Mixed Martial Arts is a realistic, total fighting concept incorporating all aspects of striking and grappling both standing and on the ground.  The Christchurch MMA school at the Academy was the first of its kind in NZ and all students are welcome whether you want to learn MMA for fun, fitness or competition.


The Academy offers a well rounded MMA system that seamlessly blends striking and grappling into a martial art ideal for limited-rules fighting. Academy Chief Instructor Dr Geoff Aitken began teaching MMA in New Zealand in 1994, mixing together wrestling, judo and Thai boxing. Soon after Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was added which further solidified the grappling and submission aspects of our MMA game.

Our instructors possess a vast depth of knowledge and experience and include a 3rd Degree BJJ black belt and a 1st Degree black belt. The Academy also hosts regular in-house workshops with 6th Degree BJJ black belt John Will, keeping us at the forefront of grappling instruction.

No gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is becoming a large component of our curriculum at the Academy and is increasing in popularity in New Zealand and around the world. There are now a lot of great no gi competitions happening with some really interesting rule sets. No gi allows you to try MMA style grappling without striking.

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We offer private lessons in MMA that are available to all experience levels. These can be booked at reception and are available from 10am through to 9pm. Private lessons are an excellent way to focus on a particular aspect of MMA or to accelerate your overall progress. 


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