What’s the difference between Boxing, Kick Boxing and Muay Thai?

In simplest terms, boxing involves striking with the fists only.
Kickboxing also allows kicks above the waist and a few other strikes with the hands.
Muay Thai also allows knees, elbows and allows attacks to the legs.

Arguably, at Cross Combat we teach all three – but really we just teach “striking”.

It’s very handy in all styles to have good hands and footwork and so you’ll get good at that.
It’s also handy to be able to use assorted kicks from assorted angles to assorted body parts, so you’ll get good at that.
And it’s useful to be able to use any limb to attack, so you’ll do that too.

All our striking classes are suitable for beginners.

You’ll quickly gain confidence and skill while, as ever, feeling welcome and safe.

These are great classes to train on their own or in conjunction with any of the other classes too.

Come along. You’ll be very welcome.


  1. Kyle says:

    Hi William,

    I recently started a kickboxing class. It has been a great class but it is 2 buses away which can be a hassle there and back. Your club is only a short walk away so I’m tempted to try it. I was just wondering what the average kickboxing class involves with you guys?


    • admin says:

      Given you’re just a short walk away, I’d recommend you just come and have a look. If you don’t like what you see, you can always just walk away again.

      The kickboxing classes tend to involve lots of kicking and boxing movements. You’ll do them with pads, and partners, as drills, as games and in sparring. Everything is directed towards you getting good at kickboxing – so there’s not much stuff that isn’t directly relevant.

      They’re very popular and very good fun so I imagine you’ll enjoy them a lot.

  2. William says:

    Hi is there a contact number for cross combat

    • admin says:

      Not really – that’s why I didn’t mention it in the contact details.

      You can try calling me on 07414 586 500 but if I’m unavailable – which I usually am – do leave a message, won’t you?

      If you wanted to call to ask if you can come, yes you can.
      If you wanted to ask if the classes are on, yes they are.
      If you wondered which class you should come to, come to the first class you like the sound of – they’re all great fun and they’re all suitable for beginners.
      If you’re wondering about prices, they’re easier to see than they are to explain so I recommend you have a look on the webpage.

      If you wanted to ask something else, feel free to give the number a punt and see what happens.


  3. Emily says:

    Hi there!
    I am keen to get back into kickboxing (I did it for 2 years at uni), and your classes sound great – I was wondering if we need to bring anything specific to your classes e.g hand wraps?

    • admin says:

      Hi Emily.

      If you bring some hand wraps, that would be just perfect.

      Anything else is provided by us.

      See you soon.


  4. Caitlin Beattie says:

    hi I’m just wondering I’ve never done kickboxing or anything like it before and I’m starting to become interested in doing it but feel a little nerves as never done anything this intense before and looking for best way to get fit aswell

    • admin says:

      Hi Caitlin, that doesn’t sound like a question to me.

      Nonetheless, what can I say? I’m flattered.

      You’re perhaps thinking of this like a hot-date with the most amazing guy you’ve ever met. He’s gorgeous, funny, intelligent, kind – and what’s more you have a great time in his company. But wait, there’s more… Whenever you go on a date with him you’ll feel fitter, healthier and more alive than ever before.

      I can see why you’d be nervous, this date sounds like quite a catch. What if he doesn’t like you? What if something goes wrong.

      All I can say is that kickboxing fancies you too and wants to have a good time as much as you do. Kickboxing asked you our for a reason, you know.

      Just get in there, you wee tiger. You’ll have a great time.

  5. Matt says:

    How old do you have to be to come along

    • admin says:

      Old enough to hang with grown ups and treat them like equals instead of scary, big people you never talk to.

  6. Peter says:

    hi I done boxing when I was in school but was unable to continue and sints then I have wanted to get back fit and box again

    • admin says:

      Hi Peter,

      That’s a tragic tale to hear and I’m very flattered that you chose me to tell it to.

      For my part, I always fancied being a close-up card magician but I couldn’t be bothered putting in the practice. And who wants to see a crappy card guy?
      Answer: no-one.

      These days I run a gym with boxing classes though, so if you ever fancy training again, perhaps you could consider us as an option. And of course, if you have any questions, just get in touch.

      All the best. Chase those dreams.


  7. Jake says:

    What age do you have to be and how many people go to the classes on Wednesday

    • admin says:

      Old enough to not be annoying to be around.

      Are you annoying to be around, Jake? Then you’re too young.
      Are you all right to be around? Then you’re old enough.

      Numbers range from 2-35.
      Does it really matter?

      “Oh, 17 is it? I thought it’d be 16 or less so I’m not gonna bother”.


  8. Jake ohanlon says:

    Does £10 cover all the classes on Wednesday from kick boxing to mma

    • admin says:

      Well let’s have a look at the description on the price list, shall we?

      £10 buys you:
      “1 WHOLE DAY of UNLIMITED training.
      Access to ALL classes in one day”.

      You’re right, it’s complicated. It could literally mean anything.

      But – and I’m just guessing here – I’d personally interpret that as meaning that, for £10, you get 1 WHOLE DAY of UNLIMITED training with access to ALL classes in one day.

      What “unlimited” means though is anyone’s guess.

      And does “all classes” mean “just one”?
      There are the things they don’t teach us at school. 🙁

      • Susan McCleary says:

        I am really enjoying reading your responses. I am for sure going to have to come in to see the face behind all the wit.

        • admin says:

          Well you’re more than welcome to come along and talk to the face too, you know. But I’ll warn you, in real life the official face is a right grumpy sod (these responses are written by an underpaid lackey in the Philippines) but he responds well to snacks.

  9. Soul says:

    Hi guys I wanna start kickboxing again . How much u guys charge for a class ?

  10. Loris says:

    Hi William,

    I would like to start learning boxing/kickboxing and maybe give a try to the other classes you offer. I have no experience whatsoever in martial art, only a bit of taekwondo when I was a kid for a couple of years. So I am a beginner but very keen to learn and work hard! I am looking to get fit, learn self defence and to do a sport of contact.
    I would like to come next Monday. Can I just pop for the class and pay for 5 class pass at the gym? I have no gear, would that be problem?



    • admin says:

      I understand, Loris. Apart from two years experience you have no experience at all? That’s just like me – I’ve never been to Brazil except for the year I lived there… plus the 6-week holiday a few years later. But apart from that, I’ve never been.

      Anyway, yes, we’re just like most businesses really in that you can show up and buy the item you’d like to buy. In this case you’d like to buy access to the Monday class along with 4 other classes and by golly you’re in luck here, Loris, cos we have some of those 5 Class Passes available.

      Do you need any gear?

      Loris… if we insisted that everyone bring gear we’d write, “everyone must bring gear” in big letters on the website. But we don’t expect that as that would be unreasonable.

      Shorts, t-shirt and you’re off.

      See you soon.

  11. bob says:

    hi i want to start boxing and i dont know what it will be like please tell me thanks

    • admin says:

      Imagine you’re a hungry, little bear cub wandering through the woods on a hot summer’s day. You hear a slight buzzing noise but… but… what’s that sweet, sweet smell? That smell of joy? That smell of summery contentedness?

      You sniff along and there in a tree you see a strange buzzy object that draws you ever closer. You move up close and insert your paw to see what gifts it beholds and to your delight you find what those in the human world call “honey”. Oh, the joy of it all. Oh the thrill. It doesn’t just taste delicious, look at those crazy bees buzzing all around in a fury trying to keep you from their product of their hard, hard labour. How hilarious. But can they stop you idly supping on that fine, summery nectar? Oh no they cannot.


      You laugh in the face of their frantic buzzing and lay against the tree, content to nap in the heat of the summer sun and occasionally smack your sugary lips.

      That, Bob, is what boxing will be like.

      Other than that, it’ll be a bit like you’re learning to box. There’ll be a bit of you learning to throw your hands at peoples’ heads and bodies and a bit of learning to make sure their hands can’t touch your own head or body. And it’ll all be done in a rather jolly and pleasant manner.

      Doesn’t it all sound marvellous?!


  12. bob says:

    oh btw i love the layout of your website 🙂

  13. Jamie says:

    Hi, I’m a 47 year old looking to join a martial art class. I did some kb years ago and keen to get fit again. Would I be the oldest dude there.

    • admin says:

      You might be the oldest there in that particular class on that particular day – but I don’t think you’ll be our oldest member.

      You can imagine what it’s like though… everyone’s worried about being the only fat kid, old guy, or hot, sexy girly in the class and if they are they tend to assume the whole world hates them and that they should make themselves explode. But when you get one of whatever type in the class, the rest of that type feel secure and they join up too.

      We get way more hot, sexy girlies in the class these days now that we have a number of regular, skillful, hot, sexy girlies in attendance for example. (And a few years ago the room was just full of various types of mathematicians and physicists.)

      Why not set a trend of hot, athletic “older men” attending the club. Who knows, perhaps you’ll meet a few physicists…

  14. Daryl Maxwell says:

    Hi I have moved to Edinburgh from Dunfermline for a year now I was part off a kickboxing club called FKSDA and mange to get my yellow belt. I have been out for a year and wondered if I was to join your club is there is a way i continue where i left off?

    • admin says:

      Absolutely. Just show up and take part in the classes.

      We’d have a hard job removing the skills you already gained, but even if we could, we’d rather you kept them. That way, you’ll get better faster. Woo-hoo!

  15. Dave says:

    Do you grade and compete ?? And if so what art ? Thanks John

    • admin says:

      I don’t grade or compete any more, Ronnie/John, because I accomplished all my goals in those areaa. When I did, it was in BJJ though.

      Some of our students still do, though. And our students do all the arts we have to offer.

  16. Shayaan qureshi says:

    Hello William,

    Is it possible to just go to the gym and will you be teaching about self discipline

    • admin says:

      Hi Shayaan,

      It is indeed possible to just go to the gym. We used to have a perimeter fence encircling the compound, but the local residents complained it was making their weekly shop substantially more difficult to purchase, so these days the roads are clear and the way is unblocked.

      As for self-discipline, we focus more on self-confidence. You know, things like having the courage to just show up believing you’ll be welcome. But I guess we do say things like, “come on, keep going” and “stop that” too – which is really all self-discipline is, isn’t it?!

      Good luck on your quest. I hope you make it to us alive.

  17. Kathryn says:

    Hi William,
    I’m a hungry, little bear cub wandering through the woods and I’m very glad I read the comments section. I think I’ll come tomorrow to taste that sweet kickboxing honey, see you then!

  18. Chloe says:

    How many times a week would you recommend to attend the kickboxing classes, for a complete beginner? (besides defending myself against my older brothers as a child)

    • admin says:

      If you have the time and the energy, of course you will progress faster, get to know everyone faster, feel your progression more and all those good things if you attend 3x per week.

      If you don’t have the time or energy for that, then of course 2x per week will provide you with a lot of progression, social integration and fun.

      If you don’t have the time or energy for that, then of course coming 1x per week will provide you with some of all these things, but not as much.

      Unless you’ve got the hang of sleeping and eating well, anything more than 3x per week can be too much.

      Saying that, we have students who train around 20 hours a week and of course they progress very fast.
      But we also have students who train once per week, and they still get very good.

      How about you start with 2x per week and then you see if you’d like to build it up from there?!

  19. Louis says:

    Hi I am thinking about signing up for boxing.what’s the average age for people who do boxing/kick boxing on Mondays?

    • Louis says:

      And also how much does it cost

    • admin says:

      Is it the mean, median or modal average you’re after?

      Either way, you’re about 14, aren’t you?! So if you’re scared of grown-ups, you’re going to be scared of them whether the average is 18, 27 or 35. But it you’re not scared of grown-ups, it doesn’t really matter, does it?!

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