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.

Ashbourne Kickboxing

Every Tuesday 6pm - 7pm Juniors Class (age 5 upwards) Every Tuesday 8pm - 9pm Adults Class Ashbourne Leisure Centre. Improve your fitness Build your confidence Help with self-discipline Improve flexibility In a friendly, supportive and encouraging environment SPECIAL OFFER FREE Boxing Gloves FREE 1st Month's Training FREE TRIAL CLASS
Ashbourne Kickboxing
Ashbourne KickboxingSaturday, April 6th, 2024 at 12:56pm
One week to go till the fighter entry deadline and 2 weeks till event day 🥊🎉😀 see your instructor for more details and get your entry confirmed
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Ashbourne KickboxingSaturday, March 23rd, 2024 at 6:29pm

🥊💪 massive well done to all the students from across Derbyshire Kickboxing and our PKA sister clubs at Kickbox UK who attended the pre-black belt session today as their next step towards the big exam next month 😀💪 big thanks David Poole for co-running the...

Ashbourne Kickboxing
Ashbourne KickboxingMonday, March 18th, 2024 at 5:48pm
🥊🎉 just a once a week class? Not us! 💪😀 next exciting event for our clubs is the Interclub tournament against our PKA sister clubs from Kickbox UK 🎉🥊
Ashbourne Kickboxing
Ashbourne KickboxingWednesday, March 13th, 2024 at 9:26am
Congratulations to all our students getting new belts last night, great efforts, produced great results! Well done everyone.
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Ashbourne KickboxingSunday, March 10th, 2024 at 6:05pm

🎉🎉 what a fantastic grading exam day 🥊💪😀 102 belts graded for across the whole syllabus with great skills and determination shown in all the sessions - special thanks to Jane Louise Tracey Garnham Jack Brown Kate Heaton and Sean Wincott from the Coaching Team...

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Ashbourne KickboxingFriday, March 8th, 2024 at 10:08am