LU Kickboxing Society
Kickboxing: The Cure To… Everything

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“I love that I can learn how to fight and just be stronger in general.”

– Maryam ramzam, co-president

It’s Week 1 and I think we can all agree, at least 20% of us have had an existential crisis, 80% of us have said yes to a night out we really couldn’t be arsed to go to, 100% have caught Freshers’ Flu then spread it to everyone in the flat and 50% of us have considered making our own timetable because the ones that iLancaster gave us simply don’t agree with our wanna be sloth lifestyles.

Well, to this I say; have you tried kickboxing? Ah, you weren’t expecting that. To all those who say that’s not for them, well you clearly have your life together but if you’re like me and are already stressed about that assignment due in 65 days then I highly recommend checking out LU Kickboxing Society. Unsurprisingly the physical nature of kickboxing is an instant draw for the classic stress-mess student but also for the sloth; with weekly training, this could be the sport that finally kicks that PJs at 2pm habit. Intrigued? Well, lucky for you eager beavers SCAN has the full run down, courtesy of Co-Presidents Olga Mazurek and Maryam Ramzan, beginning with what sets kickboxing apart from main stream sports societies.

To this both agreed the openness of the society. Unlike other sport societies, there are no trials to participate in training. All abilities are welcome, whether you’re an amateur kickbox champion or a very frustrated med student. Oh and when they say all abilities, they really mean all abilities; even I was able to follow along at the taster session. With training split between beginners and professionals, there is space to learn for everyone plus competitions for those among us that have mastered the round kick. LU Kickboxing Society participates in the University Kickboxing Championships yearly; held in March, some members spend the first half of the year solely training for this competition. As a result, the society has a fantastic family vibe – no, I don’t mean like being trained by your mum – that really shows.

So, what’s involved? Well, of course there’s the training. LU Kickboxing Society meet for two sessions every week which I must admit is a lot more manageable than some sports. I can’t imagine all of us are prepared to give up 5 evenings a week to train (and that’s not including the compulsory gym sessions). But that’s not even the half of it, only two sessions a week and it won’t be long before you feel stronger, more flexible and more confident than pilates ever made you feel. Both Olga and Maryam agreed that Kickboxing has been so rewarding in that respect.

“I started kickboxing a year before university, I had never done any sports long term but when I started kickboxing it just felt right. I’m quite a clumsy person but that doesn’t matter, after training I became much less clumsy; I see myself getting better and it’s so rewarding.”

– Olga mazurek, co-president

As well as training, LU Kickboxing Society also enjoy socials, whether that’s a cozy night in watching all the classic fight films – think Karate Kid, Rocky (before the fifth movie of course) vibes – or a night out. This year, LU Kickboxing Society also intends to host some collaborative socials as well as some other events.

If this article tickled you’re fighting spirit, why not get involved? You can join LU Kickboxing via for either £30 for the year or £10 for the term. If you’re interested in joining the LU Kickboxing Exec, they also have the following positions up for grabs: Health & Safety Officer, Equipment Officer, Social Secretary and Social Media Officer. For more information, check out their Instagram: @jabcrossluks and Facebook: Lancaster University Kickboxing Society

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