Sebastian Bates

Founder and Head Instructor

Sebastian is the Founder and Head Instructor of The Warrior Academy. Sebastian has over 20 years experience in 6 disciplines of Martial Arts including Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Kickboxing and Kung Fu. He has competed nationally and internationally from amateur to professional level in Europe and in Asia in several Martial Arts. Sebastian has become the British champion in 2 styles of Tae Kwon Do competition, among other national titles. He has achieved a 2nd Dan in Tae Kwon Do. After training in Asia for over 1.5 years, Sebastian returned to England to build a martial arts organisation that encorperated modern training methods and traditional values and in 2010 The Warrior Academy was born! Sebastian is a published author in the field of Character Development having written “The Warrior Method” – which dives deep into our methodology here to develop character in young people. Sebastian now works with schools and organisations in Dubai teaching internationally as the Warrior Academy extends its global reach. 


Matt Hillier

Assistant Manager of WA UK

Instructor Matt has an incredibly interesting background in Martial Arts with over 8 years studying Tae Kwon Do with a 1st Degree Black Belt competing at a national level, coming third in the UK for sparring at the English Championships 2016. As well as Tae Kwon Do Matt has studied Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Filipino Weapons, Brazilian Jui Jitsu and Jeet Kun Do. Matt teaches across 4 counties with The Warrior Academy, teaching over 500 students every week! Matt now leads the traditional Martial Arts weapons courses we run including Katana/Samurai, Kali sticks, Bo Staff and Nunchucks. Matt also runs the Assistant Instructor Courses and has a passion for mentoring young students into confident leaders. Like all instructors, Matt carries full up to date DBS, Personal indemnity and Public liability insurance, Child Protection training and is a qualified First Aider.


Hannah hillier

Hannah is responsible for managing customer relations at the Warrior Academy, in the UK and the Middle East. She works directly with customers to give a global organisation a family feel. Hannah especially loves attending competitions, where she can see her own young warriors compete, as well as putting faces to the names of all the warrior members she has worked with over the previous months!”

Victoria Malden

International Instructor

Instructor Vicky has 12 years experience working with children and is head of safeguarding in The Warrior Academy. She has trained in kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing and Tae Kwon Do for several years. Vicky was previously a lecturer and teacher working with disadvantaged youths before becoming passionate about our programme after seeing the huge impact a structured character development programme can make and made the move to full time Martial Arts Instructor with us in 2014. As a full time Warrior Academy Instructor Vicky also organises Birthday parties and runs the Little Warriors classes! Like all instructors, Vicky carries full up to date DBS, Public liability and Personal Indemnity insurance, child protection training and is First Aid qualified.


Leighton Andrews

Senior Instructor

Leighton has a strong background in Taekwondo, achieving his 1st degree at the age of 13 in Cyprus. Leighton’s very visible passion for martial arts and teaching make him a brilliant instructor. From a young age Leighton has been teaching in his local martial arts club as well as managing a local football team. As well as Taekwondo, Leighton has trained in Muay Thai and MMA and is currently preparing for several competitions. Like all instructors, Leighton carries full up to date DBS, Public liability and Personal Indemnity insurance, child protection training and is First Aid qualified.


“Valerie will be the first person you speak to at the Warrior Academy, as our Happiness Advisor and operations manager, Valerie comes to us an experienced manager, a holistic practitioner and, as a parent of over 30 years, she has a well trained pair of ears! As a prolific sportswoman in her youth, most notably selected for the England junior volleyball team, Valerie strongly believes sporting activities are paramount for all round character development in children which is what drew her to the Warrior Academy. Valerie will help to ensure that your child’s experience with us is the very best it can be and she loves hearing all the positive feedback from happy parents which endorses the vision and ethos of the Academy.”


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About Us


We have developed a world-class character development programme and pride ourselves on our ability to bring communities together through martial arts. We exist to inspire young people to seek challenge and adventure, teaching them that they can make a global impact and lead a positive change in the world.
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