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El Matador Martial Arts Academy is a family friendly training facility based in Brisbane. Take confidence in learning from our highly experienced coaches. El Matador is not just a gym, but a home for members of our community with a strong focus on individual and collective development. Our supportive and hard working team will assist in your progression all while showing you that your Martial Arts/Fitness journey can be fun.

We have classes specifically designed for everyone and we welcome anyone of any fitness and experience level. Our passionate coaches have a wealth of knowledge and will aid in helping you achieve your personal goals. Our classes are structured for those who want to have fun while getting fit but also for those who want to take it more seriously and compete.

If you have particular fitness and training goals or need any advice, we’re here to help.

Free unrestricted on site and street parking available. Our premises is also conveniently located close to public transport. Private one on one training with any of our coaches is available at your request. 

About Us


Head Coach
Antonio Cabrera (Blue Card Holder)

  • Striking Coach at El Matador Martial Arts and at ICC Brisbane (Australian Defence Force)

  • Muay Thai, Karate, Boxing 

  • Kids Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Certified Personal Trainer

Antonio (Tony), has over 40 years of Martial Arts Experience. He has competed in Point fighting Karate, Full contact Karate, Kick Boxing and Muay Thai also achieving Black Belts and equivalents in these arts. He has been teaching Martial Arts and Combat Sports for over 30 years, his students have fought in Amateur and Professional shows in Europe, Australia and Thailand.

  • 1st Dan Karate black belt from the Royal Spanish Karate Federation (1st person to achieve a blackat The Escuela Municipal de Karate de Fuengirola)

  • 1st Dan Black Belt K1 and Kick Boxing WKN Cataluña

  • 1st Dan Black Belt Jissen Budo 

  • 10 Khan (Red Mongkong) Muay Thai I.A.M.T.F

  • Certified Machida Karate Instructor (1st Person in Australia to become a Machida Karate Certified Instructor)

  • Certified Instructor Australian Martial Arts Association

  • P1 kinetic Fighting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt

  • Diploma Strength and Conditioning Coach (Orthos Barcelona)

  • Diploma in Physical Culture, hypertrophy training and Bodybuilding (Orthos Barcelona)

  • Certificate 3 in Fitness (Fitness Industry Training Brisbane)

  • Certificate 4 in Fitness Personal Training (Fitness Industry Training Brisbane)

  • Level 1 Power Lifting Coach (Power Lifting Australia)

Assistant Coach
Marissa Castro (Blue Card Holder)

  • Assistant Coach at El Matador Martial Arts and at ICC Brisbane (Australian Defence Force)

  • Adult & Kids Muay Thai 

  • Certified Personal Trainer

Marissa began training Tae Kwon Do during high school and achieved her black belt before making the change to Muay Thai in her early 20s. She gained her Certificates 3 & 4 in Fitness and instructed Muay Thai and Strength & Conditioning classes prior to enlisting in the Australian Army where she served for 6 years. In 2018 she began training at El Matador Martial Arts and in 2023 became Assistant Coach. Marissa is also a qualified Yoga instructor and is currently completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage.

  • Black Belt from Moon Lee Tae Kwon Do

  • Certificate 3 in Fitness (Brisbane North Institute of TAFE)

  • Certificate 4 in Fitness (Southbank Institute of Technology)

  • Certified Instructor Australian Martial Arts Association

  • 200HR Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Nisarga) 

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