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Dean Hardwick

Head Instructor and Founder of Atlas Martial Arts Academy

Dean Began training in Martial Arts at the age of 5 years old and with a brief gap whilst studying has maintained that training to this day. Starting out in the Korean form of Karate known as Tang Soo Do, he trained in this style for 14 years achieving the rank of third degree black belt. A keen competitor Dean won several world championships and multiple local events spanning 11 years before wanting to focus on the self defence aspect of martial arts. in 2013 Dean began training Krav Maga in Hainault Essex under Ricky Manetta. This training gave him a hunger for more knowledge which lead him to begin training in several other martial arts. To complement Ricky's teachings in Krav Maga Dean began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu first under Andy Nugent of CFS BJJ and after moving away from the area finding a new home at Escapology BJJ where he continues to train and compete under the watchful eye of world renowned black belts Tom Barlow and Chelsea Leah. Dean has traveled far and wide to train at some of the best gyms in the world, acquiring knowledge from the best minds in martial arts. From Renzo Gracies academy in New York City to Thailand where he hones his Muay Thai, Bjj and Boxing skills at Tiger Muay Thai and Phuket Top Team. ​ Dean is a qualified: Krav Maga Instructor level 3 personal trainer Level 2 box n burn certified trainer with years of experience in training and teaching Karate, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Elaine Barrow

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Adam Chalmers

Assistant Instructor


Shelley Pearson

Head of our Pre School Program
Assistant Instructor

Elaine come to us with years of experience in the child care industry, Elaine is a qualified Nursery Nurse and Pre School Teacher and has been working with children for over 20 years. In both pre school and full-time nannying environments. Her experience and Knowledge in this field gives her great capacity to develop our Tiny Titans Programme for our 3 to 4 year olds. The energy and enthusiasm Elaine brings to her classes makes for a fun learning experience for all the children. Elaine also Supports with the running of the Academy working hard in the background on administration tasks and student inquiries. Elaine trains regularly in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga. ​Qualified NNEB Diploma in Nursey Nursing (level 3 Childcare qualification) over 20 years experience in developing children

Assistant Instructor



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