METTLE [met-l]


1. courage, spirit and fortitude.
2. character, disposition or temperament.
3. on one’s mettle: encouraged to making one’s best efforts.



Welcome to Mettle Martial Arts Academy.

Mettle Martial Arts is a private martial arts academy catering for beginners and experienced martial artists based in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

We offer private martial arts and self defence tuition (up to four students at a time) in a safe and encouraging environment, specialising in the arts of Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Arnis, Eskrima, Silat, Muay Thai, and various Grappling arts.

Whether you are looking to build confidence, to lose weight, to relieve stress or to develop your understanding of the martial arts, Mettle Martial Arts Academy can help you achieve your goals.

Mettle is a word not often used in today's conversations - it represents all the values that I respect and admire, not just as a martial artist, but as a human being. The Martial Arts has helped me develop my own mettle, and I would love the opportunity to help you develop yours.

Kade Marsh, head instructor

Personal martial arts training for beginners and experienced martial artists

Drawing from a wide range of arts and disciplines from around the globe, Mettle Martial Arts Academy offers private (1 on 1) and small group programmes that will leave you fit, recharged and empowered through the application of simple, effective self defence techniques.


Learn a variety of martial art styles and systems from around the globe and fluently transition between them.


Develop the confidence and techniques to protect you and your family. And the self awareness to not have to.


Get a complete workout that not only keeps your body in shape but also helps develop an active mind.

Your first lesson is FREE !

Let us introduce you to the tools to develop your coordination, fitness and ultimately, your confidence in a comfortable and private environment


Get in great shape

Lose weight, defined muscle tone and increased energy levels are just a few of the side effects you’ll notice once you start your martial arts journey.

Self Respect

Enhance your flexibility, coordination, concentration levels and your self-control, giving you not only self-confidence, but self-respect.

Relieve Stress

Reduce your stress levels and restore balance to your life. Find synergy between your mind, body and spirit giving you the head-space to deal with life’s challenges.

Self Defence

Build the confidence, reflexes, awareness and other core attributes to be able to predict uneasy situations and take appropriate measures to protect you and your loved ones.