About Our Club

jack with the belt on CMA on Heart Sussex Radio with Jack the Lad

Combat Martial Arts – Sussex (formerly Maidstone) Recently Moved From Kent to East Sussex and Eastbourne.

For sessions near you please contact us via the website, or at the end of this paragraph are listing for contact via facebook and  email or text / call 07833 723 590

CMA is a friendly ‘Not for Profit’ MMA club which trains in a mixture of Karate (Shotokan and Kyokushinkai), Judo, Jujitsu and Muay Thai. Our real ethos is ‘street effective defence’ for which we have a lot of experience, but to this end have found that MMA* based training is a good vehicle for the members, it offers a street useful method as well as being good for use in the competitive arena with the correct ‘adaptations and rules’. Strong ethics of equality and diversity mean this is great for all ages, male or female. We welcome all ages (normally over 16’s for adult classes) and abilities and do not push anyone to compete or fight but can fully support competitors into K1, Kick boxing, MMA and No Gi. There are no BIG egos as you will find at some clubs. We all train to improve and for the love of the arts we practice. We offer full funding supports and cost price equipment to all members so that it is a training route that is affordable for all.

The founder Mick Poil has over 38 years’ experience in various Martial Arts starting with Judo in 1978 and has since trained in a wide range of fighting arts holding 4th Dan Budo and 3rd Dan Shotokan Karate, Brown Belt SSBK Judo, he also spent a long time working Night Club Doors before serving as a Kent Police Officer both as a volunteer Special Constable and a Regular Officer working Response and CID. Currently he is a fully qualified teacher and course leader at Sussex Downs College; Cert – Ed, DTLLS, A1, V1, First Aid qualified, Safeguarding for sport, CRB/DBS checked. CMA is affiliated to the very well-known and World respected British Combat Association. He has run clubs since 1995 starting in Ashford Kent with Shotokan Karate. The MMA side started in Maidstone Kent in 2008 with great success working with young people and adults of different back grounds. We had many success stories one was taking a couch potato to being our top student, he lost 6 stone and went on to gain his fitness instructor and personal training qualifications, he now competes in various races such as 10k and charity races. Another success story was Mick fighting members of the club over 100 consecutive MMA fights for Cancer Research; the 6hour session raised £2000 for the charity. We worked with local Police and council towards training for disengaged young people as well as former MP for Sport Helen Grant.

*(Mixed Martial Arts – in recent years this tends to indicate a competition training method based on a striking art linked with a grappling art, but really the concept is old, really old and can be traced back to the Kushite’s in around  8th century BC! A more modern icon for ‘cross training’ being Bruce Lee but really it was about situations where a mix of different techniques are applied to overcome different opponent’s.) Ref: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/origins-of-martial-arts-the-real-history-by-jonathan-bynoe/


Web: https://cma-combatmartialarts.co.uk/

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/combatmartialartsmaidstone/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CombatMartialArtsEastbourne/

Phone Number: 07833 723 590

Contact Email: mickpoil.combatmartialarts@gmail.com