ABOUT US

We are a proven professional, progressive, disciplined and innovative martial arts academy that will focus on achieving your individual goals.

ABOUT US

Our Head Instructors each have over 20 year expertise in Martial Arts. We have an outstanding reputation and we are an expanding, inspirational and established community focused award winning martial arts academy. We pride ourselves on being a martial arts academy that has a dynamic, developed and modern way of teaching martial arts.

We focus on the individual as we will train all age and abilities. We are a proven professional, progressive, disciplined and innovative martial arts academy that will focus on achieving your individual goals in a family friendly fun environment. Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced, we have classes for everyone. For the serious competitor or those that want to become fighters either at national or international level, we have accomplished and experienced instructors with competitive experience who have been champions themselves to guide you.

A very high standard of service

We are committed to giving a very high standard of service and health & safety. We ensure that all of our instructors are experienced and qualified with the correct levels of security clearance and first aid training. We will teach all students to the highest level as we believe that each student has a potential.

We respect the traditional martial arts system and combine it into our modern approach to teaching. You will be given the best possible Martial Arts training for tournaments and competitions and also self-protection skills that are required for real life situations. We also support and help our members to develop their character and improve their self-confidence and self-esteem.

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We are a fully equipped Martial Arts facility and have classes from Monday to Sunday and we offer a wide range of disciplines & training including:

  • Adults, Kids, Juniors, Teens & Women classes
  • Krav Maga – Self Defence
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Women Only Classes
  • Women Only classes with Female Instructors
  • Muay Thai
  • Boxing
  • Amateur Boxing
  • Boxing Fitness (Family Class)
  • Boxing – Kids (Non-Contact option available)
  • White Collar Boxing
  • K1 Kick Boxing
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Freestyle MMA Wrestling
  • Sparring classes
  • Kick Box Fit
  • Fighters Conditioning
  • Tai Chi

The support and help to reach your goal

We offer a selection of women’s only classes and some with female instructors. We have different programmes for Kids & Juniors including how to deal positively with bullying.

Our established grading structure and process is driven by the student’s ability, length of time as a student, dedication and personal merit. We have brilliant instructors that will give you the support and help to reach your goal.

Join our martial arts extended diverse family whatever your age or background. Come and train in a friendly and safe atmosphere where everyone is respected, understood and listened to as we have zero-tolerance to unacceptable behaviour. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced martial artist preparing for the next level or competition or a parent that wishes their child to be able to protect themselves should an unfortunate situation arise, we will help you to do this. Our dedicated and experienced instructors will help you every step of the way. We also monitor our instructor’s performance to make sure that you are receiving the best level of training and customer care.

Grading Level Examinations

Modern Combat Martial Arts has an explosive and innovative approach to modern combat and the art of self-defence. However, we use a traditional ethos and focus to “gradings”. We have established grading structures within each discipline that is challenging and motivated by the student’s ability, length of time as a student, dedication and personal merit rather than presenting students with a commercially driven and sometimes unrealistic grading structure. We will only select or invite students to grade when they have reached the required level of physical and mental ability, focus, confidence, self-discipline & respect for the level concerned. Making sure that members understand what is legally and socially acceptable as a martial artist in a modern society is also one of our goals. We will concentrate and develop your individual ability and safely, maximise your progress and full potential.

Our fusion of traditional and modern martial arts & self-defence techniques will provide you with the best opportunity to learn a martial art that is tailored for a modern and changing society whilst also giving you the opportunity to progress/excel at a realistic and authentic pace.

MEET OUR TEAM

Krav Maga Instructors


KRAV MAGA CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett is the UK’s Chief Instructor for Krav Maga Haim Zut as well as a Chief Instructor within the Krav Maga Haim Zut Organisation from Israel. An active close protection operative with extensive Krav Maga hands-on and operational expertise (including high threat and government level contracts). He is also an advanced unarmed combat instructor. His expertise is sought after and has led to him working with police officers and the military including International Special Forces and the security services both as a trainer and an operative. He has a proven track record of teaching at all levels and abilities and he also has a solid martial arts background. He is a personable, friendly, passionate and a dedicated professional practitioner and trainer of Krav Maga Haim Zut. Joel organises our Krav Maga specialist workshops and seminars.

David Hall

Krav Maga & Self Defence Instructor under the world famous Krav Maga Haim Zut Federation and The Wingate Institute in Israel, David is also under the guidance of the exceptionally reputable Krav Maga Haim Zut UK’s Chief Instructor, Joel Bennett.

With over 20 years’ experience, he has a proven and extensive range for teaching at all levels and abilities. David is also a boxing instructor affiliated to Golden Gloves Boxing League, training all levels for competitions and tournaments within the UK.

David is also a premier global qualified personal fitness and exercise specialist and has a passion for teaching and developing kids, juniors, adults (women & men) of all abilities and ages.

Jody Myers

Krav Maga Instructor

Geiser Cardoso

Krav Maga Instructor

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Denniston Sutherland

MMA Head Instructor

Oscar

A talented MMA fighter and coach with a lot of enthusiasm for teaching all students but especially our younger students, beginner adults and teens to progress to become more advanced to levels they didn’t feel they could reach. Oscar is caring towards the students abilities to make sure they all progress at their own desired pace, and notices improvements when they are made. Since joining MCMA as a coach Oscar has excelled by also learning that teaching can be hugely rewarding for the coach as well as for the student. Oscar is responsible for managing many of our younger students progress and making sure they meet their training goals and achieve their next grading level / advancement.

Bradley

Since joining our academy Bradley has shown extreme loyalty and respect for instructors and also his colleagues. Bradley is officially a coach and fighter for MMAX Gym & MCMA with experience in MMA under the tutelage of Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland & also training extensively to learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu alongside his MMA career.

Bradley is now heavily involved with making sure the younger students at our academies are progressing and making the effort to meet their training goals.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Head Instructor – MCMA Watford

Jeff Cechinel

Jeff moved to the UK in 2012 from Brazil coming from Alliance with Professor Casquinha and Adriano from Alliance Campinas; Jeff joined the Pedro Bessa team in Bristol as a Purple Belt and participated in many competitions, where he earned Brown Belt. After years living in Bristol, for work reasons, Jeff moved to Rickmansworth, where he earned Black Belt from Jose Marcelo (Icon BJJ) in 2016. Jeff left the team to follow his own path and build his own team. As a competitor, Jeff won medals in several competitions in all belt categories. Jeff has never been in the headlights, as his main reason and passion for training is to share the knowledge and help athletes to reach their goals and full potential.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Head Instructor – MCMA Harrow

Luke Dalmedo

An Established Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner & Black Belt under Nicholas Brooks (Mill Hill BJJ) certified with the IBJJF & UKBJJA the UK’s official governing body.

Luke has accomplished the following achievements in his martial arts career.

Purple belt welsh open no-gi champ

Purple belt London all stars gi and no-gi champion

1-0 in Sub15 superfights (triangle)

14 years MMA training experience

Pro Debut – 17

6 pro MMA fights 4-2, all wins by stoppage (tko and subs)

Kayo Pro MMA featherweight champion

Luke is also a certified Personal Trainer – level 3

 

 

 

 

Muay Thai Instructors

MUAY THAI HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Brian Knapp

Head Muay Thai & Kickboxing Instructor with over 20 years’ experience in amateur and professional fights and competitions in the UK & Thailand. Brian was an IFMA Muay Thai world championships squad member and is registered with the UKMTF & WMC Muay Thai Council.

Brian has an extensive proven and range of ability & passion for successfully teaching at all levels including kids, juniors, adults (women & men) of all ages and abilities.

Brian also teaches advanced students & professional fighters and he is also the lead co-ordinator for all MCMA-Muay Thai and Golden Gloves Boxing League competitions & tournaments.

 

Adam Jay

Muay Thai Assistant Coach

Nick Wilson

A very high calibre Instructor with over 25 years experience in Muay Thai boxing.

During his fighting career he trained and competed in the UK, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

Having trained along-side some of the very best in the sport, he loves teaching and seeing his students progress and he produces outstanding results.
As well as helping beginners get to grips with this incredible art, Nick has trained British, European and World Champions.

 

Daniel Ryowicz

K1 & Muay Thai Junior Instructor

 

Boxing Instructors

Dhesi Singh

Boxing Instructor

Cory Tait

Striking Coach

Female Fight Team/Instructors

Natasha

Natasha is our Head Female Only Kickboxing Coach. On one side friendly, warm and welcoming but don’t be fooled as on the other side she never lets you rest and pushes you to your own limits and maximum potential. Her passion for teaching and coaching is highly energetic and infectious. Almost everyone that comes to a trial class with Natasha wants to join the team even if they are exhausted afterwards, and if they didn’t join they just weren’t up for the task at hand. Natasha is also qualified like our other instructors for private 121 / small group training and coaching. So if classes are not for you maybe private coaching is. Natasha is also involved in progressing the kickboxing students to their next grading level within the MCMA examinations and also training regularly herself to achieve her personal fitness and martial arts goals.

Grace

Grace has been a student of MCMA since 2011 when she was only 8 years old. Grace learned Krav Maga and also boxing alongside her main passion. Becoming a team leader when only 11 years old and then a junior coach in her teens she showed massive potential to eventually be an adult instructor one day. She became an instructor when she was 18. As an academy we are so proud to have students that were children that have become teens and then adults to pass on the knowledge and experience to the next generation, and Grace is a perfect example of this. Grace has a large involvement to bring our younger students up to their grading levels and overall standard of what we expect at MCMA within our Watford & Hertfordshire locations and also teaches and assists at our Harrow centre.

Management Team

Jenny Nilsson

Management Team

Martin O’Malley

Management Team

Michal Pankanin

Management Team

Yijian Fong

Management Team

Team Leaders & Junior Coaches