Learning a martial art isn’t just about throwing kicks and punches. It also develops key skills like patience, focus and self discipline. From traditional Chinese kung fu to contemporary styles such as Muay Thai and MMA, these training studios in Hong Kong will strengthen your mind as well as your body.
Wan Kam Leung
Wing Chun is a style of close combat kung fu that was developed by Shaolin monks in the 18th century. It is most famously associated with the international action star Bruce Lee. Wan Kam Leung‘s “Practical Wing Chun” is a modernized form of Wing Chun, with an emphasis on self-defence. This compact studio in Yau Ma Tei holds co-ed classes twice a day, as well as separate classes for women and children.
1/F, 456 Nathan Road, Yaumatei, Kowloon, +852 9180 1802
Systema is a Russian fighting technique developed during the Soviet era, based on Cossack techniques dating back to the 10th century. Here, you’ll train for real life scenarios where you may have to defend yourself through repeated grappling and striking drills. Systema Hong Kong has locations in Mongkok and Causeway Bay. Rather than holding beginner and advanced classes separately, students of all levels train together.
1/F, 671 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, +852 6443 5227
Hong Kong Jiu-Jitsu
This studio near Mong Kok has a fully equipped gym with 110 sq meters (118 sq ft) of mat space for grappling and wrestling. The gym’s primary focus is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a South American martial art that uses leverage to bring the opponent to the ground and overpower them with a range of pins, takedowns, and choke holds. In addition, judo, kickboxing and yoga classes are also offered. If you’re looking to test the water, Hong Kong Jiu-Jitsu offers a trial class free of charge.
Room A, 2/F, 69 Bedford Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, +852 3488 5594
Abira Boxing is a fitness center in Mongkok that offers personal training and group classes in Muay Thai boxing. This combat sport focuses on a range of full contact fighting techniques including striking, kicking and punching. It’s often called “the art of eight limbs,” because fighters use their knees and elbows to strike as well as their fists and shins. It’s a great option for those looking to build muscle and tone their physique.
7/F Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, +852 2116 4488
Jab MMA offers classes in mixed martial arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing. It promises a challenging, full body workout in a friendly and supportive atmosphere that welcomes students of all levels. Try out a first class for free.
Impakt is one of Hong Kong’s biggest fitness and MMA gyms, and it’s equipped with state of the art facilities and equipment, including a full size boxing ring. At Impakt, you can sign up for classes in karate, boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and kickboxing. There’s also a “Bootcamp” class aimed at building all round fitness” (it’s as intense as it sounds). If you don’t want to commit to a monthly membership, Impakt lets you pay a drop in fee for each class.
2/F, Wing’s Building, 110-116 Queen’s Road, Central, +852 2167 7218
Chito Ryu Karate
Practitioners of chito-ryu, a style of karate founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose in 1946, use the lower body muscles to strengthen and stabilize themselves. Chito Ryu Karatedo’s adult karate program, “Skillz Fit,” is an excellent way for adult learners to develop their coordination, balance and focus. The dojo has studios in Causeway Bay and Discovery Bay.
Heng Yue Yen Long Kwon
Heng Yue Yen Long Kwon is a modern Chinese boxing style that’s based on traditional kung fu. It combines new and traditional kicking, punching and weapons techniques into a modern and practical fighting system. There are a range of classes available, including weapons training, black belt training, and a self defence class for women.
1A, 37 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2511 8787