Whether you are taking part or spectating, chessboxing is a highly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Chessboxing training provides a unique opportunity to develop mental and physical strengths in an integrated and entertaining session that is both challenging and encouraging. London Chessboxing events have earned a deserved reputation as being among the most exciting nights out in Europe, a truly awe-inspiring mix of sporting thrills, glamour and razzmatazz.
Our trainers are amongst the best in the UK and the atmosphere in a training session is co-operative and friendly. Training can be adapted for all ages and levels of ability, (see the Youth page for details about the junior’s classes). The way it works is simply to combine a boxing training session with a chess challenge. We do warm up exercises, stretching, boxing technique and bag and pad-work, then during regular three to five minute recovery periods, either play chess or tackle some tactics training.
Don’t be put off by the idea that we are all chess or boxing experts, far from it! We cater for all levels of ability in both disciplines. Some of us are taking our first steps in the game of chess, others have years of experience at club level. A key element of the training session is the opportunity to share knowledge and learn from other members of the class. This applies equally on the boxing side where new members learn basic techniques and then work alongside our more experienced boxers who will be happy to share tips and guidance along the way.
Chessboxing is a challenge, make no mistake. Whether you want to try it for fun or work towards a competitive event you’ll find chessboxing demands concentration and effort. The payback reflects the effort. You’ll walk away from your first chessboxing class feeling energised and ready to tackle anything the world can throw at you.
Time Out describes London Chessboxing as follows: “Heavyweight competitors face off over both the chessboard and the boxing ring during numerous rounds of this zany sport, with live commentary, a big screen to watch the action, and a cabaret dance party till late rounding off the party. It’s mad fun!”
We like to think London Chessboxing shows exceed all expectations for sheer quality and entertainment. See our Events page for reports and pictures from previous shows. A sample of reaction from the world’s media can be found under the Media tab at the top of the page.