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10 of the best combat sports gyms in Liverpool

Liverpool has a long history of producing brilliant fighters across all different types of combat sports. As such, there are loads of great combat sports gyms scattered all throughout the city. If you’re from Liverpool and interested in training in combat sports, whether you’re a novice or experienced professional, check out our list of some of the best combat sports gyms in the city. No matter your age, abilities, gender, or location, there is a club for everyone in this list!

Next Generation MMA

Based in Kensington, Next Generation MMA is a highly regarded mixed martial arts gym, founded by BJJ black belt, Paul Rimmer. It is one of the oldest and most successful mixed martial arts schools in Liverpool. Offering a range of classes to suit all levels, both men, women, and children are welcome. With classes 6 days a week ran by experienced coaches in a variety of disciplines including boxing, MMA, BJJ, Thai boxing, wrestling and open mat. Whatever your age, gender, body type, fitness levels or goals, Next Generation MMA is there to help you every step of the way.


This gym has consistently trained and produced elite level fighters including UFC fighters Molly McCann, Chris Fishgold and cage warrior Paddy Pimblett. Not just for professional fighters though, this gym is popular with students of all levels and provides structured learning programs and a 2-week trial period for all new starters. Their website boasts some glowing testimonials from previous students, who regularly mention how brilliant all the instructors are. Whether you’re an advanced fighter or complete novice, your guaranteed expert teaching here. Visit their website to see what they offer and fill in an application to train with them today!

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The MMA Academy

Based in Vauxhall, right near the city centre, the MMA Academy is great for those taking their first steps into the combat sports world, as well as experienced, and even retired fighters. Offering a generous 30-day free trial for all new members and a 60-day money back guarantee, if you have been looking to start combat sports training, this is a great place to try it out. With classes in MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and wrestling, and over 15 sessions a week at various times, you are bound to find a class that suits you and your schedule at the MMA academy. They have kids’ classes and even women only classes, taught by female coaches.


They have a number of brilliant reviews from students online, and several experienced and well-established coaches such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and veteran of the UFC, Jason Tan, who have a long list of accomplishments, as do many of the athletes that train there. With a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, the MMA academy is a great place for people of all abilities, whether you want to become a professional fighter, learn some new techniques, or even just shed a few pounds. Visit their website to see what they have to offer, or book in to start your training with them today.

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Team Kaobon

Team Kaobon is well known throughout the world for being the training camp of multiple English lightweight fighters based in the UFC and was one of the first gyms in the UK to send fighters to the top MMA organisation. Elite fighters such as Darren Till, Mike Grundy, Paul Kelly, Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Paul Taylor, and Martin Stephenson have all trained and competed with Team Kaobon. This gym is home to a huge amount of talent in both its coaching staff and fighting team, who all have years of experience and numerous accomplishments.


Founded by Colin Heron in 2002 and based in Wavertree, originally named Fighters and Fitness, Kaobon is one of the best MMA gyms in the UK. If you want train with the best, at the home of some of the most accomplished fighters in the combat sports world, Kaobon is the place for you. Although the training classes for their top fighters are closed, they also offer classes for people of all ages and abilities and even have kids, beginners, and ladies only sessions. Visit their website to find out more.

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Seven Stars Martial Arts Academy

Established in the Wirral in 1978, by Master Brian McKinney, Seven Stars Martial Arts now has 3 centres in the Wirral and Birkenhead. Specialising in both children’s and adults’ martial arts including karate, stick fighting, Anglo Celtic, self-defence, and Chinese wushu, they even host wellbeing workshops. Brian has many years of experience in martial arts training and has received many awards and certifications over the years. He teaches two main aspects of the arts to his students; combat and physical/spiritual health.


With a variety of kid’s classes to choose from for varying age groups, the mixed syllabus gives children the opportunity to try out a variety of martial arts at once. For adults, there are a range of specialist classes on offer which are perfect for beginners and experts alike, and you can even book private one-on-one lessons if you’d prefer. Visit their website to find out more.


Ringside Fitness Box

Ringside Fitness Box is a small private gym based in Aintree which specialises in boxing and kickboxing as well as bootcamps and personal training sessions. A small gym with a friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcomed here, both old and young, male and female. The testimonials on their website consistently mention how great the coaches are, and how friendly and approachable everyone at the gym is.


The coaches at Ringside Fitness Box work closely alongside their clients to help them progress and achieve their goals, whether they want to learn to box, gain confidence, lose weight, or train to be a champion. Visit their website to find out more.

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MADA was opened in 2010 and is located in Kensington. They offer their members the opportunity to train with some of the best and biggest names in the combat sports world including Jordan Watson, John Wayne Parr and Liam Harrison. What’s unique about MASDA is every year they arrange a trip to Thailand, for both beginners and experienced fighters, to train for 3 weeks at Sitjaopho Muay Thai, Hua Hin. A brilliant opportunity for all!


Over the years, MASDA has produced a number of spectacular junior and senior fighters who have progressed through boxing or Thai boxing to compete at a high level, winning many championships, belts, and titles. UFC fighter Darren Till even trained in this gym from a young age, for a number of years. Specialising in Thai boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ and MMA, this club has classes for people of all ages no matter your experience. Visit their website to find out more or book your first class for free.


Widnes Martial Arts

This martial arts school based in Widnes, specialises in Korean martial arts and offers a relaxed fun environment and classes suitable for any age, shape, or fitness level. Since it was founded in 2009, with only a handful of students, this club has grown into the UK’s leading Kuk Sool Won school, with over 100 members training 7 days a week in the purpose-built centre. Over the past 6 years Widnes Martial Arts has won twelves World Kuk Sool Won Association Championship titles. Last year alone, they were winners in the UK, Scottish, and European championships. If you are interested in learning Korean Martial Arts, this is the place to go. Visit their website to find out more or book your first class, which is free!

Waterloo ABC

If you live in North Liverpool and want to box, whether you’re a complete beginner or training to compete, Waterloo ABC is the place for you. Ran by former Waterloo amateur and later 18-fight professional boxer, Shaun Farmer, this amateur boxing club welcomes people of all ages, abilities, and genders. Offering boxing coaching to children, group fitness coaching and 1-2-1 personal training sessions, at incredibly affordable prices. Community ran, this club stood derelict for 20 years before Shaun negotiated to secure the lease and ran a fundraiser to re-open the club last year. Although it has only been open for just under a year, it has already become incredibly popular with people in the area. Visit their Facebook page to find out more.

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Budokan MMA

Whether you’re looking to become an expert in martial arts, want to keep fit, lose weight or just gain some confidence and meet new people, the instructors at Budokan MMA can help you achieve your goals. With a group of experienced coaches, their head coach, Paul McLoughlin, has over 40 years of experience, you are sure to receive expert training here. They offer various classes in boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, MMA, wrestling, and conditioning classes and they even offer kid’s classes, women only, self-defence training, and private sessions.  You don’t even have to book to train, you can just turn up to one of the sessions on the day! Find out more about their pricing and what classes are available on their website.


Aspire Combat Sports Academy


This modern, purpose-built combat sports facility is more than just your run of the mill bags and mats MMA gym. Catering for professional athletes as well as mums, dads, youngsters and hobbyists, no matter your experience or goals there is something for everyone at Aspire. With a number of active fighters on UFC, Bellator, and Cage Warrior rosters who coach daily, as well as four BJJ black belts, they have one of the most talented coaching teams in the northwest. They even offer a combat sports coaching qualification to provide those with a passion for combat sports training a career pathway to the highest levels of the sport. Based on Queens Drive in Stoneycroft, just off the M62 motorway, this club is easily accessible for people from all over Liverpool. For more information, visit their website.

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