Neon Martial Arts and Fitness Centre Southampton was born in 2019 out of necessity.

Children’s wrestling practice .

After coaching and training in the area since 2013, Ahileas Bolovan realised that there was a need for dedicated children wrestling programs that puts children first.

Ahileas decided to open Neon Martial Arts alongside Coach Trevor Birmingham.

Together, they created a place that provides high level training and mentoring to boys and girls of all ages and uses the platform of wrestling to enrich their lives on and off the mats.


Your son or daughter will be following a specific curriculum, design for their age, that will be teaching them essential skills and techniques required to progress in the sport of wrestling at every level.

The three age groups that we are recruiting for:

  • 4 – 7 yo
  • 7 – 11 yo
  • 11 – 16 yo
Coach Ahileas demonstrating the Russian tie up in the children’s wrestling practice.


But that is not all. They will not learn just skills and techniques that require to be successful on the mat. Through wrestling your child will learn how to be humble, have a good work ethic, be confident, build self-esteem, have self-defence skills, mental toughness and discipline.

It is the self-esteem and confidence that a wrestler has, which makes them very different to any other athlete. Wrestlers do not get bullied and they are not the bullies. They have learned discipline, earned and gained respect because of their hard work and commitment to achieving set goals.

These are valuable lessons that will stick with your child for a lifetime.

‘’Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy’’. Dan Gable