Muay Thai

Modern Thai Kickboxing is a martial art that uses fists, elbows, knees and legs to strike with. In addition clinching and throwing of the opponent is utilized. The Academy of Combat was the first Muay Thai school in the South Island of NZ, formed in 1983 by the chief instructor, Dr Geoff Aitken who introduced Thai Boxing to the South Island; a former fighter he has been trained in Thailand and been awarded Thai Boxing referee and judge certification.

Geoff and his instructors have continued to develop their knowledge and refine their expertise by training in Thailand, hosting workshops and producing students that have competed at the highest levels both Nationally and Internationally. In addition, Geoff and Leonie have actively promoted Thai Boxing for the past 20 years in the Christchurch region for those that wish to take part in competition. A student can be assured that all Muay Thai Training at the academy is taught by qualified and experienced Muay Thai trainers who represent the best Christchurch Kickboxing has to offer. A student can learn and train Muay Thai at the Academy for fitness, self-defense or competition. The majority of students at the Academy train for fitness and self-defense, for which Thai Boxing is ideally suited.

However, whether you want to train for fitness, confidence, development, stress or weight reduction, self defense or competition the techniques you are taught are the same.

You can be assured that you will learn authentic, effective and powerful Muay Thai when you train at the Academy; not a watered down version, with no understanding of the real technique, as used in many places that are satisfying the latest fitness craze! For those interested in competition the Academy has a very successful competition history, having produced several national champions both male and female, an Australasian champion and one world champion.

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We offer private lessons in Muay Thai that are available to all experience levels. These can be booked at reception and are available from 10am through to 9pm. Private lessons are an excellent way to focus on a particular aspect of Muay Thai or to accelerate your overall progress. 


Muay Thai Conditioning

Muay Thai conditioning in Christchurch.