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Muay Thai Kickboxing at the Academy of Combat


Benefits of Training Muay Thai Kickboxing:

  • Great fitness at all ages.

  • Weight management is a major plus that many people train for. Read more...

  • Mentally develops quick reactions and the ability to think faster and more clearly, helps keep your cognitive abilities at an optimal level. Read more...

  • Builds and maintains confidence in any endeavor that you wish to put your mind to. Read more...

  • Provides a very powerful set of skills and mind-set for self defence. Read more...

  • A very powerful and beneficial addition to your lifestyle. Read more...


Thai%20boxing%20programs%202017 5At the Academy of Combat our focus is teaching the technical aspects of Muay Thai so that our students can enjoy the many advantages of the art at any any age, young and older.

Muay Thai is the most powerful and efficient striking fighting system in the world today

  • Modern Thai Kickboxing is a martial art that uses fists, elbows, knees and legs to strike with. In addition clinching and throwing of the opponent is utilized.

    The Academy of Combat was the first Muay Thai school in the South Island of NZ, formed in 1983 by the chief instructor, Dr Geoff Aitken who introduced Thai Boxing to the South Island; a former fighter he has been trained in Thailand and been awarded Thai Boxing referee and judge certification.
  • Geoff and his instructors have continued to develop their knowledge and refine their expertise by training in Thailand, hosting workshops and producing students that have competed at the highest levels both Nationally and Internationally.

In addition, Geoff and Leonie have actively promoted Thai Boxing for the past 20 years in the Christchurch region for those that wish to take part in competition.

A student can be assured that all Muay Thai Training at the academy is taught by qualified and experienced Muay Thai trainers who represent the best Christchurch Kickboxing has to offer.

A student can learn and train Muay Thai at the Academy for fitness, self-defense or competition. The majority of students at the Academy train for fitness and self-defense, for which Thai Boxing is ideally suited.

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When you train in Thai Boxing you are not only practicing a great and fun way to keep fit, but also learning extremely effective and practical Street self-defence techniques. Emphasis with training at the Academy is on training in a friendly, enjoyable, positive atmosphere that encourages confidence building and rapid learning. Many women and girls participate for all of the above reasons and the Academy has both ladies only and mixed Thai Boxing classes available. To check out the times for the numerous classes we have available at our Christchurch kickboxing school click through to our timetable here.

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However, whether you want to train for fitness, confidence, development, stress or weight reduction, self defense or competition the techniques you are taught are the same.

You can be assured that you will learn authentic, effective and powerful Muay Thai when you train at the Academy; not a watered down version, with no understanding of the real technique, as used in many places that are satisfying the latest fitness craze!

For those interested in competition the Academy has a very successful competition history, having produced several national champions both male and female, an Australasian champion and one world champion.

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Training Muay Thai Kickboxing at the Academy of Combat:

  • Training in Muay Thai kickboxing will develop your confidence so that you can better handle any situation life throws at you.
  • Muay Thai kickboxing training will also reduce stress; you'll notice increased energy through being more relaxed throughout your daily life.
  • Manage your weight while learning a skill that will improve strength and overall fitness.
  • Unparalleled for self defense, Thai Kickboxing training will enable you to handle any thug or bully.
  • Dr Geoff Aitken, Chief instructor at the Academy of Combat pioneered kickboxing and Muay Thai in the South Island and has over 30 years experience training and coaching Muay Thai.
  • One of the most respected Muay Thai kickboxing schools in New Zealand, with a depth of knowledge and experience unmatched in the South Island.
  • The main focus at the Academy is teaching high quality technique so that the student gets a full understanding of the concepts, principles and techniques of Muay Thai kickboxing.
  • Extremely knowledgeable and experienced instructors; many trained extensively and fought  in New Zealand and Thailand
  • Training mentors and Thai training camps include: Kru Yod, Sidyodtong; Ajharn Chai Surisute; Lolo Heimule (Balmoral, Auckland); Tiger Muay Thai.
  • A member of the NZ Thai Boxing Association and members are able to train in any Muay Thai school throughout NZ, or the world, with confidence that they are learning real Muay Thai.
  • The Academy is kept up to date with the latest Muay Thai techniques with our students and instructors traveling overseas to Thailand to train at various training camps.

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai also known as Thai Boxing, and often in the West as Thai Kickboxing. Modern Thai Boxing is a martial art and method of self-defense that uses fists, elbows, knees and legs to strike with. In addition clinching and throwing of the opponent is utilised. The art is practiced for competition throughout the world and taught as an extremely efficient and practical self-defense system.

Thai Boxing has become a worldwide competitive sport, with competitions using either full Thai rules in which all the strikes are permitted or modified rules as in K1 competition, in which use of elbows is not permitted and full use of clinching is restricted. Events are extremely popular in Europe, Australasia and the United States attracting huge crowds. In addition to being extremely effective for self-defense, Muay Thai has huge benefits for fitness and health.


The people of Thailand originated from the South West China region, migrating into the north-west Thailand region during the ninth century. During this migration that lasted until the 13th century many confrontations and wars were fought with neighboring tribes of that area.

These wars were fought with swords, knives, spear and, following loss of weapons, hand to hand. This is thought to have been where the beginnings of Muay Thai originated. The Thai kingdom of Ayuthaya was founded in 1350 AD, after which the people were repeatedly attacked by the Burmese people of the neighboring State. The fighting arts of Krabi Krabong and Muay Thai played a valuable part in defending against these attacks.

In 1569 Ayuthaya was annexed as a Burmese province. However in 1592 the Thai Prince Narasuen defeated the Burmese Royal successor in a duel, and subsequently drove the Burmese out of the country. Recognizing the role and value that Muay Thai played in defending against the Burmese the art was continually refined, developed and practiced to improve the efficiency and practicality of the fighting system.

In 1767 Ayuthaya a thriving town in Thailand was conquered by the Burmese and burned to the ground, being the home of the official archives many details of Thai history and Muay Thai were lost. Legend has it that the Burmese king asked the captured Thais if a Thai fighter wanted to fight a Burmese champion. The Thai Nai Kha Nom Tom is said to have defeated 10 of the best Burmese fighters in succession, he was allowed to return to Thailand and this day, March 17, is marked as Muay Thai Day.

The captured areas were reconquered by deputy commander Phaya Tak who escaped the Burmese captivity and reformed the scattered Thai army units. He chose Thonburi as the new Thai capital. In 1781 he was replaced by his officer Phraya Chakri, who ascended to the throne as Rama I in 1782 and the capital and seat of government was relocated to Bangkok. He was the first ruler of the Chakri dynasty, which still rules Thailand today.

The first recorded Western exposure to the power of Muay Thai was in 1788 when two French boxers travelled through Thailand challenging local boxers for money. They arrived in Bangkok undefeated and laid down a challenge to fight Thai boxers in the capital. A Thai boxer named Muen Phlaan took the challenge and easily won.

In 1921 a great boxing tournament was put on in the Sanaam Suan Kulaab (Rose Garden Field), it was considered the greatest tournament in Thai boxing history. Chinese, Indian and Burmese fighters also came to match their skills against the Thais.

In 1977 two Thai Boxers fought and completely defeated karate fighters at Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok demonstrating the power of Muay Thai. The role of Muay Thai in the development of Thailand history and the significance that freedom and independence play in the Thai people's will cannot be denied. The techniques of Muay Thai developed over many centuries in real combat have resulted in an extremely efficient and practical unarmed combat and self-defence method of fighting that is taught to many military and police units in Thailand.

Fundamental Thai Boxing Class

Have a look at a fundamental Thai Boxing class at the Academy. Check out our gallery for more Thai Boxing videos.

Testimonials From Thai Boxing Students

Since I have been here I have gained so much confidence, increased my flexibility in my tight muscles and made heaps of new friends. I would recommend it to anyone.

-Rob Cavanagh

Teacher, Prebbleton School

Fantastic trainers, relaxed atmosphere, something to look forward to every week,

-Shannon Christie

The Academy is a place where anyone can walk in and feel comfortable, it's also a place that can make even the hardest workout feel like fun.

-Walker Williams

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Great way to get fit, gain confidence and learn how to defend yourself.

-Tim. C