The Combat Academy was founded in 2011 by British, European and World Professional Kickboxing Champion Mick Crossland. Its aim is to deliver high-quality martial arts training that offers participants the full range of physical, mental and spiritual benefits that can be achieved through Martial Arts training and competition.

We are open to people of all ages (from 4 years and up), genders and abilities and will support all members in achieving their goals. Through involvement with The Combat Academy, members can get fitter, stronger and healthier and will have access to new positive social networks.

All of our trainers have a genuine passion for the arts they teach and work diligently to ensure that we offer a fun, friendly, welcoming & supportive environment & that every member regardless of experience or ability is able to make the most out of their time spent training at the academy. 

In addition to our open access classes, we also offer one to one Personal Training and accredited personal and social development programmes for specifically identified vulnerable groups. For information about these and our other services please contact us via the details on the bottom of this page.


All of our instructors have direct frontline competitive experience in the arts we teach. Our coaches and fighters train and compete in all the disciplines we teach and we have produced champions in all disciplines at various levels. We are currently home to some of the finest fighters around on the circuit from novice up to world-class professional level with Area, National, British, European and World Amateur and Professional champions all training and teaching under The Combat Academy banner. And as we have access to so many competitive circuits across a broad range of disciplines we are THE most active competitive gym around.

Because of this success, our coaches and fighters understand what it takes to be successful in achieving your goals whether it be for competition or for health and fitness. As a result, whatever your goal, you will find the knowledge, skills, support, and motivation needed to achieve it at The Combat Academy.



The Combat Academy headquarters Barnsley is a fully equipped fight sport & fitness gym offering classes in Kickboxing, Boxing, and Strength & Conditioning. The centre is fully matted with the top of the range 40 ml tatami mats, it features an 18ft boxing ring, a large heavy bags area a reception and seating area for parents and spectators. We also have an excellent strength & conditioning area which features some of the best training equipment available including a large CrossFit rig featuring two power racks, pull up bars and gymnastic rings tower, we also have various training tools such as Bulgarian Bags, Kettlebells, Battling Ropes, TRX, HIRTS Ropes, Plyometric Boxes, Russian Clubs, Barbells, Olympic Weights and much more.


The Combat Academy Chesterfield is a brand new club that operates out of the Boythorpe Community Centre (St Francis Hall) on Hunloke Avenue, Boyhtorpe in Chesterfield (S40 2PD). The centre offers a fantastic space in which we teach The Combat Academy’s own unique brand of Kickboxing. As a Sandee sponsored gym we use only top of the range SANDEE pads and training equipment.

"Took my 2 grandchildren here as I got fed up of them on the Xbox. Mick trains them hard but it is so good to see the boys healthy and alert."

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