Simon Small
EKF Qualified Instructor (Level 4 – Head Coach)
6th Dan Contact Karate (ECKA)
1st Dan Shukokai Karate (SKF)
1st Dan Shotokan Karate (KUGB/JKA)
1st Dan Judo (BJA)
Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Braulio Estima)
ECKA Class A Referee
WAKO Qualified Referee (Ring Sports)
BJA Qualified Judo Club Coach
First Aid Trained
Enhanced CRB Check

The only person in ECKA’s history to have held the national title in each of the four competitive disciplines of the syllabus: Semi Contact, Light Continuous, Full Contact, Freeform, along with national titles in Team Semi Contact & Team Freeform

Simon Small, Instructor for The Combat Academy Hereford, started his martial arts training in 1986 at the age of 13, gaining his Black Belt in March 1990. With more than twenty years of varied experience under his belt he still strives to better his martial arts ability.

Simon has had the privilege of training with many great martial artists from around the world, including: Sensei Dev Barrett, Ray Hoffman, Howard Brown, Kash Gill, Ronnie Green, Bill Wallace, Sensei Kimura, Sensei Eneoda, Sensei Ohta, Billy Higgins, Eddie Daniels, Tom Beardsley, Billy Doak, Brian Wrightson, Ross Iannoccaro, Julian Toribo, Vic Charles, Ticky Donovan, Braulio Estima, Mauricio Gomes, Roger Gracie, Royce Gracie, Roger & Rigan Machado, Marcio Feitosa, plus many others.

Simon has travelled to both Thailand & Brazil on several occasions to participate in intensive training

Over 200 Awards for Karate, Ju Jutsu Kumite, Judo & BJJ.

– Below is a selection of Major Competitive Achievements:

— 1992 ECKA National Full Contact Champion
— 1995 NSCSL Overall Grand Forms Champion
— 1995 WUMA British Light Continuous Champion
— 1995 TSSK National Kumite Champion
— 1995 IKKC British Forms Champion
— 1997 ECKA National Semi Contact Champion
— 1997 IKKC British Semi Contact Champion
— 1997 IKKC British Forms Champion
— 2000 ECKA National Forms Champion
— 2000 ISKA British Forms Champion
— 2000 ECKA National Team Semi Contact Champion
— 2000 ECKA National Team Forms Champion
— 2001 ECKA National Forms Champion
— 2003 ECKA National Forms Champion
–2003 ECKA National Light Continuous Champion

Ju Jutsu Kumite:
— 2001 SMAC Ju Jutsu Kumite Champion
— 2001 NJJKC British Ju Jutsu Kumite Champion
— 2003 NJJKC Northern Ireland Ju Jutsu Kumite Champion
–2003 NJJKC British JJK League Champion

— 2001 North Wales Open – Bronze
— 2002 North Wales Open – Bronze
— 2002 Porthcawl Open – Silver
— 2002 Samurai High grades 1st Kyu – Gold
— 2002 Samurai High grades Open Grade – Bronze

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
— 2003 Gracie European Invitational Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (Blue belt) – Silver
— 2003 Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (Blue belt) – 2x Bronze
— 2006 World Masters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (Blue belt) – Bronze
— 2009 World Masters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship (Purple belt)- Silver

–2003 Grapple & Strike 8, Semi Pro International Light Heavy Weight Title Fight – Draw

  • Simon has a wealth of experience in refereeing, including Semi Contact, Light Continuous, Freeform, Ju Jutsu Kumite, BJJ and MMA.
  • An experienced Instructor, Simon has coached many junior & senior students to National Champions in all disciplines.
  • Simon can be contacted on 07710 775416 or email:
  • Simon teaches in Hereford and has an enhanced CRB check.
  • Visit The Combat Academy at: for further details.

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