Kickboxing a Brief History

Kickboxing has evolved enormously since it was first created in the mid 1970's.

In the early days, kickboxing was simply an adaptation of freestyle karate and other martial arts but with the addition of boxing gloves.

Over 30 years of development and refinement has made kickboxing a unique sport in its own right and a highly respected martial arts discipline.

The PKA are the founders of American Sport Kickboxing in the UK under our principal Mr. Mike Haig
Our roots in pure American Sport Kickboxing, we are not ex-Karate or ex-Kung Fu practitioners but 100% Kickboxing trained.

PKA Kickboxing Guarantee

As the father of American Kickboxing in Great Britain and Europe, I take the responsibility of making sure that PKA-Kickboxing Instructors are of the highest quality, the best. For this reason I insist that all Instructors have Nationally Recognised Coaching Awards, Enhanced CRB checks, adequate insurance and attend regular training seminars to ensure that PKA-Kickboxing students consistently have the benefits of ongoing developments in the sport that they love.

Unfortunately due to the popularity of Kickboxing there are many bogus instructors about. As the PKA are the founders of American Kickboxing our members have the confidence and knowledge that they are learning the real thing. The PKA offers a pure American Kickboxing system, not something dreamed up by some second-rate martial artist trying to cash in on its popularity.

The PKA started American Kickboxing, it is here now and it will be here in the future. If you are ever unhappy about one of your Kickboxing lessons we will refund your training fee. Very few Martial Arts offers this guarantee and follow through with it. I also guarantee that you will find training in the congenial atmosphere of a PKA-Kickboxing club an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

You will learn new skills, meet new friends and enter a very rewarding phase of your life.

May I welcome you into the world of PKA-Kickboxing.

PKA Classes

We fine tune our classes to appeal to the masses rather than just hardcore martial arts practitioners. Only by training with us will you learn true Sport Kickboxing as it was intended to be, dynamic, varied, exciting and above all, safe.

The many benefits of Kickboxing include:


  • Improved focus and attention span
  • Teaches respect and discipline
  • Make new friends
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved fitness and strength

Teens & Adults

  • Proven weight loss
  • Improved cardio fitness
  • Better muscle tone
  • Greater strength and flexibility
  • Improved self confidence

Although we have trained many great fighters, sparring and competition is completely optional, you will never be forced into doing anything you do not want to.

Carolyn Wood
Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 9:34pm
my balance stamina and confidence have improved. Nice group great teachers.
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John Joe Preston
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at 9:05pm
Amazing ppl very welcoming everybody I’ve met are more than happy to show and help you along your journey all instructors are so easy to talk too and very professional highly recommend any age 🥊
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Adam Sharman
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 12:04am

If you have never tried kickboxing. Then give it a go you get a free trial lesson to see if you like it and there is no pressure. The members of pka make you feel so welcome and help you every step of the way....

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Thomas Seaton
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 11:36am
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Emma Jane Musson
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 12:33am

I started kickboxing to get back into some exercise! I wasn't sure at first but once I had a go I knew I needed to do this! I have loved every bit since! I would recommend anyone joining- for exercise - for greats friends and...

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Gemma Goodwin
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at 2:39pm
Fantastic class, great way to keep fit and gain a new skill at the same time. People are great and the instructors really do go the extra mile to make every class filled with material and fun
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