About the PKA Leicester

Licences and Insurance

When you join PKA Kickboxing you will receive a licence book and will be covered by our injury insurance. All kickboxing classes are extremely safe and rarely do any injuries occur. However, kickboxing is a contact sport and for this reason all instructors are First Aid trained.
By joining Leicester PKA you are also becoming a lifetime member of all UK PKA groups.

CRB Approved Instructors

All our Kickboxing Instructors are CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) approved.

History of the PKA

In 1973 the former World Heavyweight champion Joe Lewis and the Senior Vice-President of Universal Studios Tom Tannenbaum conceived the idea of fully sanctioned full contact karate tournaments.

It was in 1974 when promoters Mike Anderson and Don and Judy Quine came together to form the Professional Karate Association (PKA).

September 14th, 1974 was the date of the first World Championships promoted by the PKA in Los Angeles Sports Arena, California. These first championships that were held on a matted area attracted enormous worldwide media interest and television coverage.

Some of the champions crowned at this event are now Martial Arts legends such as Joe Lewis, Jeff Smith and Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace. Already then, the term full contact karate was being replaced with what we all now recognise as American Kickboxing. Many great fighters fought through the years under the PKA with the notable inclusion of Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez. These fighters have now achieved immortality in the world of Martial Arts.

Mike Haig, the Principal of PKA-Kickboxing in the United Kingdom, first promoted Kickboxing in England, UK within months of the inaugural 1974 American event. In fact this first British event was just as much a milestone for Kickboxing because it was the first time a roped boxing ring and boxing gloves were used.

In those early days most of the athletes came from traditional martial arts styles of Karate, Kung Fu or Taekwondo. Since then, American Kickboxing has evolved into its own unique art form and over the past few years has probably become the fastest growing Martial Art.

Here in the United Kingdom, the association ‘PKA-Kickboxing‘ is very much alive and growing and still headed by our Principal Mike Haig.

We are not a sanctioning body, governing body or promotional company. We are an association dedicated to delivering high quality kickboxing classes. Fighting within our association is semi contact and light continuous only.

Our classes teach genuine kickboxing and are designed for everyone, safety is paramount and enjoyment high. Sparring (fighting) is optional.

PKA-Kickboxing continues today to deliver its promise of promoting genuine sport Kickboxing, training individuals to the highest standard possible and to keep developing the Martial Art.

“…love it! PKA is like one big family – a completely non-threatening non-intimidating environment. I have found kickboxing to be challenging, interesting and it has taught me discipline and focus! It is now my favorite forms of exercise….”

“…I can’t fault the classes or the instructors and highly recommend trying kickboxing with the PKA. I’m now fitter, thinner and a lot more confident.”