About The Academy

The Academy of Combat is run by Geoff Aitken, one of the most respected martial arts experts in New Zealand. Although Geoff holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Otago, martial arts is his lifelong passion.

Geoff is a living embodiment of the martial arts lifestyle and has been practising martial arts for over 40 years. A former New Zealand champion, he was instrumental in bringing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts to New Zealand, staging the first ever Mixed Martial Arts fight in New Zealand at Pioneer Stadium. Geoff established the Academy of Combat as the first school in New Zealand to teach these new disciplines.

Since then, Geoff has trained many New Zealand champions and has continued to hone his skills by collaborating regularly with other recognised experts around the world.

Geoff loves to pass on his extensive knowledge of martial arts to others and finds teaching children and young people especially rewarding.