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About us


Welcome to British Military Martial Arts, the only organisation in the UK to have both ex-military and civilian instructors teaching  military themed martial arts.

Young children and adults are welcomed at all levels to learn how martial arts can be combined with fun, fitness and structure to help anyone get the most out of their life.

British Military Martial Arts and our team have put together programs designed specifically for certain age, gender or ability groups. From Little Soldiers 4-7 years, Cadets 8-11 years, Adults and Ladies only.

All of our instructors are inspirational and motivational and will get the most out of you on every class.

Who better to teach children important values such as discipline, self-control and respect than ex-service men and women who personify these values.

All of our instructors are close protection experts and the syllabus we teach is a mixture of: Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Kung-fu, Tae Kwon Do, Ju-jitsu and MMA - all taught with a military flavour.

Our Journey

Lee Matthews British Military Martial Arts was founded in 2001 by Lee, who wanted to use his years of military and martial arts experience to teach others. The first classes took place in the Headquarters in Telford. Within a short amount of time, the unique style of class took off and the school became the largest and most respected martial arts centre in the area. Over the next few years, more expert instructors joined Lee Matthews British Military Martial Arts to open new schools in the surrounding areas and then further afield. With all instructors being highly trained, experienced and dedicated, each school location expanded and the buzz about the British Military Martial Arts experience grew. Today, the concept has engaged hundreds of instructors over the years and BMMA now have over 80 locations around the country. British Military Martial Arts continues to go from strength to strength, with new schools opening each year, so please check out the classes we have available in your area!

Lee Matthews

Lee Matthews (5th Dan kickboxing, 5th Dan sport Karate and 1st Dan Karate) launched the Academy in 2000 after serving for 7 years in the Third Battalion of the Parachute regiment where he undertook operations in Northern Ireland and Kosovo. He also trained as a Physical Training Instructor and spent a short period of time teaching Parachute Regiment recruits at ATR Lichfield.

Nigel Benn - Brand Ambassador

Nigel Benn, known as “The Dark Destroyer” is a former boxer who held world titles at both Middleweight and Super Middleweight. He was in, and boxed for, the British Army, where he served in The Troubles (conflict in Northern Ireland) for 18 months. Undefeated Welterweight for the First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 1982 and 1984, Nigel won titles all the way up to Heavyweight and trained others in his regiment’s boxing team. Nigel had a record of 41 wins and 1 loss as an amateur boxer and turned professional in 1987 with a win over Graeme Ahmed in Croydon. This win began a streak of 22 consecutive knockout wins which extended until 1989. Nigel has a professional record of 42 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw, with 35 wins by way of a knockout as a professional boxer.

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