"This country is the only one in which pugilism has been wrought into a regular system, and even elevated unto the rank of a science."

Daniel Mendoza - Champion of all England 1792-1795


Hi, I'm Oz

I'm the Chief Instructor of the English Martial Arts Academy, and I've been studying the unarmed combat systems of England for over two decades now.  This site is the culmination of all those years of study.

Originally I set it up to be a monthly subscription course that allowed you to study the syllabus I have developed from anywhere in the world.  That course still exists, but is now a tiny fraction of what is available on this site.

There are numerous additional, stand alone courses, some looking at specific aspects of pugilism -The Cross Buttock Throw, Chancery, and more - and some looking at specific systems.  There are a number of ebooks - one of which is also available as an audiobook - looking at different aspects of Classical Pugilism, and there is an entire archive of high resoluton scans of original source material.

I'm really proud of this site, and I'm sure you'll find it extremely useful in your studies.  But don't take my word for it.  Take a look at the testimonials from a small fraction of the people who have already signed up.


I have been lucky enough to train with and be taught by Martin Austwick in pugilism and old English catch wrestling. I can vouch that his knowledge in the old western martial arts particularly the hand to hand combative systems is second to none. The information he has put together in this course is high quality, detailed and effective. If you are a beginner to self defence or an expert martial artist looking to expand your knowledge you will find incredibly valuable information and step by step training on some of the best kept secrets in hand to hand combat. Take the plunge, sign up and learn the almost forgotten old ways that would make your ancestors proud!

- Scott Paterson

In Serious Striking Oz has bought together a lifetime of research, an abundance of talent and boundless enthusiasm to create a syllabus that will appeal to novice and martial arts expert alike. His focus on getting the basics right in the skills films provides a solid foundation for rehearsing later with drills. Complimentary conditioning helps the student develop the physical stamina and strength to make the system truly effective. All delivered by one of the nicest blokes you could meet.

- Rob Cousins

Oz’s Serious Striking course is perfect for anyone like myself with no or next to no experience in martial arts. He is clear and precise in his instructions and his enthusiasm, knowledge and talent come across in spades. The whole package of instructions, drills and conditioning exercises mean I can’t wait for the next installments.

- Andrew Hall

The Serious Striking course represents not just another collection of drills and interesting points, but a complete martial arts system with a track record stretching back hundreds of years. This course is perfect for someone who has no idea how to start; but it’s also perfect for a seasoned martial artist who wants to add an additional fighting style behind his or her name. Oz delivers with clarity and directness– his knowledge and capability come through with each instruction. Thorough, practical and historic are the words that come to mind when I watch Oz’s material. If you can’t make this work, nothing else will help you! I highly recommend it.

- Ken Harding

So How Does it Work?

It's pretty simple.  You sign up to membership and you get access to all the content on the site.  All the books, all the standalone video courses, all the scans of original documents and every month you get a set of lessons from the Serious Striking Course.

Am I Committed?

Nope, not at all.  You can cancel any time you want.  Simply go to your account and hit the cancel button. Your membership immediately ceases and you won't be charged any more.

How Much Does it Cost?

The first month costs 99p.  You get full access to everything on the site, and assuming you want to carry on with your subscription the next month will cost £27.50, and the same every month onwards  If you cancel your account in the first 30 days then all you ever pay is the 99p trial fee.

If you know this is something you want to get on board with you can save a lot of money by signing up to either yearly, or lifetime membership.

Is it really worth it?

You bet it is.  For the price of a couple of drinks a week you can have access to enough material to last you a lifetime.  You can follow the syllabus of the English Martial Arts Academy, you can add in the courses to your own syllabus, or you can develop your own from scratch from the original source material.  And you can do it all at whatever pace you decide.

I already train in pugilism, will this help me?

Absolutely it will.  Even if you disagree with my interpretations I always make sure I provide the original source material for it so you can see why I am saying what I'm saying.  And there is so much original material there you can completely ignore the video courses and still have enough to keep you going for years.

I'm a complete beginner, is this right for me?

Of course!  I've put together a timeline for people who are new to the art.  It uses the Serious Striking course as a basis, and shows you exactly when to integrate the other courses and material on the site.  Even if you've done other arts this is a great way to learn something new.

Will there be more content?

Yep, I'm constantly working on more content.  There's another ebook almost ready to be added to the library, I've just received three new sources through the post ready to be photographed, and there's at least one more course already planned out and ready to film.
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