Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA - Safety Guidelines
Boxing for Fitness
Kickboxing for Fitness
Mixed Martial Arts for Fitness
Safety Guidelines
Recently there has been a steady increase in the use of boxing,
kickboxing or mixed martial arts drills (MMA) as a part of
general fitness sessions or as specialised classes within the
fitness industry. The rising popularity and increased demand
for these activities has led to a concurrent increase in the
number of related continuing education programs for
registered exercise professionals.
While these developments have undoubtedly provided another
important source of variety for general fitness training,
safe practice that mitigates the risk of injury and enhances
effectiveness must be maintained at all times.
It is imperative that these activities remain non-combative,
do not involve body contact and are conducted with correct
technique. All sessions are to have a fitness orientation rather
than a self defence/combative orientation.
To provide clarification for registered exercise professionals
and fitness services using fitness activities derived from boxing,
kickboxing and MMA, Fitness Australia has produced the
following information for guidance:
Professional Skill and Knowledge
Registered Exercise Professionals who wish to instruct
boxing, kickboxing or MMA fitness activities are required
to have completed an approved CEC program in the
relevant area of instruction.
Non Contact
The objective of the session is to develop the client’s fitness, and
in doing so, use techniques and drills from boxing, kickboxing
or MMA for variety. To minimize the risk of injury and ensure
safe practice, the session must remain non contact.
All participants must complete a suitable pre-exercise
health screening questionnaire, such as the Adult Pre-
exercise Screening System (APSS) and follow recommended
procedures in accordance with risk stratification.
A sequence in learning must be provided for all drills/
exercises. This would include initial description,
demonstration, participant practice and re-checking prior
to beginning the drill. Each participant must be provided
with sufficient time to become proficient, with consideration
for their readiness and level of experience.
When conducting paired activities, an exercise professional
should always ensure that each participant is paired with
someone of a similar height.
Equipment should be selected according to the skill
being taught.
For example
Kickboxing drills should be performed with progression
on Kickshields, Muaythai Pads or Hanging Bags.
Focus pads should be used for punching.
One to one boxing sessions require appropriate wrist support.
Group boxing sessions can include the use of bags, shields
and floor to ceiling balls.
All equipment should be in good condition and not damaged
in any way that would impair instruction or performance.
Equipment should be maintained and cleaned in accordance
with Occupational Health & Safety legislative requirements.
Non Combative
The sessions are not self defence, boxing or martial arts sessions
and are to remain non combative. There should be a focus
on using the drills to compliment the total fitness program
or session, and a focus on health and safety rather than
combat effectiveness.
Protective equipment should be selected in accordance with
the skills being taught. Padded equipment should have suitable
density for the activity undertaken and clientele being trained.
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