Where to do martial arts in Abu Dhabi

Three must-try classes in the capital

Whether you’re hoping to knock yourself into shape, learn the art of self-defence or simply pick up a new skill, this trio of sporting establishments will help get you started.

Muay Thai and Capoeira Fitness Sports Club
Despite its name, the club doesn’t actually teach capoeira. But don’t let that put you off. It does conduct mixed classes teaching muay Thai, kick-boxing, boxing and jiu-jitsu. If you’re new to martial arts, the place offers a free trial to help you size up your capabilities. There are also classes for kids aged six to 13, because you can never be too young to learn how to kick somebody!
Starting from Dhs500 (per month, three times a week), Dhs700 (per month, six days a week). Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm. National Cinema Building, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (02 676 9658).

Oriental Karate & Kobudo Club
Mr Miyagi isn’t part of the instructors’ squad here but those who have made the cut are just as accomplished, zen-like and wise as the sensei on celluloid. The club was founded back in 1987 and is recognised by the UAE Taekwondo & Karate Federation, as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Perfect your punches and kicks at one of its eight locations across the city, all featuring well-maintained dojos. Those interested can show up for a trial class or two. Let’s say it together now, wax on…
Dhs350 (per month). Sun-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-2.45pm. Various locations including Hilal Khalaf Al Mazary Building, Al Zahiyah (02 677 1611).

Primal Gym
This venue offers a variety of classes for people of all ages. Master the art of grappling by signing up for a couple of jiu-jitsu classes, or see how high you can kick as you learn the finer points of muay Thai. Primal gym offers newbies a whole week of free classes to see where their interest may lie. It also offers the service of personal trainers in case you prefer to train alone.
Starting from Dhs150 (per day), Dhs2000 (per month). Open Sun-Thu 8.30am-10pm, Fri 9am-noon, Sat 3.30pm-10pm. Amaya Towers, Al Reem Island (050 296 2157).

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