There are literally thousands of Kickboxing clubs all over the country and picking the right one for you can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking at. A key thing to remember is that different people practice Kickboxing for different reasons. For instance, people train in Kickboxing for:
The good news is, Kickboxing is great for all of these thing and more! That being said, although most clubs will do their best to accommodate everyone, some clubs and coaches may have a focus on developing athletes over casual members or on providing junior programs over adults. Similarly, some coaches prefer to work on a one-to-one bases, whereas most will operate group sessions. While some approaches may not work for you, they all contribute to the great sense of diversity across the sport.
Where To Begin?
If you’re new to Kickboxing, Combat Sports or just new to sports in general, the best place to start is with your first class! This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people put off going to their first session until they’ve “gotten a bit fitter”. The truth is that the best way to decide if a particular clubs is for you is to give it a try (or at least go down and watch). Most clubs will offer a reduced price or even free trial of their sessions, so there’s nothing to lose!
Our website has a list of clubs that have registered with the BKC, which you can find here. The listings also indicate whether a club has met our Kitemark accreditation standards (see below)!
Although a more important question is “are they any good for you?” we believe that all clubs should be held to a high standard. That’s why we recently developed the Kickboxing Kitemark Club Accreditation.
The purpose of the Kitemark is to provide clubs that meet our criteria with a recognisable seal of approval which you know means that they are committed to maintaining good standards across the board. It is important to remember that only clubs which are affiliated to one of our Member Bodies or Associate Members can achieve full Kitemark accreditation, although we do work with non-members to help them to raise standards in the same way.
N/B: This is being rolled out to clubs at the moment, so you will likely find that most of them are still pending assessment or certification!
You can find out more about the Kitemark, here.
What Can I Expect?
As we said, each club and coach will have their own unique style and ways of getting the most our of their students. The nature of the class will also vary depending on whether the session is for you or for your child. Most clubs will aim to run age-specific classes, with a structure and make-up that has been designed specifically for those taking part, however a typical Kickboxing class will consist of:
- A warm-up & stretch
- Technical work
- Partner drills
- Fitness drills
- Sparring (not for beginners, don’t worry!)
It is important to remember that you can take everything at your own pace, so if you feel like you are struggling, or getting left behind don’t worry! The good thing about individual sports is that they allow everyone to develop and train at their own rate. On average, sessions last around an hour, although some clubs like to push their students that little bit harder and will host extended sessions.
Although many Kickboxing clubs are run out of hired halls and gyms, the sport has grown considerably in the last ten years, allowing many clubs to open up their own full-time centres! In either case, classes typically take place on matted floors (meaning you won’t need to buy fancy new trainers) and although a uniform will likely be provided when you join, loose fitted gym clothes will be fine for your first class.
How Much Will It Cost?
As with everything else, this will vary from club to club. Some Kickboxing classes will be included as part of a gym membership, larger centres with a full timetable may charge a monthly rate for their programs, while smaller or part-time clubs may charge a per-session fee of anything from £5-£10 per session. Whatever the cost, it is important to consider the value of the prices; if you really enjoyed the session, you like the coaches and the facilities are great – go for it!
What If I Have Questions?
If you have questions about a particular club, the best people to ask are the coaches! That being said, if you have any questions or concerns about the sport as a whole, please feel free to get in touch with us directly, here.