Impact Gym in Marbella is owned and run by Shaun James and Nina Smith. We currently offer classes in Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, MMA, Boot Camps, Self Defence, Yoga, Ladies Only Classes and Personal Training.

We have something for everyone, all ages and all fitness levels. This is exercising which is fun!

Personal Tutition is available by both female or male instructors and these are tailored sessions for you as an individual or small group bookings available as well First class FREE – so what have you got to lose? Come down and give it a go! For more information and if you have any queries however big or small please call Shaun on 670101693 or email me on


Shaun James
Kickboxing, MMA, Boxing, Boot Camps, Personal Training and Self Defence

Shaun is co-owner of Impact Gym Marbella and has been training for the past 25 years in martial arts and Kickboxing. He got his first black belt in Freestyle Taekwondo at the age of 11, moving into Kickboxing at the age of 18 then he was awarded his black belt in Kickboxing at the age of 20 under his instructor Trevor Ambrose. In 2002 he went on to win the British Title in full contact Kickboxing. His fight career has included Boxing as well as Kickboxing which has even been screened on Sky Sports. He has been teaching for the last 15 years, children and adults from complete beginners to title winners. !!

Nina Smith
Kickboxing, Boxing, Boot Camps, Personal Training, Self Defence and Ladies Only Classes

Nina is also co-owner of Impact Gym Marbella and has been Kickboxing for over 15 years and has experience in teaching children and adults (all ages and all fitness levels) also has experience with self defence and tried her hand at various other martial arts. Nina has trained alongside some of best and was the first female in the club to be awarded a black belt under 5x world champion Trevor Ambrose. She was the grading examiner in the UK for the juniors and also helped run a very successful club in the UK alongside her instructor Guru Phil Norman.

Alex Varona
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Alex Varona, born in Rota, Spain, moved to Marbella and began Jiu Jitsu in 2013. Currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through Professor Carlos Varona. Has had Extensive competition experience in Local and International tournaments with Gi and No-Gi. Started as assistant instructor at Dynamic Marbella and soon started teaching classes with kids and adults, including women’s BJJ classes. Has a unique game and plenty of knowledge to share.

James Jamieson

James previously did Karate from the age of 5 and always wanted to try his hand at Kickboxing so joined Impact Gym Marbella where he has trained hard throughout the years and has now become assistant instructor to the Juniors. The children at Impact Gym all love James and his easy going smiley nature. James is currently a green belt in Kickboxing but is working towards his black belt and will soon be entering into competitions.
James is looking forward to the future in teaching and becoming a top class instructor.


Testimonial from 5x world kickboxing champion Trevor ‘The Chill’ Ambrose

There is a no better combination for a martial arts gym to run perfectly than Shaun and Nina, I have known them both for over 15yrs and both have been awarded their black belts from me, Nina being the first girl to have been awarded her black belt under Trevor Ambrose and Shaun being in the handful of men who have reached that level. Both bring dedication and experience to the gym. Shaun a former British Champion with many fights behind him and Nina who has worked with many champions over the years as an instructor in one of the UK’s top gyms, their knowledge of teaching and bringing the best out of their students is second to none, I wish them all the best.

Trevor Ambrose
I was privileged enough to have been under the instruction of Nina and Shaun for five years and in that time they were patient enough to teach me to become a lot better at kickboxing, for which I owe them a big thank you. Whether you want to just get fit, learn a new martial art, improve your sparring technique or even perhaps compete they certainly are the people to teach you! They always made classes fun and gave me the motivation I needed to carry on. They are truly very dedicated, excellent skilled instructors!

Rebekah Holbrook – 09/03/12
Being one of the more mature and less fit attendees of Nina’s ladies only classes, she somehow knew how far she could push me to get that extra couple of kicks, punches or push-ups. She certainly didn’t let me get off lightly. I so enjoyed her classes, she never once made me feel inadequate or unable to participate. She always took time to give 1-1 tips on how to improve my style. As a result I achieved a fitness level and confidence not achieved before or since.

Michelle Dower
I started kickboxing with Shaun in January 2009 I had no experience in any form of martial arts, Shaun was a excellent instructor who spent alot of time with his students, concentrating on every detail to ensure they got it right, he coached me from a total novice up to my green belt which was a massive achievement, his dedication and years of experienced really showed within the club and he was and still is a well respected kickboxing instructor

Ben Bignell
Ten years ago I walked into my first kickboxing class a little unsure of what to expect. It was there that I met Nina, first as a training partner and shortly afterwards as an instructor. If you need a bit of encouragement and support or simply someone to help you believe that training for three hours on a Sunday morning is a good idea, that’s her! Her dedication and commitment is unprecented and she helps you to achieve way beyond what you would expect from yourself. I have met Shaun fairly recently, however his extreme patience while training privately for a grading is much appreciated and I can see the benefits even now. Many Thanks to you both and I can’t wait to train in Spain with you in April.

Mandie Craven
An excellent martial artist, always dedicated, and prepared to go that extra mile with the club’s students.

Kevin Hayward

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