Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport popularised by promotions such as the UFC and One Championship. Training revolves around 3 particular ranges and scenarios:

  • Stand-up Striking – The FightLab was born as a Muay Thai gym and we still have a heavy emphasis on striking. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known by his striking power and mental toughness. We now use Muay Thai initiate our MMA strategy.
  • Clinch – Learning to use Wrestling skills attack & defend against takedowns and strikes in MMA (from outside range & against the wall).
  • Ground Submission Grappling training with modified strategies that the element of striking brings to the submission grappling ground game.

Our MMA sessions are structured in a way that make sure you have a good grounding in solid basics and core fundamental techniques for each range. The sessions are tailored to the abilities of the people in them and practiced in a safe progressive manner.

The majority of our members do not train to compete and we will only put people forward for competition once they are physically, mentally and technically ready.

For those who wish, we have a structured grading system that grades people on not just knowledge of syllabus, but merit fighting in MMA interclubs too.

Mark Rawson

Formal Qualifications

  • 1st Degree, Red Prajioud (Instructor) in Muay Thai
  • 1st Dan Black Belt Kickboxing
  • Rapid Assault Tactics / Jeet Kune Do & Kali
  • Cobra Self Defence certified instructor
  • Cobra Martial Arts Association approved
  • Member of the National Black Belt Register

Other styles studied to a significant length of time

  • Kali/Escrima/Arnis
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Keysi Fight Method
  • Japanese Ju-Jitsu