Steve Martin Fighting Arts Academy

High quality martial arts instruction in JKD

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About us

Welcome to the Steve Martin Fighting Arts Academy

We are a friendly club with no time for egos, as we are all on a quest to continue improving in our abilities. We have gradings and so have students of various levels all training together.

Beginners are always welcome.

We are based in Chertsey and practise a wide range of arts, covering stand up and ground combat as well as weaponry, that we deem important for overall ability and to become a well-rounded martial artist.

In addition to our regular training, we host annual seminars with world class JKD instructors including Bob Breen, Terry Barnett and Daniel Lonero.

Our Arts

We train in a variety of arts which are blended together into a system which enables you to be effective in any combat range.

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Western Boxing

Thai Boxing

Kali / Filipino Martial Arts

Jeet Kune Do

Grappling and Groundwork

Meet Steve


Steve Martin


About Me

My Martial Arts history started in 1979. I was 17 years old and attended the local Shotakan Karate club in Chertsey, Surrey. I trained hard and achieved my black belt 1st dan in 1984,and my 2nd dan in 1987, both awarded by the late great Sensie Enoeda.

While training for my 3rd dan I was becoming disillusioned, and attended some seminars in London with Dan Inosanto and Larry Hartsell. I was blown away and became hooked on the fantastic arts being taught under the banner of JKD Concepts, Kali, and Fillipino Arts.

At this stage i decided to walk away from Karate as I felt there was something missing and began training in JKD Concepts. Over the next several years I continued to train with Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell, Rick Faye, Paul Vunak, Cass Magda, and the rest of the JKD family when they came over from the USA, but most of my training was with Rick Young, Terry Barnett and Bob Breen from the UK.

I also had my own club running at this time. I became heavily involved with self defence / reality based training including VIP protection, along with traditional Ju-Jitsu, joint locking-control and restraining techniques.

In the late 90s an injury (non martial arts related), work and family commitments forced me to re-assess my priorities and I stopped training and teaching to concentrate of other things.

Around 2003, I returned to training in JKD with renewed commitment, soon restarting my club where many of my old students returned and the club continues to grow to this day.


I have trained in a great many systems, under many great instructors, too many to list here, and have been fortunate to be awarded:

My Black Belts in Shotokan Karate

Instructorship in Integrated Arts under Guru Terry Barnett

Black Belt and Associate 2 Instructorship under Guru Bob Breen

Instructorship under Guru Paul Vunak

Full Instructor under Guru John Koeshall in Thru-The Fire Association, where I co-teach our instructorship program

Associate Instructor under Guru Rick Faye of the Minnesota Kali Group

Associate Instructor in Jun Fan/JKD Concepts and Fillipino martial arts under Guru Dan Inosanto

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Instructor Dave Birkett and graded by Mark Walder

Class information

to go

River Bourne Health Club, Heriot Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DR.

You'll find us in the seating area downstairs by reception before each class.

to go

We have two training sessions per week at the moment, for all levels.

Tuesday 8:15 pm — 9:45 pm

Thursday 8:00 pm — 9:30 pm

How much
it costs

First class is FREE!

After that, it'll be £10 per session or £50 for the month.

Contact us

If you'd like any more information, please do get in touch.

River Bourne Health Club,
Heriot Road, Chertsey,
Surrey KT16 9DR