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5 Local MMA and Boxing Gyms Worth Joining in 2021

Looking forward to 12th April? Want to put a bit of boxing or a martial art into your fitness regime? We have a few suggestions for local MMA and boxing gyms that you might want to consider…

In the past year, we’ve seen our habits and activities forcibly changed by the new taboo C-word. One aspect of our lives we’ve all had to change is the way we exercise, work out and compete. Following the government’s recent unveiling of the “Roadmap to Recovery”, it’s now known that gyms should reopen from 12th April. So, for those of you that have spent the last 12 months binge-watching Netflix’s Cobra Kai, or re-watching the classic Never Back Down trilogy, we may have the perfect solution for a return to normality. We look ahead to five of the best MMA and boxing gyms that should re-open in the near future…


With a large following on social media, it’s easy to see why this particular gym attracts and keeps many talented boxers. Including the likes of Mace Ruegg. With a quirky Irish feel and a skeletal leprechaun for their logo, you get the impression their luck comes not from fancy branding. But from hard work and quality training.

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram for more information.


With seven instructors and free classes offered, there is plenty of help and support available for newcomers and experienced fighters alike at Ippon Fitness. Located in the heart of Bournemouth and within touching distance of the coastline, they even have the opportunity to extend the gym outside on sunny days.

Founded by Jeff “Ippon” Lawson, an MMA and Ultimate Fighter veteran with 25 years of competitive martial arts and fitness experience, this gym boasts a non-intimidating atmosphere whilst still improving both skill and attitude.

Classes include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, circuit classes, kettlebell classes and MMA instruction. Alongside a fun-packed children’s programme.

Visit Ippon Fitness’ website to find out more.


Opened in 2010, Phoenix MMA has made its mark as one of the top Mixed Martial Arts gyms in the UK. Training fighters from around the world and helping them compete in some of the largest organisations in Europe.

Phoenix MMA is well-known for helping professional fighters reach the top of their grade. They are also committed to guiding and supporting both newcomers and children in their personal fitness and athletic ability.

With more than 300 classes per month across their three sites (Winton, Southampton, and Gosport), you’ll be hard pressed not to find a discipline that suits you.

Head over to their website to find out more.


Wassmuffin Martial Arts Academy offers classes that are accessible and affordable to all. Whether young or old. Their speciality is Muay Thai, but they also offer arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and yoga. With eight instructors, each and every one will be able to cater to different needs.

Ladies-only classes are also available for those that want to learn self-defence in a safe and non-threatening environment. Their promotional video is worth a watch. The ending quote, “Prove them wrong”, speaks volumes…

If you want to find out more, click here to visit the gym’s website.


This final entry is set apart from the rest in the sense of its uniqueness. Based on the Chinese Martial Arts, much emphasis has been placed upon the tactics and fighting habits of animals. Shaolin bases their fighting styles on the crane, tiger, dragon, snake, and leopard.

The non-competition style is great for those who wish to learn a martial art in their own progressive manner and at their own pace. This style has suited many beginners, as it has allowed them to get fitter and gain skill. All the while being able to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the martial art.

With three experienced and committed trainers, you will really feel the personal touch.

Click here to visit their website for more information.

Any other MMA or boxing gyms you think should be on this list? Let us know in the Comments section. For more stories about local venues, click hereAlso, don’t forget to follow HQB News on our socials. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Jack Tunney
Originating from Wiltshire, Jack is a keen sportsperson with passion for writing. Originally studying Sport at Solent University, he has since moved on to writing for local papers on various sporting topics affecting local communities.

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