Safety Guidelines

Boxing, Kickboxing & Martial Arts Safety Guidelines

Recently, there has been a steady increase in the use of boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts drills (MMA) as a part of general fitness sessions or as specialised classes within the fitness industry.

The rising popularity and increased demand for these activities has led to a concurrent increase in the number of related continuing education programs for AUSactive Registered Exercise Professionals. 

While these developments have undoubtedly provided another important source of variety for general fitness training, safe practice that mitigates the risk of injury and enhances effectiveness must be maintained at all times.

It is imperative that these activities remain non-combative, do not involve body contact, and are conducted with correct technique. All sessions are to have a fitness orientation rather than a self-defence/combative orientation. 

To provide clarification for registered exercise professionals and fitness services using fitness activities derived from boxing, kickboxing, and MMA, AUSactive has produced the following information for guidance.

What’s in the Guideline?

  • Professional Skill and Knowledge
  • Non-Contact
  • Non-Combative
  • Preparation
  • Equipment
  • Use of Focus Pads 
  • Setting and Space Requirements 
  • Referral to Specialist Instructors 
  • Programming
  • CEC Program Requirements


AUSactive acknowledges and thanks the members of the specialist sub-Committee, Glen Walsh, Matt Thom, Peter Backman and John Will for providing their time and expertise in the development of these guidelines.

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