Shin Gi Ruh is now into its third decade, following its original establishment in 1997 when it started operating from the YMCA premises in Blackburn. The original idea was to open up a club to show passion towards sports in the community and provide a much needed outlet for the local youth
The club started off with 3 volunteer instructors and initially attracted 10 youngsters. The club moved premises a couple of times as it grew, however since 2009 the club has operated from the gym at whalley range business park in the heart of the community catrering for over 200 children and young people with a further addition of 150 adults.
Shin Gi Ruh is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation and has been a company limited by guarantee since 2006. It is run by a fully dedicated management comittee, supported by 20 adult volunteers. We are a fully accredited Muay Thai boxing club recognised and endorsed by the national and international governing bodies.
Shin Gi Ruh has five main aims and objectives related to sport and young people. These are:
1) To Promote a 2000 year old form of martial arts, Muay Thai/Thai Boxing as a sport.
2) To provide young people and adults, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to gain and enjoy the benefits pf Muay Thai, Including arts of self-defence, self-discipline and health and fitness.
3) To provide young people with a range of other recreational activities for their leisure and positive self-development.
4) To promote understanding and respect between young people and adults from all different backgrounds, locally, regionally and nationally.
5) To provide additional facilities and opportunities for young people in some of the most deprived wards in Blackburn, East Lancashire.
The uniqueness and originality of our club lies in a clear vision, a vision top promote our sport but also to foster better community relations for the future benefit of all our local people. People who visit our club almost invariably comment on the warm reception they receive and, on the club’s welcoming atmosphere. Even though we are based in part of the town which is a predominantly an South Asian area and a borough which has rightly or wrongly been known for the segregation of its different ethnic communities, Shin Gi Ruh has thrived to break those barriers through its membership and approach.
Shin Gi Ruh Offers a range of activities for our Young and Adult members.
Including the following:
Muay Thai training
Muay Thai Club
Regional and National Competitions
Muay Thai Coaching by Qualified Instructors
Grading Syllabus for Club Members
Health Awareness Workshops
Drug Awareness Workshops
Youth Consultation and Engagement
Community Fun days
We run the club and our activities substantially by much-appreciated membership subscriptions. This is enhanced by occasional donations and small grant-funded activities. We would welcome further sponsorship to support and develop our work so that we can enhance what we offer our members.
Shin Gi Ruh is located in the heart of the community in central Blackburn being based at the Whalley Range Business Park. We operate from a fully equipped 7500 sq.ft. Martial Arts Gymnasium. This location provides a safe environment for all club members and visitors with free car parking. The facilities include:
Extensive Supply of Protective Equipment
A Large Training Area
A highly prized strength and virtue of Shin Gi Ruh is the diversity of its membership. We have an estimated total of 350 members aged between 5 – 50 years of age. We are pleased to see a good balance of male and female members across all age groups.
We take pride in our cosmopolitan membership, demonstrating how our sport can bridge differences and build understanding, respect and friendships between people from different backgrounds. The ethnic diversity includes members from various backgrounds such as White British, South Asian, West Asian, African, Egyptian, Moroccan and Eastern European.
It is true that most of our members are from Blackburn and Darwen, but we also attract some of our members from further afield such as Chorley, Preston and Bolton. We have a good representation of students of both boys and girls as school children. Occupationally, Our membership includes college and university students, Graduates, Business professionals, Skilled trades people, Police officers, Solicitors, Doctors, Teachers and many more.
We have a very inclusive approach as an organisation and have a range of partner bodies and agencies that we work with on a regular basis. In a sporting context we have an official accredited relationship with our governing bodies. These are the International World Muay Thai Council which is base on Thailand’ Our national governing body is the UK Muay Thai Federation.
On the immediate local scene we regularly work together with: Local schools inclusive of junior and secondary, Many different community groups, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Youth Offending Team, Blackburn Rovers FC, Inter-Madrasah Organisation, Lifeline, The Fire Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Primary Care Trust, The Local Healthy Living Team and many different youth groups.
At Shin Gi Ruh we also promote excellence in the sport and over the years we have been delighted to celebrate some notable successes. Among others, we can boast:
The 7 year old British champion
Shin Gi Ruh team was selected to represent England in 2007 Muay Thai World Championship in Thailand.
Junior English Champion
Numerous fighter and bouts of the day in competitions
30 plus members regular competing in regional and national competitions.
Here are just a few of the accolades we have received from our work and approach:
“Shin Gi Ruh is a very diverse mix from all ages, races and social classes who all seem to gel and would act as a model for most general communities.” Police Inspector Colin Dasski – Lancashire Constabulary
“Young people vulnerable to be the influences of crime…have developed self-confidence and discipline and improved all aspects of their life attending the club.”
“The club aims for its students to constantly strive for high standards and to do better in all aspects of their personal life.” Police Constable Ayub Mall – Lancashire Constabulary
“…the club is run by a group of hugely dedicated volunteers – they have established a fantastic organisation which offers the local community and young people so many opportunities…they are a real ‘force for good’ and much needed in a very deprived area…it is a privilege to work with them whenever I get the chance.” Bob McDonald – Manager at Inter Madrasah Organisation.
Please click here to view our weekly timetable. This rarely ever changes and we will always notify you of any changes.
All students are required to purchase a membership/insurance. We also ask that if you enjoy our gym and want to continue attending, you purchase gloves, Muay Thai shin guards, and Thai shorts. These are purchasable from our gym or online however it is not necessary for your first session and arrangements can be made for anyone who may struggle to acquire this.
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