Gym Review – Zen Combat School Bideford


Zen Combat School is a family-run martial arts center in the heart of a beautiful maritime town in North Devon.

The small town of Bideford isn’t where you’d typically find a gem like Zen Combat, but owner and coach Jason Ashton has made it the number one place to train in the area, and it is well worth the visit if you’re passing by.

Zen Combat – Bideford, Devon

Jason has a long and dedicated history of martial arts, having taught kickboxing in the area for several years.

Starting as part of smaller clubs, he has now opened a fully functional center that boasts a 15ft MMA Cage, 14ft Boxing Ring, 16ft Pro-Wrestling Ring, a 12 x 10m large matted area, and a dedicated bag area.

The gym also has additional facilities such as toilets and a car park.


Thanks to Jason’s knowledge of many different disciplines, along with additional coaches such as former UFC fighter Nick Osipczak, Zen Combat has a full weekly schedule of classes.

Zen Combats Classes Include:

  • Adult & Junior Kickboxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Ladies Kickboxing
  • MMA (With Ex UFC Fighter Nick Osipczak)
  • Krav Maga
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Private Lessons

You can view the full timetable here.


Zen Combat’s coaches have helped form the gym into an accepting, welcoming, and hard-working club.

Jason is the head coach at the center, he is trained in Kickboxing, K1, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Weapons training and is a Level 4 Sports Therapist.

The gym also has the luxury of having an ex-UFC fighter as their head MMA coach. Nick Osipczak (6-3) has a wealth of knowledge that he has developed through his dedication and love for the sport.

Nick Osipczak (6-3)

Furthermore, Zen Combat offers Pro Wrestling classes run by trainer Dom and ladies-only kickboxing classes which are led by Debbie.

Final Thoughts on Zen Combat 

What Zen Combat has to offer in the small town of Bideford is an exceptionally run martial arts center, with coaches that have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Jason has created a hub for the community, that welcomes people from the local area and beyond. It is a place to learn, train, and get fit. When you enter through those doors you are accepted for who you are, no matter your age, experience, or background.

The icing on the cake is having the specialised knowledge of an ex-UFC fighter to take you to that next level. Not many clubs in the big cities can boast such a thing, so for a little town in North Devon to offer this shows how much of a gem Zen Combat really is.

If you would like to find out more or book a free session at Zen Combat you can do so here.

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