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Welcome to the official Matt Fiddes website

You have arrived at the online home of one of the world’s biggest and most recognised chains of Martial Arts Schools, ​​Matt Fiddes Martial Arts, founded in 1996.

Matt Fiddes & the MF Brand

Matt Fiddes is a respected expert in the international world of martial arts, fitness, and entrepreneurship. He first discovered a talent for martial arts at seven years old after being bullied at school. Five years later, he won his Black Belt. Leaving school at sixteen with no qualifications , Matt opened the first Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School in Barnstaple, North Devon, with just £100 in savings. Within no time, he had over 700 members and it became the largest martial arts school in the UK.

Matt’s unique life skill and educational programs have been a massive success, with over 1500 MF schools across the UK/Europe, including Ireland, Germany, Holland, Australia, and South Africa. He holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Black Belts in Kickboxing and Kung Fu.

Matt has numerous celebrity clients, including the late Michael Jackson, whom he served as a personal bodyguard and friend for over a decade. In addition to martial arts, Matt launched “MF Dance,” offering street dance programs worldwide. He has collaborated with Boxercise and Kick boxercise, leading to the opening of over 2000 new MF locations in 54 countries.

As the Managing Director of the Matt Fiddes Group, Matt oversees the successful MF franchise brand, which offers fitness, self-defense, and personal safety classes to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

Interested in becoming a Franchise owner?

The Matt Fiddes Group has a range of franchise opportunities in the Martial Arts and Street Dance industries. Please contact us to start your MF journey today.

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Official Matt Fiddes Instagram. Former Michael Jackson bodyguard and celebrity trainer.