Z.M.A. Academy Newcastle

Martial Arts

Our Martial Arts classes were established in 2011 by Sensei Curtis Smeaton a 3rd degree Black Belt of ZMA, trained under Kyoshi chunk since 1995.

During his youth Curtis competed at State & National Level in Karate Style tournaments, winning many sparring events. During his early 20's he moved his focus into competing in kickboxing, and learning more martial arts techniques from a range of styles such as BJJ, MMA, and Muay Thai.

Curtis Strives to establish ZMA as a high quality Martial Art within the Hunter Region. In 2018 we opened our new permanent fully equiped facility at Kahibah Sports Club and Introduced dedicated Muay Thai Kickboxing and Private classes to our schedule.

Muay Thai & Kickboxing

Since 2013 Curtis has traveled throughout SE Asia learning from some of the best strikers from the region. He has trained at the following gym's:

* Charn Chai Gym - Pai, Thailand (also competed for)

* Yokkao Training Centre - Bangkok Thailand

* Sit Thaharnaek - Chiang Mai, Thailand

* Sor Varapin Gym - Bangkok, Thailand
* Pheonix Lethwei Gym - Yangon, Myanmar
* Banchamek Gym - Chiang Mai, Thailand

* Mr. Ly's Khun Khmer Gym - Siam Reap, Cambodia

After a 5 year hiatus Curtis returned to competition in 2018 and has been focused on actively competing in Muay Thai, and has since gone on to compete through out Australia & also in Thailand. Although instructing and coaching is his main focus he still continues to compete when the opportunity arises.

Here at ZMA Academy Newcastle we have connections with promoters throughout Australia for those who are interested in competing in Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Kickboxing or MMA.

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Full time dedicated training facility with matted floor, wall pads, and 
a range of heavy &
specialty bags 



  • Muay Thai classes for everyone

  • Mixed Martial Arts (10-Adults)

  • Kids Karate (ages 5-9)

  • Open Gym

  • Private 1-on-1 Sessions

  • Muay Fight Team Training - train along side our fight team, 6 days a week, who are regularly competing!!  

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Head Trainer & Founder

Curtis is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Zenryoku Martial Arts with over 25 years martial arts experience. Has competed extensively in various martial arts tornaments, amatuer kickboxing, and trained & fought Muay Thai in Thailand. Head trainer for our Martial Arts and Muay Thai classes,
as well as overseeing our Fight Team training.



Trainer & Fighter

Sensei Jake is a 2nd Dan Black Belt with over 10 Years training and teaching with Zenryoku.

Has worked professionally in the security industry, so has a real understanding of reality based martial arts.

Jake is an instructor for Martial Arts & is actively competing in Kickboxing & Muay Thai.



Fighter & Private Muay Thai Trainer

Mitch is one of our most experienced fighters having competed in Kickboxing and Muay Thai for ZMA Academy since 2016. He has a strong Muay Mat style with strong boxing and heavy low kicks. Mitch actively coaches for our Muay Thai group lessons, fight team preparation, and is available for private 1-on-1 sessions in both Muay Thai and Boxing.



Fighter & Private Muay Thai Trainer

Porco has been training & fighting under ZMA Academy since 2018. Having trained Tae Kwon Do as a kid he has developed a highly technical Muay Femur style, with a strong kicking base. Porco actively assists in our Muay Thai group lessons, with fight team preparation and is available for private 1-on-1 sessions.