Conveniently located within 200m of the M1 near IKEA; The Fight Centre – Brisbane is one of the newest but already one of the most reputable Muay Thai gyms in Brisbane.
TFC Founders: Ben and James
“In 2008 as strangers we both attended Ironfist Muay Thai with a mutual friend. we were planning on just going for a look, but once we arrived we were offered to jump in for a free session to see how we liked it. After some back and forth hesitation, we found ourselves in the class.
That first night we didn’t have any equipment, and with Muay Thai being so popular at the time due to the Muay Thai contender series on Foxtel, there wasn’t enough shin pads for everyone in the busy class. We ended up being partnered with each other. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, we participated by doing kick drills without shin pads, which left bruises on our legs for the next few days. Regardless, we were hooked immediately.
Even though we were initially apprehensive about going to a “fight gym”, the atmosphere was undeniably welcoming and we formed relationships with others in the gym quickly. Many of the friends we made are still some of our best friends today.
We both ended up competing in several amateur bouts over the years, and formed a close connection with each other, and the numerous other fighters and regular students at the gym. Eventually, the day came when the gym closed its doors in 2014. (Ironfist has since re-opoened its doors as of 2019)
This devastating news left many questions; What gym will we attend? Will the sense of community be the same there under a new instructor that doesn’t share our history and comradery? Will we continue to train with the same passion if we are all at separate gyms?
We didn’t want to lose the close relationship that we had with the other members. Knowing what we had was something special and finding a new gym that supported our set of moral values would be near impossible, we decided we would open a new gym, under a new name, and at a new location. It was important to us that we still carry the same ethics and morals that we value so greatly.
We had experienced a transformation through boxing and muay thai. We went from never knowing true confidence, to being capable young men who were both comfortable in their own skin and knew where they stood in the world.
We knew that we could provide this same confidence to others coming in to our place, as the gym had done for so many people like us.
We had no signage, no website or facebook page, and relied heavily on word of mouth initially to bring in members. With both of us being tradesmen working on job sites, we paid gym bills with our wages from our day job to keep the gym doors open in the initial years of running. But the dream was well and truly alive with many students showing remarkable changes in life, and the sense of community was strong, which was always our number one priority.
After 3 years of operation, word had gotten around, and we eventually out-grew our facility. At the end of 2017, we closed the doors in Springwood, and opened a newer, bigger, upgraded facility in Slacks Creek.
The values have never changed, and the people that are joining every day continue to turn into some of our closest friends. People of all shapes, sizes and colours. Not just fighters, but also mothers, school teachers, parents and children. The fact that we have been able to provide this amazing group of people with the same transformation that we went through is something we never take for granted.”
Our process for helping our members achieve their goals has been broken down to 3 crucial steps:
T - Team We want you to feel a part of the team and enjoy your training, as showing up is the only thing you need to do and we take care of the rest!
F - Finding Success Once you start to see results it gives you positive momentum to carry on, and continue to succeed.
C - Creating permanent change Establish good lifestyle and training habits, and carry your results with you everywhere you go! See the benefits in every part of your life. Create a newer and better version of yourself where you feel pride in yourself and confident/comfortable in any situation.
RESULTS SPECIFIC TO YOU!
We are aware that not everyone is trying to become a World Champion, but the process is exactly the same!
If you want to lose weight instead of learning to fight, it is still just as important for us that you enjoy the training. If you have to force yourself to come along, then we aren’t doing our job right! The same applies if you just want to know the feeling of true confidence by having the skills to defend yourself without actually stepping into the ring to compete.
If you don’t enjoy the training, you are far more likely to find an excuse not to come. If you don’t show up, you will never get results that will be life changing.
Most of the members of The Fight Centre – Brisbane choose never to compete in Muay Thai or Kickboxing, and this decision is fully supported by the staff and coaches.
There will never be any pressure for a student to have a fight as an Amateur or Professional. Martial Arts is a fantastic way of achieving goals in weight-loss and fitness, as the challenge of throwing multiple punches and kicks in a Muay Thai training session, all while having fun, has to be experienced to be believed.
The Fight Centre aims to be more than just a gym, but a place for all of its members to walk into and instantly feel at home. If you are thinking about trying out a class, enter your details below and one of our friendly staff will get back to you ASAP!