Kickboxing is a tremendously popular sport that appeals to practically everyone. Some lessons are designed to meet people’s requirements, whether for fitness, confidence, or even combat.
However, because kickboxing is primarily a fighting sport, the best kickboxing clubs must be able to get their trainees to a competitive level. There are numerous kickboxing clubs, but just a few compete.
What Makes a Good Kickboxing Club?
It’s always fantastic to be in a welcoming setting with great kickboxing. Even though kickboxing is a combat sport, most people dislike the club where the alter ego hangs out.
An expert coach is required to teach it at the greatest level possible.
A coach does not need to be a fighter themself; however, it helps as long as they have a thorough understanding of the sport.
Some of the best trainers who have produced incredible fighters, such as Muhammad Ali’s mentor Angelo Dundee never competed.
A good kickboxing club also has a grading syllabus; it isn’t required, but it is a worthy goal for pupils to aspire for. It also aids the club in maintaining a level of training for all students.
We have put together a list of the best kickboxing clubs in the U.K., not necessarily based on their curriculum or the fighters they have produced, but also on everything they bring to the sport, including promotion.
Address: Unit 2, Dajen Business Park, Second Avenue, Chatham ME4 5AU TKO
Colin Payne, a kickboxing and boxing instructor, owns Elite. Colin has been promoting his entire contact show Kombat Zone and his light continuous daylight event, ‘The Battle of Kent’, for almost 25 years. For years, TKO Elite has been producing top-tier fighters.
They provide a comprehensive kickboxing grading course for anyone seeking a black belt.
Address: 12/14 Maunsell Rd, Hastings, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 9NN HKA
Before becoming a full-time kickboxing instructor, Carl Denne worked as a sparky.
Going from strength to strength, HKA has settled into their current 7000 sq ft facility. They have classes for everyone from toddlers to adults.
HKA has also held fight nights, with their 11th event scheduled for July 9th at Hastings White Rock. This will be their most crucial fight night, with a full card of full contact Kickboxing and K1 bouts.
Kicks Martial Arts Centre
Address: 185 Lewes Rd, Brighton BN2 3LD
Kicks were one of the first kickboxing clubs in the United Kingdom. Chris Kent, the founder and chief instructor of Kicks, founded the school in 1982 after teaching since 1975.
Kicks have built a reputation, and numerous champions have passed through their doors. Kicks is a place we’re familiar with because it’s where Sidekick founder Daniel Knight earned his black belt.
Bai Lang Kickboxing
Address: Unit 6, Gower St, St George’s, Telford TF2 9HW Bai Lang Kickboxing is a successful kickboxing club established for over 12 years, teaching at the highest level.
Super nice guy Lee Whitfield owns Bai Lang. Lee is also an active fighter, recently fighting Louis King for a K1 title on MTGP.
The Combat Academy
Address: Unit 4, Claycliffe Business Park, Cannon Way, Barugh Green, Barnsley S75 1JU
Mick Crossland, a former professional British, European, and World kickboxing champion, launched the Combat Academy in 2011.
Since its inception, they have just relocated to the supercenter where they are now. Mick has produced several high-level kickboxers, several of whom are making waves in the sport.
Watch The Combat Academy’s fighter Gasan Gindra at the MTGP London:
The Bar Gym
Address: 12 Bath Pl, Worthing BN11 3BA
Nick Brewer and Mike O’Hagan launched The Bar Gym, formerly Gym Xtreme, in 2009. It is a registered Charity established gym based in the centre of Worthing. Over the last 11 years, The Bar Gym has proudly produced many champions as one of the first fully equipped combat schools in the South East.
Address: 141 New Bedford Rd., Luton LU3 1LF
If there is one thing you can count on when training at Storm Gym, you will emerge as a formidable fighter.
Storm gym with head instructor Amir Subasic has produced some of the best and fiercest kickboxers globally, including the Tate brothers.
Amir and Lucy Smith have since relocated to form their own gym Amir Subasic’s Storm Gym U.K which you can find his Facebook page here.
East Anglian Kickboxing Academy
Address: Ashley House, Stephenson Way, Thetford IP24 3RD
Billy Brown, the company’s founder and chief instructor, is a third-degree black belt and a former ICO Southern Area champion. At EAKA, their main goal is to provide a pleasant and accepting environment for students of all levels and skills.
They conduct various events as a club, including student gradings, open sparring days, light continuous kickboxing shows, and our complete contact kickboxing and K1 show. Sidekick is the exclusive boxing gloves provider.
You can check out our list of the best MMA gyms in the U.K here.