Journey of Zen Combat Academy

Zen Combat Academy (previously known as Zen Combat Fitness) first opened its doors in 2019. The name combines both ‘Zen’ emphasizing the value of meditation, intuition & self-control and ‘Combat’ unleashing the fighter within whilst learning to endure.

The idea of Zen was to find and create a harmonious balance between physical well-being and mental tranquillity. This was achieved through the variety of Mixed Martial Arts it offers and over the years, adapting the principles of each Martial Art.

Jeet Kune Do – Way of the intercepting fist

Jeet Kune Do, known as the ”Way of the Intercepting Fist”, is Bruce Lee’s unique approach to martial arts. Rather than a fixed system, Jeet Kune Do comprises principles and training methods that empower individuals to cultivate their personal fighting style.

The core principles of Jeet Kune Do include Simplicity, Open-Mindedness, Effectiveness, and Directness.

These teachings were passed from Bruce Lee to one of his students – Sifu Jerry Poteet, the founder of JPJKD Association, with which Zen Combat Academy is affiliated.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga, a reality-based self-defense Martial Art founded by Imi Lichtenfeld in the 1930s in Israel, consists of techniques from various fighting styles including Boxing,  Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, and Wing Chun. The core principle of Krav Maga is; to quickly disengage to ensure survival.

Our members develop improved situational awareness and reaction skills, enabling them to better recognise threats and be prepared for challenging situations.


Zen emphasises both situational and free sparring otherwise known as grappling. Before doing so, members are taught correct use of body mechanics and techniques, so they can be used live effectively.

Ensuring that each member’s relationship with these principles is strong, so it becomes easier to improvise in any given situation, in which the member has not learned a specific technique.

5 years on, Zen Combat Academy stands out as a symbol of excellence in martial arts training. In a world that often feels fast-paced and over whelming, this martial arts gym provides a haven for over 100 members, to embark on a journey of physical improvement and inner peace. Truly allowing them to always; Be themselves, express themselves and have faith in themselves…

Now, a little bit Sifu Norm Willis – Founder of Zen Combat Academy

I Started training in fitness & martial arts in the 1980’s when I was at high school.

The first arts I began training with were Boxing, Kung Fu and Kickboxing. I have extensive knowledge of the security industry, where I worked for 26 years from 1994 -2020 (both private & public).

In that time, I worked event and nightclub security, close protection, as well as working for the Ministry of Defence.

I am a qualified Personal Trainer and a representative of the Jerry Poteet Jeet Kune Do Association and Danny Hazan Krav Maga Association.

Get in contact if you’re interested in starting your fitness or martial arts journey with us. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Important Information


Sunday Martial Arts Class


Sunday's Martial Arts Class Session (10:00 - 12:00) is taken a temporary detour from Sunday 3rd March 2024 until further notice.

This is due to the gym being used for filming / completing the Instructor's Hatton Boxing Course, as part of developing the instructor's skills further.

Other class sessions during the week (incl. Saturday) remain as normal. Please see class time table below.

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