Black Belts receiving their kickboxng certificates

GRADINGS

The Kickboxing programme has a full grading structure from white belt to black belt.  We grade 3 times a year to test the level the student is at.  Grading is not obligatory but we have found that it helps the student progress faster and keeps their focus and motivation.

Phil Norman demonstrating some Ghost Elusive combat striking

SEMINARS

We have regular seminars with world calss instructors such as Bob Breen, Phil Norman and others, who visit CDA to pass on their unique skills and training practices.
Students get to train with the best around in the comfort of their own club.  Click for more info.

Final punching burnout in a kickboxing class

PRIVATE TUITION

If you want to progress your training fast then 1:1 tuition will enable you to do that.  We can focus on where you need support and fine tune the training you receive in class. 1:1's can be arranged to meet your needs. Click for more info

TIME TO TEST WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN LEARNING

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT CLUB

Once a month we come together on a Friday Night and put the months training to test. 
Friday Night Fight Club is a dedicated 1 hour session of pure sparring. 
We go harder than in classes, and really test where our skill and grit levels are.  
This is open to all members and also non members from other clubs.  
We still ensure that everyone is respectful and different levels of ability are adjusted for, but it is a good hard kickboxing session and is looked forward to and feared by all participants.

Two students sparrng at friday night fight club kickboxing session cheltenham
Phil Norman kicknig our tudent Nagi in the head - ouch!

PHIL NORMANS GHOST ELUSIVE COMBAT

WE ARE PROUD TO BE AN AFFILIATE CLUB OF THE GHOST FIGHTING SYSTEM

Ghost is an elusive striking system, developed over two decades of competition fighting and experience. With all things being equal, Ghost enables you strike an opponent with minimal return, leaving an opponent bruised and confused and often trying to play catch up.

This unorthodox system teaches you dynamic striking angles whilst utilising evasive movement, leaving the person in front of you hitting thin air and feeling like they are fighting a ghost!

Kickboxing class in full flow at the CDA Academy in Cheltenham
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KICKBOXING

Whether it is FUN, FITNESS or FIGHTING, we've got your back!

CDA's Kickboxing classes focus on stand-up punching and kicking techniques from American kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate and Taekwondo/Karate.
We can train you for competitions, fitness or just for the fun of it!

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Female Kickboxing student throwing a left jab punch

 PUNCHING

Our Kickboxing programme uses western boxing as the main structure of our hand striking, we also add elements from Kali and Ghost Elusive Combat to make our punches effective and efficient, elusive and accurate.

A kickboxing student throwing a turning kick, being leg checked by their opponent

 KICKING

We take kicks from Karate, Muay Thai, Savate and Taekwondo, this gives us a large range of leg techniques to attack with.  Even if you are not flexible kicks to your opponents legs are just as effective as higher kicks.

Kickbxing students practicing clinch at a muay thai seminar.

 CLINCH

We use clinch (grappling) techniques from Muay Thai for when the fight gets up close.  From here we can use elbows, knees and sweeps to attack our opponent.  The clinch is an essential part in being a complete fighter (or is just good hard fun).

 PAD WORK

We use focus mits, Thai pads, kick shields and punch bags to build striking power and targeting. This allows a safe way to train kickboxing and a great way to work off the weeks tensions, It also develops accuracy and timing.

 SPARRING

Sparring is developed in a progressive way, starting with light contact for beginners and building as students get more experienced to semi and full contact if people wish. We make sure that people leave their egos at the door when they train as everyone is there to have fun and develop safely.

Two kickboxing students in the middle of a fitness esection of a class

 FITNESS

Technique and skill is one thing but if you cannot last more than 30 seconds without gassing then you are in trouble.  Fitness is essential to our training and all the pad work, sparring and partner drills are mixed with traditional fitness elements to get you fighting fit.

THE FIGHTING RULES:

1 Hands Up
2 Chin Down
3. Hit in 3’s and 4’s
4. Be first, be last
5. Avoid going backwards - Circle
6. They punch - you kick
7. They kick - you punch

8. Follow hands with legs
9. Follow legs with hands
10. Vary angles and lines of attack
11. Every hit has a job
12. Stay off the track
13. Stay out of no-mans land

14. Hit from motion

15. If you are winning, Blitz!!

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WORLD CLASS INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING IN A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

AT COMBINED DEFENSIVE ARTS WE MAKE EVERYONE FEEL WELCOME

We know it can be daunting starting something new, especially Kickboxing classes, many people fear it will not be a friendly place to train.  This is why we offer a no obligation 2 week free trial, and guarantee a warm welcome.
Our staff will settle you in and help you learn through our structured and progressive programme.

Fill in the form and get your trial booked today.

Kickboxing will keep you FIT, FLEXIBLE and STRONG.  The training is hard but the REWARDS and BENEFITS make it worth it!

We push our students to get the most out of their training and to get the best out of themselves!

 

Through the many kickboxing drills, exercises and techniques we work on, students develop the speed, distance and timing necessary to be proficient and effective fighters, both for sport and reality.
The full body workout from a hard session is unmatched.  The sparring aspect adds another level testing the true spirit of a student, mentally, physically and emotionally as they push through fear and tiredness and gain a real sense of achievement as they develop and work through the Kickboxing programme.

Female students geting ready for a kickboxing sparring session

Tristan

Lee is the most friendly instructor I think I have ever had. Lee is extremely capable and a very natural martial artist and a great and patient instructor. His classes have a great vibe and you feel right at home very quickly. Kickboxing classes have a great dynamic and meet the requirements of all levels.

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Rob

CDA is just what I was looking for in a club after a lay off from martial arts of nearly 20 years. Lee is a great instructor and makes you feel at home straight away. Everyone is very friendly and the training is very varied and interesting.

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KICKBOXING

SPARRING

THAI BOXING

K-1

SAVATE

PAD WORK

TIME TO GET FIGHTING FIT!

HARD AND REWARDING PHYSICAL TRAINING

Kickboxing provides an aerobic workout that burns calories and can help you lose weight. Research shows that elite and amateur kickboxers have more muscle mass and lower percentages of body fat. A person who weighs 70 kg can burn 372 calories during just 30 minutes of kickboxing.  
Kickboxing training helps to build muscle mass, boosts your metabolism and pushes your body to lose weight even faster. Moreover, it is a great cardio workout, which means it can help to tone your body faster than other forms of exercise. Kickboxing is particularly helpful in toning the belly and love handles

 

Do i have to do sparring?

Sparring is an integral and essential part of Kickboxing, it is like training football and never playing a match.  However the contact level is up to you, and we make sure nobody is fighting harder than they are comfortable with.  If you don't want to spar and just want fitness, then try out our Cardio K-Box programme instead!

Can i have a FREE trial?

YES we offer a no obligation 2 week FREE trial to try out our martial arts, kickboxing, self defence and children's classes.
Just fill out the contact form and we will be in touch. 
You can train as much as you want in any class for 2 weeks for FREE.

What kit do i need to train?

Initially a pair of boxing gloves or bag mits are needed, then a gum shield, groin guard, and shin guards.  All of which we sell in our pro shop.  But this can be purchased over time.  We can lend you a pair of gloves for your trial, and a gum shield is a few quid!

I am not very flexible, will i be alright with all the kicking?

YES as alot of the kicking we do is below the belt.  Having the ability to kick to the head in kickboxing is great, and gives you more options.  We have stretching sessions and can help you with that, but low kicking is fine so flexibility will not hold you back.

In our kickboxing classes everyone can go at their own pace, we will encourage and push you along, but we have a real mixed group.  Your fitness will improve the more you train, and you will see massive growth and development in a short space of time.

How fit do i have to be to take part?

Frequently Asked Questions!

Kickboxing class ready to start
Students enjoying a kickboxing class at the cda academy
kickboxers getting ready fo battle
4 kickboxers sparring

Combined Defensive Arts
Unit 9, Shaftesbury Industrial Estate, 
The Runnings, Cheltenham GL51 9NH

Call Lee on 07852288654 or
Jojo on 01242 437101

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