Paul Shears

Crew member - Lead Instructor & Safe Guarding Officer

Paul has been training martial arts for over 20 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.

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

He offers 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.

It has been a year now since being taught by Paul the Lead instructor, when Paul asked if Peter would like to become a CIT instructor. Peter was honoured that he thought he was ready to embark on the next stage of his martial arts journey. He really enjoys welcoming new students to the classes and making them feel relaxed and nothing is unachievable within this system.

After a year 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.

Peter's goal for all the students is to ensure they get the best out of themselves and gain confidence in their abilities. He is an exceptionally brilliant at running kids’ classes ensuring they get full training potential while having loads of fun!