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Certified Muaythai
( Thai-Kickboxing )
by Grand-Master Sken
( Thailand )

Black Belt Graded
by Master Azuma
( Japan )

W.K.A. Registered
7th Dan Black Belt

Training in the Martial Arts
+ 40 years.

Professional Instructor
+ 30 Years.


The Art of Striking!

is known as 'The art of Striking', and Striking is regarded by many as the ultimate method of Combat.

Learning how to Strike with Kicks, Punches, Knees, Elbows, Open-Palms and even Headbutts has made Kickboxing one of the most popular activities in the world for people wanting practical Martial-Arts training for Self-Defence or Combat-Sports training for Competition.

Combat-Kickboxing, a Martial-Art system for Self-Defence.

Sport-Kickboxing, a Combat-Sport for Competition.

At the Wolf Gym, we offer Kickboxing for both Martial Arts training ( Self-Defence ) and for Combat-Sport training ( Competition ).


The origins of Kickboxing are rooted in the traditional Martial Art systems of Thailand. There are several styles and these are collectively known as Muay-Boran, ( translation 'Fighting - Traditional' ).

At the turn of the 20th Century, in the 1920's, Muay-Boran underwent modernisation to develop a more modern combat-sport. Certain rules and regulations were adopted from Western Boxing, such as the use of the Roped-Ring, Boxing Gloves and Weight categories.

This lead to Thailand creating the very first Sport to use Kicking and Boxing
( Kickboxing ) in a ring! The name of this new Combat-Sport became known as Muay-Thai, ( Thai-Kickboxing ).

In the 1960's, Muay-Thai was very popular with fights being held weekly. One promoter seeking to take advantage of this popularity organised an event between fighters from Thailand, & Japan ( Muay-Thai vs Karate ).

Kenji Kurosaki a Kyokushin style Karate Master attended this event with a Japanese team to compete against the Thai's. Kurosaki was very impressed with Muay-Thai as a fighting system, and after the event he stayed in Thailand to expand on his Karate skills with Muay-Thai.

Kenji Kurosaki, ( pictured ) then developed his own style of Kickboxing, combining techniques of Muay-Thai and Kyokushin-Karate.

He then opened the first Japanese Kickboxing Dojo called Mejiro Gym.

Many Dutch Karate fighters, trained in Japan during the late 1970's and it was at the Mejiro Gym that some were introduced to Japanese Kickboxing.

One of Kurosaki's Dutch students, Jan Plas, then opened the first Kickboxing gym in Holland under the Mejiro Gym name.

Dutch-Kickboxing was now born!


See the flow chart to easily understand the history and development of Kickboxing.

Today there are Championship titles that are sanctioned by Associations such as the W.K.A. World Kickboxing Association, and titles can be won under the following rules.

Thai-Kickboxing ( Muay-Thai Rules ), Japanese-Kickboxing ( K-1 Rules ), and Dutch-Kickboxing ( GLORY Rules ).



As a Contact-Combat-Sport, there are various Sport-Kickboxing formats ( rule sets ) used around the World.

For example Thai-Kickboxing ( Muay-Thai ), Japanese - Kickboxing ( K-1 Rules ), and Dutch-Kickboxing ( GLORY Rules ).

Today KICKBOXING is often referred to simply as 'STRIKING'.

A simply way to explain, is to use the following example about the sport of Rugby.


A popular book, used by some as an Instructor manual. Note the title :


a book by Christopher Delph.

Covering all the aspects of Kickboxing when competing under Muay-Thai rules.

A poster for an event in Altrincham, England, note the promotion name.

Thai - Kickboxing at its Best!




Israel Adeysanya, from City Kickboxing Gym in New Zealand, used elite level
'MMA-Striking' to capture the UFC World Middleweight Title ( 05/10/2019 ) when he knocked out the defending Champion Robert Whittaker.


Cage-Kickboxing, is a style of Kickboxing that is modified for Strikers competing under Mixed-Martial-Arts rules, such as the rules used by the

UFC ( Ultimate Fighting Championship
, and is often referred to as either
'Striking-for-MMA' or 'MMA-Striking'.

As well as Striking techniques while standing, as seen in a 'K-1' or 'Muaythai' bout Cage-Kickboxing also includes 'Split-Level-Striking' and 'Ground-Striking'.

'Split-Level-Striking' is when one person is at Standing level and their opponent is at Grounded level.

'Ground-Striking' is when both persons are on the floor, and is often referred to as 'Ground-&-Pound'.

Along with defending against Kicks and Boxing the additional skills of 'Takedown-Defence' are implemented to counter an opponent that may try to take you to the floor.


Holy Holm, who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in the USA, used elite level 'MMA-Striking' to capture the UFC World Bantamweight Title, when she knocked out the undefeated Ronda Rousey ( 15/11/2015 ).


Note :

Split-Level-Striking, Ground-Striking and Takedown-Defence is not taught at most Kickboxing gyms as the majority of clubs only focus on the 'Sport-Kickboxing' and their preferred ruleset
, ( K-1 or Muay-Thai ).

However, the Wolf-Gym's Kickboxing syllabus also covers Cage-Kickboxing ( MMA-Striking ) and Combat-Kickboxing ( Self-Defence ).

For these reasons, Warrington Kickboxing is the #1 Martial Arts Academy in Cheshire.



The techniques of 'Split-Level-Striking', 'Ground-Striking' and 'Takedown-Defence' can also be applied as Self-Defence skills.

When training Striking skills specificallty for Self-Defence applications, this is known as 'Combat-Kickboxing'.

Self-Defence training, should always cover both the Combat ranges of Standing and when Grounded, as you never know how a Self-Defence situation may turn out.





Note :
The most important fight anyone could win, is not one that rewards you with a medal or a trophy, but one that either changes your life or even saves your life!

Any club that does not cover 'Split-Level-Striking' , 'Ground-Striking' and 'Takedown-Defence' should not advertise that they teach Self-Defence.

Approximately 95% of our members train for Self-Defence ( Combat-Kickboxing ) with about 5% training for Competion ( Sport-Kickboxing ). There is no pressure on anyone to compete.


The Wolf-Gym's Black Belt syllabus covers Striking that can be applied to all four of the main Kickboxing formats.

Japanese-Kickboxing ( K-1 Rules ) : Ring

Dutch-Kickboxing ( GLORY Rules ) : Ring

Thai-Kickboxing ( 'GLOBAL' Muay-Thai Rules ) : Cage or Ring.

Cage-Kickboxing ( Striking - for - MMA ) : Cage.

Combat-Kickboxing ( Striking - for - Self-Defence ) : Street.

Our winning system has produced a combined total of over 45 Champions under Muaythai, K-1 and MMA rules. Two of our Champions have even won World Titles, one of which also won Warrington Sports Personality of the year 2007.

We have also had more than 50 members gain the coveted Black Belt.

These are outstanding achievements for any Martial Arts Academy!

If your goal is..... learn Kickboxing for Self-Defence & improved personal fitness and maybe even gaining your 'Black Belt'.....0 .....0

.....or if your goal is..... compete in the Ring or the Cage and maybe win a 'Championship Belt'.....

.............Then the Wolf Gym's Striking System would be ideal for you!

Please take a few minutes to visit each page of this website for lots of information about the Wolf Gym - Warrington Kickboxing Studio, and also about Kickboxing the Combat Sport & Martial Art.

To book in and activate £FREE trial session, please send a text stating "KICKBOXING ENQUIRY :"

and then add your

, your AGE and your EMAIL ADDRESS.

Please send the text to 07973-43-18-18, and a member of our team will contact you.