- Mixed Martial Arts
- Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu
- Western Boxing
- Muay Thai
- Filipino Martial Arts
- Strength and Mobility
- Combat Conditioning
- Rope Burn
MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting styles to be brought together (e.g. Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai). The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. The sport is one of the fastest growing in the world and can be seen in such events as the UFC, UCMMA and BAMMA. Our MMA classes focus predominantly on the “up close” work you would need in order to compete in a cage or ring fight, and the transition between the striking and grappling/ground game. Clinch work, striking, takedowns, submissions, “ground n’ pound” and escapes are all covered in expert detail.
We employ an ‘MMA Pyramid’ approach to training. Members are encouraged to develop skills in the 3 main pyramid ‘base sports’ (BJJ, Muay Thai and Boxing). These are then brought together in the MMA programme, which sits onto of the core sports to bring them together in training athletes for the cage (if that is their goal). The coach incorporates Wrestling and promotes cross-training with the Judo team to provide solid transitions skills. Classes generally consist of a warm-up and cardio work, technique drills and sparring.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant on the ground using leverage, joint-locks and choke-holds. It stresses movement, technique, flexibility and fitness. BJJ was popularized in the early days of the UFC in when it showed the world the importance of a good ground game in Mixed Martial Arts. Today it’s still considered the obvious choice to train groundwork for the ring. We have a growing presence in BJJ competition and this transfers into the classes, with students eager to learn and improve.
Classes start with an intense warm-up using dynamic bodyweight exercises and BJJ techniques such as shrimping and rolls. The body of each session is technical instruction focussing around a certain position or set of techniques for the day, aiming for students to understand the principles behind the techniques as well as the movements themselves. To finish, students roll (BJJ sparring) to let them experiment more freely and try to apply what they’ve learned.
The classic one-on-one pugilists challenge. Boxing classes will improve both your offensive and defensive punching skills and will help you develop fantastic footwork. You will incorporate the heavy bag, speed bag, shadow boxing, and focus mitts to achieve these goals. The class will also contain fitness and conditioning work to get you fighting fit or just to lose weight and tone up.
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is also known as the science of 8 limbs. Originating from Thailand, the fighting style is commonly known for its frequent use of elbows, knees, punches and kicks. Our Muay Thai coach Winston Frazer will be teaching you authentic Muay Thai techniques. You will learn offensive and defensive fighting techniques, including the importance of correct footwork and head movement. Classes generally consist of a warm-up and cardio work, technique drills and sparring.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) was created as a physical, mental and moral discipline in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Filipino Martial Arts (Dirty Boxing, Rapid Arnis)
Filipino Boxing is our take on the close-combat fighting system from the Philippines called Panantukan or Pangamot, recently popularized as the fighting style used by Matt Damon in the Bourne Identity movies. Our classes use the fundamentals honed from Combat Sport (primarily but not exclusively Boxing), integrates traditional Panantukan techniques and emphasizes transferable body mechanics and structure to any martial context. The skills you will develop can be used in both combat sport and self-defense, and provides a great entry point into the wider world of Filipino Martial Arts which also includes using impact and bladed weapons (sticks and knives). This class is great for beginners as the emphasis on fundamental mechanics will help you get a head start on your martial development.
The classes typically start with some dynamic stretching and shadow-boxing, and some form of conditioning drill to get the heart pumping and develop performance under fatigue. The bulk of the class consists of technical drills either on focus pads or done directly with a partner, set up to help the students develop a specific skill for the session. Most classes end with some form of free-play/sparring to let the students integrate what they’ve been practising into a wider context.
Strength and Mobility
The goal of Strength and Mobility is to improve functional strength, postural alignment and body mechanics. Core strength, balance and mobility are the key components to pure strength, but often lacking in even the most fit practitioners. Come and work on these essential attributes, using mainly your own bodyweight with exercises you can repeat yourself. Sweating and out of breath guaranteed. All levels are welcome, but enthusiasm is a MUST!
Not just another workout session!
The UWA Combat Conditioning class incorporates proven training methods that are carefully modified for the attributes and movement components of a fighter, and unique exercises specifically designed and developed to be relevant in any arena, for any discipline.
Combat Conditioning emphasises detailed coaching and individual tuition, within a small group format, to stress the importance of quality AND intensity, giving members the knowledge and guidance to train themselves in their own time…where the real progress takes place!
Rope Burn is an explosive full-body workout which will send your fitness through the roof, inside your lunchbreak! We compress the work required for serious health and performance improvements into 30-minute High Intensity Interval Training sessions. HIIT training is known for boosting aerobic and anaerobic performance, and building a strong heart and amazing recovery time. Rope Burn is a non-impact workout with a low chance of injury, and with our unique 3-tier system, is accessible to everybody.
Whether you’re a nervous newbie or a fitness fanatic you’ll see the results with Rope Burn!