Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: B/F, 125 Connaught Road Central , Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Telephone: 2840 0162

E-mail: info@def.com.hk

www.def.com.hk

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I picked up a bit of MMA, kick boxing, and Muay Thai a few years ago, but don’t take lessons regularly. My friend recently recommended DEF Boxing to me, so I decided to give it a try!

Established in 2002, DEF Boxing is one of the most reputable boxing gyms in Hong Kong and is also where Hong Kong’s most famous boxer, Rex Tso (a.k.a “The Wonder Kid”), trains!

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Located in the basement on Connaught Road, DEF is a welcoming and cosy gym complete a boxing ring, a training area, and shower facilities. There are private training sessions (HK$600 – HK$850 per session) as well as group classes (HK$110 – HK$274 per class). For group classes, you can choose from Muay Thai classes, circuit boxing sessions, competition classes, and sparring classes – the weekly schedule is here.

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I try out a private training session with a Thai instructor, and he is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. We start off with quick warm up and stretching, then work on some Muay Thai techniques, do some sparring, and finish off the session with some cardio and fitness training. I always bring my own bright pink boxing gloves, but DEF also provides boxing gloves for you if you don’t have your own.

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DEF Boxing sponsors a range of boxing events in town, and serious boxers can certainly take part in these events! If you are new to martial arts, there is a Circuit 5 group training class which is specifically tailored for beginners. I would definitely recommend DEF Boxing as one of the most serious and reliable boxing gyms in town!