WTBA Combat Camp. (Open to Everyone) Numbers Limited so Book Now

This year we are doing a special small group long weekend. With a small group you will get a lot more personal attention from Eli and you will get to spar with him more. 

  • Taking your Taiji and Bagua skills and putting them into practice.
    Through free sparring and positional sparing. We will learn technique by drilling, then testing it out in sparring. 
    We will only practice practical fighting methods, or things that relate directly to fighting. 
    The aim is to focus on the foundations of combat, the simple stuff that will work.

  • Location Cardiff UK.
    Ultimate Fitness Centre.
    11 Penlline St,
    Cardiff CF24 3BD,

  • Dates: July 27th, 28th, 29th, 2024.
    We start at 10:30am on Saturday the 27th and finish at 5:30pm.
    Therefore if coming in from a long distance, you'll probably need to be in Cardiff on the 27th. 
    Sunday and Monday we Start at 8:30am and finish at 3:30pm.

  • Cost of training.

Are you ready willing and able?

This is combat camp, where you learn how to fight. You WILL get hit, this does not mean we will go full force, safety is paramount, but you at least have to be ok with taking a light punch to the face, with a glove of course. 

"When we train in combat, we do so with the highest care taken for safety, as we don’t want any of the long-term injuries associated with Boxing or MMA. Even if this means not being the number 1 ultimate fighting champion, we will still be able to protect our family from 99.9% of people out there, while keeping our health."

We will also practice grappling, both stand up and on the ground. You need to be in relatively good shape to get thrown and shoved about. 
Of course if you're unable to do a certain area of training, you can focus on the things you can do.

Both beginners and advanced martial artists are welcome. 
You do not need to be studying with the WTBA to attend, the workshop is open to everyone.

We will start with a warm up each morning, then we will work through the Foundations of Combat from the Erle Montaigue System, a break for lunch, then a cool down stretch and Qigong to finish. Only simple practical fighting methods will be taught, no fancy form type applications, the stuff that works to get you out of trouble on the street or in your home.

There are a lot of similarities between MMA ring fighting and self defence, but you need to understand the differences to make sure you have the best chance to protect your life and that of your family's. 

What will be taught
At the 2023 combat camp, since it was the first one, we did a little bit of everything. This time however we will focus on three main areas. 

  • Taiji Boxing
    This is attack defence from all types of punches and palm strikes.

  • Stand up grappling
    That's clinching, throwing, trapping and controlling to land strikes.

  • Ground fighting
    As with everything in the WTBA, fighting from the ground will be for self-defence, no the ring.
    Fighting on the ground means getting back to your feet as soon as possible in a street fight, but in order to get back to you feet you need to know how to ground fight to get the other guy off you first.

  • Where do the techniques come from 
    Most of what we teach is from the Chinese Internal Martial Arts Taijiquan & Baguazhang, this is our base. Over the years however Erle and now Eli have included some very useful techniques from other styles such as Wrestling. 

How does self defence differ from MMA.

  • How you hit is different when you don't have a glove on.

  • Where you hit is different when you don't have a glove on or a set of rules to follow. 

  • We have to be aware to not damage our hands, learn to attack and defend against the illegal areas such as the groin, eyes, neck, back of the body and back of head. 

  • We have to learn how to fight someone of a much larger size. 

  • We generally don't want to be on the ground in a self defence fight, so we never take the fight to the ground, if we do end up on the ground we train to get back up as soon as possible. However, we still need to practice take downs so that we can play to part of the attacker. 

  • We have to learn to fight multiple opponents.

  • Use and defence of weapons. 

How rough will it be?
Check out this video for an in depth explanation. In short though, it's as rough as you want it to be. 
Beginners should never use full force.

Highlights from camp 2023. 

The gear you will need

  • WTBA official training gloves, or something equivalent, Eli will need to check any non WTBA gloves to be used in sparring.

  • Mouth guard.

Other things you might want.

  • Forearm Guards
    To make sure you can keep up with class if you bruise easily.

  • Elbow Pads
    These will allow you to get a bit more rough with elbows when grappling, not needed, but a nice addition. 
    Eli still has some available, or if you want to buy your own set, ask Eli, as most suck.

  • Shin guards
    We won't be focusing on kicks, but we might try them at some point just to change things up, so if you have a set, bring them, or if you think you're going to get really into fighting, then buy some and bring them, just make sure they are thick and cover the foot as well. But if you are just trying out fighting and think you might not use them, you don't need them for this camp. Ask for advice if you think you might need these. 

Please make sure you get ready for this!
For those who sign up before April, you will get three months of prep videos to get you ready for training, just one short video per week. 
You don't want to pull a muscle on day one and then not be able to keep training.

The training will be rough, you've got plenty of time, get on your kick bag, push ups, pull ups, whatever you can to make sure you're up to it. If you have a training partner, then go through anything you know.

Daily Schedule:

Saturday 27th.

  • 10:30am Warm up. 
  • 10:45am Training. 
  • 1pm Lunch. 
  • 3pm Training. 
  • 5:15pm Cool down and Qigong.
  • 5:30pm Finish. 

Sunday 28th and Monday 29th.

  • 8:30am Warm up. 
  • 8:45am Training. 
  • 11am Brunch. 
  • 1pm Training. 
  • 3:15pm Cool down and Qigong.
  • 3:30pm Finish. 

Ultimate Fitness Centre.
11 Penlline St,
Cardiff CF24 3BD,

Hotel Recommendations.
If you are coming alone but would like to keep the cost down, you can get paired up with another student to share a room.
Please let me know if you would like to be paired up.
I’ll try are pair you with someone of the same gender and someone you know.

Air B & B
There are many around the area.


Best Price.

ZIP by Premier Inn Cardiff.
40 minutes’ walk or 20 minutes bus to venue.
Small rooms, small prices. Basically brilliant.
As little as £190 for 6 nights. You can also split the cost into two people, as a double or twin.

Best Location, plus still one of the cheapest full sized hotels.
Premier Inn Cardiff City Centre (Queen Street) hotel.
15 minutes’ walk or 7 minutes bus to venue.
Around £446 for a twin room, or £422 for a double. You can also split the cost into two people.

Best for triple share.
Travelodge Cardiff Central Queen Street.
If you are three people wanting to share a room,
Travelodge allows three in a room, however they only have double beds, plus extra fold out beds, maybe not super comfortable. The room would have one double bed and up to two of these fold out extra beds.
Cost is around £540 for 6 nights, split into three people.
18 minutes’ walk or 11 minutes bus to venue.

There are loads of other hotels you could stay at if you prefer to look for yourselves. 

Any questions please let me know.