OUR COACHING TEAM

Head coach at CHECKMAT ESSEX

SPENCER HEWITT

I’m now retired pro MMA fighter CFC Flyweight Champion, UCMMA Bantamweight Interim Champion and cage warriors and  bellator and BAMMA fighter

My passion is now  coaching and managing at checkmat Essex Academy developing new fighters new talent in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA.

I am a second degree checkmat black belt

  • Black belt under Ricardo vieira
  • Competition at black belt Level  – BJJ
  • No GI Worlds Master 3 2019 – Bronze medalist
  • No gi European championship – bronze  medalist 2019
  • Grapple Industries – gold medalist  champion no gi advanced 2019
  • UAEJJF world champinships 2019  – bronze medalist
  • Amsterdam gi open championship 2018  – gold medalist and absolute bronze medalist
  • British the National championship  2018 bronze medalist gi and no gi 

I have medal in all these major tournaments from Blue belt to black 

  • ibjjf European championships 2006, 2007 2008, 2009 
  • ibjjf  world’s 2007, world’s 2009, pan ams 2007
  • London fall 2017 no gi  and absolute British nationals 2018 GI and no Gi London fall 2018 

Sub Only Pro Fight Appearances

  • Polaris twice
  • Grapplefest
  • Pathan
  • Tuff 

Head Striking coach

Simon Batty

Simon was first introduced to the art of Muay Thai in 1991, where he trained and fought regularly at one of the first ever Muay Thai Gyms in London known as the Mega Gym. Simon went on to teach and run his own Muay Thai Gyms in various locations in and around his home town of East London. In millennium 2000 he established East London Muay Thai Academy.

The East London Muay Thai striking system is a unique and successful system taught by Simon Batty. The system enables students to gain an invaluable skill set in all areas of stand-up striking including Muay Thai, Striking for MMA, K-1, Kickboxing and Self Defence. Simon explains that the system is a comprehensive fighting system designed specifically to allow participants to challenge opponents from all other stand-up striking arts and be confident, proficient and successful in doing so.

Simon continues to teach his Muay Thai striking system at the renowned and famous Origin MMA Academy forming part of its ever evolving team of Instructors, students and fighters. The East London Muay Thai striking system tends to be more influenced towards fast and accurate western boxing combinations mixed with an array of powerful kicks (low kicks being the speciality).

Added to this arsenal of striking weapons are cutting edge elbow techniques integrated with short range boxing combinations and crippling knee strikes and clinch work. Students will gain a strong foundation in all aspects of striking including defence, footwork, angles, set-ups, counter attacks, feints and biomechanics. Not only is The East London Muay Thai striking system’s emphasis on training, competition and self-defence, It is a life-long journey to learning, positive mental wellbeing, forging lifelong friendships and confidence building for people of all ages and walks of life. Simon has trained and cornered numerous fighter’s (World, European, British, English and Southern Area Champions) in various stand-up disciplines, including Muay Thai, K-1 and Full Contact Kickboxing.

Assistant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach

MIKE “MCMURA” MCDONALD

I’ve been interested in combat sports all my life taking up a variety of arts over the years such as Boxing, Karate, Ju Jitsu (Japanese), Kickboxing and JKD to name but a few. Circa 2007/8 my focus shifted towards Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training where I immediatly became obsessed with the grappling aspect of the sport and in particular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Shortly after this period I offically started my BJJ training under the tutelage of Professor Spencer Hewitt. In 2017 I was honoured to recieve my black belt in BJJ by masters Spencer Hewitt and UK BJJ pioneer Marc Walder. I still regularly compete and hold a number of major nationally based competition medals. I am a passionate teacher with a strong focus on Gi training.

state-of-the-art training

CHECKMAT Essex

Black belt instructor, Spencer Hewitt BJJ is now teaching and mentored under Ricardo Vieira also known as “Ricardinho” or “Rico” Vieira in the jiu jitsu world. He is a 9xWorld BJJ Champion (six times with IBJJF and three times with CBJJO) and one of the top grappling coaches in the world. Ricardo Vieira, together with his brother Leozinho Vieira lead the famous Checkmat academy.

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