in Tokyo up to Purple Belt level. The highlight so far was representing Great Britain at the World Grappling Games in Turkey in 2007. I am currently based in London and train out of the London Shootfighters gym which boasts some of the top grapplers in the UK as well as several top UFC prospects.

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)

I have only been going for about 5 weeks but can tell anyone who is looking to start in this sport that the people here are some of the best around. The way they treat new people coming into the sport and even old guys like me is a credit to the gym and the owners. To have this within the gym is huge for new people coming into the sport. The help from both the trainers and the other students is great. Would have to be the best gym in the country by far. Come along anyone who is interested you will not be disappointed at all.

- Chris Hale

Valhalla Academy of Combat is a world of its own. It excels in its training of numerous martial arts styles and creates a positive environment that has allowed me to maximize my potential on a number of different levels. The staff's attitude, dedication and encouragement have been invaluable to my development. It has been a great opportunity to make new friends and connections and is truly an incredible place. Beneficial for, but not limited to, self defence and fitness. I highly recommend the Academy of Combat to anyone and everyone.

- Valerie Tan

Going to the gym(Academy of Combat) was the best thing I could have done. It gave me confidence, built my self esteem and helped me to gain knowledge through the three different styles on offer: weaponry, shoot fighting and kick boxing. Thank you Chief and Leonie for devoting so much of your time to us all. It is an experience that will never be forgotten.

- Shell Brady

Overall a fantastic place to be involved in, regardless of your interests, covers all bases.

- Julia

It's like a family environment, while exercising and learning how to defend yourself. Whats not to like?

- Kayla

Excellent guidance and encouragement from top staff who teach excellent skills and empower confidence. Accessible to diverse cultures and age groups.

- Koei Cinsley

A great atmosphere. Very friendly, helpful people (instructors, reception etc) but also others training here. Good range of classes. You are encouraged to achieve what you want from here.

- Sarah Cooper

Awesome place to learn martial arts.

- Gordon

Once again excellent instructors and a great atmosphere.

- John McGinlay

Your one stop shop to learn the right stuff. Simple, realistic and varied. If you want proof watch the UFC etc, see what they do!

- C. Burtscler

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

Check out our Thai Kickboxing, BJJ & Mixed Martial Arts, Weaponry Combat and Self Defence pages for testimonials from students participating in those programs.