Any reputable Kickboxing (NOT Muay Thai) clubs in Manchester, England?

Discussion in 'Kickboxing' started by Jocky Balboa, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Jocky Balboa

    Jocky Balboa Valued Member

    The title says it all. I've been digging around for a while, but still not found much in the way of full-contact Kickboxing in the area. All the clubs I stumble across are Muay Thai and I've already tried my hand at that.

    I have stumbled across the Chorlton Black Belt Academy and a club called Fudoshin-Ki, but know nothing about either. If anyone can help me out here, I would be much obliged. Thanks in advance for any replies!
  2. Van Zandt

    Van Zandt Mr. High Kick

    Don't go to Chorlton Black Belt Academy (, they are a McDojo and don't offer much in the way of real kickboxing training. If you don't want to just hid pads all day long and you want proper fight training, then I suggest you look somewhere else. An acquaintance of mine used to train at Chorlton BBA and says it's not real martial arts at all, and when he was there, the prices were quite high.

    Not sure about Fudoshin-Ki.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2008
  3. Jocky Balboa

    Jocky Balboa Valued Member

    Thanks for the input, mate. It confirms my McDojo suspicions on Chorlton BBA. The website says it all, really. Gyms like that throw Black Belts around like confetti and give little return for their (vastly overpriced) membership programmes. Suffice to say, I shall steer well clear. ;)

    As for the Fudoshin-ki, it's run by someone by the name of a Mr. Myers (who I have never heard of), but Google searches have thus far yielded little info. I have stumbled across a club called Manchester Cobras, who seem to have several active (and successful) fighters, but again I know little about them.

    Anyone have any suggestions on where to look for a good club near me? :confused:
  4. Adsy

    Adsy Valued Member

    Why not do Thai? your spoilt for choice in and around Manchester
  5. Nii

    Nii Valued Member

    I was gonna ask the same thing. What's wrong with thai boxing?
  6. slipthejab

    slipthejab Hark, a vagrant! Supporter

    I think it's because he had a serious injury and doesn't want to risk getting kicked in the knee area (what I gathered from another thread). It's a serious consideration if you've had a bad injury there... I suspect the kickboxing is the choice because of the no leg kick rules.

    Surely there must be a few spots in the UK to train that. One of the older MAP members now on Bullshido (IIRC) was JabCrossHook and he was a kickboxer... he might be of some help.:)
  7. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

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  8. Jocky Balboa

    Jocky Balboa Valued Member

    That is correct, sir (and thanks for your helpful input in that other thread).

    Unfortunately, I sustained a serious knee injury during my fourth interclub, where I was smashed (accidentally, so I cannot fault him and hold no grudges) in the knee joint by my opponent. Without wanting to bore anyone else with the full details, I haven't trained in MA since, but have been assured by my knee specialist that after another operation, to give reconstructive surgery on both my cruciate and medial ligaments, I will eventually be able to train in Martial Arts, after a whole year out.

    Nevertheless, bearing in mind that injuries such as this never disappear 100% (and indeed an occurrence, while unlikely if you play the odds, is within the realm of possibility), it would be foolish of me to think that I will ever be able to pick up where I left off in Muay Thai. I loved every minute of my 5yrs training, but if I want to compete at the highest level I can, then I must find another style, one which forbids strikes to the knee and legs.

    Hence why I want to try my hand at Kickboxing, arguably the next best thing to Muay Thai.
  9. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

    Can you're knee take weight?
  10. Haven't been on either forum for a little while now... back now though :)

    As regards kickboxing in manchester, I'm not sure (it's off my patch by a long way). Are you into fighting or just training (bag/padwork etc)?

    A look on the WKA website club directory (which was last updated in about 1929) brings up a few clubs, none of which I know very much about...

    Maybe worth a try? There are plenty of thai clubs around there but I can't think of many full contact clubs which turn out good fighters.
  11. slipthejab

    slipthejab Hark, a vagrant! Supporter

    Welcome back dude! :)
    I sent out the bat signal and it worked! :D
  12. Jocky Balboa

    Jocky Balboa Valued Member

    What exactly do you mean by "take weight"? I can walk, yes, albeit with much discomfort, due to the wear and tear incurred during my ridiculously long wait for surgery. However, I cannot run at all and doing Martial Arts until the operation is absolutely out of the question.

    I am in the gym 5 days a week with my rehabilitation programme. This includes cardio with little impact on the knee (20min sessions on the exercise bike or rowing machine, etc.) as well as my usual abs work and weight training (only working upper body obviously, as cannot do any resistance training with the legs).

    Unfortunately, I cannot lift as much as usual, due to being unable to stabilise with both legs while using free weights, or even sitting at machines. While I can compensate by using the right leg more, I still cannot reach my maximum lifts.

    Did you have any suggestions when you asked?
  13. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

    I doubt your knee would take it but have you thought of trying BJJ or judo?
  14. montana

    montana Valued Member

    where do you live? i train at fit to fight in accrington which is a very good club, depends on how far you want to travel. If your based in manc then seems like you already have some good choices from looking at the wka site
  15. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

    Many of them are out of date.
  16. draconacticus

    draconacticus Valued Member

    I'm also interested in hearing about kickboxing in Manchester. Does anyone know much about NWCKB in Chorlton? I can remember seeing Chris Boughey in quite a few issues of MAI and the University club they have in Manchester seems to have a large following.

    Would be grateful for any first hand knowledge about this club (there website seems to be a work in progress).


  17. Jocky Balboa

    Jocky Balboa Valued Member

    I haven't heard of the above mentioned club myself, but would welcome replies with any info, as I'm still looking for a place to train myself...
  18. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

    I was at a martial arts wholesaler's today in Radcliffe. He teaches kickboxing as well as muay thai. 0161 723 3276

    wednesdays & Thursdays 7-8 pm
  19. Jocky Balboa

    Jocky Balboa Valued Member

    But what are his credentials? The website says little of his Kickboxing credentials, unfortunately. I'm just about ready to give up my search, tbh.
  20. slipthejab

    slipthejab Hark, a vagrant! Supporter

    Dude you have the contact info... what's stopping you from firing off an e-mail and contacting him and asking him directly? Why make everyone else do your work for you?

    Seriously... it's not that hard... send an e-mail or ring him direct and chat with him about his credentials. ;)

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