The Juniors on Tour…

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George with the winners BeltIt’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy.

On the adult side of things Paulo and Ruth have both fought locally and abroad while we’ve also had teams fly to Glasgow and West to Hearne Bay for a fight night.

Locally we’ve been working with the Ultra White Collar Boxers who raising money for cancer research and then the kids have been all over the place.

Fighting at the Junior Championships in Stoke. Bournemouth and even travelling to Seville in Spain where they did fantastic getting a mixed bag of wins and losses (and yes we’re biased but we think the judges were too).

The kids fighting — made up of Brad, Harvey, Yai, Ethan and Linstead — have all be on fire recently. Super busy and training their hearts out in our Kids and Junior Muay Thai classes in Manor Royal.

While brother and sister — Gavin and Jodi — have been competing with the other Juniors and on the back of it they’ve been training super-hard. They both have amazing attitudes toward training, super polite and listen, listen listen!

With the summer approaching and holidays coming up — we’re still hard at it at the gym.

With two more trips to Italy on the cards, a trip to France and plenty of domestic competitions locally for both the adults and the kids.

If you’re looking  to get started (or have your child get started) and learn the art of Muay Thai (for self-defence, for confidence, for fitness or to compete) you can get in touch with the team on 01293 552 511 or enter your name and telephone number in the enquiry box on this website and we’ll be in touch.


How to Pick a Personal Trainer

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If you’re shopping around for a personal trainer then be careful…

Because shopping around usually means making decisions based on price which reminds me of the saying “If you think an expert is expensive, then wait until you hire an amateur”.

You usually get what you pay for.

So what should you be looking for before you pick a personal trainer?

Andy Brown of the Huffington Post wrote this article (one of the best I’ve read) where he quite rightly says that if you’re hoping to look like someone from a BodyPower or enter next years strongman competion then you need to pick someone who looks and specialises in that kind of prepartion (and expect a lot of protein, broccoli and chicken consumption)!

What you really need is to know what you’re looking for before deciding to pick a personal trainer who’ll happily take your money.

So what’s the best way to find out if you’re trainer can help you achieve your goals?

Find a trainer who’s already helped others in your situation which brings me onto the next point.

Make sure you a) get on with your trainer and b) you meet face to face before parting with cash and committing to their programme.

You don’t have to become best buddies (in fact you should be training not chatting during sessions) but you do need to get on and click with each other.  If you like to be shouted at, then pick a trainer who likes to shout at their clients.  What motivates me won’t necessarily motivate you.

Which brings me to the last part.

What do we specialise in?

With a background in martial arts, our clients are the kind of people bored with the gym and looking for a more interesting way to get in shape.

We have a team of professional fighters who have competed around the world and must be in the best shape of their lives before stepping into the ring.

That’ s what we do.

We train our Personal Training clients like fighters (minus the getting hit bit) and our clients range from 13 year old children through to 50 year old executives who HATE the gym, want to lose weight, burn fat and get in amazing shape.

If that sounds like you, get in touch by filling in the form on this webpage or call us on 01293 552 511 and we’ll talk through our programmes and invite you down to meet us, have a chat and find out if you like us 😉



Well Done to Our Future Champions!

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The first rule of our Kids Fight Club – it’s all about learning and control!

Last Sunday we had our first Kids Fight Club of the year, a chance for our youngest members to show case their skills in front of their parents and put them to the test in the ring against a fellow class mate.

The first Kids Fight Club of 2014

The first Kids Fight Club of 2014

The kids Fight Club is a sparring competition with no head contact, full protective equipment and designed to help our kids perform all their martial art techniques under a little extra pressure with a team in the corner, a referee and an audience made up of their parents and other gym members.

With a dedicated kids competition team (who travel the country to fight and have even traveled abroad) the Fight Club is a competition atmosphere but without any pressure.  It’s a simulated competition to get our members used to the environment.

Some will go onto compete and others just do it for fun which is (ultimately) what it’s all about.  Plus it’s a great way to help children grow in confidence amd help their self-esteem improve.

Enjoying your training and enjoying the opportunity to test out your techniques for real.

We run kids fight clubs throughout the year (and we run adult one too).

They’ve proven to be an effective method and stepping stone in helping our Muay Thai members move from training in the gym to fighting in the ring around the country.

And we’ve seen many of our youngest members grow up, move into our teen class and onto the adult Muay Thai class – join our Lumpini Fight Team and win World Titles around the world.

To find out more about our kids martial arts classes call us on 01293 552 511 or visit our gym in Manor Royal, Crawley!

Well Done Drai and Lily on their Jiu Jitsu Grading!

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A massive well done done to Lily and Drai on their graduation from White to Grey/White belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The grading syllabus is internationally recognised by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) the same organization that sanctions many of the top competitions around the world.

Which mean their grading will mean something at every Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club in the UK and abroad.

Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grading

The grading combined a demonstration of techniques with sparring against live opponents with the 11 year old students grading for a hour, as well as demonstrating plenty of maturity to their older class mates.

The next kids BJJ grading will take place in approximately 6 months.  An unusual martial art, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu places great pride on its grading structure.  Only adults are allowed to earn the coveted Black Belt which typically takes up to 10 years to earn.

The kids grading works through grey, yellow, orange and green belts before they move onto the adults grading syllabus as a Blue Belt.  Again, to preserve the quality of the art and the belt the youngest age for a Blue Belt holder is 16 years of age.

To find out more about our Kids BJJ classes Crawley call us on 01293 552 511 or you can read more about the ‘Gentle Art’ here.

Welcome to Crawley Fitness

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Welcome to Crawley Fitness!

Our new website dedicated to personal fitness, circuit training and Kombat Fitness classes.

We teach all of our classes at the Crawley Martial Arts Academy in Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex.

Established in 1996, we’ve been helping people get fit and teaching martial arts for a long time and helped a lot of people over the years.

What’s become — clear as day — is that there are hundreds of people looking to get fit but totally turned off by the gym and hate the thought of endless hours of boring, unsocial, unfriendly cardio training.

Over the years we’ve discovered that while our members love learning a martial art, something practical for self-defence, interesting and rewarding… what they’re really motivated by is the amazing results they get.

Intense cardio-training that melts fat and gets the men and women who train here, lean and toned.

If you’re bored of the gym, going no where on the treadmill and looking for a fun and social way to get in the best shape of your life.

Give us a call  01293 552 511 and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to get started.