The Ultimate Guide To Martial Arts In Manchester

Did you know there are over 100 martial arts gyms in Manchester?

Mancunians love combat sports and martial arts. Manchester is home to multiple combat world champions. Both former UFC champion Mike Bisping (the first, and only UK champion) and heavy-weight boxing champion Tyson Fury come from Manchester.

Everybody should study a martial art. Training martial arts has a ton of both physical and mental benefits. Two of the key benefits of training martial arts include increased confidence and discipline.

Throughout this guide, I will talk about different martial arts you should check out in Manchester.

So, let’s crack on!


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MMA In Manchester

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MMA or cage fighting as it’s often known, is a combat sport based on striking, clinching and grappling. The sport consists of a combination of martial arts from around the world.

According to a recent Forbes magazine study, MMA is the worlds third most popular sport.

MMA is one of the most popular martial arts in Manchester, with gyms located throughout the city. SBG is one of the most established MMA gyms in Manchester, and has a large fight team who regularly compete in national & international MMA shows.

Check out this article on the 7 Best MMA Gyms in Manchester!

Boxing In Manchester

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Boxing is one of the oldest sports in history, with the sport featuring in the Olympics as early as 688 BC.

Amateur Boxing gyms in Manchester play a vital part in the local community. For example, they offer an alternative to gangs & crime in deprived areas where unemployment is high.

One gym that is doing great things is Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Gym. Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club was established in 2008 by three local firefighters who wanted to engage with the local community.

If you’re interested in training Boxing, Check out my article on Boxing Gyms in Manchester.

BJJ In Manchester

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BJJ is a martial art and combat sport based on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds. The popularity of BJJ exploded when Royce Gracie submitted all his opponents to win the title at UFC 1.

BJJ is one of the fastest-growing sports globally. Much of its popularity comes from the physical and mental benefits that practitioners get from BJJ.

Stealth BJJ in Oldham is one of the most accomplished BJJ gyms in the UK, home to several European champions. Alternatively if you’re looking to supplement your MMA, SBG Manchester’s BJJ program runs alongside there MMA classes.

Check out my guide to the best BJJ Gyms in Manchester.

Thai Boxing In Manchester

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Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is a martial art that is the national sport of Thailand. It originated hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat that utilizes the entire body as a weapon.

The martial art is known as “the art of 8 limbs” as fighters can use a combination of punches, kicks, Knees and Elbows.

Manchester has an active fight scene with, multiple world-class Muay Thai gyms in and around the city centre.

For fighters wanting a traditional Muay Thai gym you should check out Manchester Fighters Academy. Similarly, All Powers Stockport run by one superstar Panicos Yusuf is another great option.

For a complete guide on Muay Thai Gyms in Manchester Check out my recent article.

What Martial Art In Manchester Should I train?

You’re spoilt for choice as there are loads of martial arts in Manchester to choose from.

If you’re new to martial arts, you should try a few different gyms to find out what discipline you prefer. For instance, the skills and abilities for BJJ and Muay Thai are very different.

It’s good etiquette to message in advance before dropping visiting.

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Gareth Davies

I'm a martial arts competitor and enthusiast. Over the last 15 years, I have trained and competed in several martial arts. I live in Manchester U.K working as a strength & conditioning coach when I'm not travelling and exploring martial arts around the world.
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