Public Training

All you need for any of these classes is comfortable clothing that’s safe for physical activity and a drink of water.

All of these classes are open to the public – anyone is warmly welcome to turn up and train with us!

Please note we also offer private and corporate training options for individuals and groups of all ages, as well as NUS student discount on all our training and a rewarding referral scheme.

For updates on classes, including training cancellations, any changes to times, etc please see the ESP Facebook page. Thank you.

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Evolutionary Self-Protection in Stoke-on-Trent:

Endon Village Hall, Station Road, Endon, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST9 9DR
All ages (18+), fitness levels and ability levels welcome!
Fridays at 18:00-19:00.
Just £5 per session.
This class is purely focussed on efficient self-protection and associated training methods. As such, it does not entail many elements of martial arts that people may be familiar with. There are no gradings, there is no uniform, etc. If you’re looking for simple and effective self-protection, with a wide understanding of the topic and underlying principles rather than just a list of techniques, then this is what you’re looking for. This class is run by Josh Nixon, the founding instructor of Evolutionary Self-Protection.

Please note that this class is in the process of being rescheduled and as such is closed unless we say otherwise in the meantime. Please enquire if you wish to train. We will post on our Facebook page for any sessions which will be open through this interim period.

Evolutionary Martial Arts in Stoke-on-Trent:

Milton St. Philip and St. James Church,
Baddeley Green Lane (A5009), Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST27AJ
All ages (18+), fitness levels and ability levels welcome!
Wednesdays at 18:00-19:30.
Just £5 per session.

Up-to-date information on this class can be found at

A broad and effective conceptual framework. Influences from Wing Chun (詠春), Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (振藩截拳道), Krav Maga (קרב מגע), Taijiquan (太極拳), Systema (Система), Muay Thai (มวยไทย), Jujutsu (柔術), Boxing and BJJ among others.

Research-based training methods and highly qualified instructors. Sifu Josh Nixon is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and member of the Chartered College of Teaching (MCCT) with training in first aid, safeguarding, health and safety risk management, fire safety and extinguishing, emotion coaching, teaching methodologies to differentiate for special educational needs, psychological and physical disabilities, CEOP, PREVENT anti-radicalisation, etc. He has been training in multiple martial arts and combative systems since 2001, teaching since 2009.

A proud member of the British Combat Association. Founded in 1993, the BCA is the UK’s foremost and most reputable self-defence and multi-style organisation. It’s home to many world-class instructors in nearly every martial art. Our membership and insurance is through the BCA, which costs just £30 per year and covers us to train with any of the BCA’s many other instructors and classes. Sifu Josh Nixon’s BCA membership number is 22282.

The highest quality of instruction available. Our students enjoy highly personalised training – there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach with us. Gradings come with a detailed breakdown of your performance and full debriefing, not just a generic pass or fail. Our instructorship course is modelled after the format of a post-graduate PGCE course for qualified teachers and is comparable in depth and breadth of coverage.

More than just martial arts. Evolutionary Health offers a further dimension of a truly holistic approach to managing health with evidence-based and effective approaches to fitness training, strength and conditioning, nutrition, stress management, lifestyle coaching and diverse wellbeing practices benefiting from current research and exciting recent developments across the scientific spectrum for no cost at all.

Sigung Paul Horrobin is a highly respected member of the local community who is well-known for his kindness and generosity. If you’re looking for a martial art to adopt, whether you want it as just a class to go to or a way of life to follow, this class will serve you well.

Please note that your British Combat Association membership purchased through either Evolutionary Self-Protection or Evolutionary Martial Arts is valid for training across both systems (as well as any other BCA instructor – there are many of us!) so duplicate membership/insurance is not necessary.


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