UWE Kickboxing and Muay Thai have something to offer to everyone; at UKAM you can improve your fitness, learn new skills and self-defence, fight competitively or just make new friends at our socials!
UWE Kickboxing & Muay Thai is a combat sports club that offers a variety of activities and opportunities. We offer sessions that target general fitness, core strength and conditioning, and combat technique. At its core, we are a full contact sports club which encourages and helps build personal confidence and wellbeing. Our members range from absolute beginners up to those who compete at a semi-professional level.
2021-2022 was the club's best year so far. We grew into one of the biggest sports clubs in the university; trained fighters from complete novices to compete in competitions in the space of a year; attended and hosted Muay Thai fight nights up and down the UK, to which our fighters performed at exceptional standards; and to top it all off we won club of the year at UWE's annual sports awards for the 2021-2022 season.
Other sports awards achievements include having our members as runners-up in the following categories:
UKAM also won most improved club and became best club runner-up in 2012-2013
If that alone doesn't convince you to join UKAM, our coach is an international professional fighter who knows all the tricks of the trade. So what are you waiting for? Join UWE's reigning club of the year and get fit, make friends, and learn how to fight and defend yourself.
Generally speaking our sessions consist of a mixture of running and circuit training to develop strength and stamina, dynamic and static stretching to improve flexibility needed for high kicks! Pad and bag work outs to experience the power of techniques and sparring to put all of this into practice!
Some loose fitting clothes for the first couple of sessions and a decent bottle of water will do you fine! We have spare gloves and shin guards at the club to practise in however you may prefer to use your own pairs instead.
When using gloves we suggest using wraps especially if you have previously injured your wrists/hands or are prone to such injuries since they are common in the sport, even in training!
If you want to bring your own equipment, typically we recommend 16oz gloves to train with which offers enough protection for padwork, bagwork and sparring. For females and males of lighter weight, we suggest 14oz as they are often a better fit.
With shin guards, we suggest a pair that will adequately protect your shins and instep (top of the foot) based on the level of conditioning you have as shins, knees and and elbows clashing will be common when checking kicks.
For sparring, you must use a gum shield along with aforementioned protective gear.
PLEASE ensure that your fingernails and toenails are trimmed short and that piercings and jewellery are removed prior to training.
All sessions are mixed gender and ability, so anyone is welcome to attend any sessions!
Sessions may be subject to change - regular updates will be posted on our Instagram stories.
15:30 - 17:30
Combat Warriors gym, Easton
20:00 - 22:00
SU Activity Studio, UWE Students' Union, Frenchay Campus
20:30 - 22:30
Centre for Sport, Frenchay Campus
16:00 - 18:00
17:00 - 18:30
Centre for Sport, Frenchay Campus
Membership is £32.50 annually to cover the cost of coaching, insurance, and paperwork on the University side of things. We then offer 10 session bulk cards through our SU webpage for £20 (just £2 a session!).
You will also need to purchase a mandatory Sports Fee along with membership. These along with any future club-related purchases can be found on this site. If you are a potential new member wishing to try things out before committing, you are welcome to come to any one of our sessions for free to test us out. Just message one of the committee or either of the UKAM social media platforms/groups.
At UKAM we're not just about fighting. We run numerous social events throughout the year which will give you lot the chance to apologise for kicking each other in the head, and to have a good laugh! A variety of themes and venues will keep you on your toes and introduce you to the best of Bristol nightlife, with the best of people! Follow our social medias below to keep up to date with planned socials and more:
All enquiries can be made by messaging our Instagram or speaking to a club committee member
Code of Practise