Darlington Boxing and Martial Arts Academy (DBMA) is a state of the art training facility for martial arts and general fitness based in Darlington, County Durham. We have a friendly and experienced team with over 30 years combined experience in martial arts and coaching – led by Head Coach Michael Dicks, a former two-time World Muay Thai World Champion.
We specialise in Muay Thai (aka Thai boxing) and amateur boxing, as well as being Darlington’s only professional boxing gym. We also offer a wide range of general fitness, strength and conditioning and targeted sports training and pride ourselves on a friendly and welcoming atmosphere
“Fantastic place to train.....fitness it's a big part of DBMA training and you will be pushed to your limits but the rewards and your self-confidence will increase!! Thai training is intense and again you will be pushed but you also have the great advantage off the boxing training to brush up on your boxing skills.”
"Unbelievable done the 8 weeks training camp for the UWCB with a great group off people but Michael Peter Camille and not forgotten Shannon made it more enjoyable learnt a few things and the mean thing they made it fun to train but also strict at times very best of trainers they sure know the trade well done every 1 took part "
"Unbelievable atmosphere and great team to train with, didn't box as an amateur but had 7 professional fights training out of here and won my first title as a pro with the coaches and the team and, the lads in the gyms backing!! If I lived closer and known about DBMA earlier defiantly would have boxed and trained as an amateur, and still would be training here!!! "
"Really excellent gym, I have been attending Ladies Bootcamp since January, I love it, the staff are very nice and friendly and really motivate you, I have lost almost two stone since starting, the other ladies are all nice too. I would recommend the class to anyone. "
"Love this place. By far the hardest thing I do in a week but totally worth it"
"Anyone who have goals but can't achieve by themselves just give this gym a try and you will see the difference in you just in few weeks. It's never too late to start.!!"
"I'm at the fittest I've ever been since training here which is testament to the dedication and expertise of the staff at DBMA. No egos just a great group of people with a willingness to learn and get fit. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
"Fantastic gym. Friendly atmosphere. The trainers are great lads they have been patient and taught me loads in boxing and I'm still learning everytime I'm there 🙂 highly recommended for anyone who is looking to do boxing or Thai boxing or just general fitness"
"What a brilliant place great people and world class instructors with the patience of a saint i swear Michael should have been a military PT instructor.... highly recomended"
"Great gym learn and socialise. Friendly and experienced instructors and you can learn lots of different Martial Arts. Give it a go. You definitely will be pleased you tried it out"
"Excellent gym, excellent instructors (past and present).......brilliant for fitness or for learning new skills......can't speak highly enough"
"Excellent gym ! All classes such as Thai boxing, boxing and boot camp I have attended and love all of them ! Staff are very motivating and friendly !! ... Wouldn't go anywhere else xx"
"No1 Boxing and Thai Boxing gym in the U.K. Fantastic trainers and members. Best place to get fit and learn a martial art at the same time."
"Great gym, very knowledgeable coach in Micheal dicks. Got a canny dig on him too lol"
"Excellent hard working gym, giving intense structured training developing fighters potential. Good to watch"