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There are many different styles of martial arts as well as mixed martial arts to choose from nowadays, so whether you are just looking to improve your fitness and mental/physical health or learn how to defend yourself or compete in combat sports, there is something for everyone. 

Some of our Phoenix Gym personal trainers in Norwich provide 1-2-1 boxing, MMA or martial arts training lessons. Styles taught are Boxing, Kickboxing, Krav Maga or MMA.


Some martial arts can be more aimed at fun, fitness and self discipline and others are more for practical combat, confidence, competing and real life situations. So, finding the right trainer and style for you, is important if you want to look after yourself in the real world. 


More and more people nowadays choose to mix up their learning of different styles and skills to become more “well rounded” in all the different aspects of combat.

For example boxing is great for hands, fitness and sparring confidence, but lacks grappling skills, take downs, multiple opponent scenarios, throws and preventative skills for all these scenario’s in street fight situations.

Training in a boxing ring feels very different to getting into a tricky situation in a bar or down a dark alley way, but can have some nice and simple skills that are quick to learn. 

Martial arts are usually more self defence orientated, against a single or multiple opponents and goes into detail and practice for many different situations. It also teaches you situational awareness and avoidance strategies.

Boxing may teach you to simple hit the opponent, which isn’t always the necessary or the best solution to a given situation. Especially for ladies or people with weaker wrists and hands and lower technical skill or confidence.


On the other hand there are lot’s of martial artists who lack the skills and confidence in the real world. Practice in a studio against pre choreographed attacks, is extremely different to fast attacks coming at you from all different new angles, to that which you have practiced with. 

As a result mixing up your time with some martial arts for self defence situations with holds, locks, chokes and situational scenarios and also weapons nowadays, can all be very beneficial.

If you then combine this with some practical sparring with boxing, kickboxing, K1 or MMA, then this provides the best of both. Some martial arts clubs do provide both of these within sessions to help with confidence and practical application.


You don’t have to learn everything all at the same time. Often, people work with one or two styles for a while until they are comfortable they have a good grasp of the skills and then move onto another style to integrate extra skills over time.

You won’t learn all these skills and styles in just a few weeks. It often takes years to become proficient at a martial art or a sport like boxing or kickboxing.

A lot of the time you also have to improve your fitness, conditioning and ability to be able to move effectively with speed and power. When you combine both the physical ability with the technique then you are onto a winner.

Finding the Right Style and Trainer for You

Each Phoenix Gym trainer that lists Martial Arts in their profile, specialises in different styles and also bring their own real world experience into their training sessions, so take a look at our personal trainers and you can then see who would be right for you to train with. 

Alternatively, you can speak to our reception team and they can help you decide by telling them what you are wanting to achieve from your 1-2-1 sessions and they can help you choose. 

Becoming Fighting Fit

Another bonus of doing martial arts training with a personal trainer is that they can also tailor your gym workout sessions to improve your strength and conditioning. If you need more strength, speed, grip strength or endurance then these things can be included into sessions or incorporated into other designated sessions. 

Often times people train at a martial arts club in a class format and get their 1-2-1 fitness and extra 1-2-1 work in with a qualified and experienced personal trainer, specialising in this area. Or combine 1-2-1 sessions with club sessions to get the best of both.

Phoenix Gym personal trainers have the use of a private boxing studio including a boxing ring, so if you want to improve your confidence and skill in the squared ring then we have got you covered. Check out of personal trainers here

Mark Bone

About the author

Mark Bone is the Managing Director of Phoenix Gym Norwich and has been a Master level personal trainer and sports therapist since 1998. Mark has an extensive background and experience in all aspects of personal training and lifestyle coaching, from fat loss, general health improvement, motivation, strength and conditioning with professional athletes and currently specialises in corrective exercise.

Mark has written articles for magazines, assisted Channel 4 for a short weight loss series, done interviews for Norwich Radio (and most local and some national new outlets including the BBC) and taught weight loss programmes. Mark now uses his skills and experience to train Personal Trainers within Phoenix Gym to ensure that the trainers, clients and gym members all get the best results and most enjoyable experience possible.