Written by John Graham
If you are looking for somewhere to keep fit in Shenzhen, then there is no shortage of gyms. Every shopping mall and most main streets are usually home to at least one place you can work out. For those looking for a combat gym in particular, however, it can be a lot harder to find somewhere to meet your needs. We spoke to John Graham to get the lowdown on the best spots to hit when in search of a combat gym.
John Graham is well-known throughout not only Shenzhen but China for running White Collar Fight Night; an innovative new sporting and social event that allows CEOs, business executives, and other white-collar professionals to show off their boxing prowess while at the same time putting on a wildly entertaining show and raising money for local charities. Participants are given three months to train so that they can put their best foot forward on the night. For more info, check out the official White Collar Fight Night website.
So, who better to show us around Shenzhen’s combat gyms than John?
I’ve had my share of experience of combat gyms in the city. I’ve lived in Shenzhen for a number of years, been in the fitness industry and also the fight night industry. So here’s my take on all the combat gym options in Shenzhen and my top five locations.
Of course, you have your big, commercial gyms like Total Fitness, Dream, Physical Club, and TeraWelnness. These are good for their classes, plate-loaded machines, dumbbell selection, and usually have nice equipment and bathrooms.
On top of that, you have your more functional fitness based gyms like the Crossfit boxes. For more specific fight and functional training, you have the combat gyms.
Invincible is owned and run by Woody Poiter, a pro himself with a lifetime of experience in just about every kind of fight practice. At the gym, Woody has put together a coaching team of active pros such as Milos, Andre, and Tiago. All guys with incredible records to their name and the titles to match.
There are three locations in Shenzhen; one near Chegongmiao subway station in Futian, another in the bustling tech area of Hi-Tech Park, and also in Shekou. Across the gyms, they run training for BJJ, Kickboxing, MMA, and Boxing classes.
If you want proof that Invincible delivers results then you should know that the gym has contributed the most fighters to the White Collar Fight Night as well as the most winners at the event.
The price is slightly higher than some places, but it’s worth it if you want serious pro training, high-quality gear, and be part of a dedicated and passionate community.
Next up is 901. Located in Shekou, this gym actually focuses more on functional workouts, but it’s still a great spot for combat training. In the center of the gym is a ring and the whole place just has a great atmosphere. Once in there, you will soon find yourself on the bags or inviting your friends into the ring for a sparring session.
Jack and his team there are very passionate about fitness and just staying active. Even by just watching their classes, both group and private, you can see they are very motivating.
The third stop on the guide is MoTai. This gym has a great location. Situated near OCT Loft, MoTai is a rooftop gym with a truly beautiful white ring in the center. It’s a great venue to run small, in-club events at.
As a combat gym, they focus more on Thai Boxing. So, step into the ring with their pro coaches, put on your shin protection and practice your rocking with some elbows and knees for what makes a great workout.
For those living in the north-west of the city, Bao’an has a fantastic combat gym called Qi Meng Zhe. I’ve yet to visit this spot in person, but I’ve been in communication with the guys there. It’s run by an ex-pro coach and they’ve got a very nice large space with a great combat atmosphere.
Last, but not least, is Green Gloves. Now, this gym is very impressive. The equipment is all state-of-the-art and the décor is all white. It definitely focuses on a more executive clientele with it being located right near the Tencent headquarters. The pro coach, Tiger, gives a fantastic empowering workout before you have to get back to the office.
Combat Gym Addresses
- Shekou (Tel: 136-8262-6616) – 302, 3rd floor, G&G Community, no.9 Liyuan Rd, Zhaoshang Jiedao, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 南山区招商街道荔园路9号G&G创意社区三楼302号
- Chegongmiao (Tel: 134-1856-7251) – 202, 2nd floor, building 5, An Hua Gong Ye Qu (Industrial District), no.18 Tairan 8th Street, Chegongmiao, Shenzhen 深圳市车公庙泰然八路安华工业区5栋二层202号
- Hi-Tech Park (Tel: 186-6589-9469) – Fusion Fitness Combat Zone, T6L2-3, MixC World, Shennan boulevard no.9668, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区万象天地T6L2-3号
Bullseye Camp 901
- Shekou (Tel: 131-68214221) – 2nd floor of Wanjiafu supermarket, 59-67 Airong road, Nanshan Shekou 蛇口愛榕路园景园名苑小区裙楼二层(东湾小学对面)万佳福超市二楼
- Hi-tech Park (Tel: 13802285329) – Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park, Gaoxin South 7th Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 901 企业健康馆（科技园）广东省深圳市南山区科技园
Place Address: (Tel: 138-23644791) – 601, Building A, Jianqiao Cultural and Creative Park, Jinxiu North Street, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区华侨城锦绣北街建侨文化创意园A栋601
Qi Ming Zhe
Place Address: (Tel: 175-20454317) – Qi Ming Zhe Fight Club, Duobaoli Market, Jian’an 1st Road, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 深圳市宝安区建安一路多宝利市场启蒙者搏击俱乐部
Place Address: (Tel: 0755-86008520) – 8/F, Building 8, Block 2A, Software Industry Base, Haitian 1st Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳软件产业基地2A栋8楼