If the names Lilian Dikmans and Sam Greco sound familiar to you, chances are you already follow kickboxing as they are two of the many Australian champion kickboxers born in Melbourne.

For people who have only recently heard the term, kickboxing is exactly what it sounds like — a contact sport that involves kicking and striking (boxing) your opponent. Its origins are centuries old, with this particular type of martial art being taught to warriors throughout southeast Asia as a form of unarmed combat.

These days, it doesn't quite sit in the category of martial art, though 'kickboxing' serves as a hybrid term for a range of related martial arts, including karate, mixed martial arts (MMA), jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and, of course, boxing.

Perhaps, you've taken a few kickboxing classes already, or maybe you'd like to give this fast-rising sport a try — either way, you may be interested in finding out a bit more about where you can learn kickboxing in Melbourne and whether a specialised kickboxing gym is what you need to be looking for.

With a wide range of options available, from kickboxing classes in Melbourne, run at your local fitness centre or gym through to personal trainers or specialised martial art studios, it's important to know your goals, as these will determine the best fit for you when it comes to classes and training sessions.

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You can learn kickboxing as part of a large group class, or one-on-one with personal trainers | Source: Pixabay - mikepesh

Wherever you decide to learn, it is important you, and your coaches or personal trainers, take into account any injuries you may have, or physical limitations. Qualified and accredited trainers should be aware of this, however, it is also a good idea to check with a government website or your own doctor.

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Reasons for Learning Kickboxing

Both as a fitness activity and a sport, kickboxing has really taken off in Australia. As mentioned previously, people have different reasons for wanting to learn kickboxing or other martial arts like Muay Thai or jiu-jitsu.

General fitness

Kickboxing is great for a whole body workout, improving cardio fitness and strength. It can be integrated into a fitness program or utilised as part of your training for other sports.

Fun

For many people in high-powered or stressful jobs, kickboxing can be a great way to relieve stress after work, or they may simply enjoy the physical exertion after a day at work in front of a computer. Many people also enjoy the break away from predictable gym cardio and weight training sessions, as kickboxing is totally 'in the moment'.

Self-defence and confidence

Knowing a few moves to defend yourself can help women feel empowered and boost their confidence. Kickboxing is also a great way to build confidence and resilience with kids.

Competition

Let's face it, some people thrive on competition and the drive to be the best they can be (and take home the accolades when they move to the next level, achieve their competition goals or take home the ribbons or trophies). If you feel you have what it takes, including the drive and commitment to training, why not aim to be the best!

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Gaining experience in the ring, during an actual fight, is completely different from training in a fitness class | Source: Pixabay - Taco Fleur

Once you've established your goals, your next step will be to decide whether you want to focus solely on kickboxing or just incorporate it as one component of your fitness program. Obviously, if you want to work your way up to competition level, you will need specialised training that only personal trainers with kickboxing experience, or martial arts studios can provide.

However, if your goals include improving your cardio fitness and strength, then you may decide to join a regular gym that holds kickboxing classes in Melbourne, or a specialist kickboxing gym, studio or academy.

Benefits of a Kickboxing Gym

There is no question that people can get a great whole body workout doing a kickboxing inspired class at their local gym, however, if you want to focus specifically on kickboxing, then you should consider joining a gym that specialises in martial arts or mixed martial arts (MMA).

Improve techniques

Your fitness trainers in your kickboxing class may give a great workout, but coaches at an academy will zone in on specific techniques and strategies, giving fighters a broader knowledge and repertoire of moves.

Actual fight experience

This is not compulsory but if you want to experience all the techniques in a fight situation, rather than as part of the class routines or against boxing bags that don't dodge or fight back, a turn in the ring can bring a real buzz to your day.

Focused training

All of your training will be focused on developing your fitness and strength with a view to improving your techniques and ability in the ring. Of course, your cardio and weight training won't only be of benefit when it comes to your kickboxing prowess, but also in other areas of your life, your general wellbeing and in other sports.

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A kickboxing gym focuses on developing the cardio and strength skills and abilities you need to succeed in the ring | Source: Pixabay - Scott Webb

Fun and friendly

People go to kickboxing gyms because they love the sport. Everyone is on the same wavelength and, because of this, the environment is friendly, fun and supportive as you strive to achieve your personal goals.

Where to Learn Kickboxing in Melbourne

So, you're pumped and ready to take on some kickboxing classes in Melbourne? Whether you're after a kickboxing gym or a fitness centre that has classes for kickboxing in Melbourne, we've got a few suggestions to get you started.

Martial arts for everyone at Power Gymnasium

Located in Brunswick, Power Gymnasium specialises in the key mixed martial arts (MMA), including kickboxing, boxing and Muay Thai, as well as self-defence. Their classes and personal training cater for every level, from beginner to professional, and there are also classes for kids.

Family-friendly atmosphere at Fighters Xpress

Although this gym started out purely as a gym for fighters, it has now expanded to cater for all people — every skill level, every goal, every level of experience. Fighters Xpress provide kickboxing classes in Melbourne, as well as Muay Thai, boxing and MMA. All their trainers and coaches are current or retired professional fighters in Muay Thai, boxing, kickboxing or MMA and have a focus on techniques along with a fun workout to help people get the best out of each session.

Train any day, any time at Doherty's Gym

Doherty's Gym is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is always staffed. A full range of cardio, strength and weight training equipment is available, along with a range of classes (including kickboxing, boxing and functional fitness) and personal training. Doherty's have gyms in three locations across Melbourne and there's also a Doherty's gym if you live in Perth.

Kickboxing classes in Melbourne CBD with North Melbourne Boxing and Fitness

Right in the heart of Melbourne, with free parking, North Melbourne Boxing and Fitness leaves people with no excuse not to train. Friendly and supportive classes are designed to provide people with the skills and techniques needed for competition level boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai. Alternatively, you may choose just to focus on the fitness, strength and cardio benefits. Sessions include general fitness, boxing for kids, boxing for women, Muay Thai and Pro-Am.

Online classes with personal trainers

With the current state of play brought about by the pandemic and lockdowns, especially in Melbourne and surrounding Victoria, gyms have moved fast to adapt much of their training to an online world. While this is not ideal, at least it keeps people moving, which is a key factor in mental health and wellbeing. Gyms in locked down areas offer both personal training and group classes over Zoom, and they are proving to be increasingly popular as people come to terms with the 'new normal'.

Superprof tutors have known the benefits of online classes for some time now, even preceding the pandemic, and the fitness and sport tutors are well-versed with extensive experience in the best techniques and strategies to help their students learn and develop in the online environment.

One of the best things about training online with personal coaches is that location doesn't matter. If you live in Melbourne, you might think you want your trainers and kickboxing classes in Melbourne too. It might be the 'ideal', but it's not essential.

What if you managed to find a great personal trainer who taught online kickboxing classes from Brisbane ... or from Canberra?

What if you are in Sydney and want to learn kickboxing, but you can only find coaches that suit your times or level in Melbourne or Adelaide?

When you find a great coach, it doesn't matter. You'll make it work.

Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.

~ Hunter S. Thompson ~

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Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.