Kickboxing and martial arts are so much fun. It's like anything in school. You're not going to retain information unless you're interested in it.

~ Zoey Deutch ~

The capital city of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia's third largest capital city after Sydney and Melbourne. Loved for its music scene, wildlife, outdoor lifestyle and tourist attractions, Brisbane is also becoming known for its sports activities — playing host to a number of major sports events and already looking forward to the 2032 Olympic Games.

When it comes to martial arts, such as mixed martial arts (MMA), Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), taekwondo and kickboxing, Brisbane is the place to be with a seemingly endless list of dojos, academies, studios and gyms to choose from.

The question is — which one do you choose? The disadvantage of such a huge list is the overwhelm associated with making a choice.

The best thing to do is stop and take a breath. Then ask yourself a few of the following questions:

  • What benefits do I want to achieve? What are my goals?
  • What experience do I already have?
  • What skills do I already have?
  • How do I learn the best — group classes, a self-paced workout or personal training?
  • Am I already fit?
  • How many sessions can I commit to in a week? How much time can I spend in one session?
  • Am I prepared to travel? Do I want a location near work, or near my home?

Use your answers to help narrow down your search. For example, if you are keen to have a bit of fun while getting fit, but don't want to get involved in the competitive side of martial arts, then a fight gym is probably not the best option for you.

Alternatively, if you have spent years in boxing classes, and are already 'fight fit', then a fighters gym that specialises in kickboxing might be what you're after, rather than a more general gym or fitness centre setting.

It is also a good idea to consider the type of martial art you want to learn. There are plenty to choose from — jiu-jitsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), taekwondo, karate, muay thai, boxing, mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing. You may even want to consider the more active forms of yoga, tai chi or self-defence classes.

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If you're serious about training in any of the martial arts, you will need to incorporate other activities into your training program, such as weight training and cardio workout sessions | Source: Pixabay - Corrie Miracle

For the purpose of this article, however, we are going to focus on kickboxing — remembering that kickboxing is an umbrella term of sorts, and includes sports like muay thai and dutch kickboxing, but that much of what we say is equally as relevant for the other martial arts.

Wherever you are in Australia, you will find kickboxing classes for fun, fitness and competition. Being an Australia-wide passion, it's good to know that if you happen to move away from Brisbane to Sydney, Adelaide or over the other side of the country to Perth, you'll still be able to continue your training.

Before you start your search for the best kickboxing class near me, consider the pros and cons of kickboxing so you know what you're getting into.

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What are the Benefits of Kickboxing?

Most people are aware of the health benefits, both physical and emotional, of exercise in general. But how about the specific benefits of kickboxing to our life and wellbeing?

  • Stress reduction

Kicking and striking releases energy, making you feel empowered.

  • Increased confidence

Endorphins are released and your mood gets a boost.

  • Full body workout

Every inch of your body is involved.

  • Increased endurance, speed and power

Continual movement and fast reactions build stamina and cardio fitness.

  • Energy boost and calorie burn

A kickboxing session is said to burn approximately 800 calories and when you expend energy,  you create energy.

  • Strength building

Hitting and kicking a bag requires strength, the more you practise, the stronger you'll get.

  • Minimal equipment

You can practise anywhere and a bag is not necessary.

Of course, as with any fitness activities, sports or exercise, the benefits you receive are determined by the effort you put in.

Are there disadvantages associated with kickboxing?

With all positives come a few negatives and exercise is no exception. The biggest disadvantage would have to be an injury. If you go too hard or use the wrong techniques, you can do your body some serious damage. This is why you should always ensure you work with professional accredited trainers and at a gym, studio or academy that has a good safety record and well-maintained premises and equipment.

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With practice comes experience and skills development, including correct techniques and great posture to minimise the risk of injury | Source: Pixabay - Khusen Rustamov

Accreditation for trainers and instructors

Whether you're considering doing an accredited trainers course in kickboxing, or you just want to know more about the process, the Martial Arts Industry Association is the peak body with the information you need (or the knowledge of where to find it).

It is important to note that not all people who promote themselves as kickboxing instructors are actually accredited. If in doubt, you should ask to see their accreditation card.

Accreditation means that trainers or instructors have:

  • relevant first aid qualifications
  • passed the requirements for working with kids or other vulnerable people
  • an understanding of risk management and athletic performance
  • passed the minimum requirements in the techniques, skills and strategies of kickboxing
  • obtained practical instructing certification.

Search 'Kickboxing Class Near Me' — What Will You Find in Brisbane?

Now that you're aware of the pros and cons of this popular sport, you are probably keen to experience it for yourself. Where are the best gyms for kickboxing in Brisbane?

Here are a few to get you started. There's something here to cover everyone's key fitness and fun goals too.

A boutique experience with the Brisbane Fitness Empire

Some people are put off by large, busy gyms and the Brisbane Fitness Empire recognises this, which is why they offer a more personal, boutique-style experience. With three trainers, the Brisbane Fitness Empire offers personal training and small group classes for kickboxing, muay thai and stretching. They cater for all levels, from beginners to advanced, and ensure everybody gets a great workout by pairing participants with another at a suitable level. It's all about getting fit, achieving goals and having a fun experience in a safe environment.

A friendly environment for all ages at The Fight Centre

The focus at The Fight Centre is on muay thai kickboxing and boxing for all levels from beginners to advanced, as well as catering for kids and women-only groups and offering personal training sessions with qualified and accredited trainers. The space is bright, open and clean with well-maintained equipment and professional service.

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Kickboxing can be mentally and physically taxing, but once you're hooked, you won't want to look back | Source: Pixabay - David Bailey

Variety is key at TMG MMA Brisbane

This martial arts gym is the place to go if you love kickboxing but also love a bit of variety in your weekly workout program. TMG has beginners to advanced classes for adults and kids in mixed martial arts (MMA), Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ, brilliant for self-defence), wrestling, kickboxing and sparring. Personal training is available and, for advanced level fighters, there is a TMG fight team for adults and competition fighting for kids.

Focus on ancient methods and techniques at BTC

The largest martial arts centre in Brisbane, kickboxing is by and far only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the martial arts experience at BTC. Kids and adults alike are catered for, as are all levels from beginners to advanced — everyone is guaranteed a great workout and a fun experience doing what they love best. Along with kickboxing in Brisbane, you can also choose from pilates, karate, MMA, general fitness and exercise, jiu-jitsu, kung fu, taekwondo and self-defence.

Come and try

The Brisbane City Council is extremely proactive when it comes to the fitness and wellbeing of its community. Keep an eye out for regular come and try events, where the public can register to try new sports by joining a class for free. Often held outside during the school holidays, but also over weekends, kickboxing is just one of the classes offered. Don't miss these great opportunities to discover where to find the best 'kickboxing class near me'.

Can you learn kickboxing online?

The short answer is yes — and it's more popular than you may think. Online classes have boomed in recent years and it's no longer the domain of academic subjects. Creative arts, cooking, gardening and all sorts of sports and fitness activities, including kickboxing, are now available as online small group classes or personal one-on-one training.  Superprof is no stranger to this online boom with a number of instructors ready to help you develop your kickboxing skills.

If you have trouble finding a suitable place to learn kickboxing in Brisbane — who knows, the times might not suit your work hours — then don't discount the online option. The best kickboxing trainers may be a click away in Canberra or even in Melbourne. It's worth a look.

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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.