Kickboxing and Muay Thai

Kickboxing is a modern martial art involving stand up punching and kicking and is generally performed with boxing gloves on the hands. It is a great form of self defence and fitness, and one of the most popular martial arts on offer at Double Dragon.

Our love affair with kickboxing dates back to the very beginning of the sport in Australia, and we’ve been training beginners through to world champions for over 30 years. More advanced students can also learn the art of Muay Thai (Thai boxing), which along with punches and kicks, also involves knees, elbows and stand up grappling. Head over to our Timetable page for a list of kickboxing class times.

What is the difference between Muay Thai & kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a broad term that when it first started incorporated a few traditional styles together to form a ruleset that allowed Karate and Muay Thai practitioners to compete against each other in the 1950's in Japan and exploded into popularity 60's to late 90s, with North America, Europe and the Oceania regions providing strong contenders. Kickboxing has a strong foundation in foot work and Boxing skills, but modified the stance to use a varied kicking arsenal while still having the balance to defend yourself. Fight promotions today Like K1, Glory and Enfusion are the best examples of what kickboxing is in this modern era. Gym founder Mick Spinks was a Kickboxing pioneer in Australia for the sport of and trained people like World champion Grant Barker, Peter Blumson, K1 standout Ian Schaffa. National/State champions Like Cameron Johnston, Mark fenwick, Hayden Frankenfield, Glenn Middleton, Ali Atoui, Rowan Sangster, Craig Ruddiman, Jaden Dempsey and Nick Black. Now in this new era Shane Greenwood and Rowan Sangster have trained Luke Thompson and Hugh O'Donnell to National and South Pacific Kickboxing Championships in kickboxing/K1 rules.

Muay Thai is an ancient martial art dating back to the middle of the 18th century developed by thais to defend themselves in wars, it has the similar tools as kickboxing but also adds the use of elbows, knees and upper body clinching to it's disposal, making it a well rounded martial art for self defence. Also Muaythai has different styles within in: Muay Mat (Aggressive punches and low kicks), Muay femur (technical, trickster), Muay Tae (fights mainly on the outside with kicks) and Muay Khao (clinch and knee fighter). Australia has always had a strong Muay Thai scene with world champions like "John" Wayne Parr, Nathan Corbett, Caley Reece and more recently Victor Nagbe, Chad Collins and Yolanda Schmidt.

In our own gym Luke Thompson and Hugh O'Donnell are South Pacific and Australian Champions in Muay Thai, Luke was even the only Australian to medal (bronze) in the 2017 IFMA world games in Belarus, which is the Olympics of Muaythai and in 2018 he is selected again to represent the green and gold at the IFMA games in Mexico. We also have people like Karina Cardenas Salazar and Dion Beattie who are up and comers on the cusp of title contention.

What to expect in your first class?

First timers get 1 free trial class and don’t worry about not having any martial art experience as our gym is a upbeat learning environment and the beginners classes are all about making mistakes, having experienced coaches correcting them and enjoying the journey of learning new skills. If you do not have your own gloves, shin pads, etc we do have equipment we can borrow, but if you enjoy Muay Thai & kickboxing it’s always better to have your own gear which we sell at the front counter or conversely ask our coaches for advice on which equipment brands are best if you want something a little different. You will learn how to maintain a balanced stance for defense and attack, how to use weight transfer to create the best strike with your body and how to intelligently defend yourself.

Which classes should I start in?

Everyone starts in our beginners class which runs Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs at 7pm. We have a system in place that grades students into the more advanced classes, so you can learn the fundamentals.