About us

Gannon's Mixed Martial Arts consists of a team of expert, committed and experienced instructors.

Paul Gannon

Paul Gannon

Master Instructor and Founder of Gannon's Martial Arts

Paul Gannon started his martial arts training at the age of 13 at a local Tae Kwon Do class. His brothers Mick and John were already members and were black and brown belts respectively. They strongly encouraged  Paul to start the classes!

At that first lesson he fell in love with the martial arts and poured his heart and soul into the training. He graduated to black belt at 17 years old. At that time his brother Mick started his own martial arts club and Paul loved helping out with the classes. 

Whilst at university Paul started his own martial arts classes, however he had never imagined making a living, let alone running a full time centre one day. At that time in the early 90s he only knew of a few full time instructors. 

After completing another degree course, a post graduate diploma. He decided that he would follow in his brothers foot steps and opened a handful of kids karate classes around Leicester these were ran from local primary schools.

After a few years he realised that he had to learn more about the art of teaching and running martial arts classes, if he was ever going to open a full time centre. Over next few years he learned all he could about teaching, motivation, leadership and advanced instructor skills. Paul spend many years and went on dozens of instructor and martial arts training courses. During this time  Paul worked on his own martial arts skills and competed most months somewhere around the country.

The Leicester academy was opened in 1997, this was fours years after opening his first kids karate classes. The academy was located right in the city centre, it was on the second floor on the High Street. 

That academy is still there and is now the head quarters and central  instructor training centre for the organisation. 

Master Gannon's responsibility is to ensure all the instructors are trained to a high level and deliver top quality lessons. Mr Gannon has a life time of teaching experience. He is a multi award winning instructor who is expert in karate, kickboxing and grappling.

Lewis Gannon

Lewis Gannon

Senior Chief Instructor

Lewis is the chief instructor at the Leicester Mixed Martial Arts academy. Lewis has been training since the age of six is now a third degree black belt and has been an active successful MMA competitor for many years, along with Master Gannon had helps develop new instructors.

Jasmine Gannon

Jasmine Gannon


Jasmine has been training since the age of 6 and has been an instructor at the Leicester martial arts academy for many years. She loves the kicking elements of the martial arts plus the arms locks of grappling. She is a passionate advocate of martial arts for children's development.

What our clients say

Gannon's is the best martial arts academy in Leicester, very friendly instructor's. My son has been doing martial arts for nearly 5yrs and he loves it, can't get enough of the training. Well recommended to anyone, give it ago, you won't be disappointed.

Amit Patel

I have recently joined the academy and have been given a very warm welcome. I have no experience in martial arts and have started the beginner classes. I find the classes are exciting, fun and informative. They are a very supportive team and want to help you achieve your goals. Great atmosphere and lovely people to learn with! Whatever your ability or fitness, I highly recommend joining Gannon’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy

Diane Wartnaby

Wow, what a great place this is, we started taking our son as he was getting bullied at school, best move we ever made, he's like a different child! Lewis and Jasmine and Master Gannon are all great teachers and we are always welcome.

Ian Dunkley

I recently enrolled into the beginners program at Gannon's. Although it's early days I have learnt a lot already. The teachers are top quality and there is always a great atmosphere at the academy. I would definitely recommend Gannon's to anyone interested in starting MMA.

Jasper Alyn Stephens

My 7 year old son has just joined. Had a mini lesson on his own yeterday and had his first class tonight. He thoroughly enjoyed it and Lewis took the time to go through moves with him. He was not made to feel like a newby and hes looking forward to his next class. So far so good!

Kelly Richardson

Absolutely amazing! And that is a massive understatement. Everyone is very friendly and the instructors are top quality teachers. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Liam Crawford

We have been coming to Gannons MMA for 1 year now. Our 2 boys have moved from white to blue belt this year. That's absolutely phenomenal considering they only 8 and 6. Our boys are truly energetic and just want to have fun and its been a challenge to calm them down. But since we joined Gannons MMA Leicester they have matured so much and Hyper Jon has even improved his focus in class. We cannot thank Lewis and Jasmine enough to help with implementing discipline into our two wild cat's. Over and above this, we really enjoy the professional classes that our boys attend with a proper dojo setup of thick mats, mma cage and loads of punching pads including the Bruce Lee punching man. What really sets this mma school apart from other schools is that we have Lewis and Jasmin training the boys each lesson together, along with their professionalism they have a professional setup. So there is more consistency in their lessons. Lewis and Jasmin are also so friendly even while trying to stay focused during classes. Everyone in the class is so friendly. In fact we have met two other couple's thru the mma classes. What is also great is the mma tournaments and socials, but best of all the Summer Camp. If you want a serious investment in your children then I can definitely recommend Gannons MMA. 5 Star rating for sure!!!

Mark Wedge

Today I went for my first kickboxing lesson and I have got to say I enjoyed it very much.. I was quite nervous going on my own but Paul Gannon welcomes you with open arms and make you feel comfortable. I will definitely be coming back... it is amazing experience and you also have fun why training... Thank you master paul Gannon

Matthew Leeson

No matter what you're aim is, either self defence or fitness, then Gannon's Mixed Martial Arts Academy is the best place to achieve your goals. The team are amazing, supporting you no matter what your level and it is more like a family than a dojo. I cannot recommend it highly enough, to say that it is life changing is not an exaggeration.

Paul Reid

A fantastic mixed martial arts school with brilliant, knowledgeable instructors and a great group of people to train with.

Paul Sheldrake

A fun and interesting classes that will keep you coming back for more

Ruth Singleton

The word Awesome is used a lot here. And for good reason. It is. Awesome instructors. Awesome people. And you will have an awesome time. If you are interested in martial arts. Fitness and mental discipline. You won't go wrong here. Two years in and still loving it. Awesome.

Steve Hadley