About MMA Train with 2 UFC Fighters and A British MMA Champion here at Lions!


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the fastest growing combat sport in the world. Revolutionised by The Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), it has created martial arts icons including Royce Gracie, Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva and current global superstar, Conor Mcgregor, to name just a few.

Requiring a mix of martial arts skills, techniques from striking arts such as Muay Thai and Boxing are combined with ground fighting arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling to create the most complete and explosive form of combat.

It is important to understand that MMA is a dedicated martial art in its own right and requires specialist knowledge. In 2011, Lions introduced two of the UK’s most experienced and successful MMA stars to the coaching team. Andre Winner and Jimmy Wallhead joined Lions, each bringing over a decade of experience in MMA. Both have competed around the world on promotions including BAMMA, Cage Warriors, Bellator, KSW and are the only coaches in Coventey to have fought in the prestigious UFC.

Together, as coaches, they can be credited with producing a number of UK fighters including fellow Lions coach and British MMA Champion, James Dixon.

The Lions MMA programme has been developed to allow students, of all levels and abilities, to participate in martial arts classes including Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu whilst also providing an option to combine them all into a MMA environment.

Lions is the only MMA academy in Coventry with the ability to offer instruction from a Muay Thai World Champion, a BJJ Black Belt and elite level MMA fighters, ensuring a truly authentic Mixed Martial Arts experience.


  • Our adult classes are available to all over 16’s, although under 18’s will need parental consent to participate. There is no maximum age limit for our classes as we believe everyone can benefit from training martial arts both physically and mentally.

  • Absolutely, our classes are designed to accommodate all levels of experience and fitness levels.

  • We do a lot of technical drills, covering all aspects of MMA. A typical class will involve some movement and exercise drills to warm up before moving into the core areas:

    Wrestling/Takedowns – Considered instrumental in MMA, classes will start by covering wrestling and takedowns, usually studying one specific technique combined with a chain of events that can then occur.

    Submissions/GNP– Once the technique hits the ground it is important to understand the options available and when to utilise them. We will normally teach both the ground and pound elements and the submissions available.

    Striking – Movement and striking are vital in MMA. With a range of styles available from our coaches, members will learn a variety of striking skills, defences and footwork.

  • Yes, please see our Academy Rules.

  • Depending on which martial arts you attend, there will be some uniform or protective equipment you will require to progress in class. Please visit our Academy Rules or speak to a member of our team for more information.

  • No. Although we have active competitors, the majority of our students just train to learn, get fit and have fun.

    If you have an interest in competing, we will make sure you are ready and well prepared to ensure a good experience.

  • Absolutely, we offer a full one week trial with no costs or obligations to join. You will be able to try an array of different martial arts, train with world class instructors and meet our fantastic members before making any commitments to join. Book your trial here

  • We offer flexible, no contract price plans depending on how many classes you wish to attend each week. Visit our memberships page for more information.

  • New memberships can be activated on our memberships page. All major payment methods accepted.

  • No, ensuring all participants are members of Lions allows us to create a safe, supportive and team oriented environment.

  • No, all contracts at Lions are offered on a monthly rolling basis and can be cancelled, upgraded or downgraded with a month’s notice allowing complete flexibility.