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Dr Geoff Aitken.Ph.D.

Dr Geoff Aitken.Ph.D.

Founder, Director and Chief Instructor

40 years experience training martial arts. Geoff is one of the most highly qualified and experienced martial arts instructors in New Zealand.
He has taught students from all walks of life for over 35 years, and still trains and teaches everyday.
  • 6th degree Black Belt in Freestyle martial arts
  • 2nd degree BJJ black belt , Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Coaches: John Will, 4th degree BJJ black belt; Rigan Machado, 8th degree BJJ Red & Black Belt)
  • Thailand trained and certified Muay Thai trainer, referee and Judge with over 29 years experience, training and teaching Thai boxing.
  • Certified Adrenal Stress Conditioning Self Defense trainer.
  • Former South Island Kickboxing Heavy-weight champion
  • Former NZ Jiu Jitsu champion.
  • Certified advanced coaching certificate with Coaching NZ.
  • Pioneered kickboxing and Muay Thai in The South Island of NZ, opening the first kickboxing schools and promoting the first Kickboxing & Muay Thai competition fights in the South island
  • Pioneered BJJ in NZ, starting the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in 1996
  • Pioneered MMA in NZ, starting the first MMA school in 1994, and promoting the first MMA fight in August, 1996
Formerly working as a research scientist in the field of molecular biology he now teaches martial arts full time.
Geoff is also a certified NLP/Neurosemantics Trainer which allows him to assist people in developing their mental game as well.
Leonie Burrows

Leonie Burrows

Director & Chief Executive Officer

Leonie has a science background with a B.Sc. and worked as a research scientist. She is a NLP/Neurosemantics practitioner, has 10yrs experience working with community groups/committees, business owner and has managed the Academy since it's conception in 1994. Has worked tirelessly to develop the Academy and promote Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA in Christchurch. Co-promoted the first MMA fight in NZ.
Mark Wowk

Mark Wowk

2IC & IT Manager

MMA Black Patch
BJJ Black Belt
Thai Boxing Orange Patch

Mark teaches BJJ, MMA and kids martial arts classes.
Tony Lafrentz

Tony Lafrentz

Maintenance Manager

Free Style Martial Arts/Weaponry Black
Belt 1st Degree

Tony coaches the Freestyle Martial Arts/Weaponry class.
Tim Freeman

Tim Freeman

Operations Manager

BJJ Purple Belt
MMA Purple Patch
Thai Boxing Purple Patch

Tim instructs fundamental MMA, BJJ and Thai Boxing.

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