David Oakley Personal Self Defence Trainer

Qualified Physical Intervention and Conflict Management Trainer

David’s teaching style is straight to the point with scenarios made as life-like as possible. David is a very dedicated teacher who is clearly passionate about self-defence and imparting his knowledge and experience onto his students. In one session I picked up some very helpful tips and moves which hopefully I’ll never need, but feel more self-assured knowing I’m now more practised in them. Gina Hollands

Self Defence Instructor David Oakley

I have been studying Jujutsu karate and the martial arts since the age of thirteen. Wado Ryu karate was the first martial art. I then went on to practice Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu, and boxing. I also competed in kickboxing in my early years. I have always been fascinated by the Far Eastern culture and their fighting arts. Never being one to just accept what I was being told by my peers, I wanted to find out how effective the arts were in real-life situations. So I went and worked on the doors as a bouncer for 15 years. Over my time working on the doors, I realised much of what I had learned worked but had to be applied in a more practical way. Wado Ryu Karate seemed like the closest art form that worked in real-life situations.

David is a leading self defence instructor in the UK

David is a leading UK specialist in one-to-one and group conflict management training. Working in partnership with local education authorities, the public sector, and privately owned businesses, David and his team provide safety to employees, save organisations money, and increase efficiency through enhanced working cooperation and environments.

David is a fully qualified conflict management and physical intervention trainer. He has worked in the security industry for over fifteen years and is considered one of the leading experts in conflict management. He has trained hundreds of people in direct conflict management for real-life situations, drawing directly from his experience working in security, challenging mental health environments, and as an internal security and surveillance officer for one of the UK’s largest casinos.

Body Fit MA Fitness is a leading self defence training company

Body Fit MA Fitness is a leading company specialising in individual & group physical intervention training and conflict management training. Working in partnership with local education authorities, the public sector, and privately owned businesses, David and his team provide safety to employees, save money, and increase efficiency through enhanced working cooperation and environments, turning your business into a powerhouse of creative workforce cooperation and a place where people thrive to be the best and secure the future of the business.

David is also one of the few people who has been invited and has worked alongside New York’s ‘Guardian Angel’ group, specialising in diffusing high tension and violent situations in Bronx, NYC.

In addition to employee safety, we also offer courses on developing excellent working relationships between staff and management and creating a harmonious and money-saving working environment. Conflict between staff and management incurs massive costs in staff turnover and training and is a great investment for businesses with ongoing returns.

Learn to fight so you never have to.

My mission now is to pass on the knowledge of physical confrontation and conflict management I have learned over the last 40 years to as many people as possible who want to learn, so they might benefit from all the advantages that personal self-protection arts training has given me over the years.

Thanks for reading

David Oakley


Level 3 teaching in local education and authorities such as local government and NHS.
Level 3 Trainer in conflict management
Level 3 Trainer in Physical Intervention
Level 3 Trainer in First Aid
CPD Training in Personal Safety Awareness
CPD Training in Situational Awareness
CPD Training in Knives and Edged Weapon Awareness

Absolutely the most valuable course my daughter and I have ever done. David was a complete professional and offered loads of practical stay safe advice as well as physical self protection. The self defence tuition is very hands on, and we were both exhausted afterwards but we both felt it was exactly what was needed. To defend yourself effectively you need to understand what it would be like to be restrained and to be able to free yourself from such holds. Fantastic value for money, very reasonably priced for such a valuable service. Both myself and my daughter (aged 19, who is going off backpacking alone for most of 2019) feel so much more empowered after David’s lesson. I wish we had done it years ago. A must for woman and young girls, especially those going travelling. We’ll definitely be back for another refresher lesson in the summer Thank you! Jenna Caplin

David is the author of HARD TARGET The Art of Psychological Protection.

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