About Dorchester Martial Arts

Dorchester Martial Arts was formed in 2009 by head coach Luke Mannion. We are the only club in Dorchester teaching authentic Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate and Boxing.

The club very quickly gained a reputation for quality coaching and a great training environment. We consistently brought in internationally renowned coaches for gradings and seminars, the first time this had been done in Dorchester. A steady increase in demand for our classes led us to move into a full-time venue in 2012.

We boast the most qualified and experienced coaches in the area who are dedicated to helping you learn Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate and Boxing skills. Our full-time gym contains a huge matted training area, a selection of top quality pads and punch bags, kettlebells, medicine balls and everything else you would need for a professional martial arts experience.

Our Instructors

Luke Mannion

Head Instructor

Luke is the most qualified Martial Arts and Fitness Instructor in Dorchester; he has studied martial arts for over 25 Years and holds Black Belts and coaching qualifications in various Martial Arts and Self Protection systems.

Luke is a former Parachute Regiment Sniper and saw active service in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland and Iraq. Luke represented the Parachute Regiment, Army and Combined Services (best from Army, Navy and RAF) at Martial Arts during this time.

Luke's Qualifications

  • 10th Khan in Muay Thai Boxing (Black Belt Equivalent)
  • Muay Thai Boxing Senior Instructor
  • Combat Clinch Work Senior Instructor
  • 4th Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing
  • Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
  • 1st Dan Black Belt in The Real Combat System
  • 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Level 1 Catch Wrestling
  • Level One Self Protection Instructor under Geoff Thompson
  • Purple Belt In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Brown Belt in Judo

Matt Metcalfe

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Matt had been training martial arts for over 5 years, starting with traditional Japanese Jiujitsu or Aikido as its more commonly known, but after wanting to find a martial art that really pushed his personal limits, he started training in Brazilian JiuJitsu.

Matt gained his blue belt from head coach Darren Yeoman in just under 2 years and has attended some amazing seminars with top level black belts, including Antonio ‘Nino’ Schembri also known as the omaplata king, Fernando Terere who is a multiple world champion, and finally Dan Strauss who is known for his in depth knowledge for the butterfly guard.

Matt's Qualifications

  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Professional Hockey Coach
Matt Metcalfe

Dean Astbury

Muay Thai Coach

Dean has been involved in martial arts for over 25 years from Karate on to Kickboxing, MMA, BJJ and then finally Muay Thai.

Dean has also completed courses in sports nutrition and is currently studying for his NVQ level 2 in advanced sports nutrition.

Dean's Qualifications

  • 10th khan in Muay Thai Boxing (Black Belt Equivalent)
  • Muay Thai Boxing Instructor
  • Combat Clinch Work Instructor
  • 1st Dan Black Belt in K1 Kickboxing
  • Brown belt in Freestyle Kickboxing
  • Junior Brown Belt in ECKA (English Contact Karate Association)
Dean Astbury