ABOUT US

Avictus can provide you with the tools, the encouragement, and the space you need to enjoy a happier, healthier life

We are a dedicated fitness and wellbeing hub in Southend-on-Sea that’s owned and managed by some of the UK’s most talented and accredited self-defence professionals.

Train in our gym, attend a class, book a workout with one of our qualified personal trainers, or hire our space to host your own fitness programme, teaching session or community group. Whatever you need, and however you’d like to make the most of our space, we’ve got you covered.

For your peace of mind, we have carried out a full Covid risk assessment on our premises and have set a range of procedures in place to make sure our staff and our guests are kept safe at all times. 

We’ve got plenty of sanitising hand gel and antibacterial wipes to hand and operate antibacterial steam mats onsite. We can also carry out temperature checks where required.

Where are we?

Avictus is located along Southend’s beautiful Eastern Esplanade, a stone’s throw from the seafront and a short walk from all the town’s major seaside attractions.

Getting to us is easy. There’s plenty of parking nearby, and if you’re planning to reach us by public transport, there’s a bus stop right outside the venue. We’re also only a mile or so away from Southend Central train station.

What’s Our ‘Why’?

Avictus is a safe, accessible and fully inclusive space for everyone, whatever they’re going through and wherever they might be on their journey.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Sean and Angie, our core mission is to deliver life-saving fitness and self-defence training to people of all ages and abilities, in a friendly, non-intimidating environment.
Having experienced first-hand the devastating effects of violence, trauma and abuse, we now dedicate our time and resources to helping our clients tackle their personal challenges, boost their physical and mental wellbeing, and accelerate their healing so they can live their best life, on their own terms.

Meet the team

Sean Gallagher

Owner & Senior Instructor

Sean has over 27 years’ experience as a full time Close Protection Officer. During his career, he has served as a senior bodyguard for some of the highest profile celebrities and business executives on the global stage, in all kinds of demanding environments worldwide.
Over the last 12 years, Sean has used his extensive training, knowledge and experience to deliver a series of self-defence and personal awareness courses. These programmes have been uniquely curated to share effective yet easy to learn techniques that have been inspired by Sean’s own experiences and real-life encounters.
Sean’s friendly yet no-nonsense approach has inspired thousands of people to train in the vital art of self-defence. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and is committed to providing all the tools and resources his local community needs to take responsibility for their own safety.

Qualifications and experience:

Registered Close Protection (Bodyguard) Instructor

BTEC Level 3 in Advanced Self-Defence Instruction

Registered Self Defence, Physical Intervention and Conflict Management Instructor with the National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS)

Registered Martial Arts, Self Defence & Unarmed Combat Instructor with the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA)

Black belt martial artist

Angie

Owner & Senior Instructor

Boasting a wealth of qualifications and specialist self-defence knowledge, Angie now delivers impactful women’s self-defence training to help her clients feel safe, confident, and empowered as they navigate life’s many challenges.
Angie runs women’s only classes that provide her ladies with the knowledge they need to prevent an attack and, if needs be, skilfully defend themselves in hostile situations. To date, she’s delivered transformative self-defence training for The Women’s Institute, She’s Ready, Active Life, MoveOut and Southend Civic Centre, not to mention many local government associations and UK-wide corporations. 
Aside from her work at Avictus, Angie continues to work with local councils to implement the Public Health Responsibility Deal. She also donates her spare time to charitable organisations involved with domestic abuse and other serious crimes, including sexual assault. She uses her skills and experience to help vulnerable individuals gain more confidence, reignite their own self-healing process, and improve their mental wellbeing to support a healthier, happier future.

Qualifications and experience:

BTEC Level 3 in Advanced Self-Defence Instruction

Registered Self Defence Instructor with the National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS)

Registered Martial Arts & Self Defence Instructor with the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA)

Black belt martial artist

Sifu (Instructor) of Kung Fu

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.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY

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.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY
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