Phoenix kickboxing packing a punch in Tullamore

Phoenix Kickboxing, which is based in The Midlands Martial Arts and Training Centre operates three different classes - a Childrens Class on Mondays from 6pm-7pm, a very popular Ladies only class the same evening from 7pm-8.30pm and on Wednesday a mixed class from 8pm-9.30pm.

Phoenix Kickboxing, which is based in The Midlands Martial Arts and Training Centre operates three different classes - a Childrens Class on Mondays from 6pm-7pm, a very popular Ladies only class the same evening from 7pm-8.30pm and on Wednesday a mixed class from 8pm-9.30pm.

Since opening last September Phoenix kickboxing - run by instructor John Quigley, 2nd Dan black belt, has gone from strength to strength with students successfully completing their first grading at the start of the year - with some even achieving a double grading! Students are now working hard for their next grading which is due to take place in the next few months - whilst several students are hoping to step into the competition ring before the year is out.

John Quigley explains that ‘kickboxing is advantageous in many ways - its great for self defence, strength, flexibility, co-ordination, balance and of course weight loss’. Self defence techniques are a gift that you give yourself by means of being able to protect yourself and others -something that you can carry through your lifetime’.

Kickboxing is not only a great workout but you are learning to defend yourself at the same time - according to the American Council on Exercise you can burn an average of 500 to 800 calories per hour in a cardio kickboxing class!

For more information on Kickboxing call John on 0866660474 or drop down and take part in a class ... you’ll never know unless you try!

Midlands Martial Arts and Training Centre is situated in the Tanyard in the centre of Tullamore and offers classes for both adults and children in Ju-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Shotokan Karate, Tai Chi and Kendo.

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