Frequently Asked Questions:
For more info, call Pete Foley on 087 8119227 or pop into the gym.
Apart from the top class training facility which is approx. 5,000 sq feet with two boxing rings, 20 punch bags, weights and cardio area, 250 square metres of interlocking mats, 25 skipping ropes, kick pads, kick shields, dozens of boxing gloves/headgear, wall pads, focus pads etc., the Chief Instructor Pete Foley is a 7th Dan Black Belt Master/professional instructor, has over 30 year’s experience in Martial Arts, is a qualified IABA Boxing Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor, Certified in First Aid Health Safety, Certified in The Irish Sports Councils Children’s Code of Ethics with a Child Protection Policy in place, is fully insured and the club holds regular Gradings/Competitions throughout the year. Pete has also trained no less than 9 World kickboxing Champions. We are also registered with Galway City Council Sports Forum. The club also boasts a multitude of highly qualified Black Belts and Internationally recognised Kickboxing Champions who are only too happy to pass on their invaluable knowledge.
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For more info, call Pete Foley: 087 8119227 or pop into the gym.
Kickboxing is a Martial Sport, which has developed from many other Martial Arts, including Karate and Muay Thai (Thai-Boxing). It involves kicking, punching, elbow strikes and knee strikes. It is taught at the Black Dragon in its original form and provides a strenuous work out, improving fitness levels and flexibility. All KickBoxing students, non-contact and contact, have the option of being assessed through a series of levels / grades, with the base level being White Belt, through seven levels, finally reaching a Dan grade at black belt, which is equivalent, if you like, to a degree level in Martial Arts. This type of achievement would take, on average, between four and a half to six years depending on how often you train.
Chief Instructor Pete Foley is a 7th Dan Black Belt Master/professional instructor and is a qualified IABA Boxing Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor, Kettlebells Instructor Certified in First Aid Health Safety, Certified in The Irish Sports Councils Children’s Code of Ethics with a Child Protection Policy in place and is fully insured. Pete is the 2013 IKF Kickboxing Coach of the year and Galway Bay FM 2014 Overall sports coach of the year. He was recently appointed as the Irish Garda Vetting Officer for the International Kickboxing Federation in Ireland.
Assistant Head Instructor Clodagh Foley is 4th Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing, an IABA certified Boxing coach, a certified Personal Trainer Gym Instructor, certified Kettlebells Instructor, a former Irish European Kickboxing Champion and is also an Advanced Sports Nutritional Advisor and she is also fully insured.
Not at all. All beginner classes are strictly no contact, progressing to controlled sparring with no head contact as you gain more experience. Sparring is closely supervised with full protection gear including head guards.
Galway Black Dragon Gym runs six-week introduction courses throughout the year which cover all the basic technique and training practices. From there you can progress through a belt-based grading structure which can represent a lifetime of study.
Please note; Gradings are optional – you are not in any way compelled to grade!
No problem. As long as you are physically healthy and willing to try you willbe fine. As you progress your fitness will improve and you will become stronger, more confident and more flexible.
Not at all. Initially beginners classes are held once a week #8211; when the 6 week course is finished you are given the option to train as often or as little as you wish with various classes from Monday to Saturday. Individual class fees are €8 per class for Adults (€7 for juniors) but you can avail of a discount for 3 or more classes in a week and there is no uniform requirement, just loose comfortable clothes eg: shorts/track pants tee-shirt etc. If you want, you can purchase any kickboxing gear from the club at discount prices.
Age is a state of mind #8211; as long as you are healthy, there is no reason not to enjoy the benefits of kickboxing training. The sport exercises unused joints, improves flexibility and builds up general fitness.
The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club is based in Riverside Commercial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway (upstairs over Expert Electrical near the Trappers Inn Pub)
There are fighters sessions twice a week (Thursdays @ 7pm Saturdays @ 2pm. This involves sparring in a full sized professional boxing ring and pad work etc, for which all the relevant safety equipment is provided and strict supervision is adhered to at all times.
Black Dragon Fighters regularly travel the length breadth of Ireland and indeed around the World (all expenses paid) to places such as: England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, America and even as far afield as South Africa to name but a few. Also, one of our fighters was recently awarded a full scholarship with GMIT in Computer Studies for his achievements through kickboxing.