Gary Davies

BJJ Coach
Assistant Muay Thai Coach

Gary has studied and trained in many martial arts since he started at the age of 19. He began with Kung Fu, studying various forms (including Wing Chun, Lau Gar and Tai Chi) for nine years. He began training in Japanese Jiu Jitsu in 1996, and achieved the rank of 3rd Dan Black Belt

Gary went on to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Russian Sambo, qualifying as a Russian Sambo Coach under Vadim Kolganov (Dynamo Sambo) in 2004 and was awarded his Brown Belt in BJJ in 2013 under Darren Yeoman. He has competed in BJJ, MMA & Sport Sambo

Matt Male

Assistant Manager
Head MMA Coach
BJJ Coach

Matt began studying and training in Jiu Jitsu in 2003 and reached the level of 1st Dan Black Belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, under Gary Davies. Matt also holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu awarded by Darren Yeoman. He continues to train in BJJ under Darren Yeoman and Gary Davies

Matt has wide competition experience and has won many competitions including:

  • Gracie Invitational BJJ European Open Gold Medallist
  • Bristol BJJ Open Gold Medallist
  • 2 x Combat Sports British Amateur MMA Champion
  • Grapple & Strike Amateur MMA Champion
  • Anger Management Grapple Challenge Champion

Matt runs the Somerset Jiu Jitsu Alliance MMA team and has prepared competitors for all levels and types of competition from BJJ to pro rules MMA.

Sonny Perez

Head Muay Thai Coach

Sonny is widely regarded as one of the best Muay Thai instructors in the South West.

He has trained in Muay Thai for over 20 years with some of the most respected coaches in the world and has produced countless champions from area to international standard.

He is a 3x Muay Thai Champion and a UKMF Instructor as well as being graded to Kru and Kru Yai by the Kru Muay Thai Association. This is a rare honour for a non-Thai and makes Perez the highest graded Thai-boxing instructor in the south west and one of only a handful of instructors graded to this level in Europe.

He has completed a referees course with Goldenbelt and passed the IBMTO judging course.

Darren Yeoman

Head BJJ Coach

Darren has a wealth of experience in grappling arts and is one of the top coaches in the South West. He is a BJJ Black Belt and has been grappling for over 14 years and is also well versed in Judo, Sambo and Wrestling.

He has competed in many tournaments including the British, European and the World Championships in the USA. Most recently he won a silver medal at the English Open.

Darren is head BJJ coach at both Fightworx Academies, in Torquay and Taunton

Chris Melhuish

Muay Thai Coach

Chris is a Muay Thai instructor/certified personal trainer and professional fighter.

He has years of experience competing on a national level with many wins and championship belts. Chris recently decided to refine his talents by spending 4 weeks in Thailand to home his skills further, allowing him to pass on this valuable experience to his students.

Chris is well versed in a variety of martial arts and fitness with a focus on nutrition and technique which he guides his students and clients with step by step, from beginners to professional fighters.

Random fact about Chris. He likes cats.