Head Coach Jason Tan has been training martial arts for the past 17 years, starting in traditional martial arts and moving to MMA & BJJ 13 years ago. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and veteran of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Jason has been coaching for the past 12 years. Jason heads up the BJJ and Pro MMA Programs at the Academy, and can be found coaching most evenings here. Jason’s enthusiasm for coaching and competition is what drives him to improve the delivery of our programs throughout all the different martial arts we teach. Jason is currently the only competitive BJJ Black Belt in liverpool.
Head Coach Peter Davies has been training martial arts for the past 20 years, and has been coaching for the best part of 18 years. A Red Band in Muay Thai and former British light middle weight Muay Thai Champion Peter is concentrating on spreading his knowledge of Muay Thai to the students of the MMA Academy, Peter has coached a number of different Muay Thai and MMA Champions, and has managed to apply his knowledge of Muay Thai to MMA. Peter heads up the Muay Thai syllabus at the academy and also heads up the pro MMA team, Peter can be found most days and evenings teaching at the MMA Academy.
Mike has been a long time student with the MMA academy since the age of 17, training Muay Thai with Peter Davies and Grappling with Jason Tan. Currently a top 5 ranked bantamweight in the country for professional mixed martial arts, Mike is also a great coach, and has been coaching at the academy for the last 2 years. A purple belt in BJJ and Brown Armband in Muay Thai, Mike also reached the semi final stage in The Ultimate Fighter season 18. Mike currently coaches the MMA 101 syllabus at the academy.
Coach James Owen has been a long time coach at the MMA Academy, one of Head Coach Jason Tans first ever BJJ students, James has been training BJJ for 12 years, along with his training at the MMA Academy James has also trained with the likes of BJ Penn, Pablo Popovitch, Charuto, Karl Tanswell, Matt Thornton and others. James won the North West Area BJJ Championships as a Purple Belt and has medalled in prestigious grappling events such as Grapplers Quest. James heads up the Foundation Program for BJJ at the academy at present and drawing on a wealth of experience is ensuring that all our students have solid foundations.
Coach Peter Youds has been a student at the MMA Academy since 2009, in that time he has become an avid competitor, winning the british and european BJJ championships at blue belt, also winning the Grapplers Quest Advanced absolute division amongst many other accomplishments. Now a competitive purple belt in BJJ, Peter coaches some of the foundation and 101 syllabus at the academy, Peter has a very informative coaching style and draws on his experience through 5 years of competition to teach his students.
Muay Thai Coach
Coach Ryan Hillier has been training Muay Thai for the last 10 years under the tutelage of Head Coach Peter Davies, Ryan heads up the Muay Thai 101 syllabus at the academy, and is very enthusiastic in his teaching style, Ryan helps guide students to the inter club stage if they wish to compete in Muay Thai and is very passionate about ensuring that all members of his class are improving their technique in his classes.
Muay Thai Coach
Coach Matty Crozier has been training Muay Thai for the last 5 years, and is currently an active competitor, Matty heads up the 201 syllabus at the academy, Matty is a full time coach at the academy, and teaches group classes most days at the academy. Matty also oversees the Muay Thai foundation syllabus along with Coach Ryan Hillier.
Womens Muay Thai Coach
Coach Tammy Davies teaches the womens only muay thai, Tammy has been training Muay Thai for the past 15 years and has advanced to a high level, Tammy has also started to cross train in BJJ at the Academy.
Womens BJJ Coach
Coach Christine Mcdonagh teaches the womens only BJJ team at the academy, Christine is the current purple belt british lightweight and absolute (open weight) champion, and has won medals in major IBJJF tournaments.