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Fight Club Melbourne - Melbourne Martial Arts Academy

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Published July 25th 2013
The best fight gym in Melbourne
Fight Club, MMA, Karate, bjj, Jiu Jitsu, boxing, judo, fitness, toning, gym, work out

I hesitated at first, it had been a long time and I had forgotten what it felt like. The enthusiasm I used to have for martial arts was all but a distant memory and the years I had put into my training so long ago just a vague memory.

'Fight Club Melbourne.' I looked at the leaflet in my hand, and then up at the posters on the wall. Yes, this was the right place; I almost regretted finding it. I looked towards the door wondering if I really wanted to go inside. I hate confrontation and the angst that comes with to many egos in a room. Scenes from the movie 'Fight Club' flashed through my mind, is that what it was like? No, my memories had faded, but it was nothing like that.

My hesitancy and fears however where quickly chased by the howling wind and spiteful rain that lashed down chilling me through all of my layers of clothing. Just for the respite I reached out and pushed the door open. The smell of sweat and leather hit me as I took a step inside. The cold wind that followed left one last chill as it struggled against the door. I pushed as hard as I dared, not wanting to slam it and disrupt any classes.

My old Si-Fu would have knocked my block off had I entered late, or slammed the door. I realised I was holding my breath. I breathed out, took a deep breath in and stole a glance over my shoulder. A room filled with people grappling so intensely that no one had even noticed my clumsy entrance. I let out a sigh of relief, I could still leave. The head trainer caught my eye, he smiled, and despite the chaos, I was overcome with a sense of calm. I relaxed immediately; all are welcome, you could feel it. He nodded, almost as if giving me permission to enter and watch.

Hard work

is BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Trying to take everything in at once was impossible; I stepped closer towards the railing and starting watching individual couples. The floor mat squeaked its disapproval under them as they twisted, pushed and pulled on each other. Grunts gasps and heavy breathing the only evidence of the effort being put in. Each face a mask of concentration.

One mistake in the chess match that is BJJ, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and one of your limbs could be locked, ending in a submission. As I watched something else started filtering through, sounds I did not expect: Laughter and friendly banter…

Right in front of me an obvious junior struggles with a very superior senior. "You're doing fine." The senior encourages the girl as she twists her in a pretzel. Now place your knee here, press your hip tight against mine and you can control my movement" the senior was telling the junior how to untwist and how to fight back. Hardly the advice you would expect from someone winning to give. But there they were, helping each other. Each couple a master and student, each couple learning from each other.

This behaviour was repeated across the floor as the students grappled, each struggling for a better position, each one working towards a lock or hold, but at the same time all of them supporting each other. The more experienced helping out the beginners. No egos, no attitudes. The seniors had it tougher when they went at it. The advice whilst still there, was less.

To learn, sometimes you have to push yourself with no safety ropes. But at no point are they trying to hurt each other. Straight after a submission, it is back to neutral positions, a tap of knuckles and a touch of fingers, almost as if to say, we still friends, lets go again. This is learning a martial art and bettering yourself. No bullying or showing off your skills, just hard work with focus. They pushed themselves, and the respect was there.

MMA, mixed martial arts, UFC

George Kolovos, master instructor and owner of Fight Club Melbourne who has won Blitz magazines Instructor of the Year award describes his gym as a "martial arts academy and fight gym." He went on to say that the purpose and vision of the gym is twofold. It is training people to achieve various goals whether it is fitness or weight loss and amateur or professional fighting.

However, there are many other fight gyms in Melbourne, so besides the obvious, I asked George what sets his academy apart. This is what he had to say. "We Boast Over 70 Classes Per Week. No where else In Melbourne can you get such variety and quality trainers in one place- Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Kyokushin Karate, MMA, Kettlebells, strength and conditioning training. Our trainers have between 10 and 35 years experience in their fields, a few are even former champions."

Thai Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing

There is something for the girls too. All woman are welcome, there are even woman only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. There is however an age limit, you have to be 18 and over to attend Fight Club, the only exception being kiddies Karate.


Martial arts are not for everyone, but if you think it is for you, and you want to try it, Fight Club Melbourne is perfect. They offer trial classes for those who are unsure, or for complete novices who are determined to start. Their trainers cater to all levels, beginners to advanced.

The headquarters can be found at Vault 10, 367 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

If you don't want to train, feel free to have a coffee in their Café which doubles as a store. The staff are friendly, very helpful, and will answer all your questions relating to the gym and all the various styles on offer.

You can also find Fight Club Melbourne at
134 Victoria Street.

The Essendon branch, which only offers Karate for kids and adults.
Collingwood Angling Club
44 Edgewater Blvd,
Maribyrnong, 3032.

Reservoir, which only offers Kickboxing.
Reservoir Leisure Centre
2A Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir, 3073.

The Collingwood branch, which is only Karate for children.
Collingwood College
Vere Street, Collingwood, 3066‎
Victoria, Australia

Check out their website for more details and a complete timetable.
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Where: Melbourne, Brunswick, Collingwood, Reservoir
Your Comment
Interesting very little on martial art styles that are low impact and more effective like Wing Chun. As one of the oldest martial arts which was designed by a women it has the ability to be effective on any size opponent. I recently gave it a try and of all the years of martial arts that I have done I wish I had picked up on Wing Chun when I was younger. Feels like many years wasted with MMA, Judo and karate. I took up the free class offered by Wing Chun Universe

by georg (score: 0|2) 1607 days ago
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