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The Dark Arts Hybrid Combat journey is a relearning of what we are truly capable of. A true process of Self Rediscovery and sustained growth.

We are a community dedicated to improving our fitness and mental wellbeing through Martial Arts and Combat Sports training.


Our down to earth and friendly classes will help you to burn some serious calories, push your fitness to greater heights and will also teach you a multitude of new skills within a professional and safe environment. 

The nature of the Martial Arts and Combat Sports that we teach will not only help you to be the strongest, fittest and toughest version of yourself but it will also contribute towards enhancing your wellbeing and mental health. 

Whether you want to learn the rapidly growing art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, hone your striking abilities with our Kickboxing classes or perhaps enhance your confidence through our Self Defence sessions we will support and encourage you with every step.


Martial Arts Classes 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

-The Art of Leverage-

The grappling discipline of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a syncretic Martial Art consisting of elements relating to Judo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Catch Wrestling. 

Over the last 20 years Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has become an essential component in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sophisticated Combat Sport that encourages practitioners to develop their problem solving abilities in order to outsmart and out manoeuvre their opponents using timing technique and leverage. 

Join the revolution by booking a free trial class today!

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-Dynamic Striking- 

Our Integrated Kickboxing class is a high energy challenging workout that will get you Punching, Kicking and Kneeing your way to a fitter and stronger body!

Each of our classes incorporate functional fitness exercises, partner work and strike pad drills.

Book a free trial class now to take your fitness to greater heights and learn serious striking skills!

Catch Wrestling

-The Forgotten Art- 

"Catch as Catch Can" Wrestling is a truly British Combative Art that originated in Wigan Lancashire from the old coal mining days.

As the name suggests Catch Wrestling is a dynamic art where practitioners have to catch their opponents in various holds, submissions and pins. 


We are proud to represent the famous Snake Pit Wigan Gym transmitting the teachings passed down from Catch Wrestling Legends Billy Riley and Roy Wood. 

Just like the traditional Catch Wrestlers of the past we uphold mutual respect and gentlemanly conduct throughout all of our classes.

Book now to experience this truly expansive grappling art.





-A Fusion of Martial Arts-

The art of Sambo fuses influences from Judo, Wrestling and Submission grappling to create a truly formidable Combat Sport. 

At our club we practice both forms of SAMBO: Sport SAMBO (Takedowns and grappling) and Combat SAMBO (Striking, takedowns and grappling). Both of our classes will not only give you a remarkable level of fitness but will boost your confidence considerably!

Book Now to experience this truly unique form of Combat!


Head Coach

Mark Ganaden


Photo courtesy of Tony Knox and Snake Pit Wigan


Growing up in an era where Kung Fu flicks and Action movies were prevalent Mark was a Martial Arts enthusiast and fanatic from a very young age.

From the age of 7 Mark’s father signed him up to Lau Gar Kung Fu classes where Mark would train for 2 hours every Saturday morning. 

Mark absolutely hated the classes to begin with as they were a lot tougher and more disciplined than he had ever imagined. However with constant encouragement and bribery from his father Mark eventually developed a passion for training Kung Fu.


Throughout the years Mark’s journey in the Martial Arts would take him from training Kung Fu to Kickboxing, then to Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do.

CQB Combatives training with the London Gutter Fighters and Dennis Martin in Liverpool also played a key role in Mark’s development as a Coach and served as a wake up call to what techniques/methods were actually effective in real life situations whilst under the adrenal state.


In later years Mark would begin his journey into the grappling arts with immersing himself into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 12 years. 

More recently Mark has added Snake Pit Catch Wrestling and Sambo to his training regime to not only enhance Mark’s own skillset but to also further Mark’s coaching abilities and understanding of Combat Sports.



  • Checkmat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown belt

  • Snake Pit Catch Wrestler Level 2

  • Snake Pit Coach Level 2

  • British Sambo Federation Level 2 Coach

  • British Wrestling Association Level 2 Coach

  • British Combat Association Instructor

  • Close Quarter Battle (CQB) Hard skills instructor certified by Dennis Martin

  • Personal Trainer REPS L3​

  • Former VIP Personal Security Operative







Membership Subscription:

£60.00 per Calendar month  

Classes are held at: Cobham Scout Hut Hogshill Lane Cobham KT11 2AH

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