Train, learn and heal in a safe and welcoming space


Have fun, get fit, and discover how to protect yourself at our dedicated fitness and wellbeing centre in Southend-on-Sea.

Avictus offers a wealth of classes and training opportunities for Essex residents who want to get fit, have fun, and learn vital self-defence skills from some of the UK’s most experienced senior instructors.

Ideally located in Thorpe Bay, and boasting its own onsite gym and studio space, our versatile venue can also be adapted to deliver world-class knowledge in a variety of formats to suit everybody’s needs.

Pop in for a chat and a coffee to begin your journey with the Avictus family or drop us a message to discuss how we can support you!

The Gym

Our private, fully accessible gym can be hired on a pay-as-you-go basis, making it the ideal option for any local training business. Direct clients can book in a session with one of our experienced personal trainers for a set hourly fee.

Our Classes

From martial arts courses and situational awareness programmes to women’s only self-defence classes, Avictus offers a full suite of protection training solutions, designed and run by highly qualified professionals. Children’s classes are also available.

The Studio

Our studio can be rented out for any class, seminar, or community-focused event. The room can be adapted to suit your requirements and all hire packages include access to a range of facilities and free onsite advertising.

Our work in focus

There’s nothing quite like Avictus.

On the surface, we’re a boutique health and wellbeing centre that delivers best-in-class self-defence training.

But we offer so much more than your standard fitness classes; we’re here to use our hard-earned skills to teach, to inspire, to support, and above all, to empower.

Click to discover what Avictus stands for, and how we’re using our training and experience to benefit the wider Southend community.


  • As well as great all round fitness I’ve found that this training has massively built my self confidence, and for that alone it’s worth training.

    Sean is an expert coach who’s supportive, knowledgeable, extremely thorough and patient.
    Learning skills you may never need , but you will never regret knowing.

    Skills for Life! ..May safe your life !
    - Dean

An Experience Like No Other

Gym and studio aside, our venue also provides its guests with a unique environment in which they can work and play.

If you’ve got a little time on your hands, why not grab a hot drink and a snack at our in-house coffee shop and enjoy a catch up with like-minded friends?

You can even hire a desk at our dedicated co-working space to further your freelancing career in a friendly, supportive setting.


Creating a safe haven for all

Our vision was to make our work available to as many people as possible in the local area – and we’ve worked hard to create a space where everyone can meet, and anyone can learn.

Our team also provide support to individuals in difficult or challenging circumstances. We welcome enquiries from social care facilities and other privately or publicly funded initiatives that may benefit from our services.


Avictus For Kids

We can teach your little ones how to protect themselves in challenging or dangerous situations.

Avictus offers a range of training courses and classes for our younger visitors, all of which are headed up by our Senior Instructor, Angie, a black belt martial artist and highly attained Kung Fu Sifu. 

These fun and highly rewarding sessions are designed to boost kids’ fitness and engage them in a variety of self-defence techniques.