Paul Shears

Founder, Lead Instructor & Safe Guarding Officer

Paul has been training martial arts for over 25 years. He has studied JKD, Filipino Arts, PFS (Progression Fighting System), Grappling, combative fighting system, Kickboxing, Defence Lab and much more. He has also done SIA (Security Industry Authority) Level 1 & 2.

He has always been very passionate and motivated about learning something that is practical, functional and works in this modern society. He has been teaching students to help them improve their skills and other factors. He is very passionate about helping people and giving quality services that students deserve to have.

Paul is also a qualified fitness instructor and offers PT fitness training for those who wants to achieve their personal goals.

He offers private lessons on a 1-2-1 basis or in groups, as well as teaching regular classes.

He runs women's only self defence workshop, weapons training workshop, and advanced training workshop for those who wish to take their skills to another level.

He is qualified first aider, safe guarding officer, DBS checked and child protection.


Peter Smith


Peter has always been interested in martial arts from a young age, from being inspired by Bruce Lee movies. It took a long time for Peter to pluck up the courage to attend a class. It was four years ago when he was approached by his instructor.

Peter went to a free trial session where he was made to feel very welcome by the other students and instructors. After the first session, he was hooked and this was something that he had never seen before, the system was intriguing and thought provoking.

After a years of training and guidance his instructors, Peter was able to pass his training to become an instructor, since then Peter has supported Evolution Martial Arts Academy, running classes and helping to grow the school into a positive place to be for our students, where the health and wellbeing of each of our students is at the forefront. 
Peter believes that Evolution Academy is for any walks of life whether you have had years of experience within martial arts or as a beginner.

This program has helped Peter grew with confidence in the knowledge that he would be able to defend himself in most situations that he may had to encounter in. He has become a lot fitter during his time in Evolution Academy. The classes we teach, helps our students to have a healthier and more active lifestyle.


Pamela Mercury


Pam always had a passion for fitness and strongly believe it’s never too late to turn things around and get a new lease on life. Exercising is good for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Since joining our Evolution Ladies Kickboxing Fitness Combat, Pam have been dedicated to understanding the most effective and efficient ways through training and nutrition.

Pam is very passionate about helping other people and bringing positivity back into their lives and she firmly believes this will help excel in their lifestyles.

Pam embarked on a journey in training in Evolution Academy for a period of time now. Her response is “this is a real eye opener“. It doesn’t matter whether you are an absolute beginner, it’s the knowledge gained on how the simplest but effective techniques help to defend and protect you. It aids confidence and boosts your self esteem.

I have now immersed myself into a new lifestyle and I love it.

Evolution is a supportive and welcoming community where we encourage each other to do our best and achieve our goals in terms of fitness and training.

Pamela runs ladies kickboxing and fitness classes and is a qualified fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer level 3.


Ben Cookson

Assistant Instructor 2

Ben first started boxing training around the age of 6-7, the reason for this was because of my frequent ability to end up in fights with fellow pupils at my school.

Starting boxing training for me at such a young age enforced discipline and humility, while also learning the importance of exercise, wellbeing and hard work.

Having moved with my Army family I found Evolution mix Martial arts classes and rediscovered my love for boxing and stepped into the world of martial arts.

As well as assisting with Paul, I also instruct in my job as shooting coach.

Helping people through my own knowledge and experience has always brought me joy.

I love to see others improve and develop new skills and techniques.