They can be your best friends, or your worst nightmare. our coaches are tough, but are there to support and encourage you on your journey. 

all of our coaches have years of teaching and competing experience in their discipline, and are some of the best london, and the uk has to offer. 

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Neto Nunes

Head Coach, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Neto is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 3rd degree, under Henrique Lima. Born in Brazil, Neto has been living and teaching BJJ in London for the past  12 years.

Representing Checkmat, one of the biggest and most successful teams in BJJ.He brings over 20 years competition and coaching experience to the academy. 


An incredibly motivational coach, Neto has the skills and knowledge to help you build a strong foundation in BJJ, as well as helping you develop personally with a fighters mindset. whether you are complete beginner, or a high level competitor looking to develop your game, neto's patience, detailed knowledge and insight can help you succeed.. 


Neto is also Head Coach of our childrens programme. Proud Dad to Paulo and Lily, he has hands on experience teaching the little ones and is a strong positive role model to help encourage your child on and off the mats. 

As well as a highly regarded BJJ Referee for IBJJF, UAEJJF and ADCC, Neto is also coach for various professional MMA and UFC fighters and is available to help 1-2-1 with professional fight preparation. 

Samy Frahat

 Coach, Muay Thai

Samy's classes are perfect for those looking for a lesson in endurance, power and stamina. A former Team Tieu coach, and competitor Samy knows how to put you through your paces, whether you're training for a professional fight, or just starting out and need to build your fitness. 

Samy's positive tough love coaching style can help you perfect your foundation techniques, and work on powerful, highly effective combo's, putting them to the test during intense sparring sessions. 

Boasting an impressive record of wins, as well as holding a Black Belt in Judo, Coach Samy has held titles such as Algerian Champion, London Regional Heavyweight Champion, Granada Regional Champion, African Championship Silver Medalist so knows what it's like to step in the ring and can help you develop the Champions mindset. 



Samy is available for 1-2-1 sessions, please call for availability.

Mike 'Airlines'


Coach, mma

Professional Bantamweight MMA Fighter Mike 'Airlines' Ekundayo fits in developing The Gauntlet Fight Academy MMA Talent and Beginners alongside his pro MMA training. Currently Fighting in Cage Warriors he has an impressive professional record of 8-1.

His training allows him to learn from top MMA legends such as his coach Brad Pickett and other big names in the sport. 


Mike is an excellent teacher, patient and thorough which makes him perfect for beginners and those coming from other disciplines, as well as an extremely tough training partner for other semi-professional and professional fighters.  

Mike's classes are suitable for those 16 and over. 

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Wali Abdullah

Coach, Wrestling 

Former Team GB freestyle wrestler wali abdullah, also a purple belt in bjj. at the age of only 23 he has wrestled all around the world and is a british national champion in the sport. 

he is the perfect coach to introduce you to take downs and freestyle grappling, as well as help seasoned bjj and mma players develop their take down style.

join us for wrestling classes every thursday evening, all levels welcome. 

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