About EVE Academy – London’s School of Women’s Wrestling


We’re sorry to report that the home of EVE Academy, the unique independent events space Resistance Gallery, was unable to weather the storm that is COVID.

We are currently in the process of securing a new venue for EVE Academy – follow us on facebook here for updates.

Learn how to fight like a girl at EVE Academy – London’s School of Women’s Wrestling

EVE events are the place to forget everything you thought you knew about this previously male-owned world and see what happens when punk, feminism and pro-wrestling combine to create a night of death-defying, jaw dropping, action packed theatrical wrestling stunts fueled with cabaret, comedy and so much more… And now you can train to become one of the future EVE Professionals at the EVE Academy – London’s School of Women’s Wrestling!

EVE Academy are weekly pro wrestling training classes in East London.

WHERE:  Every Saturday at Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9RF.

WHEN:  Doors open at 10am ready for a 10.30am start and the training class runs until 1.30pm.

COST:  The sessions are priced at £10 per week, payable on the day in cash.  There are no monthly contracts or commitments – just turn up and enjoy! If you’d like to pay in advance you can do so here

PLEASE BRING a water bottle, a spare t-shirt (to change into after the warm up) and keep nails short!

YOU DON’T NEED TO BOOK A PLACE! You can reserve a place by emailing prowrestlingeve@gmail.com or pay in advance here  but you’re also welcome to just turn up on the day!


The classes will be lead by two-time EVE Champion, world traveled professional wrestler & fitness instructor “The Fightin’ Irish” Rhia O’Reilly and London School of Lucha Libre head coach: professional wrestler turned film fight choreographer and stunt person Greg Burridge.

EVE Academy Coaches Rhia O’Reilly (above – photo by Oli Sandler) and Greg Burridge (below)


Training is split into three sections: 

Section 1:
Physical fitness

Beginning with a fun warm up that incorporates calisthenics, core strengthening, stretches and aerobic exercises with shouting and tune-chanting to create the most contagious happy, festival atmosphere you could possibly imagine to get your body ready for some wrestling!

Laura Di Matteo with a top rope crossbody on Sammii Jayne and Debbie Sharp (photo by Oli Sandler)

Section 2:
  Learning to wrestle
If you’re the type of person who loves to perform, who thrives on physical and mental challenges, lives for the adrenaline rush and who pushes their bodies further than they ever thought possible then get ready to learn how to ‘body slam’, ‘dropkick’, ‘super-plex’ and jump off the top rope onto your opponent!
You’ll run the ropes and learn the wrestling holds, moves and sequences all professionals need to know to get in that 16×16 foot ring and thrill an audience! You’ll even learn how to create your own wrestling moves and discover how numerous elements of professional wrestling can be taken and used in other performance work such as “break falls” in theatre, film and stunts.
Millie McKenzie with head scissors on Toni Storm (photo by Rob Brazier)

Section 3:  Building character and confidence

For many this is the really fun stuff! Women are too often taught in society to be quiet and small – we want women to know they can be loud, they can take up space and they can be fierce!
A wide variety of skills will be taught here including acting, body language, making yourself appear bigger than you are, effectively and confidently using your voice and much more.

In-ring personas will begin to be created and over time trainees will learn how to make an effective entrance into an arena and onto the wrestling stage. The wrestling world is the only place where sport combines with theatre and Hollywood style stunts and this is the part where you’ll learn the theatre!

The Session Moth – Martina (photo by Rob Brazier)

But that’s not all…

In addition to this we also have guest trainers booked in every month including Japanese wrestling legend Emi Sakura, American television wrestling personality Daffney and numerous others from around the wrestling world ensuring the very best training and coaching at the EVE Academy.The Legendary Emi Sakura with top rope moonsault (photo by Oli Sandler)

As our aim is not just to help our trainees become the best professional wrestlers they can be but also to help build strong, loud and confident women, we have also scheduled optional defense classes taught by the former defensive skills instructor for Essex police.