About Dorchester Martial Arts

We do it differently!

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 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.

Dorchester Martial Arts boasts the most qualified and experienced instructors in the area. The gym contains a huge matted area, a selection of top quality pads, punch bags, CrossFit rigs, Olympic weights, kettlebells, and everything else you would need for a professional Martial Arts experience.

Our Instructors

Luke Mannion

Luke Mannion

Head Coach

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.

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Matt Metcalfe

BJJ Coach

Matt has been training in martial arts for about 4 years and started with traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu or Aikido as its more commonly known, but after wanting to find a martial art that really pushed his personal limits he found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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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.

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
  • 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

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