What is called Kickboxing today came out of Full Contact Karate competitions in the sixties. Competitors included such fighters as Bill Wallace, Joe Lewis and Chuck Lidel. Each had different backgrounds in Karate and boxing, as well as other martial arts. New fighting styles, techniques and strategies developed out of the need for a comprehensive form of fighting that was effective in the ring.

Kickboxing is a Western fighting method practiced worldwide with the kickboxer using both hands and feet, as in Karate. Because it is a realistic, practical method of fighting, it has grown into a popular sport. Kickboxing is similar to Full Contact Karate, as the goal of Kickboxing is to knock out the opponent. Also in Kickboxing, strikes are delivered full force.

Kickboxing combines elements from Karate and Thai Boxing; both the strategy and techniques from kicking and boxing. It mixes foot techniques from Karate and fist techniques from boxing. There are four different types of combat competitions: Semi-Contact, Light-Contact, Full-Contact and Low-Kick. Musical Forms are the fifth style of Kickboxing competition. All these systems are the same worldwide and follow precise rules and regulations.

To minimize the risk of injury during Kickboxing competitions, competitors must wear protection for the feet and head, as well as shin guards, safety gloves, mouth guards, groin guards for men and chest protection for women. Kickboxing competitors use sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks, shadow boxing, and wood breaking that is learned and applied under professional instruction.

While Kickboxing was first developed as a martial art for tournament fighting, it has more recently become very popular; especially with women, because the Kickboxing workout is excellent for developing body toning and burning fat while also helping students gain confidence in self defense

Being a member of the recognised NGB (National Governing Body) for the sport of kickboxing in Ireland (KBI) we take advantage of many  benefits some of which include:

  • Reputation and recognition on a national and international level
  • Access to national championships and a chance to represent Ireland on a global scale
  • Access to WAKO, European & World Championships
  • Access to the Sport Accord World Combat Games
  • National Squad training camps in individual disciplines,
  • Full-contact, Light-contact, Points-fighting & Forms
  • Access to National coaches
  • Recognition by both the Sports Council and the Irish Martial Arts Commission (IMAC)
  • Official Garda Vetting by IMAC (the only recognised by the Sports Council and Irish Government and required legally by the new National Vetting Bureau Bill)
  • Access to Child protection courses & code of Ethics For Young People in Sport in association with IMAC
  • Access to level 1, 2, & 3 coaching courses for instructors
  • Sports Council Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach Tutor Programme
  • Access to NCTC Limerick
  • Benefit from Irish Sports Council funding
  • Access to equipment for events scoreboards, mats rings etc
  • Access to qualifies and experienced officilas for your competition or event.
  • Comprehensive insurance cover for instructors, students and venues including public indemnity and member to member cover.

Sometimes called Muay Thai Boxing or Thai Kickboxing; Muay Thai differs from Western-style boxing most noticeably in its allowing the use of elbows, knees, feet, and certain holds and throws. Because a Muay Thai fighter uses hands, elbows, feet, and knees, it is called “the science of the eight limbs” – although Muay Thai actually involves all parts of the body. Muay Thai also permits a wider range of targets, to strike “below-the-belt” is not illegal.

Although Muay Thai is generally regarded as a very hard, external style, some consider it to have a spiritual aspect as well. Thai boxers typically perform the “wai kroo,” or homage to his teacher before each match. This is followed by the graceful “rum muay” which is considered a warm-up exercise that enables the fighter to relax and focus.

To an uninformed spectator, a Muay Thai bout may seem like a lawless brawl. However; with all of the allowances, there are certain tactics that are prohibited: choking, head-butting, and hair-pulling, to name a few. Muay Thai differs from Asian martial arts in its use of a boxing ring and uniforms, timed rounds, padded gloves, and in standup grappling. Two articles of clothing are also unique to Muay Thai, both acting as good luck charms. First is a band worn around the bicep throughout the match. The other is a cord worn about the head, which is removed before the bout begins.

Practicing Muay Thai is a vigorous workout and produces tremendous cardiovascular endurance. Practitioners learn about thirty basic techniques, mostly practiced by sparring. There are no forms in Muay Thai. In formal competitions, groin protectors and gloves are mandatory. Muay Thai’s effectiveness is well-known.

Training is rigorous, similar to Western boxers. It includes running, shadow-boxing, and heavy bag work. Kicks are of primary importance in Muay Thai and the art is best known for its shin strikes. The characteristic Muay Thai round kick is delivered with the shin, therefore, there is shin conditioning. There is also a lot of emphasis placed on performing various drills with “Thai pads.” A trainer wears the pads, and may hold them to receive kicks, punches, and knee and elbow strikes, and may also use them to punch at the Muay Thai trainee. However, full-contact kicks, knees, and elbows are typically not used in training.

To answer this question in a few short sentences is almost impossible. It may even take a book full of writing to do the definition justice. But in any event, I shall try.The thoughts and definitions contained herein are my personal feelings, and understandings based on my personal journey through Pai Lum.

Pai Lum is a martial art.
Pai Lum is a way of life.
Pai Lum is a self defense.
Pai Lum is a philosophy.
Pai Lum is an exercise.
Pai Lum is nature.

For the beginner (first ten years of training) one should focus entirely on basics. This includes basic fighting techniques, theories, and concepts, basic health techniques, both internal, external, and the basic philosophy of Pai Lum. A beginner should learn how to construct the basic techniques, the mechanics of executing the techniques, and the basic striking points on which to apply the techniques. This method of learning may appear to be slow, but a good understanding of the purpose and function of techniques is essential for the mind to accept that technique and allow it to work.
Pai Lum for the beginner starts with practice and repetition. In order for the mind to accept and understand a technique, it must be thoroughly familiar with that technique. It must be friends with it. It must know it as One knows the neighborhood one grew up in; all the back alleys and shortcuts, where to go and where no to go. When the mind gets this familiar with a technique, it accepts it and uses it without thinking when the need arises. So remember, what the mind accepts, the body must do.And this is accomplished through:


Martial arts has many benefits. You get in great condition, learn to defend yourself, and have a lot of fun. Kung-fu is a unique martial art which dates back to ancient China. Kung-Fu is based on Ying Jow Pai (Eagle Claw) kung-fu. It has been greatly streamlined for use as a fitness program.The result is a fun, effective and dynamic workout which keeps you motivated and inspired. Kung-Fu is the perfect combination of ancient wisdom combined with modern science!

Kung Fu means “skill and effort” and can describe anything that one needs to spend time training in and becoming skillful in. When it means “martial art,” Kung Fu refers to the hundreds of styles of martial arts in China, all of which are different. However, there is one thing that all Chinese martial arts have in common and that is the idea that Kung Fu itself is merely skill.

The real value of Chinese martial arts goes beyond self defense. It lies within the strong traditional training that all Kung Fu styles emphasize: training that teaches the student to respect the teacher and the teacher’s advice; to be respectful towards other Kung Fu styles and to only use Kung Fu in a morally correct manner.

Entry level Kung Fu begins with the Nan Quan (Southern Fist) style. Nan Quan has its roots in Southern China and began its development during the Ming Dynasty. Nan Quan is famous for its steady footwork, combined with quick kicks and a variety of powerful close combat hand techniques. Beginning with the fundamental techniques and forms, practitioners will develop strength flexibility and an understanding of its traditional applications. This program is based on the methods used to train professional martial artists in China today.

Kung Fu consists of a number of martially inspired systems for fighting, health development, and dance. As for the hundreds of different styles, some are hard and linear, using punches and kicks. Other styles are soft and circular and do not appear useful for combat. Some schools resemble Karate. Weapons are used in some Kung Fu schools. Grappling methods are generally not used, so Kung Fu arts are usually considered striking styles, although not all styles use strikes.

Dundalk Brazilian Jujitsu is taught by the fantastic BJJ Blackbelt and mma cage fighter Sebastian Torres. Classes are every Saturday morning from 10am till 11.30. Whether you are a vet or a beginner these classes are great. These classes cater for the pure Bjj enthusiast and for the MMA artist who wants to improve their ground game. All welcome for more information contact us

Brazilian jiu-jitsu or BJJ is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Carlos Gracie is known as the Founder and Creator of Modern Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.

Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way of life.

We are a MMA Conditioning Assocation approved gym. Wayne Rutherford is a Nesta MMACA certified conditioning coach. As a “Certified MMA Conditioning Coach” i was taught the following: Exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, sports nutrition, sports psychology and conditioning program design (all as it pertains to MMA). In addition, i also learned Olympic weightlifting techniques, powerlifting techniques, bodyweight exercises, TRX, and kettlebell training specific to MMA. And, finally, i have learned the most effective and proven sport-specific conditioning drills for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, Vale Tudo, K1 and others. We also have Black belt BJJ coaches and Irish Muay Thai champion coach as well as Irish champion kickboxing coaches. all coaches love what they do and they promise to make you into the best you can be.

In 648 B.C., the Greeks introduced the sport of Pankration into the ancient Olympic Games.

The word Pankration is a combination of two Greek words, pan, meaning “all,” and kratos, meaning “powers.” Martin RooneyThis new word was very fitting for what was a fighting style using all available techniques.

Fast forward to 1993 with the formation of the UFC and the awakening of the importance of solid ground fighting skills.

In the 16 or so years since the inception of modern MMA, we have learned how essential it is to properly blend some fundamental styles of martial arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Wresting, Judo, Sambo and others). During these years of learning and development, there has always been a lack of formalized training and conditioning from a scientific perspective. There have been too many training injuries, fights lost due to poor conditioning, dehydration, lack of flexibility, and a lack of understanding of the “science” of the body.
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The Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Association (MMACA) which we are a part of was developed to bridge the gap between sports conditioning science, MMA training methods, and direct application for the ring, octagon or cage.

So if You want to train like top level athletes or you are fitness enthusiasts or you just want to train like an MMA champion then this is the right place for you!

Dedicated martial arts weapons class every Thurday @7pm


Dedicated Forms / Kata / Patterns class every Friday @ 5pm


Gymnastics Class every Saturday at 1:30pm

Forget everything you think you know about high-intensity workouts. Because INSANITY turns old-school interval
training on its head.The cardio-based, total-body conditioning programme and is based on 'max interval training', a faster way of burning calories.

If you've ever been to a Spin class, you know how that works.You motor along at a moderate pace for a while – then all at once, you kick up your speed and heart rate – just for a minute or so. After that, it's back to a lower gear, giving you plenty of time to catch your breath.But with INSANITY, you do exactly the opposite. You workflat out in 3 to 5-minute blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. It's called Max Interval Training, because it keeps your body working at maximum capacity through your entire workout.
You keep pushing your limits – so your body has to adapt.

That's how you get in such insane shape in just 60 days

Dundalk's first and only official Insanity group workout led by certified Insanity Instructor Chris Dillon

 Zivile ZivileFitness Instructor

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     Zumba/ Piloxing/ Piloxing Barreivile

    I am Zivile - an ITEC certified Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor for several different programmes. I have a real passion for health and fitness. It's probably my most important trait. I teach the current fitness crazes - Zumba/ Piloxing/ Piloxing Barre - that arefilled with fun and require no prior exercise knowledge or experience. So, if you like variety in your workouts, social atmosphere and exercise to music, check out our timetable!





    3pm-4pm ages 3-7years
    4pm-5pm ages 8-12years
    5pm -6pm ages 13-15years
    6pm-7pm ages 16 and over

    3pm-4pm ages 3-7years
    4pm-5pm ages 8-12years
    5pm -6pm ages 13-15years
    6pm-7pm ages 16 and over

    The ball is playful, fun and liberating! So you can feel like a kid!

    A Real-Ball Fitness class has an high calorie consumption, improves coordination, tones the body, but especially … is funny!
    Real Ball Fitness is a pre-choreographed fitness program and the lesson is prepared on the songs chosen.
    It’s an innovative class which includes the use of the fit-ball creating a fun, aerobic and toning workout.