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Two female kickboxers trade kicks in a Muay Thai sparring round

Boxing, Kickboxing, & Muay Thai

Paragon Academy's striking program blends boxing, Muay Thai, and Dutch kickboxing to create an intense workout that can get you ready for the ring, or the beach! Our coaches can show you how to throw your first punch, and before you know it, you'll be learning how to turn your body into a dangerous weapon while getting in the best shape of your life.

Where will your striking journey take you?

Girl catches a punch from her friend while holding mitts for her during boxing class

All-Levels Padwork

This class is the perfect total body workout that helps you get toned, strong, and confident. Focused on the fundamentals of striking, you'll learn how to throw combos of punches, kicks, knees, and elbows in an addictively fun group environment.

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Muay thai tudent spars her kickboxing coach at their Goleta gym

Sparring Drills

Taught at our Santa Barbara location, this class takes your striking to the next level. Using controlled contact, you'll work on physically and mentally challenging partner drills that translate directly to sparring and fighting. 


Advanced students can spar

with approval from the coaches.

The goal of sparring is skill development, not "winning." We focus on controlled movements and clear communication with sparring partners to keep everyone safe. Come sharpen your distance, timing, and fight IQ.

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Beginner students warm up for an all levels kickboxing class with jumproping
Kickboxing coach Joe Ramirez spars his student at Paragon's Goleta location

Meet Our Instructors
Joe Ramirez

A lifelong competitor, Coach Joe has a diverse background including Chinese Kempo Karate, wrestling, BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, and professional MMA.


Formerly a football and basketball coach, Joe has always stressed the importance of film study.


He takes a cerebral approach to coaching, with the goal of helping students develop their own flavor of striking and “fight IQ” to solve the puzzle that is the fight game. 

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