About Us

“We study violence so as to escape it, prevent it, and if all else fails, utilise it ourselves to survive.”

The new ‘DNA Fight Science’ program developed by Andy Norman and Defence Lab is a reality based combat system that has gone through the evolutionary process and will always continue to do so. It is a fighting method that has progressed and advanced to meet the challenges of today which are very different from the challenges of the past. To develop this amazing new system has taken over 20 years of testing and training, along with ‘real-life experiences’, and the desperate need to answer that all important question: “DOES IT REALLY WORK?”

The DL Journey

Why not learn a fighting system that's truly tested and reality based? Dealing with multiple attackers, always evolving and growing, and built for the society of the UK today.

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    Learn about us

    If you're going to trust someone to teach you how to develop the fighting and self defence skills you need to stay safe in your life, then you need to know you can trust them. We want you to know you can trust us, so we encourage you to look around our website, check out our YouTube videos and our gallery and testimonials so you KNOW we're the ones you can trust.

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    You can sign up to our newsletter to let us know about you, and what you're interested in, so we can send you our free guides and instructional videos, along with a little more about us, and maybe some free offers and promotions...

  • Come Along to a course or free trial

    We promise, it'll be fun!

    We love to meet new people, especially if they're interested in joining us on the Defence Lab Journey! We'll make sure to make you feel welcome and learn something fun exciting and new, whether you're joining us for one of our six week courses, or for one of your free trial sessions for our weekly classes.

  • Keep it up, to black belt and beyond!

    When you get a taste, you'll want to keep going!

    Once you've got a taste of our revolutionary self defence system, you won't want to stop training. We've noticed people don't want to leave our classes, and a lot of our students are long time members, something we pride ourselves on. We'll do everything we can to make sure you enjoy yourself, and more importantly, grow and develop your self defence skills to the level you want to take them.

  • There's more!

    There's always workshops, trips and journeys, fitness planning, diet and meal advice, as well as the potential to become a CIT

    We don't just train you in self defence. There's a focus on fitness here at Defence Lab, and we can help you achieve your goals. We're always going on trips to places like Valencia for some training that's a little different, and with regular workshops on all sorts of subjects going on, there'll always be something for you to do with us. If you find you enjoy the journey, and want to take it further, you can with us. We're actively looking for now Certified Intstructors in Training (CIT's), the first step on the journey to becoming a Defence Lab Instructor for yourself. 

Our Instructors


Liam Doyle - Lead Instructor

With his experience of a lifetime's interest and training in a variety of martial arts systems and techniques, and extensive experience in the prison and reform service, Liam is the ideal man to lead the next generation into becoming a responsible, respectful one that knows how to handle violence when it's unjustly applied to them.

Bethany 'beth' Dean - Assistant Instructor

Her pleasant, laid back and charming attitude combined with her ease with kids makes Beth a stand-out Children's instructor. The extensive instruction and experience she has gained training regularly with Liam over the last few years has led to her becoming one of the up and coming stars of the Defence Lab world.

Gaz Hughes - Instructor

Gaz has trained in various martial arts and has trained with Liam for 5 years, 4 of those as a Certified Instructor in Training, before becoming an instructor. He is laid back and friendly, this combined with his extensive knowledge makes Gaz a quality instructor who will be launching classes soon and one to watch over the next few years.

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