Paul Shears

UK Crew member - Lead Instructor & Safe Guarding Officer

Paul has been training martial arts for over 25 years. He has studied JKD, Filipino Arts, Chinese Kung Fu, PFS (Progression Fighting System), Grappling, combative fighting system and many more. he also also done SIA (Security Industry Authority) Level 1 & 2.

He has always been very passionate and motivated about learning something that is practical, functional and works in this modern society. He has been teaching students to help them improve their skills and other factors. He is very passionate about helping people and giving quality services that students deserve to have.

Paul is also a qualified fitness instructor and offers PT fitness training for those who wants to achieve their personal goals.

He offers private lessons on a 1-2-1 basis or in groups, as well as teaching regular classes.

He runs women's only self defence workshop, weapons training workshop, and advanced training workshop for those who wish to take their skills to another level.

He is qualified first aider, safe guarding officer, DBS checked and child protection.


Peter Smith


Peter has always been interested in martial arts from a young age, from being inspired by Bruce Lee movies. It took a long time for Peter to pluck up the courage to attend a class. It was four years ago when he was approached by a past instructor of Defence Lab, asking if he has ever seen ‘Batman Begins’ and did he know who has taught Batman! The rest was history!

Peter went to a free trial session where he was made to feel very welcome by the other students and instructors. After the first session, he was hooked and this was something that he had never seen before, the system was intriguing and thought provoking.

After a years of training and guidance from defence lab instructors and crew, Peter was able to pass his training to become an instructor, since then Peter has supported Defence Lab Swindon, running classes and helping to grow the school into a positive place to be for our students, where the health and wellbeing of each of our students is at the forefront. 
Peter believes that Defence Lab Swindon is for any walks of life whether you have had years of experience within martial arts or as a beginner.

This program has helped Peter grew with confidence in the knowledge that he would be able to defend himself in most situations that he may had to encounter in. He has become a lot fitter during his time in Defence Lab Swindon. The classes we teach, helps our students to have a healthier and more active lifestyle.


Pamela Mercury

Assistant Instructor

Pam always had a passion for fitness and strongly believe it’s never too late to turn things around and get a new lease on life. Exercising is good for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Since joining our Ladies Kickboxing Fitness I have been dedicated to understanding the most effective and efficient ways through training and nutrition.

Pam is very passionate about helping other people and bringing positivity back into their lives and she firmly believes this will help excel in their lifestyles.

Pam embarked on a journey in training in Adults Street Self Defence and Fitness for a period of time now. Her response is “this is a real eye opener“. It doesn’t matter whether you are an absolute beginner, it’s the knowledge gained on how the simplest but effective techniques help to defend and protect you. It aids confidence and boosts your self esteem.

I have now immersed myself into a new lifestyle and I love it.

Defence Lab Swindon is a supportive and welcoming community where we encourage each other to do our best and achieve our goals in terms of fitness and training.