Rico Verhoeven unveils new Kickboxing Society gym in Rotterdam

Rico Verhoeven unveils new Kickboxing Society gym in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 11 April 2024 – A new sports club is unveiled in central Rotterdam by The Kickboxing Society and Rico Verhoeven. Rico Verhoeven, the multiple-time world kickboxing champion, alongside The Kickboxing Society, launches the latest facility aimed at promoting both physical and mental wellness.

New kickboxing club opens in Rotterdam

A new branch of The Kickboxing Society was inaugurated today at Wijde Kerkstraat in central Rotterdam, introduced by kickboxing world champion and shareholder Rico Verhoeven. The opening ceremony was attended by notable personalities including Sunnery James, Chatilla van Grinsven, Timor Steffens, Thomas Beelen, and London Loy.

During the event, Verhoeven delivered a speech emphasizing the evolution of kickboxing from a niche sport to mainstream acceptance over the last decade. He highlighted the club's focus not just on physical training but also on enhancing mental resilience and overall well-being. Rico Verhoeven shared his plans to spend part of his training at the new facility, underscoring its importance for personal fitness and stress relief.

The Kickboxing Society

Alex Pool, founder of The Kickboxing Society, commented on the significance of the new location, describing it as a key milestone in the organization's expansion. The club represents the ninth of its kind and showcases a commitment to making high-quality kickboxing training accessible.

The Kickboxing Society's mission is to use kickboxing as a foundation for group workouts that foster physical and mental growth among participants of all skill levels. Led by experienced coaches, the sessions combine kickboxing techniques with high-intensity training and motivating music to provide a comprehensive full-body workout. Verhoeven also plans to leverage his network to support the national and international growth of the club.

Following the ribbon-cutting, the evening continued with music, healthy snacks, and a tour of the cardio and yoga facilities led by expert coaches. The Kickboxing Society extends an invitation to all to experience the new facility and embrace it as a primary or secondary form of exercise.

Photo credit: Burak Goraler. Discover the new Kickboxing Society club in Rotterdam, founded by Rico Verhoeven. Join for top-notch kickboxing and fitness training.Photo credit: Burak Goraler. Discover the new Kickboxing Society club in Rotterdam, founded by Rico Verhoeven. Join for top-notch kickboxing and fitness training.
Photo credit: Burak Goraler. Discover the new Kickboxing Society club in Rotterdam, founded by Rico Verhoeven. Join for top-notch kickboxing and fitness training.Photo credit: Burak Goraler. Discover the new Kickboxing Society club in Rotterdam, founded by Rico Verhoeven. Join for top-notch kickboxing and fitness training.

Visit the new club at Wijde Kerkstraat

Located in the heart of Rotterdam's bustling city centre, the new kickboxing club is easily accessible by public transport and offers a vibrant atmosphere typical of the urban surroundings.

Learn Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & Konpa in Rotterdam: Top Schools!

Learn Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & Konpa in Rotterdam: Top Schools!

Discover the best schools for learning salsa, bachata, kizomba, and konpa in Rotterdam, along with a brief historical context of these vibrant dance styles.


Unleash your inner dancer in Rotterdam

Welcome to the vibrant world of Latin, Caribbean and African dance! Rotterdam, a city rich in cultural diversity and bustling with a lively party scene, offers a plethora of options for enthusiasts seeking to learn salsa, bachata, kizomba, and the emerging konpa.

Not only do these dance styles offer a fantastic way to socialise, network, and have fun in a mature environment, but they also allow you to experience weekly parties of various sizes and scopes. From LatinXpress at Grounds every first Saturday of the month to Latin Flavours at Nieuwe Luxor every other month, there's always something happening to keep you moving. Additionally, the dance schools themselves often organise enjoyable dance nights for their students.

This article will guide you through the top schools for each dance style, ensuring that you find the perfect fit for your dancing journey.


Salsa: A rhythmic celebration of Cuban roots

Born from a fusion of Cuban and Puerto Rican influences, salsa is a lively and captivating dance style that has taken the world by storm. Rotterdam is no exception, boasting an array of top schools to help you master this rhythmic celebration of movement.

Typical Tropical: With a focus on fun and inclusivity, this school offers an energetic and friendly environment for salsa enthusiasts of all levels.

Salsability: Known for its dedicated instructors and comprehensive curriculum, Salsability will help you refine your technique and develop your salsa skills.

Salsaventura: With a focus on Cuban and LA-style salsa, this school offers versatile training to cater to your personal dance preferences.

MamboMike: Led by the charismatic Mike, this school offers personalised attention to ensure you reach your salsa potential.

El YoYo: A smaller, more intimate setting, where you'll find a close-knit community of salsa dancers and passionate instructors.


Bachata: A Dominican delight

Originating in the Dominican Republic, bachata is a sensual and romantic dance style that has gained immense popularity worldwide. Rotterdam's dance scene offers numerous options for those looking to immerse themselves in the art of bachata.

Typical Tropical, Salsability, Salsaventura, MamboMike, and El YoYo all provide excellent bachata classes, ensuring a consistent learning experience across multiple dance styles.

Bachata Passion: As the name suggests, this school specialises in bachata, offering expert instruction and a true passion for the dance.


Kizomba: The sensual dance from Angola

Kizomba, with its origins in Angola, is a mesmerising and intimate partner dance that has captivated dancers around the globe. Rotterdam is home to several schools that offer expert guidance in this captivating dance style.

Typical Tropical, El YoYo, MamboMike, and Bachata Passion provide comprehensive kizomba classes, allowing you to master this sensual dance with ease.


Konpa: A Haitian gem on the rise

Emerging from Haitian roots, konpa is a lively and upbeat dance style that is quickly gaining popularity. While still relatively new to the Rotterdam dance scene, there is one school dedicated to sharing the joy of konpa with the community.

Konpassion: As the only school in Rotterdam offering konpa lessons, this dance academy is paving the way for this exciting dance style to flourish in the city.


Bonus tip: tango in Rotterdam

For those seeking something truly different, why not immerse yourself in the world of Argentine tango? Rotterdam is home to two exceptional tango schools:

Cuartito Azul: A welcoming environment with expert instructors, Cuartito Azul will have you gliding across the dance floor in no time.

Alma de Tango: With a focus on authentic Argentine tango, this school offers a comprehensive curriculum to help you master the elegance and passion of this timeless dance.


Embark on your dance journey in Rotterdam today

With such an array of top-notch dance schools, Rotterdam is the perfect place to learn salsa, bachata, kizomba, and konpa. No matter your skill level or preferred style, this bustling city has something for every dance enthusiast. From lively social events to the captivating allure of tango, there's no shortage of opportunities to immerse yourself in the rhythm and movement. So, put on your dancing shoes and embark on your rhythmic adventure today!

24/7 gyms in Rotterdam - gyms open 24 hours, 7 days a week

24/7 gyms in Rotterdam - gyms open 24 hours, 7 days a week

Looking for a place to pump iron and work up a sweat, even in the wee hours of the night? Rotterdam has a couple of 24-hour gyms you might want to check out.

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness has been around for a while. There are multiple Anytime Fitness locations in and around Rotterdam. The nice thing about Anytime Fitness, is that membership gives you access to all of their gyms worldwide. This is useful, since there are many Anytime Fitness gym spread out all over the city. Also, the dressing rooms and showers are private. For more information, check out the Anytime Fitness website.


Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness is relatively new in Rotterdam. There's one gym and it's located near the foot of the Erasmus bridge, on the North side of town, near Zalmhaven. You can get there easily by metro and tram. For more information, have a look at the Snap Fitness website.


Basic-Fit offers 24/7 gyms at multiple locations, including Delftseplein and IJsselmonde Dwarsdijk. Basic-Fit memberships come with various benefits and access options, catering to different needs and preference.

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